Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 20:46 UTC
Linux "For years now, Linux has been a black sheep standing in the shadow of Apple and Microsoft. Despite having a fervent and enthusiastic following, the operating system hasn't been able to grab a sizable share of the computing market and has instead been content to subsist on the customers that come away dissatisfied with the mainstream competition. But that may be about to change. With the release of Microsoft Windows 8 on the horizon, some are saying Linux may have a great opportunity to steal a significant share of the market away from Microsoft, allowing it to finally take the helm as a major operating system service provider." This has to stop, and the only reason I'm linking to this nonsense is to make this very clear: Linux will not magically conquer the desktop or even make any significant gains because of Windows 8. People who don't like Windows 8 (Vista) will continue to use Windows 7 (Windows XP). This is getting so tiring. And does it even matter? Linux is winning big time in the mobile space, server space, and countless other spaces. The desktop is and always has been irrelevant to Linux.
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by Gullible Jones on Wed 29th Aug 2012 14:09 UTC
Gullible Jones
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2006-05-23

The problem isn't that Linux is a joke. The problem is that Linux is a volunteer effort. It will never be able to support desktop hardware as well as Windows, particularly complicated graphics stuff.

Granted it would probably help if some of the developers got off their ideological high horse, and implemented a stable driver API... But even then, I don't think things would work in Linux's favor.

I use Linux nonetheless - because it works better for what I do. That doesn't change that it's a much more primitive OS than Windows in a lot of ways.

(OTOH, it does have its specialties. What's the Windows equivalent of a GrSecurity kernel and a hardened toolchain?)

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RE: Linux
by PieterGen on Wed 29th Aug 2012 14:55 in reply to "Linux"
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2012-01-13

I had to partition a Windows 7 laptop the other day. This turned out to be much harder than it is on Linux: there are no tools like cfdsik or parted for Windows (or are there?), and Windows supports only a few file systems are supported by Windows (fat,nfts, but not reiser, xfs, ext(x), btrfs and so on. In therms of file systems Windows is more primitive than Linux.

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RE[2]: Linux
by Gullible Jones on Wed 29th Aug 2012 16:16 in reply to "RE: Linux"
Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

Don't let the crappy partitioning tools fool you; NTFS is much more feature-complete than most Linux filesystems. You can't do volume snapshots on ext4 for instance.

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RE[2]: Linux
by Mr. Dee on Thu 30th Aug 2012 06:57 in reply to "RE: Linux"
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2005-11-13

Partitioning in Windows is nowhere near difficult, you can use disk part through command line or disk management which is easier.

Click Start, right click Computer
Click Manage
Expand Disk Management
Select the system partition
Click Shrink
Follow the onscreen wizard and enter the amount you want to shrink.

Also, there are free easy to tools with more flexible options such as Easeus.

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