Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Feb 2006 18:20 UTC, submitted by JustThinkIt
Windows "There's a lot of confusion about Windows Vista these days. Many online discussion forums have a great number of users who express no desire to upgrade to Vista. Sure, we've all seen the screenshots and maybe a video or two of Vista in action, but for many it only seems like new tricks for an old dog. Yeah, it's got some fancy 3D effects in the interface, but OS X has been doing that for years now, and it's still Windows underneath, right? The sentiment seems to be that Vista is another Windows ME. Perhaps part of the problem is that people just don't know what Vista has in store for them."
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chiwaw
Member since:
2006-02-05

"free to install software without having to worry about oppressive EULAs, free to dispose of my data as I wanted (without being tied to certain applications)"

You do realize that what you said doesn't make any sense, since you can use all open source software within Windows. So what you said sounds like :

"In Windows I have access to softwares from the group A and from the group B. I didn't felt free, hence I switched to Linux where I just have access to softwares from the group B."

Of course there is good reasons to switch to Linux. But not the ones you said.

Edited 2006-03-01 03:36

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Rehdon Member since:
2005-07-06

Huh? It's your reply that makes no sense to me. First of all, I made some points and you're not replying to all of them: so if you're talking about "reasons I give to switch to Linux" to dismiss them please try to answer to all of them.

Second, and most important, all the applications and utilities I use under Linux are free as in beer and as in speech, while when I used Windows my software consisted of a mixmatch collection of free software, freeware, shareware and proprietary software. Now I can enjoy (and sometimes suffer because of ;) a free environment, from the OS to the last applet in my panel. Can you do the same under Windows? I don't think so.

rehdon

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

evey app I use under windows other than VS.NET is OSS. Gaim, xchat, openoffice2, celestia, you name it, all opensource, it is very possible to use nothing but OSS under windows, the only reason I continue to use VS.NET is because no OSS dev environment comes close, but there are even alternatives for that. It's all about choice

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chiwaw Member since:
2006-02-05

"all the applications and utilities I use under Linux are free as in beer and as in speech, while when I used Windows my software consisted of a mixmatch collection of free software, freeware, shareware and proprietary software. Now I can enjoy (and sometimes suffer because of ;) a free environment, from the OS to the last applet in my panel. Can you do the same under Windows? I don't think so. "

What stop me on using Windows with :

- Eclipse + GCC for my development projects
- Open Office for my documents writing
- Firefox for my web browsing
- Thunderbird for my emails
- GIMP to touch my pictures
- Apache for my web server

etc etc.

I can use pretty much all of the softwares available under Linux on my Windows (actually, I *do* use all of the softwares I just listed, with the exception of Visual Studio that I prefere instead of Eclipse).

So I can use 99% of all the softwares available under Linux. But then I can get Windows specific application if I chose to (in my case Visual Studio), because I have more freedom than under Linux.

Your other points are valid. I was only talking about your argument on having "free softwares" under Linux and not Windows.

Edited 2006-03-03 08:07

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