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Linux "Over the years, I've had a number of people asking me what I believe the problem was with further migration over to Linux by the public at large. To be frank, I don't believe that there is a simple answer to this. To me, there are a number of factors that play a role in keeping Linux out of the mainstream limelight" writes Matt Hartley in his opinion piece.
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RE[2]: In terms of math
by Ultimatebadass on Sat 1st Jul 2006 09:38 UTC in reply to "RE: In terms of math"
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Sorry but I disagree. It does not win by a long way, not yet at least.

What's below is NOT meant as linux bashing in any way. I use this system on daily basis at home (and at work) and I love it. I'll try to be as objective as I can here.

which is easier to install?
I'd say it's a tie if you go with the defaults on both systems.

But let's say we've got a curious user that wants to go for a more customized instalation, with some complex partitioning scheme (going thru partitioning is required if you want to dualboot with windows which is what most beginners tend to do) - windows installation is going to be easier to comprehend simply because there's not much to choose from (in terms of filesystems, software selection etc).

I'm not saying it's 'limited choice=better' but for a beginner it's definitely less confusing.

Setup?
I take it, that by setup you mean post-installation configuration stuff.

Let's look at an example of installing gfx card drivers that don't come with the os: On windows it's pretty much "double click setup.exe -> click next until the window disappears -> you're done".

On linux you'd probably have to do a little more than that depending on how well the hardware vendor has prepared the installation script. If all goes well the installation will be as easy as in windows but you still have to run some xorg configuration script/tool (aticonfig for example) and set some options that aren't always as obvious (like configuring dual-head, or setting up desired refresh rates).

I can only speak for ati cause that's what I use but their linux drivers gave me some trouble more than once.

So, even for the average user that could care less about customizing his xorg.conf it is slightly more difficult and confusing on linux.

That's just a tip of the iceberg if you're talking about configuring your system of course but getting hardware 3d acceleration working is a good example of standard post-install setup that most users go through.

Run? Use?
Once you've configured your system to support your hardware, customized your DE, installed all software you're going to use and all that both systems are going to be equally friendly to use.

Due to the fact that it's easier to avoid viruses, spyware and all that stuff on linux I'd say that would be the winner here.

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