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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RE[4]: You said:
by kaiwai on Thu 8th Mar 2007 00:45 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: You said:"
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

Or maybe they want to leave Windows because they are tired of having to worry so much?

Worry about what? if the idiot is cocking up their Windows installation, its going to be the same idiot who will cock up their Linux installation - same lyrics, different tempo.

Like I said, if they're having problems with Windows, the first port of call is to ask whether they're cocking it up - the number times I see shit loaded onto peoples computers like Incrudy Mail, a massive picture of their pig ugly kid for the background coupled with a massive *.wav file for their start up fanfare, then wonder why their machine is slower than a polician coming clean about alligations.

You make or break your own computer - Bill Gates doesn't sneak in at night, through your window, to stuff up your computer - you yourself stuff up your own computer, and no one else.

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RE[5]: You said:
by dylansmrjones on Thu 8th Mar 2007 09:21 in reply to "RE[4]: You said:"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

then wonder why their machine is slower than a polician coming clean about alligations

I don't believe a machine can be that slow.

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by stabilep on Thu 8th Mar 2007 14:21 in reply to "RE[4]: You said:"
stabilep Member since:
2006-04-02

"Worry about what? if the idiot is cocking up their Windows installation, its going to be the same idiot who will cock up their Linux installation - same lyrics, different tempo.

Like I said, if they're having problems with Windows, the first port of call is to ask whether they're cocking it up - the number times I see shit loaded onto peoples computers like Incrudy Mail, a massive picture of their pig ugly kid for the background coupled with a massive *.wav file for their start up fanfare, then wonder why their machine is slower than a polician coming clean about alligations.

You make or break your own computer - Bill Gates doesn't sneak in at night, through your window, to stuff up your computer - you yourself stuff up your own computer, and no one else."


So true kaiwai. So very true.

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RE[5]: You said:
by twenex on Thu 8th Mar 2007 20:53 in reply to "RE[4]: You said:"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

Worry about what? if the idiot is cocking up their Windows installation, its going to be the same idiot who will cock up their Linux installation - same lyrics, different tempo.

I'd like to meet the idiot who cocked up my Windows installation, but I doubt anyone at Microsoft would have the cojones to own up. So I loaded Linux and have never looked back.

You make or break your own computer - Bill Gates doesn't sneak in at night, through your window, to stuff up your computer

No, he gets PC company employees to do it for him by preloading Windows.

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by steviant on Mon 12th Mar 2007 11:07 in reply to "RE[4]: You said:"
steviant Member since:
2006-01-11

"You make or break your own computer - Bill Gates doesn't sneak in at night, through your window, to stuff up your computer - you yourself stuff up your own computer, and no one else."

Riiiight.... google for 'windows bitrot'.

You must be used to using something other than Windows.

My company has clients with desktop machines so locked down you can't browse a web page without seeing a security warning or being completely blocked, yet somehow those machines still manage to get infected with drive-by crapware.

That is not the fault of the administrators or the users, it's a fault in the operating system.

Bill Gates may not be interested in sneaking through my window to break my computer, but there are people out there who would like nothing better than to get my computer to do their dirty-work.

It's a whole lot easier for those low lifes to target my computer if it just happens to be running the OS with more than it's fair share of security holes.

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