Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

There's no excusing the grub problem you had, but I don't think your generalisation is fair. Sometimes the easiest path to fixing a windows problem is to reinstall it.


I actually disagree unless the machine is or was virus infested (there is no way to say there is something the AV didn't catch).

A lot of Windows problems can easily be fix by either looking through the event viewer, testing the memory (I use the Windows Memory tester CD ... seems to work fine and not as verbose as memtest), or using tools such as CCleaner and the task manager.

Windows isn't a magic box that happens to work until it stops working.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

lucas_maximus,


"A lot of Windows problems can easily be fix by either looking through the event viewer, testing the memory (I use the Windows Memory tester CD ... seems to work fine and not as verbose as memtest), or using tools such as CCleaner and the task manager."

Sure, but the implication is that linux lacks the tools to debug itself as well, which is untrue. If that's not what you meant to imply, then please clarify.

"Windows isn't a magic box that happens to work until it stops working."

Neither is linux, for that matter. Either platform can run reliably for ages.

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darkcoder Member since:
2006-07-14


"Windows isn't a magic box that happens to work until it stops working."


No, is not a magic box.

(Trollmode ON)
But Windows is like an American car, which need tune up every 3 months or it breaks appart, while Linux/BSD are European cars which runs without tuneup for 6+ months, lol
(Trollmode OFF)

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Sure, but the implication is that linux lacks the tools to debug itself as well, which is untrue. If that's not what you meant to imply, then please clarify


When did I say that, I simply said that with Windows that problems can be solved using those tools ... and things can be solved without a reinstall with a little understanding of the underlying system.

"Windows isn't a magic box that happens to work until it stops working."

Neither is linux, for that matter. Either platform can run reliably for ages.


True.

My comment is more about the fact that people tend not to look for the root cause of the solution.

A lot of Linux users "distro hop" because they can't solve their problems using <distro X> and try using <distro Y> in hope it will solve their problems.

When in fact there is an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

Either way reinstalling or installing another operating system is not the way to solve problems. It is better to scrutinize the root cause of the problem.

In short it is better to understand why you are having problem first before deciding a strategy to deal with it.

Edited 2012-11-27 20:17 UTC

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