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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 lemur2 on Fri 9th Apr 2010 11:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by tuma324"
lemur2
Member since:
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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RE[4]: Comment by tuma324
by lemur2 on Fri 9th Apr 2010 12:11 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by tuma324"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"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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Dell Australia doesn't sell Linux machines.

If I was going to buy a Linux machine online, I'd go here:
http://www.vgcomputing.com.au/

For a desktop:
http://www.vgcomputing.com.au/linuxinfo.html

or for a laptop:
http://www.vgcomputing.com.au/nsintro.html

However, I ordered my netbook from here:
http://www.kogan.com.au/shop/kogan-agora-netbook-pro/

It is important to me that any website where I buy stuff from has the ending of .au

Edited 2010-04-09 12:15 UTC

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