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: RE: Windows vs Linux, an opinion
by Jebus on Wed 16th Jul 2003 06:27 UTC

> I'm not sure what you're talking about, but if it's playing movie files, you should know that MPlayer/Xine with Windows codecs actually provides better performance than Windows. (Yes, I'm talking about Sorenson QuickTime movies, as well as .asf, .wmv, etc.) <
I was talking about games, Which there are far far far more of on windows and they peroform better thanks to directx and better driver support, much better than when run on an emulation under linux and they have the advantage of just working ;) , BTW. i should have been more clear about what i meant however i did make the post at 4:00am cut me a little slack.

> .Net is a failure. Microsoft has admitted as much by pulling nearly all references to it from its marketing material. <
.NET may or may not be a failure I dont care, the fact that microsoft is rewritting many system components to be used from .NET in Longhorn suggests otherwise (More likely they've just realised that putting .NET at the end of everything has just confused everyone (and sounds stupid), you yourself provided the perfect example assuming that VS.NET must be just for .NET development), either way I don't care I was talking about C++ in VS (Note: I removed .NET just to make you happy) and I stick by what I said VS is far supperior to anything Linux has to offer.

> Reading MS Office files is essential for any Office replacement. But there is one definite advantage of using Star/OpenOffice over MS Office: price. But if you can't live without MS Office, you can always use it in Linux with Crossover Office. <
Of course reading MS Office files is an essential step however it certainly doesn't make OpenOffice and similar in anyway supperior to MS Office, which has a wonderful workflow, as for crossover office I'm sorry I don't see the point of spending more on a comercial product to run Office on Linux when it runs on Windows and naturally doesn't have to worry about the emulation layer ;) .
> With tools such as URPMI or RedCarpet dependencies are resolved automatically. Installation of programs is easier and faster than in Windows. You do not have to touch the command line as there are graphical tools available. And there are big software repositories you can use with those programs, they're just not on ZDNet... <
Firstly I've installed programs in Windows and Linux its not faster on Linux, secondly I use the package managers which come with my distro of choice (Mandrake/Redhat) and I have experinced dependincy problems on Mandrake, I have never experienced that on Windows I just double click on it and its installed, thirdly of course there software repositories for Linux its just the Windows ones are much much bigger simply because there are more programs written for Windows, I was pointing this out because many Linux fans seem to think the only way to get software on Windows is off a comercial CD, if you looked the amount of freely avalable software for Windows on the internet outnumbers the amount avalable for Linux (Not counting Shareware programs or anything)

> Linux is getting more popular day by day. Just wait for the day where vendors start coming up with Linux drivers on the CD along with Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/??/??/../.. drivers. One should appreciate the people who spend lot of time and energy to write drivers to those devices, most of the time the OEMs do not provide specifications properly because of the M$ backlash. Linux is the way to GO!!! <
The amount of market share Linux has does not warrant the money spent on developing drivers for it, as for the Linux marketshare growing, its only growing in the Server side of things really were this sorta thing doesn't matter so much, however this is a debate about the viability of Linux for the desktop PC more so its a debate about the viability of Linux to be run on the average users desktop, most average user's haven't heard of Linux if they have they have no idea what it is, your average user buys a PC with windows + MS office preinstalled on it and doesn't have to worry about it again, reality is the only people who Linux is attracting is the techo's (I.E. people who are reading this....) who don't make up a large market share and even the techos are split from memory figures show linux has about 0.3% market penetration, of course your message is mostly anti microsoft crap which to me is just silly its an OS for F******S sake. BTW I certainly appreciate the people who spend there time writting drivers for Linux as I do all the people who take tehre time out to contribute to open source projects however that doesn't mean i should deny the reality that Linux is lagging badly behind windows in this area.

My OS isn't a brand its a tool, to use something simply because thats what everyone says is cool is foolish and would make me no better than a brand following blond bimbo (not that some guys don't do the same thing), therefore I chose Windows it works when I want it to as I want it to without me having to worry about it, BTW I'm sick to death of this desktop crap aren't you? why not move onto something relevant like discussing how to make Linux better, then a person like me will see a real need to switch ;) .