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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[4]: Comment by tuma324
by No it isnt on Fri 9th Apr 2010 15:26 UTC 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[5]: Comment by tuma324
by Coxy on Fri 9th Apr 2010 15:51 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by tuma324"
Coxy Member since:
2006-07-01

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?


What hunt are you talking about? I never had to hunt anything down. There are no separate zip and exe files. They are always exe. There are of no more questionable origin then your linux apps. What kind of apps do you install? Ones from porn/warez sites?

Unistalling is a peace of p!55. Must be your system if it takes a long time for your list of apps to appear, and I have never had the need of a search function.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

How can you *not* complain about the remove software screen? By far one of the worst areas of windows.


Have you ever had a need for a program that did not come with you're operating system? Ever need a good image editing program, zip program, gui ftp program,bit torrent program, encryption program, video editor, hex editor, chat program, or any other program you that didn't come with windows and you can't find at best buy? Then you've had to search for it on the web on sites like tucows, download.com, ect. Its just not as trustworthy, fluid, and searchable as a linux repo is. There has been a level of QA done so that all the programs play nicely with each other and won't destroy your system with hidden malware.

From your comments, it really does seem as if you aren't that familiar with the pains of windows. You don't seem to have much experience installing/removing software from windows. I'm guessing you aren't much of a power user. Which isn't a crime, but you may want to sit out a discussion on the benefits/ drawbacks of an area you don't have much experience in.

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RE[6]: Comment by tuma324
by No it isnt on Fri 9th Apr 2010 17:39 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by tuma324"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Packages in the Debian repository (and Ubuntu, and no doubt Red Hat and Suse as well) are cryptographically signed. That makes them less questionable than anything you download manually off the web (especially virus prone exe files) or get from removable media.

And the fact that you never needed a search function is irrelevant: the world doesn't revolve around you.

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RE[6]: Comment by tuma324
by zlynx on Fri 9th Apr 2010 17:44 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by tuma324"
zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20


What hunt are you talking about? I never had to hunt anything down. There are no separate zip and exe files. They are always exe.


You've never done any development on Windows I can tell.

Whenever I want to compile someone's project in Visual Studio it is a big hunt for every component that is needed and there is no method to make it easy or find updates to components.

I admit that commercial Windows applications make themselves easy to install. But they do it by being huge downloads.

How much of the 70 MBs of ATI driver package is really needed? Most of that is probably crap your Windows machine already has, but in order to make it easy you have to download the whole pile every time.

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