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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Linux Fails on applications
by iamkmaniam on Wed 5th Dec 2007 22:49 UTC
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I recently did a one year GNU/Linux experiment. Linux Failed in the application dept. Although there are thousands of applications in the repository's most are redundant. People talk about how good the GIMP is and I agree it is a good free program, but it does not equal Photoshop, as a semi-pro photographer it is vital that I have Photoshop. With the explosion of digital photography and new printing methods many companies have software used to create books, calendars and post cards that can then be uploaded right to the lab. None of this is available for Linux.

I have young children that also use a computer sadly there are a good amount of plugins that are not available for Linux systems that would enable them to play educational games.

On a more personal level. There are programs that will let me link my IPod however I have found that it is problematic at best, and causes my IPod to freeze regularly a problem that I have not found when syncing my IPod on a Windows XP based machine. As a competitive
cyclist I use a Polar Heart rate monitor, once again no software in Linux is available.

Linux is a stable platform and I had my system running for months at a time with no problems, however without having any applications that fit my needs I look forward to service pack 3 of Windows XP.

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