Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th May 2009 20:59 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu When Dell announced a shift in its Linux strategy last week, accompanied by a new netbook, many wondered why Dell insisted on pre-loading Ubuntu 8.04, instead of newer versions of the popular Linux distribution such as 8.10 or 9.04. BetaNews contacted Dell about it, and Dell replied explaining their rationale behind opting for 8.04.
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Excuse me, but Microsoft never was hampered by constantly releasing software of beta quality.

Why do you think, businesses only upgrade to a new Windows version after the first service pack?

I am typing this on my business machine, and when I started my own business 5 months ago I had to make a VERY tough decision: Redhat, Fedora or Debian?
I was feeling adventurous that day and went for Fedora9+KDE4 (though also installing Debian on a second partition). Guess what? I still have Fedora9 on this machine.

The machine with Fedora9 is in fact MORE stable than 9 year old Windows XP.
I had to calculate some deformations of metallic parts on this machine using a finite element (FE) solver, and because time was short I had to borrow a Windows XP machine from a friend of mine to get more number crunching power. I used both machines in a 24/7 session running two separate calculations on each machine all the time.
During the 2 weeks I had to reboot the windows machine 3 times and the Linux machine once. And I did almost all of the necessary desktop work on the Linux machine, because XP cannot handle running an FE solver on all 4 cores and still leave you enough CPU cycles to do desktop work on it.

You see, people tend to think Windows were somehow better than most Linux distro's because they actually did make large steps towards stability during the last years. But they still are less stable than Linux.

My personal experience with machines that have to do calculation work and desktop work simultaneously is this:
- IRIX needs a reboot every 3 months (SGI hardware)
- HPUX needs a reboot every 3 weeks (HP hardware)
- Linux (Redhat) needs a reboot every 2 weeks (PC hardware)
- Windows XP needs a reboot at least once a week. (PC hardware)

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