Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 17th Mar 2007 00:26 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu During my 8 years of Linux on and off usage I have tried more distros than I have chocolate bars. Each one of my previous encounters meant that I had to spend at least 2 days configuring before I have a desktop that I was somewhat comfortable with. With Ubuntu Feisty Fawn's latest test beta --for the first time ever-- this was not the case. I was up and running with all the niceties I wanted within 2 hours.
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RE[2]: What?
by ride01 on Sat 17th Mar 2007 13:43 UTC in reply to "RE: What?"
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2005-09-23

Invariably the Windows install is far far more difficult ... even just for the bare OS install.
With a recent Linux liveCD install ... it takes just one liveCD and perhaps 30 minutes..


Installation time is the same.

To get to the same state starting with the exact same blank system and a Windows install CD ... it will require entry of many keys

Windows requires only one key.

several reboots

You can get free operating system updates if you choose to. This is also true of every other OS, including Linux. Doing this is incredibly easy.

and "activation" ...

If connected to the internet, this occurs automatically when you enter your key. If not connected, you may have to call a free 1-800 number. This could be seen as an annoyance.

However, it is not "difficult" to do this. The GUI tells you exactly what to do. Activation could be seen as annoying, but not difficult.

plus desktop applications ... Office suite

The only application you mentioned was an Office Suite. OpenOffice is very easy to download for Windows if one chooses to. I typed "free office" into Google and got this: http://tinyurl.com/3xya55

More importantly, if one chooses to purchase and install Microsoft Office, this as an incredibly easy process as well.

It is almost always far more difficult to seek out and install software on Linux than it is on Windows.

and you will need a lot of additional third-party CDs that are not from Microsoft

Why?

and many of them will be specific to the computer you are trying to install on.

I'm not sure I understand this. I think I once bought a CD drive that came with a free OEM copy of Nero, though. ;)

And after all that fuss you will still not have hardly any actual applications installed for all your effort.

I didn't see any "fuss" noted, save the entering of a single CD key. You will have a very good email program, internet browser, MP3-enabled audio player, video player, and many, many other programs needed for normal computer use.

Your computer will "just work", as well. You will be able to do simple OPERATING SYSTEM tasks such as changing your monitor's resolution and refresh rate. You will be able to listen to MP3's, your network/wifi will work, and video card hardware acceleration will work.

Linux is just more difficult to get working than Windows. Because I make this statement, does NOT mean that I think "Linux sucks" or even that "Windows is better". I LIKE Linux, and I want it to progress. It has progressed EXPONENTIALLY in just the last few years.

Edited 2007-03-17 13:52

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