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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The apps
by Darius on Tue 15th Jul 2003 00:41 UTC

Why do people who make these comparisons in favor of Linux always compare Linux to the default Windows install with no apps? (Either that, or else they assume that MS Office is the only office suite available for Wi32.)
I mean, the first thing on his list that you can't do easily with Windows is perl. HUH??? I might be able to understand this if perl was some $400 app that was freely available in Linux, but last I checked, it's free for Windows too and easily installable.

I get frustrated with articles like this because they never look at it from both sides of the fence. They just list everything Linux does well (often exagerating in the process) and leave it at that. Whatever happened to objectivity?

PS - I think that saying Linux is 'virus free' is misleading at best, outright lying at worst.