Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 21:28 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Linux "If you consider NetApplications' data set, then Linux owns only about 1 percent of the desktop OS market and Windows has almost 92 percent. But if you consider all computing platforms, including mobile, than Windows has only 20 percent and Linux has 42 percent - and that would be in the form of Google's Android alone." No more or less legitimate than claiming Windows owns 92% of the market. It's all a matter of perspective.
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RE[5]: Comment by shmerl
by lemur2 on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 11:33 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by shmerl"
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"I have updated my desktop Linux distribution every six months for over five years now, on many different machines, re-formatting the root partition but not the user home partition every time, with never a single breakage.

You wipe the OS and then fully re-install it every 6 months and deliberately avoid in-system upgrading? Do you realize how much that sounds like a negative comment, with even you not trusting the system enough to just get by with in-system upgrades? I mean, OF COURSE it works if you wipe the OS and then install a new one!

It isn't a new OS, it is the same OS, updated. Since I replace the older version by booting from a LiveCD of the newer version, I effectively pre-test the newer version before I commit to it. It costs nothing to move to an updated version of the OS, and it is more than twice as quick to re-format the OS root partition and install all updated files (takes only about twenty minutes in total) than it is to remove and replace most of the files file-by-file.

You are simply too mired in Windows-think to appreciate this. Even the most minor of updates to Windows are far more painful than a complete re-install of my desktop Linux distribution and all associated applications that I use. Finally, since as you say "of course it works" ... then please explain to me exactly why I shouldn't use this reliable, quick and painless method? Hmmmm?

Edited 2013-01-23 11:49 UTC

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