Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Nov 2007 21:22 UTC, submitted by irbis
Window Managers "Linux has proven amazingly flexible: after nearly 10 years of use, I'm still impressed by how the Linux operating system does exactly what I want on any type of hardware. Desktop customization is no exception; from the ultra-modern KDE and GNOME window managers to with the likes of Fluxbox and AfterStep, there's a Linux desktop to suit everyone."
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RE[2]: wm for a server?
by atezun on Tue 20th Nov 2007 00:17 UTC in reply to "RE: wm for a server?"
atezun
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2005-07-06

While this statement is a bit untrue, as I've seen plenty of xp installs just work. Some of us just don't like dealing with some of the nuances of windows. As a student developer setting up a gcc is a royal pain in windows, while it's nearly idiot proof on most linux distros. Plus as a science major there's all sorts of useful software just sitting in my repositories.

Also, on my laptop I need to do a total of 11 driver installs on a fresh copy of XP. If you ask me that's absolutely nuts. Vista thankfully brought this down to a total of 2, but Vista has it's own problem. A linux install meanwhile takes me half the time and all I need is two clicks of a mouse to enable my wireless and accelerated video drivers. My trackpad in particular is a sticking point. It stinks in windows as its scroll no matter its sensitivity is jumpy and horribly unresponsive, not to mention on some websites it plain refuses to function. Yet in linux it is smooth as can be.

In general my biggest beef with windows is its software maintenance scheme(installs, upgrades, finding new programs) as it's nothing short of a PITA. I'll admit I'm an exception though as windows has never been my primary OS.

For me though I guess it's the reverse, what can windows do for ME that a properly configured linux install can't?

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RE[3]: wm for a server?
by l3v1 on Tue 20th Nov 2007 09:38 in reply to "RE[2]: wm for a server?"
l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

as I've seen plenty of xp installs just work


Not a Really Good Argument (tm) since people just might drop on you saying the opposite (myself included). I won't do that, just told so you know, and I almost agree with the rest you said.

what can windows do for ME that a properly configured linux install can't?


Well, there are some things, strictly windows related, but I wouldn't really care about that. Thing is, if one is able enough to know what one needs, one could sometimes find out that both of them could do the job. If this is the case, subjective preference will decide. But most of the time it's some external influence, e.g. at work we have to do only windows development since I'm about the only one who knows Linux and teamwork dictates.

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