Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Feb 2008 21:32 UTC, submitted by Flatland_Spider
Linux The Linux Foundation has posted the second half of its long and thorough interview with Linux founder Linus Torvalds, part of the Foundation's 'open voices' podcast. While the first part of the interview focused on the Linux development community, this time Torvalds sounds off on everything from patents and innovation to the future of Linux. According to Torvalds the reason Linux hasn't taken off is that most people are happy with the way things are. "If you act differently from Windows, even if you act in some ways better, it doesn't matter; better is worse if it's different." Torvalds also attributes much of the frustration with Windows Vista to this same idea. In other words, it's not that Vista is worse than XP, but it's different and that causes distress among users.
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autumnlover
Member since:
2007-04-12

...even Vista is "different" from XP. They will be able run all software from previous Windows versions on it. Linux do not give them such possibility, still being "different".

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bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

They will be able run all software from previous Windows versions on it. Linux do not give them such possibility, still being "different".


Someone help me out here...wasn't there an article on not too long ago which showed that Linux (via WinE) was actually more compatible with more apps than Vista?

Here it is: http://wastingtimewithmikeandari.wordpress.com/2008/01/31/linux-has...

--bornagainpenguin

EDIT--added link

Edited 2008-02-12 22:14 UTC

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

I gotta say, I have no faith in that article at all. From what I have saw at work, all of our apps work just fine, but you can't run any of our software under Linux. Take a look at the AppDB on WineHQ, that list of software is nowhere near as long as Vista's, and to pretend it is just lying.

http://appdb.winehq.org/

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autumnlover Member since:
2007-04-12

Try to install Direct X 9.0c on Wine. Is't it "a few clicks away" ? Then we will continue our discussion about Wine and games.

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AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

"...even Vista is "different" from XP. They will be able run all software from previous Windows versions on it."

You clearly haven't run Vista. Or read much about it. ;)

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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

""...even Vista is "different" from XP. They will be able run all software from previous Windows versions on it."

You clearly haven't run Vista. Or read much about it. ;) "


Well, I have. I have yet to find any software that ran on previous windows that does not work with Windows Vista. I have read plenty that says "xyz does not work", but yet when I install "xyz" the program works. I must just be gifted?

The only exception is old DOS based games. Newsflash..they did not work under XP either.

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autumnlover Member since:
2007-04-12

You clearly haven't run Vista. Or read much about it. ;)


I both read and tried. In fact I tried RC of Vista. Year ago there were problems with device drivers or utilities like iWheelWorks (then - not completed - now - available) - my favourite games run perfectly. For example good old "Star Wars Galactic Battleground Saga" (DX 8.1 AFAIR) - worked on Vista, failed to start on Wine - do not see inserted game CD. If they wrote on the Wine page that they run it - well, I try to be honest and prefer genuine games, not "cracked".

Edited 2008-02-13 04:11 UTC

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Rehdon Member since:
2005-07-06

People don't "prefer" Vista: they just get it preloaded on the computers they buy. The difference with the recent past is that more and more people would rather get the previous version of Microsoft operating system, Windows XP, to the point that several hardware companies are trying to accomodate as best as they can.

Of course when Microsoft will eventually pull the plug on XP people won't have other choice than to "prefer" Vista, and Vista alone.

Rehdon

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KAMiKAZOW Member since:
2005-07-06

...even Vista is "different" from XP. They will be able run all software from previous Windows versions on it. Linux do not give them such possibility

Why are so many people buying eeePCs? It runs Linux, not Windows.

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rain Member since:
2005-07-09


Why are so many people buying eeePCs? It runs Linux, not Windows.


Because of the hardware.

Edited 2008-02-13 08:48 UTC

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