"Combine that with the flexibility you have to make kernel
modifications, something you can't do with proprietary Windows, and
there's a lot to say about the benefits of open-source Linux. But
that's not the whole story, Cox points out, noting there are some
strong arguments to be made on behalf of Windows, particularly for
"For instance, because you can make kernel modifications to
Linux, the downside of that is 'you need a higher level of
expertise to keep a production environment going,' Cox says, noting
a lot of people build their own packages and since there are
variations of Linux, such as SuSE or Debian, special expertise may
"Windows offers appeal in that 'it's a stable platform, though
not as flexible,' Cox says. When it comes to application
integration, 'Windows is easier,' he says."
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