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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[2]: Comment by tuma324
by tuma324 on Fri 9th Apr 2010 11:29 UTC 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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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Well, if we're talking "normal" non-tech consumers then they buy Windows because it's what they see on all the store shelves and have no idea there is any other option outside of Apple. Consider how many people think Windows == computer and couldn't tell the difference between hardware/OS/application.

In terms of partitioning. Users who do get preinstalled OS outside of Windows also don't worry about partitioning. Users who install Windows themselves have a partitioning step just like they would with other OS. The complexity of accepting a default partition setup is really no more complicated across the average user targeted OS either. Mandriva, Debian, Windows; default partitioning even a "normal user" could manage.

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RE[4]: Comment by tuma324
by No it isnt on Fri 9th Apr 2010 15:26 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by tuma324"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Re: point 7. You seriously think hunting the web and downloading separate exe and zip files of questionable origin, and which each take minutes to install, is easier than just selecting packages in a searchable package manager and have them automatically downloaded and installed with all necessary dependencies? You're doing something wrong.

Uninstalling Windows apps is even worse. Just waiting for the list of installed programs to be populated takes more time than the whole process in Linux. And is that list even searchable?

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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"
nt_jerkface Member since:
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[4]: Comment by tuma324
by wirespot on Sun 11th Apr 2010 01:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by tuma324"
wirespot Member since:
2006-06-21

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.


It's not my (ie. Linux's) problem, it's theirs.

1) If people can't be bothered to look around for better alternatives and just take what's in front of them or what everybody else uses, they deserve what they get.

2) Linux is free and the people who make it largely don't know and don't care about who is using it. So I don't see how they can have a problem about people who don't use it.

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