Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Jan 2007 21:09 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Linux "Today, you can do everything you want with a Linux desktop, except play the latest games. Even there, Linux is catching up. So, why do only a handful of people run Linux instead of Windows? Here are my top-four reasons why Windows wins and Linux loses."
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WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

You want hardware support? Then yeah, I guess windows has it, but not out of the box.

Who gives a shit if it works out of the box or not? As long as I can go to the vendor's website and download a driver, that's more than enough for me. I usually do that anyway.
While it's true that Linux is more likely to work (esp out of the box) with a 15yo SCSI hard drive controller that you've got stored in the closet, it doesn't do quite as well with the bleeding-edge stuff. If it doesn't work out of the box on Linux, and there's no driver to download from the vendor, how the hell do you make it work, assuming you even can make it work?

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popey Member since:
2006-05-24

People deploying an OS to multiple machines don't want to have to install loads of 3rd party crud like drivers. On Windows getting a "good" build takes ages.

Windows install, add office (or whatever flavour), drivers for LAN, sound, graphics, printer and so on, acrobat etc etc

All that can be done in one hit with most modern linux distributions. You can be up and running with all of the above in about 30 mins, from a blank machine to a running desktop. No joke, no mess, no 3rd party websites, no "register to download driver", no "give me your asset tag number" mess at all.

I tried vista on a 1 year old spanky Dell laptop, it couldn't even find the audio hardware. Ubuntu found everything, wireless, bluetooth, SD-card slot, the lot, one reboot, all done.

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Colonel Panic Member since:
2005-07-28

Who gives a shit if it works out of the box or not? As long as I can go to the vendor's website and download a driver, that's more than enough for me. I usually do that anyway.
While it's true that Linux is more likely to work (esp out of the box) with a 15yo SCSI hard drive controller that you've got stored in the closet, it doesn't do quite as well with the bleeding-edge stuff. If it doesn't work out of the box on Linux, and there's no driver to download from the vendor, how the hell do you make it work, assuming you even can make it work?


You mean like InfiniBand, AOE, and stuff like that? I love how uniformed people can post away without actually finding out the facts with an "open" mind and even if you are from the Windows crowd, saying "Hey, that particular feature is really nice" and visa-versa.

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

You mean like InfiniBand, AOE, and stuff like that

No, it's simpler than that. Linux doesn't recognize my bluetooth card, my wireless adapter, or my webcam. No drivers exist. Unless I use Windows, I have to sacrifice that capability, which sucks.

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