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]: -OT- RE: wm for a server?
by lemur2 on Tue 20th Nov 2007 11:57 UTC in reply to "RE: -OT- RE: wm for a server?"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Apps. There are still plently of great apps which don't have an equal equivalent on Linux. It really is that simple.


Myth. An element of truth some time ago, but now largely a myth serving someone's agenda.

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TLZ_ Member since:
2007-02-05

Linux has really come a long way in recent years and in some areas it might even be ahead of windows, but it's still lagging behind in some places.

For instance, Photoshop is superiour to GIMP. Both in terms of functionality, and usability. (but GIMPShop might fix this, haven't tried that yet. And I hear rumors of better GUI on the next version of GIMP as well...)

Also, numerous people run less known Windows app that are so small that nobody takes time to create a linux-equal.

However, Linux has come a long way and it's definetly getting there. Esp. Ubuntu have impressed me. In 2-3 years I might even switch. So to conclude: not there today... but really closing in.

For the record: I'm running XP... and I'll prob. never going to run Vista. I've never felt Windows as evil as people complain about, except this one. When I used it i felt like I lost control and ownership of my computer. Program files where hidden away in cryptic directories. Plus, my own program(Yup, another Notepad clone!) didn't work on it. Luckily I'm writing it to be completely .net 2.0 compliant with no unmananged code, so when Mono gets full 2.0 compability it'll be easy to get it over to Linux. ;)

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netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

In 2-3 years I might even switch. So to conclude: not there today... but really closing in.

Why should you switch?
You can configure a dual-boot and perhaps disable networking for windows.

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dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

No it isn't a myth. I know this because I experience it, and get annoyed by it. I've tried all the Linux alternatives, and despite the fact that I prefer the Linux OS, I still find myself booting into windows XP (so that I can use many apps. I honestly wish it wasn't so, since I really like using Linux.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

No it isn't a myth. I know this because I experience it, and get annoyed by it. I've tried all the Linux alternatives, and despite the fact that I prefer the Linux OS, I still find myself booting into windows XP (so that I can use many apps. I honestly wish it wasn't so, since I really like using Linux.


If you name the applications and the type of lock-in data that causes you to go back to windows XP, perhaps someone can offer you a suggestion that you were not aware of that would save you that hassle, and allow you to continue using Linux, which you say you like.

I find myself that there is not that much that cannot be worked around, and the amount of stuff that has to processed "windows-only" grows less and less all the time. I find that I have roughly about the same amount of trouble dealing with foreign-format "difficult" data using an up-to-date Linux desktop as I do in Windows XP when it comes to dealing with "legacy-format-data".

For example, my wife is a teacher and her school uses a proprietary Windows-only prgram for grades and reports. Fortunately, that program runs just fine under Wine.

Where there is a will, very often there is a way.

Edited 2007-11-21 22:57

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autumnlover Member since:
2007-04-12

Myth. An element of truth some time ago, but now largely a myth serving someone's agenda.


Imagine yourself stuck on a desert island with notebook loaded with latest Inkscape and a pile of CDs loaded with *.CDR files...

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Imagine yourself stuck on a desert island with notebook loaded with latest Inkscape and a pile of CDs loaded with *.CDR files...


http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/FAQ#What_can_I_do_with_.2A.....
(scroll down the the answer to FAQ question 6.8)

Now imagine yourself on the same desert island with notebook loaded with default Windows XP install and the same pile of CDs loaded with *.CDR files...

What, you are going to try to open those files in Paint? Or perhaps Notepad?

Good luck with that.

Edited 2007-11-21 22:23

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