Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Aug 2009 17:55 UTC
X11, Window Managers Over the past couple of months, and especially over the past couple of weeks, I've been working very hard to write and complete my thesis. I performed all the work on Windows 7, but now that the thesis is finally done, submitted, and accepted, I installed Ubuntu - and immediately I was reminded of why I do not do any serious work on Linux: the train wreck that is
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RE: Yes
by jibadeeha on Sat 15th Aug 2009 18:46 UTC in reply to "Yes"
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Until the graphical and multimedia stack is replaced/reworked, Linux is great for the server market where a GUI isn't even required, but it simply cannot hold a light to Windows or OSX when it comes to the desktop.

This has not been my experience of Linux and I am by no means a Linux fanboy. I am just not sure how you arrive at such a statement, with regards to Linux cannot hold a light to Windows or OSX when it comes to the desktop.

I have been using Linux as my main desktop for a few years now and have put it under quite a lot of strain and I can safely say it has stacked up well against the aforementioned ... I can't say that the same is true with regards to Windows in terms of stability.

It allows me to run the same applications that I would otherwise use under a Windows environment (e.g. OpenOffice, Firefox, etc) and I have never experienced any problems with stability.

Perhaps my hardware just works with Linux ?? Without wishing to get into any argument, I would be very interested to understand why you don't think Linux stacks up well against Windows or OSX.

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RE[2]: Yes
by jibadeeha on Sat 15th Aug 2009 18:54 in reply to "RE: Yes"
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Not sure why I would get modded down for stating that my experience of Linux is different to the parent poster ... oh well ;)

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RE[3]: Yes
by Tuishimi on Sat 15th Aug 2009 23:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Yes"
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I did not mod you down, but I considered it because of this statement:

I can't say that the same is true with regards to Windows in terms of stability.

I have been working with and developing on Windows for about 15 years now and I have never found it to be "unstable," especially once NT was released.

I've never had the problems of crashing that people speak of... but I maintained my systems (even as linux users have become used to performing or monitoring their system, performing maintenance if or when needed), kept the file system tight, cleaned out out the registry, etc.

Fact is, I rarely find ANY operating system as buggy as 90% of the people on the internet seem to rant about.

I've been a heavy user of Windows/Windows NT (3.x all the way to 7), Mac OS/Mac OS X (7.x-10.5), VMS, OS/2 Warp, and my favorite, BeOS. For each of these systems I have used them for at least a solid year, for casual use and for development purposes. None of them ever gave me problems (unless I knowingly went ahead and installed buggy products or drivers - which I have done, but I would not blame the OS if something goes wrong).

People throw up comments like they are tried and true facts, evidence to be pondered, when in reality they are just points of view arrived at by one bad experience which, if they had known the operating system better, might never have happened or never had caused them grief.

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RE[2]: Yes
by Raeth on Sat 15th Aug 2009 23:58 in reply to "RE: Yes"
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Then you are fortunate enough to have never experienced an X crash. The point is that if a crash does happen, X does not handle it well and destroys whatever's running on your desktop.

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