Linked by David Adams on Mon 25th May 2009 21:22 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Over the years, we've occasionally run an "Ask OSNews" feature, wherein a reader asks us a question and we answer it publicly. Lately I've really been enjoying Slate's Dear Prudence advice column and the ever-interesting Straight Dope, and I thought we should see if we can get more OSNews readers to submit questions, and turn Ask OSNews into a more-regular thing. If your question falls outside of our domain expertise, we'll try to track down an expert to help out. And of course, our responses will always be supplemented by further advice from OSNews readers in the comments. Questions are welcome on any topic ranging from OSes and computing to science and geek culture. Contact us with your questions. (Please include "Ask OSNews" in the subject). Today's question is from a young student in Hungary who's seduced by the faraway siren song of Apple's marketing and wonders, "should I switch?"
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software license matters
by aeischeid on Mon 25th May 2009 22:55 UTC
aeischeid
Member since:
2009-05-25

I am surprised that there wasn't more said about the license issue. One of the reasons that I recommend Linux is because of the open source nature. Even if I don't happen to recommend Linux for whatever reason, I try to take the opportunity to explain why open source matters, and for the most part people appreciate understanding those things better.

Specifically I usually recommend Linux Mint to my friends when they ask. I suggest anyone considering an apple for the stability, usability, and aesthetics take a look at Mint.

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RE: software license matters
by krreagan on Tue 26th May 2009 17:29 in reply to "software license matters"
krreagan Member since:
2008-04-08

Most users don't care about the license. It only matters to the politically inclined. Linux is too flaky for the average user to deal with... That's why it still has such a small desktop penetration after all these years. It won't get any better for the foreseeable future either. Dispite what people say, Linux is only for the geek (or geek wannabe's).

OS X is much simpler for the average user and more powerful for the expert user. (the HW and drivers are all well known and don't have any where near as many compatibility issues as Linux). You can run windows or linux on a mac if needed, but this is becoming much less necessary.

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