Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:05 UTC, submitted by Luis
Linux Complaining about Windows Vista is a national past time on Internet forums these days. Windows Vista 'costs too much', 'has onerous product activation', 'requires too much hardware', etc. These complaints are often followed up by a very simple boast: 'I'm just going to switch to Linux'. But in today's landscape, how viable is that statment? Is the threat to switch to Linux an empty one, or is it entirely possible?"
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Wrong OS Picked
by qa1433 on Wed 7th Mar 2007 21:52 UTC
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2007-01-14

Hi all,

Personally I would have used PCLinux over Ubuntu for this comparison. PCLinux is a better OS for and lends itself better for this type of comparison. A lot of the issues he encountered with Ubuntu would have not been an issue with PCLinux.

That said I thought the article was well written and compared the real world problems of switching OS's. The negative points he raised about Ubuntu are all perfectly valid points.

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RE: Wrong OS Picked
by Xaero_Vincent on Wed 7th Mar 2007 22:02 in reply to "Wrong OS Picked"
Xaero_Vincent Member since:
2006-08-18

Yeah PCLinuxOS 2007 is really making inroads now. It has a fantastic control center like Mandriva but is spared the agony of Mandriva's bugs (like my USB mouse not working on bootup) and far less bloat.

Now it just needs a 64-bit edition.

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RE: Wrong OS Picked
by Supreme Dragon on Wed 7th Mar 2007 22:03 in reply to "Wrong OS Picked"
Supreme Dragon Member since:
2007-03-04

I agree, PCLinuxOS and Freespire would have been better choices. But it could have been worse, it could have been called "Thirty Days with Vista".

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RE[2]: Wrong OS Picked
by Xaero_Vincent on Wed 7th Mar 2007 22:09 in reply to "RE: Wrong OS Picked"
Xaero_Vincent Member since:
2006-08-18

Or one day with Linux XP.

Wait until you see the 30 boot (not 99) evaluation period and proprietary Java tools. After the 30 days your Fedora Core 3 clone locks your user-account.

Linux XP's massive repository of *eight* packages is also amazing.

Edited 2007-03-07 22:10

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RE: Wrong OS Picked
by raver31 on Thu 8th Mar 2007 00:40 in reply to "Wrong OS Picked"
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

Not really, he picked Ubuntu because that is the Linux distro people are talking about.

Windows users, who are looking for alternatives ask me about Ubuntu. They have not heard of PCLinuxOS, or Mepis, or even a really promising looking one.... Linux Mint.

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