Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 16:56 UTC, submitted by Robert
Novell and Ximian Novell might have signed a patent and interoperability deal with Microsoft Corp but it is not about to give up competing with the software giant and last week released a study that suggests its Linux desktop product is better value than Windows Vista. The company's competitive guide compares SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop with Windows Vista and claims that the Linux product provides 90% of Vista's functionality and 10% of the price.
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segedunum
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2005-07-06

Consider cost of getting free windows programs(which is myth in linux community, how can be a windows program is free) examples firefox, OO, avast antivirus, paint.net, comodo firewall, adware, spybot, spywareblaster, GIMP...

There's only one problem. In a Linux distrbution, I have an awful lot of those applications ready to install at the click of a button. I don't need anti-virus, free or otherwise, and I don't need to spend half my life finding out where to get these things and spend the other half downloading a ton of exe files and then install each individual one.

If nothing else, you've given an example of why it's a bad idea to write open source software for Windows, simply in order for Microsoft to sell Windows. After all, remember that if you're an ISV developing on Windows, whether you develop free software or not, you're a one night stand:

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleB...

and on top of that ALL YOUR HARDWARE, PERIPHERALS WORKS and INSTALLS in less that 10 minutes on windows machine.....

Yer. Right after I've downloaded and installed those motherboard drivers I already have installed with Linux (assuming that goes OK), along with my graphics drivers, my TV card drivers and the awful software that comes with it (I already have TV card drivers installed on Linux and Kaffeine allows me to watch TV in a couple of minutes of scanning), download and configure my wireless drivers............................ That's assuming I've got the discs or know where to download them from online.

And then I go on holiday to get over it.

10 minutes. Bugger. If you do all that above then you've got little time to even get yourself a wife.

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Axord Member since:
2005-06-30

If nothing else, you've given an example of why it's a bad idea to write open source software for Windows, simply in order for Microsoft to sell Windows.

Does that outweigh the benefits of cross-platform software? If the state of software is equal between two platforms then people would choose solely based on the merit of the platforms.

Additionally, switching both the platform and the apps at once is more difficult than just switching either the apps or the platform individually.

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