Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 31st Mar 2009 06:30 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Many have gotten antsy the past months about the Conficker worm, and all with good reason. Though the worm hasn't done much of anything (yet) except spread like the plague, it's infectious if one doesn't have his or her Windows operating system up-to-date with the most recent security updates. The worm is supposed to execute on April 1st, and the computer world is holding its breath to see if a disaster comparable to the hyped-up supposed Y2K doomsday will ensue or if it's just someone's idea of a sick April Fool's Day joke.
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RE[4]: Yet another reason....
by spinnekopje on Tue 31st Mar 2009 20:21 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Yet another reason...."
spinnekopje
Member since:
2008-11-29

Go ask the 98% of people who don't like Linux why, and you'll find all their reasons stem from dependencies.


I'm sure you're wrong, I have 3 reasons:
1: I can't open my documents (all in the latest MS Office format)
2: I can't use my favorite windows-only program and I don't want to look for a good (or better) alternative.
3: My hardware doesn't work out of the box

Not even 1 person said something about dependencies if I only count people I talked to in real life.

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RE[5]: Yet another reason....
by pixel8r on Wed 1st Apr 2009 04:01 in reply to "RE[4]: Yet another reason...."
pixel8r Member since:
2007-08-11

"Go ask the 98% of people who don't like Linux why, and you'll find all their reasons stem from dependencies.


I'm sure you're wrong, I have 3 reasons:
1: I can't open my documents (all in the latest MS Office format)
2: I can't use my favorite windows-only program and I don't want to look for a good (or better) alternative.
3: My hardware doesn't work out of the box

Not even 1 person said something about dependencies if I only count people I talked to in real life.
"

This is true. However...

1. You would first need the latest MS office in order to save documents in that format (you claimed they were YOUR documents). since MS Office 2007 doesn't run on linux, this problem is moot. Earlier versions of office (up to 2003) will run perfectly under wine. Works for me. If you must open MS Office 2007 documents, the best solution is still ms office on windows. There are converters for OpenOffice but I've yet to see one that works 100%.

2. fair enough - however I have this trouble when trying to run linux-only programs on windows. its a real pain.

3. I'm finding this hard to believe. What you may have meant is that your hardware does not have ALL of its features supported 100% on linux. This isn't a problem for most pc users. As long as they have a desktop and can surf the net and use email they're fine - and linux does this superbly.

I am a home user and I've used linux for 7+ years now. Yes sometimes it is a pain in the neck, but I switched because I thought the same of windows. I'm not suggesting linux is perfect, but I do believe it is technically better than all other mainstream OS's. For myself, I prefer using it for the customizability and freedom it gives me. I hardly use any office software - mostly I do software development(qt) and use the internet, email and watch tv. incidently my tv card doesn't work on windows, no matter how hard i try.

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RE[5]: Yet another reason....
by Dave_K on Wed 1st Apr 2009 10:19 in reply to "RE[4]: Yet another reason...."
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

I'm sure you're wrong, I have 3 reasons: 1: I can't open my documents (all in the latest MS Office format) 2: I can't use my favorite windows-only program and I don't want to look for a good (or better) alternative. 3: My hardware doesn't work out of the box


I agree, if you include the lack of games in reason 2 then that covers the most common reasons (by far) that I hear for not using Linux. Those 3 certainly cover 95% of why I stick with Windows.

I do still hit software installation and upgrade issues in Linux now and then, but things have improved massively in this area. I wouldn't say that the dependency issues I've experienced in modern Linux distributions are any more annoying than the unnecessary restarts when installing software in Windows.

I sometimes work from home, so being able to open documents from other people is essential. There's no point in using OpenOffice at all when most of the documents I'm working with have to be in Microsoft's formats. Booting into Windows to open a form someone's sent me, or trying to run MS Office under Linux, are a waste of my time.

Then there's the quality of the available software, and the hassle learning to uses a different app. I'm not saying that GIMP, for example, isn't a decent product, but I have several years of experience with Photoshop, I already own a copy of it, have loads of images saved in its format, and the thought of switching to something else isn't appealing when there's no reason to do so.

I also use my PC for ripping audio CDs and playing music, and the tools available for Linux just aren't on a par with the equivalent Windows software. No Linux ripping software compares with Exact Audio Copy for features and automation, and Foobar2000 is more mature and feature rich than any Linux audio player. It wouldn't be the end of the world if I had to downgrade to the software available for Linux, but it would outweigh any advantages that Linux offers.

Hardware compatibility is a bit less of an issue these days, but I'd still have to replace my E-mu USB soundcard and a couple of other components if I was to switch. That would erase any cost advantage when comparing Windows to Linux.

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