For one, Linux has a shell just like Windows.
Let's clarify what you mean by "Shell" on windows. Do you mean DOS? Nope, that's been removed since ME and (unconfirmed) NT. the little dos windows that you see now are (brace yourself) emulators. That is the reason why ver. 98 ran well with DOS apps, and the newer ones, not quite so well. Plus, with Linux, you're not limited to one single shell. BASH, the shell you're probibly refering to, and is the most common. If you're talking about the windows screen that you get when you finish booting, You're bananas (because nuts and bananas go together). I can't find anything simaler, other then they run visual apps in windows.
If you are smart enough to run a decent linux server then you should be able to tinker around with your windows installation.
There, you're wrong. There's no sorce code to edit with windows.
For one, you can completley rip out the shell, and just have windows load your server app on startup. You can then disable all other services.
There is no shell! furthermore, most applications of windows are built into "Explorer," Even IE, and all your basic comm. programs (like dhcp, samba client, aka "sharing;" and even your LPT, COM, and USB ports.). Thus, you cannot shut it all down.
The idea that Linux is some sort of Super HACKER Operating System is a myth.
It isn't a myth. Open sources mean that you can hack into them as much as you want. My aquantince shawn said something that made me laugh so hard when he said it: "Hey, I heard Linux is filing lawsuits to handle all of the hackers." LOL, my friend; LOL.
A well managed Linux machine crashes just as much as an Win2k, XP, or Server2k3 machine.
From experiance alone, I say that this is completely false. The only problem that I ever had with an older copy of ARKlinux (Which, strangely enough, don't work as well as their previous betas) was a couple of problems of when I was refering to programs that were not yet installed. And windows crashes more often then cars on the road, and that's A LOT!
Its when you have 300 programs swapping drivers and fighting for the same memory that problems occur.
That's true. That's why I suggest that you have linux, because you can control them.
Linux is the king for servers for one reason. Its free. Imagine being the administrator for google. Now you have a room full of 78 servers. Imagine paying a $250 license for each machine to run windows. Screw that.
Duh! the only part that I disagree with is "for one reason."
Now imagine being Lawrence on the other hand. He is the administrator for NFG. Imagine a room full of one computer. He can copy his XP installation and resuse the license...
well, their users needed some retrobution.
...and hack the activation.
Hello, are you out there? Windows hates that. once they hear of this, Lawrence would be absolutely hated by macro-cash.
He uses a free webserver downloaded off the internet that is very stable and liteweight. Its most convenient for him because its easy, stable, and he doesnt have to learn a whole new operating system that probably doesnt support any of his hardware.
Oh, good. He uses Apache.