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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Soulbender
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2005-08-18

Linux has the following advantages over Windows:
(1) Many eyes make bugs shallow

That's only true if the eyes looking at the code is actually any good. Not saying they arent but having many eyes doesn't automagicaly make things better.

(2) You cannot hide malware in open source

No, but you can run closed-source apps on OSS operating systems.

(3) No DRM or WGA

RHN.

(4) No single vendor lock-in, and so no monopoly prices

Closed source does not necessarily mean vendor lock-in. Closed and proprietary protocols and API's do.

(5) No forced upgrades (after all, you do have the source for whatever version you are using)

"You have the source" is not a good argument for the majority of computer users.

(6) 1.5 million developers worldwide (equivalent full-time)

I bet there are even more closed source programmers.

(7) guaranteed no call-home spyware

Really? Where do I sign up for this guarantee? And what do I get when it is violated, which it will be.

(8) you can remove anything you don't like, such as DRM

Just now you said there is no DRM so why would i need to remove something that isn't there?

(9) developed in a meritocracy ... so it does what the people want, not what big business wants

No, it means it does what the developers want and that is not necessarily the same as what the majority of the users want.

10) You have control over your own hardware

How do I not have control over my own hardware in closed source OS's and how does OSS magically give me control over it?

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