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Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Dear Ubuntu, for the last couple years life has been good. Every time I've shown you to a friend or family member, they've compared you to what they're familiar with--Windows XP or Vista, mostly--and by comparison you've looked brilliant. Yeah, your ugly brown color scheme was a bit off-putting at first, but once people saw how secure, simple, and reliable you were, the response was almost universally positive. But recently, things have changed ..."
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Ubuntu & 7
by marktn on Sun 9th May 2010 14:12 UTC
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Am I alone in finding the Windows vs. OS X vs. Linux debates about as meaningful as the Kirk vs. Picard vs. Sisco debates?

When it comes down to it, I'm betting a fair amount of semi-competent computer users in the world are going to rely on what system works best for their needs. If I'm doing graphic design or video editing I'm probably going to use a Mac. If I'm running financial software or nearly anything in an office environment, then Windows 7. At home, if my only needs are browsing the web, watching Youtube and Colbert, then Linux. I'd throw in video game playing for Windows, but most folks are offloading their game playing onto game consoles these days.

For me, this means most of my time is spent in Windows 7. I'll use Linux for applications that I simply can't afford to purchase for Windows, such as GIS software. Ubuntu's (and Debian's) lack of support for QGIS for some time meant my Ubuntu days were over a couple years ago (although I do understand the fault was the devs at QGIS for producing some darned buggy releases after 1.0).

With support for QGIS renewed and reportedly working well, I installed 10.10 last week. I uninstalled it after three days -- my laptop's ability to detect wifi networks and its battery life were significantly reduced versus Windows 7, my fingerprint reader wasn't recognized, packages would install but not appear on my applications menu, and most annoying of all, suspend/hibernate resulted in a frozen computer -- all on one of those rare, no-one-ever-uses brands called a Lenovo Thinkpad.

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