Linked by Neeraj Singh on Mon 23rd Apr 2007 19:02 UTC
Windows If you shout something loud enough and many people are saying it, does it become true? Some groups of people (include tech journalists and Linux advocates, such as Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols) have a psychological need to find Vista lacking. Mr. V-N has predicted that Vista will have all manner of problems, so his clear interest is to point out everything that is wrong with the OS. Who cares if he has to even make some stuff up?
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I agree with author
by TBPrince on Mon 23rd Apr 2007 23:41 UTC
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2005-07-06

I don't agree with all of author's arguments but I agree with his conclusion: SJVN is too biased, to the point I'm not reading those rants anymore (which is unusual for me, because I use to read about Linux, though I'm not using it. I also read about Solaris, xBSD and sometimes about little OS projects too. I use to like to read people's opinions though I'm still happy with my Vista choise.).

There's a big difference in saying "I prefer Linux" and "Everything Microsoft does is just 100% awful because it is...".

Unfortunately, that's how you end up when you start believing that Windows is popular because of marketing. Instead of asking "Why Linux community is not able to make good desktop applications, except thousands of instant messengers... thousands of little utilities etc. ?", which would be the point, you start believing that Microsoft evil marketing machine is covering users' eyes.

And then, of course, if you behave like that you just start to spread myths. So you just repeat that "Linux is inherently more secure than Windows no matter what" and you don't wonder why Linux was most hacked OS during 2005 (according to UK Gov Security agency... an article I think I found here on OSNews... if I recall it right).

Oh, and what about 0 vulnerabilities in IIS 6 or SQL 2005? Hmmm... didn't read SJVN writing about these good results nor comparing them to nasty (according to what I read) Apache 2 critical bug.

That's exactly what being biased is: bugs for your most hated OS get so important they could lead to end of planet Earth life... bugs for your preferred OS are.. well... just bugs. ;-)

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RE: I agree with author
by Sophotect on Tue 24th Apr 2007 00:09 in reply to "I agree with author"
Sophotect Member since:
2006-04-26

Index finger waggling!
1st: Vista for now is meant for desktop use. So no comparisons between that and Apache, please.
2nd: There is no Linux as such. There are individual distributions from different vendors or groups which bundle the kernel at different patch levels and different drivers, with different administration tools and defaults for core components and packet repositories and services and bundle that with different applications. It's up to you to choose from them according to your needs, including different security subsystems which sometimes can eliminate the exploitability of said bugs in different ways.
3rd: "Good" in desktop applications is a matter of taste besides of their capabilities. Here also it is up to you to choose from them, there is more than countless incarnations of instant messengers.
4th: can you spell difference and choice?

Edited 2007-04-24 00:10

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RE: I agree with author
by kaiwai on Tue 24th Apr 2007 16:27 in reply to "I agree with author"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't agree with all of author's arguments but I agree with his conclusion: SJVN is too biased, to the point I'm not reading those rants anymore (which is unusual for me, because I use to read about Linux, though I'm not using it. I also read about Solaris, xBSD and sometimes about little OS projects too. I use to like to read people's opinions though I'm still happy with my Vista choise.).


Plonk me in that catagory. I love reading about the interesting things that are occuring in other operating systems and software - whether or not I use them. It would be nice for people to just be happy with what they have rather than feeling the need to push their choices onto others, and bash those who happen to run a particular operating system which isn't the same as their own.

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