Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 22:07 UTC
Linux With Linux on the desktop going from a slow crawl to verging on an explosion, many have toiled with the question: How do we make this happen faster? A well-known Austin-based Linux Advocate thinks he has the answer.
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RE[3]: Simple answer
by lemur2 on Thu 24th Jan 2008 13:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Simple answer"
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If you're a Windows user running KDE, openOffice, GCC, etc then what reason do you have to become a Linux user running running KDE, openOffice, GCC, etc?

More secure. No need to run Windows ... so no Windows Update backdoor. No spyware. Phishing sites and malicious websites and spam in general no longer hold any danger to your system. No forced upgrades. 23000 searchable packages available to you to install from one easy-to-use point, guaranteed malware free and all zero cost. There are other reasons, but those will do for starters.

Despite wishful thinking, Windows is "adequate"...

Matter of opinion. It is not good enough in my view, it is fundamentally flawed, and one of its main design objectives seems to be to try to lock you in and limit your choice. Ugh.

Can't you just port all of these tools to Windows instead of using Linux (or download the Windows binaries and/or Cygwin)?

There are bits that are in the core of the OS that you can't really port, such as (as examples) SVG support, multiple filesystems, execute permissions, true multi-user (as in, more than one user on the one machine at the same time), lack of the single-point-of-failure registry, and so on.

When you buy a car do you ask if the engine management computer is open source? I doubt it - most people don't even think about it.

When you buy a mobile phone, would you buy one that only works with only one network (lock-in), or would you want to have one that can work with any network you choose (open)? A television that works with only one broadcaster? A CD player that plays only Sony CDs?

Most people will avoid lock-in where they can see they have a chance to do so.

Imagine if I had 2 identical fire extinguishers. One cost me $2000, came with a nice pretty box and has a 20 year guarantee. The other one cost me $80, came in a clear plastic bag and has no guarantee. Even though these fire extinguishers are identical, which would you choose in a life or death situation?

The funny part is that (for these people) if you tell them there's an excellent piece of software they can get for free called Linux they won't be interested; but if you tell them you bought a copy of Linux for $800 they'll probably beg you to "pirate" a copy for them before they know what it is... :-)

You have something of a point here.
"Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain."

Edited 2008-01-24 13:30 UTC

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