Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Dec 2007 19:39 UTC, submitted by michuk
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "It may be a brave opinion but I predict that Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista are going to be the two operating systems that will take over the largest chunk of the desktop OS market during the next couple of years. This comparison is based on my experience with both systems during the last couple of weeks on two different computers."
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RE: Can't agree witth...
by superstoned on Tue 4th Dec 2007 21:09 UTC in reply to "Can't agree witth..."
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In windows, you have to install the same piece of software through a ridiculously complex procedure again and again. On linux, you install it once, and its up-to-date forever.

In windows, you just have to hope the site or person who sold you the software you installed can be trusted - there is nobody checking up on that. On linux, every piece of software you install is checked on stability and security before it entered the software repository you use, and you can be sure of this fact because each and every package is signed by its packagers personal security key.

If the writer of the software you installed on windows decides to quit, you're stuck with the current version - no bugs will ever be fixed, you will have a hard time getting your data out of the proprietary fileformats into some other app - and you will be forced to go through that pain because a newer version of windows might not run your application anymore. In linux, every person who wants to can improve and fix the application you use, and you'll never have to be without it.

So you get easier-to-maintain, fully checked and certified software you can use forever for free on linux, and you have to maintain your own, expensive, potentially dangerous software with a limited warranty on Windows. One must be pretty stubborn (or ignorant) to stay on MS, don't you think?

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