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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RE: @Don Kixote
by Roberto J Dohnert on Mon 14th Jul 2003 21:27 UTC

< Strange...i NEVER ever had an X crash or kernel panic.
But have seen many reboots with XP and other Windows versions.
You might want to contact a friend who can help you with setting it up. Its not normal to have crashes on a Linux Box!

I've been using a dual boot of WIndows XP Pro and Mandrake linux (8.0, 8.1, 9.0, 9.1) for a long time now. I use XP probably about 95% of the time, and I have never had XP fully crash on me. I've been using XP since March of 2001, so that's over 2 years. However, I have had linux crash on me several times, not to mention various K apps within KDE. Linux itself may be stable, but let's face it: the apps written for it are not nearly up to par with Windows apps. Linux is good as a server OS, NOT a desktop OS. >

I have used Windows XP and I use SuSE Linux. I have never had a Linux crash, while yes I have had Windows crashes and Windows application crashes, I have yet to have a K-App crash or any other crah on Linux. On a professional standpoint my office totally runs SuSE Linux and we use Open Source productivity software and we are productive, we can switch documents and presentations with Windows users and We use Scribus ( a desktop publishing Linux app ) for brochures.

< People who keep defending linux and saying that it is better for the average user as a desktop OS are people who hate Microsoft, and trick themselves into thinking linux is the ultimate OS. If you have to chose between Windows for free or linux for free, what would you chose and why? >

I would chose SuSE Linux, for me it is easier, its stable, it doesnt crash. I dont have to worry about viruses and security holes. Better support and I can play my music, make MP3's, edit digital video from my camcorder, I can play most digital video. I do not hate MS, I have tremendous respect for Microsoft and what they do and what they have to put up with. All operating systems have their problems, there is no perfect Operating System but I like the benefits of Linux more than I like the minuses on Windows.