Linked by Scott Cabana on Thu 2nd Dec 2004 20:18 UTC
Editorial A couple of days ago, I read an interesting article by Kevin Kostis about how complex computer systems are and how they have a long way to go. I have to partly agree with his assessment, however a lot of folks don't take the time to learn about there own investment.
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RE: Learning The Basics
by Ben Faulkner on Mon 6th Dec 2004 12:38 UTC

The reality is, that yes, out of the box a new computer with Windows is easy to use. But for many, as little as a month or 2 down the track, it can become buggy, unstable and in need of some at least semi-experienced attention in order to make it good again. Even for me, even with 15 years of experience using and troubleshooting PCs, I still find myself having to draw on much of that experience in order to keep my own PC running in good order.

If I had the cash spare right now I would be replacing this windows notebook with an ibook or powerbook. Because really, Mac OS X sits just nicely between windows and linux at the moment. It is at least as easy if not easier to use than Windows, is just as stable as Linux, and as a workstation, is more powerful than either. The only problem is having to buy Mac hardware to run it.

As far as Windows is concerned, the major problem is that the core of the OS, is not a stable platform for the rest to be built on. Linux and OS X however, share the time proven UNIX underpinnings. Unlike the Windows core, UNIX has been designed from the ground up to simply work. No part of the Linux or OS X core programming has been engineered by someone with profit in mind. Windows however, and especially in the Windows NT/XP core, has been engineered by Microsoft at a time when they basically owned the PC operating system market. The only real competition Windows XP had when it was released, was Windows 9X and ME. So all it had to be was better than 9X/ME (which wasn't hard to do).

The point is, in the 'Great OS Debate' Linux and Mac OS have are much closer (but still a way to go) to what I would consider the perfect OS. Windows, just isn't on the right track. As you can see by Microsoft's behaviour of late, they know they are in serious trouble when it comes to this debate and they are fighting it with everything they have.