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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Excellent article
by tristan on Wed 7th Mar 2007 20:51 UTC
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This is one of the best articles I've seen linked on OSNews for some time. Unlike many such articles, the author went in with an open mind, and was prepared to persevere when he ran into the occasional problem.

The negative points he raised about Ubuntu are all perfectly valid. The main ones were:

* X configuration requires you to mess about with a config file. This is really appalling in this day and age, and isn't going to get any better in Feisty. Hopefully 7.2, when fully integrated, will sort out this embarrassment.

* The Ubuntu printer config dialogue is poor. He's right, it is. I recall reading that the Mandriva people had come up with a much better Gnome printer config system -- I wonder whether Ubuntu will be able to integrate this.

* Photoshop isn't available for Linux. It's true, and apparently it's very important, but I don't know what can be done about it other than begging and pleading.

* There are hardly any mainstream games available for Linux. Yep.

* If you run a 64-bit system you're more likely to run into difficulties than if you run a 32-bit system. This is also true, though happily seems to be less so in every release. I'm willing to bet the same is true of Vista, too -- it certainly was for XP. There isn't anything fundamentally broken here though -- there are just bugs in some programmes that need fixing.

All in all, I think this is a very fair review of someone starting out in the Linux world, and I recommend it to anyone who's thinking of making the switch.

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