Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:05 UTC, submitted by Luis
Linux Complaining about Windows Vista is a national past time on Internet forums these days. Windows Vista 'costs too much', 'has onerous product activation', 'requires too much hardware', etc. These complaints are often followed up by a very simple boast: 'I'm just going to switch to Linux'. But in today's landscape, how viable is that statment? Is the threat to switch to Linux an empty one, or is it entirely possible?"
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by unoengborg on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:35 UTC
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With both Mac OS X and Vista in 64-bit versions, Linux can no longer lag behind if it expects to be taken seriously.

It should be noted that 64bit on windows isn't exactly a dance on roses. The performance benefits from using 64bits are small if any regardless if you use windows or Linux. My advice would be to stay away from 64 bit boxes if you don't need the additional address space that 64bit offers.

As far as I know there are no specific problems with 64bit macs but the Apple situation is somewhat different as Apple controls the hardware, and the Linux test was performed on hardware not specifically selected to run Linux.

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