Linked by Charles Jennings on Wed 13th Jun 2007 10:38 UTC
Linux I have so much to thank Bill Gates for: introducing me to the baffling joys of consumer computing with Windows 95; teaching me the meaning of fear and dread with Windows 98; leading me to the sunlit uplands of Windows XP; getting me out of Microsoft altogether with the arrival of Vista. I hardly know where to start. And if I hadn't flown into a high-minded anti-Microsoft, down-with-Bill-Gates fury at the start of this year, would I ever have stumbled upon ZenWalk? I doubt it.
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Terrible Article
by TaterSalad on Wed 13th Jun 2007 15:00 UTC
TaterSalad
Member since:
2005-07-06

First 3 paragraphs do nothing but slam Microsoft with absolutely no references to any problems he's had nor did he try to seek any help. The first 3 articles had nothing to do with this. Was it too much to ask to just have you start with "I downloaded and installed ZenWalk and here is my experience with it"? Linux users always feel this need to justify why they are running their OS with some type of Microsoft bashing.

Linux isn't exactly error free either with its updates every few days. I had a custom kernel I compiled and it worked fine, installed ubuntu updates, on next reboot that kernel no longer worked. Kernel Panic.

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RE: Terrible Article
by dagw on Wed 13th Jun 2007 15:08 in reply to "Terrible Article"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

You cannot take an arbitrary custom kernel, chuck it into an arbitrary Linux distro and expect it to magically work. That is hardly bug.

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RE[2]: Terrible Article
by TaterSalad on Wed 13th Jun 2007 15:12 in reply to "RE: Terrible Article"
TaterSalad Member since:
2005-07-06

But my custom kernel did work up until I installed the updates. It worked for a couple of weeks.

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RE[2]: Terrible Article
by DrillSgt on Wed 13th Jun 2007 17:53 in reply to "RE: Terrible Article"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"You cannot take an arbitrary custom kernel, chuck it into an arbitrary Linux distro and expect it to magically work. That is hardly bug."

Well, yes and no. One of the strengths of Linux is that you CAN do that. Look on any blog or anywhere on the net and that is touted as one of the biggest benefits. Comments like "If you don't like the distro's kernel, just compile your own" are very commonly made. What is not said though is that once you DO plug your custom kernel into the distro's framework, you can no longer rely on the distro's updates for any software, without suffering the same fate of the system not booting.

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RE: Terrible Article
by parrotjoe on Wed 13th Jun 2007 16:05 in reply to "Terrible Article"
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2005-07-06

It was a wonderful article. All the bashing was very light hearted and the author poked fun at himself.

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RE[2]: Terrible Article
by TaterSalad on Wed 13th Jun 2007 16:13 in reply to "RE: Terrible Article"
TaterSalad Member since:
2005-07-06

But it didn't bring anything to the article.

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RE[2]: Terrible Article
by TaterSalad on Wed 13th Jun 2007 16:26 in reply to "RE: Terrible Article"
TaterSalad Member since:
2005-07-06

And now I'm being modded down for bring up good points about the article and my own experiences with linux. If you don't want to be criticized then don't post an article, especially parts that don't pertain to the subject matter.

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RE: Terrible Article
by pfsams on Wed 13th Jun 2007 21:49 in reply to "Terrible Article"
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2006-01-05

I'm a Microsoft refugee. I also once or twice installed updates and had a panic; my Windows would not boot! I've also compiled a kernel on Linux, and learned that an update can undo your custom compile,yes it's true! I had to repair my "free as in beer" OS! Linux isn't error free, it does have security updates every few days instead of one Tuesday a month. Another problem I'm having with Linux is that I can't seem to find my Linux Genuine Advantage Validation Key!

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RE[2]: Terrible Article
by Supreme Dragon on Thu 14th Jun 2007 00:14 in reply to "RE: Terrible Article"
Supreme Dragon Member since:
2007-03-04

"Another problem I'm having with Linux is that I can't seem to find my Linux Genuine Advantage Validation Key!"

Maybe Novell and Xandros will have that "feature" in future versions of their software.

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