Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:35 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Some people hate the idea of adding proprietary software to their desktop Linux. For these people, there are Linux distributions such as gNewSense that use only free software. For the rest of us, who use distributions such as Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu, there are times we either want to, or feel forced to, add proprietary programs such as Adobe Flash or Skype or the ability to play proprietary audio and video formats such as MP3 or commercial DVDs to your Linux desktop. Here's how to do it.
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Windows (7) is a good Middle ground OS. A decent UI to do medium advanced things easily, much easier then with Linux. Also if you have compatibility issues going in Windows fixes them. It is quite good at running desktop applications. And runs much nicer then X11 for Linux. It is well designed for CAD work and Visual Studios is really a nice IDE.

I honestly thought the same... until last night, when my sister's friend asked me to "fix" her relatively new laptop which has Windows 7. To put it simply, it is the most f***ed Windows install I've seen in years. With all Microsoft has done since XP SP2 and Vista, it's clear it's not working. The machine has no restore discs, and the "recovery" partition doesn't allow a full factory restore, so it's gonna have to wait. Not that I would "trust" the "recovery" partition of an infected (infested?) machine anyway.

Yeah, Windows is easy... until its insecurity and its typical clueless user meet for a little walk on the Internet. Then, it becomes completely untrustworthy, slow, and an outright a pain in the ass to use, with popups everywhere and a useless half-year expired commercial anti-virus program that refuses to do anything besides send more money to actually be able to, eh, *use* it. Yeah, like anyone's gonna *trust* such a machine to not send that credit card info out while the system is infested and the AV refuses to do ANYTHING about it! [OK, yeah, I'm sure a lot of clueless people will do that... if they can figure out that their subscription has run out in the first place, that is.)

Ah, it's a good thing I left that OS a couple years ago. It's clear it still has a long, long way to go. Just had to vent; my old feelings toward the OS have resurfaced for a moment. ;)

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