Linked by Kroc Camen on Fri 9th Apr 2010 10:29 UTC
Linux "To be clear about this article's intent, it's not to bash Microsoft, or Windows. Because to be fair, despite using Linux 95% of the time while I'm on the PC, I can find more faults with it than Windows. So, this article's goal is to highlight some of the major pluses of Linux, and also showcase where Windows could improve in the future, should Microsoft take heed of the suggestions."
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RE: Comment by tuma324
by Coxy on Fri 9th Apr 2010 11:18 UTC in reply to "Comment by tuma324"
Coxy
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2006-07-01

Well for starters, getting billions of people to use it as opposed to a few million nerds.

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RE[2]: Comment by tuma324
by tuma324 on Fri 9th Apr 2010 11:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by tuma324"
tuma324 Member since:
2010-04-09

Well for starters, getting billions of people to use it as opposed to a few million nerds.


How does that makes Windows a better platform than Linux?

If we use the same logic, then is McDonalds better than the other hamburgers just because more people go to McDonalds?

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RE[3]: Comment by tuma324
by Coxy on Fri 9th Apr 2010 11:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by tuma324"
Coxy Member since:
2006-07-01

All the things that the article claims linux does better could equally be applied in article called "things windows does better than linux." It all depends on your perspective.

I mean come on, how many "normal"* people know about point one - or need to know? partitioning.

Point seven is a joke. Obviously never actually used windows if he thinks Linux does that better.

People don't use windows just because it comes with their computer. They use it because they couldn't give a 5h!t about partioning, command lines, etc - or OS's.

* by normal I don't mean the 6 year old kid brothers and grandmothers that according to sites like this all have no trouble using Linux. I mean the hundreds of millions who buy a computer and never have any problems with it or the version of windows it comes with.

Edited 2010-04-09 11:44 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by tuma324
by nt_jerkface on Fri 9th Apr 2010 19:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by tuma324"
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2009-08-26


If we use the same logic, then is McDonalds better than the other hamburgers just because more people go to McDonalds?


But if most people go to McDonalds even when your own hamburgers are free then you have problems that can't be blamed purely on taste.

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RE[2]: Comment by tuma324
by lemur2 on Fri 9th Apr 2010 11:34 in reply to "RE: Comment by tuma324"
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2007-02-17

Well for starters, getting billions of people to use it as opposed to a few million nerds.


But that is not what happened.

Microsoft managed to make deals such that stores won't sell anything but Windows, and OEMs won't install anything but Windows (unless you go to a Mac specialist store, which is even more expensive).

The only way I can buy a Linux machine is to either: (1) go to some very obscure on-line supplier, and hunt through many levels of options on their web page, and if I'm lucky, I can find a selection to opt for a Linux OS, or (2) I just buy parts, including a blank hard disk, and assemble my own systems.

I personally follow the second option. In this way, I can get a nice Linux machine for about a quarter of the (total hardware+software) cost of a store-bought Windows machine of equivalent performance and functionality.

Unfortunately, that second option is way beyond most people, and so most people are simply unable to choose Linux.

However, getting back on topic: One thing that Linux does infinitely better than Windows is that it is way, way easier to "roll your own" system on Linux. You can start with a bunch of computer parts in separate packaging, plus a Linux LiveCD, and assemble, install and configure a fully-functional Linux machine in a couple of hours. The hardest bit is often getting some of the parts out of the plastic packaging.

I have just finished using Unetbootin on my desktop machine to prepare a bootable USB stick for Kubuntu 10.4 beta 2. I had downloaded the .ISO file earlier today. Excuse me while I go now to put this new OS on my netbook (which has no CD drive). Back in 10 minutes or so ...

(You just can't do that with Windows).

Edited 2010-04-09 11:44 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by tuma324
by Laurence on Fri 9th Apr 2010 12:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by tuma324"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

The only way I can buy a Linux machine is to either: (1) go to some very obscure on-line supplier, and hunt through many levels of options on their web page, and if I'm lucky, I can find a selection to opt for a Linux OS, or (2) I just buy parts, including a blank hard disk, and assemble my own systems.


re the bit in bold:

Last time I checked, Dell and ASUS weren't obscure manufacturers.

However you're right that little to no effort is put on Linux-preinstalls, which is a shame.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

It's not "Windows" but Microsoft that has gotten those billions of Winodows users and few of them obtained through product quality or functionality.

Popularity is not an indication of product quality either; it only indicates retail market success which involves many variables beyond the product attributes.

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