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In the News It does not happen every day that news related to computer technology - news we report on every day - makes its way to the headline news programs and newspapers here in my home country, The Netherlands. So when it does, I am usually on the edge of my seat, simply because it offers an interesting glimpse into how 'normal' people perceive our little world. The last few days, however, that casual interest has made way for something else - tooth gnashing irritation.
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RE: Linux vs Windows
by jabbotts on Tue 11th Sep 2007 15:11 UTC in reply to "Linux vs Windows"
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Linux users including the minority Zealot extremists tend to be of a higher technical understanding so they look at *why* compatability was broken. There is usually a good reason for a Linux distro to break compatibility. Granted, there are also some stupid reasons for broken compatibility or hardware support present in an earlier kernel to be missing from a later kernel; they tend to be the minority of breakages though.

On the other hand, the same geeks also look for technical reasons when Windows breaks compatiblity and the majority of the time, there tends to be little technical reason for it; there may be grand business reasons for the breakage but we're looking at it from the end user's best interest not the company profit margin's best interest. Where Vista breaks compatability because it's finaly implemented security as more than an after thought; bravo, about freaking time security was a remote consideration.

My personal issue is that I distain Microsoft's business culture, decisions and inability to compete base on product quality. I'd like to explore Vista as I have with every other OS I own a license for but I'm not willing to contribute more money to there marketing and FUD (ney, outright BS) departments. For that reason, I'm glad and thankfull to the developer community for alternatives that blow away Windows in many aspects.

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