Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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Sure, but the implication is that linux lacks the tools to debug itself as well, which is untrue. If that's not what you meant to imply, then please clarify

When did I say that, I simply said that with Windows that problems can be solved using those tools ... and things can be solved without a reinstall with a little understanding of the underlying system.

"Windows isn't a magic box that happens to work until it stops working."

Neither is linux, for that matter. Either platform can run reliably for ages.


My comment is more about the fact that people tend not to look for the root cause of the solution.

A lot of Linux users "distro hop" because they can't solve their problems using <distro X> and try using <distro Y> in hope it will solve their problems.

When in fact there is an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

Either way reinstalling or installing another operating system is not the way to solve problems. It is better to scrutinize the root cause of the problem.

In short it is better to understand why you are having problem first before deciding a strategy to deal with it.

Edited 2012-11-27 20:17 UTC

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