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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RE[4]: Give it some time
by daschmidty on Wed 5th Dec 2007 19:30 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Give it some time"
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A few command line related observations:
1) as someone already mentioned the command line is the easiest howto you can give, because you don't have to explain anything to a user about complex work that they have to do. Compare a windows howto to an ubuntu howto. Simple networking howtos on windows are pages long, filled with dozens of screenshots of config windows that all looks almost identical. A Linux howto is generally one page culminating in a few CLI commands with instructions "Open a console, and copy-paste" Can it get much simpler or more straightforward then copy-paste?

2. While people have already brought up the cli vs regedit argument, I prefer to reference the mac os 10.5. In a post earlier this week in the "mac osx10.5 is the new vista, the "3d" dock issue was brought up by many people. This was quickly trivialized by mac users with a simple fix:

"To make dock 2D go to terminal and type the following:
defaults write no-glass -boolean YES
killall Dock

To make dock 3D
defaults write no-glass -boolean NO
killall Dock

Granted it should be a preference item, but why does everyone whine so much about this?"

So apparently, it's no big deal to use the CLI is MacOS when setting "Power User" settings, but in Linux using the CLI for anything is immediately viewed as absurd. It's somewhat hypocritical, in that the mac cli, which is just a UNIX cli anyways, is seen as a feature that makes OSX more useful, flexible, and powerful, but the linux cli gets such a bad rap.

Edited 2007-12-05 19:31

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