Linked by Mike Martin on Mon 14th Jul 2003 17:42 UTC
Linux After reading yet another "why Linux is not ready for the desktop" article/discussion, I decided that, as someone who uses Linux exclusively at home, its about time I wrote my response to the attitudes expressed. I have been using Linux since January 1999 (Red Hat 5.2 off of a cover disc).
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this is a joke, right?
by KOMPRESSOR on Mon 14th Jul 2003 17:58 UTC

The author can't seriously be claiming that he has fewer problems with hardware under Linux than Windows... I have a system which triple-boots WinXP/BeOS DevEd/Mdk9.1 and of the three only WinXP was able to support all of my (fairly common) devices. Aside from which, getting Linux to support what it did was quite a strain at times!

Linux has many strengths, which is why I use it and advocate it. However, hardware support and configuration is NOT one of them. A more fertile area for comparison (which makes Linux look better) would be package management, and how modern Linux distros effectively avoid dependency hell.

The point about the average user not needing to drop down to the command line was well taken. The common retort "well, sometimes things in the GUI break and they have to" holds little water, since the corresponding windows fix is often to dive into the registry. Honestly, your average user of either platform would be at a loss.