Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Oct 2008 10:27 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Sunday we reported on an interview with an MSI manager, who stated that internal research had shown that the return rate for the Linux version of MSI's Wind netbook was four times as high as that of the Windows XP version. He claimed that the unfamiliarity of people with Linux was the culprit. This claim sparked some serious discussion around the net, but now MSI's statement is being repeated by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu.
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RE[4]: Doh! moment later on
by lemur2 on Tue 7th Oct 2008 22:32 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Doh! moment later on"
lemur2
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You missed my point... deliberately, I suspect, if past comments of yours are any indication. My point is not that Linux has viruses now, my point was that one of the main reasons for that is it not being a big enough target. naturally you could pop in a Knoppix CD and rescue your system, and you could do that even if Linux was targeted for a Virus. And why would that be? Because a Windows virus couldn't target Linux, and a Linux virus wouldn't affect Windows.


Err, no. Any virus won't affect an OS on a bootable CDROM because ... the machine cannot write to the CDROM. This has nothing to do with Windows or Linux.

The thing about this that DOES have to do with Windows vs Linux is that you can download (or purchase via snail mail for a very nominal amount $10 or so) a Linux liveCD ... but you can't do that for Windows.

Face it ... Linux rescued the situation for my son and saved his assignment which was in dire peril of being lost due to Windows vulnerabilities. That is the real world situation. This is what people actually have to deal with.

This (or similar) is what will happen to the netbooks with XP Home that is being foisted on to people. In my country, it is difficult to find the Linux versions, retail stores will stock only Windows, and Dell Australia has even refused to offer the Linux version that is available from Dell elsewhere.

If my son had been running Linux in the first place, he would have been able to do everything that he was doing (including playing the game on the Internet) and he wouldn't have suffered the crash and near disaster that he did suffer.

That is the real world. Not some fantasy that you imagine, but real, everyday occurrences. This is what the people who purchase a netbook with XP Home right now actually face, as opposed to the far better experience they would have if they had opted for the Linux version.

(BTW: the reason my son normally runs Windows is one PC game that he likes to play. It won't install under Wine on Linux, because the game's installer deliberately tries to make sure that it is Windows it is running under. The game's manufacturer? ... Microsoft).

People are better off if they run Linux. They would have free software, more capable software, made in their bests interests, and be free of nearly all of the endemic problems, costs, artificial limitations and outright frustrations in software they currently endure. That is the plain, simple truth.

There are parties out there with vested interests who are desperately trying to hide that truth.

Edited 2008-10-07 22:35 UTC

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