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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zerohalo
Member since:
2005-07-26

I agree.

Sure, Linux has a bit of a higher learning curve when it comes to setup and administration (besides the very basic install). However, most of that learning curve is because people are used to Windows. Take someone who has never used either Windows or Linux and I'm not sure the difference would be that great.

But even with the learning curve, I have non-geek friends who have switched from Windows to Linux on their small Home networks, because the time that it was taking them to deal with malware/trojans/viruses on Windows was much greater than the time that it took them to learn how to set up and administer Linux.

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rayiner Member since:
2005-07-06

However, most of that learning curve is because people are used to Windows.

This point should not be underestimated. Windows seems obvious to those that have been using it for a long time, but it's not to those who haven't. The last version of Windows I used as my primary desktop was NT 4.0. I have to use XP often enough that I can do a basic install, but its administration is not obvious to me. For example, I know if I'm having problems with my wifi card on Linux, I can get its status by doing "cat /proc/net/wireless". What's the equivalent on Windows? What's the equivalent to "dmesg"? Or anything in "/proc" for that matter? On a more developer-oriented note, what's the equivalent to "readelf", or "strace"?

I think a lot of complaints about Linux usability stem from Windows power users who get frustrated by the fact that their acquired knowledge is now useless. People whose first reaction to needing software is to Google for it, instead of firing up Synaptic. People who have no problem with regedit, but find /etc to be arcane. It works both ways too, of course. Part of my frustration with XP probably stems from having things like 'ls' ingrained into my muscle-memory.

Edited 2007-01-22 19:28

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merkoth Member since:
2006-09-22

I think a lot of complaints about Linux usability stem from Windows power users who get frustrated by the fact that their acquired knowledge is now useless.

That's why we hear so much comments like "I won't learn about computers a second time just to use Linux". The problem is that the average user thinks that he/she knows about computers just because someone else explained them how to burn a CD with Nero. So, when moved to a different platform, they suddenly find out that they don't have a single clue. Is this their fault? No. This is what happens when you have a monopoly: most people think that Windows' way is the only and better way of doing things.

Now, leaving the dead horse alone, I think that SLED 10 is a great contender for Vista: in fact, it might beat Vista on performance / hardware requirements. The UI isn't that different from Windows and works nicely.
They both would be way more suited for the enterprise without fancy graphics, though. You don't need XGL+Compiz / Aero Glass to use a freaking spreadsheet or a database frontend.

But I agree, there's a lot to keep in mind when deciding the OS your bussiness will use for a very long term besides price.

Edited 2007-01-22 19:48

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

With that being said, there are still deficiences; for example, I've moved back to Windows XP because it is impossible to surf the net and rip a cd at the same time - soundjuicer sucks up all the CPU and the internet slows to a crawl; I've yet to experience that problem running Windows XP + Intels latest drivers.

Add that to the list of applications that end users need, its not just a simple tasking of picking up, replacing and carry on working - its a whole lot more complex than that; like I keep repeating, businesses do more than just type out letters.

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amadensor Member since:
2006-04-10

I agree completely. I remember my first, jolting experience with Windows. I had to ask someone just to figure out how to change my password. Who would have guessed the three finger salute. Typing passwd made much more sense.

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