Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Aug 2006 18:46 UTC, submitted by Borys Musielak
Windows "Microsoft has reached an enormous success with its Windows product during the last decade and practically monopolized the market for home computer operating systems. But, does it mean Windows is still the best OS around, especially for power users? I'm going to cumulate my Windows XP frustrations and tell you about the top 10 reasons why I decided to dump Windows and use GNU/Linux as my primary desktop OS."
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RE: I like it
by pandronic on Wed 9th Aug 2006 08:54 UTC in reply to "I like it"
pandronic
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2006-05-18

Come on, the article is really biased.

For example:

- the security part - all you have to do is install ZoneAlarm free edition before pluging in the network cable. Your computer won't be twice as slow as the author states. You don't need antivirus software if you know a few basic rules - like not opening *.jpg.exe attachements, and running software from supermegahyperwarez.com

- about the Start menu - I could argue exactly the opposite - I like having a long list of the installed software instead of KDE's crazy menus, and how many applications can one have installed if you cannot find them in an alfabetically ordered list?

- I see no use for the onmouseover focus thingie, I don't see the use for a software repository, I like clicking Next,Next,...,Finish to install my applications and not typing make,./configure and some other crap, I like running windows as admin, because I don't have to constantly type the admin password, and yet I've never had viruses, adware, spyware and WTFware.

- my Windows installation is 3 years old and I have yet to experience a crash or a BSOD

- I have a working onboard network adapter, 3D acceleration, 100hz refresh rate for my monitor without editing *.conf files, sound support, PPPoE internet connection, I can play MP3s, I can run Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash, I can play the latest games and I can do so much more ... with just a few clicks

You see, it's just as easy to go to the other extreme. I don't think such an article should be on the first page - it's just the opinion of a pissed off user (as he states in the begining), not news material. I'm really sick of seeing this kind of articles about user switching from Windows to Linux and about Linux gurus switching to Windows or Mac.

Edited 2006-08-09 08:56

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RE[2]: I like it
by hal2k1 on Wed 9th Aug 2006 11:41 in reply to "RE: I like it"
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

Come on, your response is really biased.

// the security part - all you have to do is install ZoneAlarm free edition before pluging in the network cable. //

Nope. For a start, ZoneAlarm doesn't come on the Windows disk. One would have to download it from the net first ... oops!!! 3 minutes these days or thereabouts for an out-of-the-box install of Windows to be owned. Not enough time for most single users to be able download Zonealarm. It is getting so that only a company or a computer store can install Windows "uncorrupted" these days.

//about the Start menu - I could argue exactly the opposite - I like having a long list of the installed software instead of KDE's crazy menus, and how many applications can one have installed if you cannot find them in an alfabetically ordered list? //

Nope.

For Windows, to fire up a PDF viewer application, I have to use: Start -> Programs -> Adobe -> Acrobat. How am I supposed to know that if I was new to the game?

For a friendly version of KDE it is:

KDE Menu -> Office -> Publishing -> PDF viewer (KPDF).

Far easier to find.

// I don't see the use for a software repository ... not typing make,./configure and some other crap//

The use of a software repository is, of course to allow one to search amongst ~20,000 packages in one place for whatever one wants, then click "Select for Installation" and "Apply" to install software, and not what one has to do for Windows ... search all over the net for hours for what one wants, try to figure out if it is time-limited, adware or worse spyware, hope like hell it isn't a Trojan, keylogger or virus, download it somewhere, try to find out where it was saved, then click Next, Next .... Registration Key, agree to give away your first born, re-enter registration key, call support, wait through hours of elevator music ... etc, etc, etc.

//my Windows installation is 3 years old and I have yet to experience a crash or a BSOD//

So? Likewise for Linux installs, likewise for OSX. The telling thing here is that you seem to see the need to even say that.

//- I have a working onboard network adapter, 3D acceleration, 100hz refresh rate for my monitor without editing *.conf files, sound support, PPPoE internet connection, I can play MP3s, I can run Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash, I can play the latest games and I can do so much more ... with just a few clicks//

And so do I, with Linux. I have the equivalent of all that ***out of the box** in under an hour from a new pristine hard disk and a Linux install DVD, instead of paying $$$$$ for all the additional applications and taking over a week to get it all set up.

//You see, it's just as easy to go to the other extreme.//

Indeed, it is perfectly easy to go the other extreme if you lie about what Linux is like.

Edited 2006-08-09 11:45

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RE[3]: I like it
by pandronic on Wed 9th Aug 2006 13:19 in reply to "RE[2]: I like it"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

It is getting so that only a company or a computer store can install Windows "uncorrupted" these days.

Well, they should be installing an OS anyway, or at least someone who knows what he/she's doing. Do you see grandma firing up the partitioner and whiping up partitions?

The use of a software repository is, of course to allow one to search amongst ~20,000 packages in one place for whatever one wants, then click "Select for Installation" and "Apply" to install software, and not what one has to do for Windows ... search all over the net for hours for what one wants, try to figure out if it is time-limited, adware or worse spyware, hope like hell it isn't a Trojan, keylogger or virus, download it somewhere, try to find out where it was saved, then click Next, Next .... Registration Key, agree to give away your first born, re-enter registration key, call support, wait through hours of elevator music ... etc, etc, etc.

Really? You could download your applications from a website like Softpedia.com, or you could search for a couple of reviews. I bet you would be finished before, grandma figured how to install the latest version of gcc needed to compile that elusive application she didn't find in the repository. But what if, God forbid, there isn't such an application for Linux and she has to use it via Wine? ... the horror, the horror.

download it somewhere, try to find out where it was saved

That is really lame ... how is downloading different in Linux?

So? Likewise for Linux installs, likewise for OSX. The telling thing here is that you seem to see the need to even say that.

I said that because the author said Windows crashed every few weeks. RTA

And so do I, with Linux. I have the equivalent of all that ***out of the box** in under an hour from a new pristine hard disk and a Linux install DVD, instead of paying $$$$$ for all the additional applications and taking over a week to get it all set up.

You are really living in a little fantasy world of your own. Maybe not all of us are Linux experts, but I sure do know a lot of people who are not Windows experts that can install all those in an hour.

What about Photoshop? What are you running? Photoshop 7? Be sure not to breathe, cause it might crash.

Indeed, it is perfectly easy to go the other extreme if you lie about what Linux is like.

Yes Linux is almighty, a paradigm of user-friendliness and functionality.

I rest my case.

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