Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45
1) No decent scripting or Shell (like Bourne or C-shell in Linux)
2) No CRONTAB (for automatic launching of jobs / scripts)
I just had to comment on this. While Windows does not have CRON, it does offer something more full featured and versatile then CRON.
Task Scheduler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In addition to running tasks on scheduled times or specified intervals, Task Scheduler 2.0 also supports calendar and event-based triggers...Tasks can also be configured to run based on system status such as being idle for a pre-configured amount of time, on startup, logoff, or only during or for a specified time.
For scripting you should be looking at PowerShell and WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) Has all the power of the Linux shell and then some. Heck you can even run WPF applications created in PowerShell's scripting language.