Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Aug 2009 09:21 UTC
Windows Last week we talked about what Linux (well, okay, X) could learn from Windows Vista and Windows 7, focusing on the graphics stack. A short article over at TechWorld lists seven things Windows 7 should learn from the Linux world. Some of them are spot-on, a few are nonsensical, and of course, and I'm sure you have a few to add too.
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by moleskine on Thu 20th Aug 2009 14:25 UTC
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"Grace Under Pressure"

I don't mean continuing to smile while being sat on. I mean the same problem I've had with every version of desktop Windows I've ever used, including Windows 7 RC.

It's this. I install Windows and it runs fine. I install a few programs and stuff and Windows still runs fine. But two or three months later, by which time I've installed quite a few programs and more stuff, Windows is going clunky on me. The logs are starting to fill up with worrying messages about failures and no responses, and one or two things are no longer working properly. In the case of Windows 7, sleep and back-up have stopped working. With Vista, it was bluetooth and some multimedia stuff.

I simply don't get this with Linux. Individual programs may foobar but the underlying OS is very, very resilient. It does not go clunky on me. The only real problems I've had in more than eight years of using Linux is a few hard locks with X. But switching from ATI to Nvidia graphics has sorted that.

I don't claim to have any answers. I'm just pointing this out, though I suspect that Linux's ruthlessly modular design has a lot to do with it. Microsoft Windows plus Microsoft Office is fine, but go much further than that and you're on your own. I just don't have this with desktop Linux.

Edited 2009-08-20 14:29 UTC

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