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Reducing the need to 'Faff' about
by shotsman on Mon 24th Jun 2013 10:29 UTC
shotsman
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2005-07-22

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=faff

I gave up with Windows because I spent so much time 'faffing' about with it.

I moved to OS/X for my personal use and basically, I don't have to faff about with OS at all. So I get more time to do what I want with the computer rather than what Microsoft/AV Maker etc wants me to do.

I use Linux in my day job. I also use Windows Server 2008/2012. Neither of these requires the same level of 'faffing' about as Windows 7 does on a daily basis. I sometimes wonder if one bit of MS knows what any other bit is doing.

I selected OS/X because it was suitable for my needs. It is not because I'm a fanboi or something. I've been writing software for more than 40 years and believe me, after than long using something that 'just works' is a real pleasure.

Linux is getting there but it isn't there yet. In the meantime, MS is getting left behind in ever so many ways.

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

I use Linux in my day job. I also use Windows Server 2008/2012. Neither of these requires the same level of 'faffing' about as Windows 7 does on a daily basis. I sometimes wonder if one bit of MS knows what any other bit is doing.

I don't know what "faffing" is supposed to mean but if you're doing anything to Windows 7 on a daily basis other than using it, you're doing something wrong.

Linux is getting there but it isn't there yet. In the meantime, MS is getting left behind in ever so many ways.

I've been hearing this exact same nonsense for well over a decade..literally. So when is linux finally going to "get there"? As a desktop it's never been more than a flash in the pan. Also, in what way is MS getting left behind? They completely dominate the desktop market to the degree that there's no point in even mentioning any of the competition, if you could justify calling it that.

To put it nicely, your claims are less than convincing.

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rr7.num7 Member since:
2010-04-30

I've been hearing this exact same nonsense for well over a decade..literally. So when is linux finally going to "get there"? As a desktop it's never been more than a flash in the pan. Also, in what way is MS getting left behind? They completely dominate the desktop market to the degree that there's no point in even mentioning any of the competition, if you could justify calling it that.

To put it nicely, your claims are less than convincing.


Based on the context of his whole comment, It seems pretty obvious to me that when he said "Linux is getting there", he meant "good enough to fulfill my needs". Anyway, the rest of his claims are pretty straightforward: Windows 7 is not very suitable for his needs. Since you're calling them unconvincing, I guess you know his needs better than he does?

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