Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Dec 2007 19:39 UTC, submitted by michuk
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "It may be a brave opinion but I predict that Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista are going to be the two operating systems that will take over the largest chunk of the desktop OS market during the next couple of years. This comparison is based on my experience with both systems during the last couple of weeks on two different computers."
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Useless review
by abraxas on Wed 5th Dec 2007 13:48 UTC
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2005-07-07

The reviewer doesn't take into account device compatibility, common software compatibility, or typical desktop tasks like importing music and photos, playing video, encoding audio/video, or playing games. Personally I beleive that both OSX and Linux are better options than Vista for a subset of computer users. Unfortunately certain software and/or hardware is only compatible with Windows. If you're willing to make the change and learn something new Linux or OSX will probably work for you but if you don't want to learn something new or need some specialty hardware or software then you're probably stuck with Windows.

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RE: Useless review
by lemur2 on Wed 5th Dec 2007 22:50 in reply to "Useless review"
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2007-02-17

Unfortunately certain software and/or hardware is only compatible with Windows.


Unsupported, or misleading, accusation.

I could equally well, for example, say that certain software is only compatible with *nix.

For example:
http://us3.samba.org/samba/
http://xinehq.de/index.php/about
http://www.winehq.org/
http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/

I know you will scream in protest ... but the underlying point still stands.

Certainly Linux will run on far, far more hardware than either Vista or MacOSX can, and Linux has drivers for more peripherals than Vista or MacOSX does.

Finally, if you are going to claim that in order to run either Vista or MacOSX properly then you must chose the right hardware and software that is compatible with it ... then it has been shown that exactly the same can be said of Linux.

If you're willing to make the change and learn something new Linux or OSX will probably work for you but if you don't want to learn something new or need some specialty hardware or software then you're probably stuck with Windows.


Sorry, but Vista is also "something new" that also requires you to be "willing to make the change and learn".

Edited 2007-12-05 22:54

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