5 simple reasons to choose Linux over Vista

Vista / Linux: Lookout before you decide your new home.
Vista or Linux – Lookout before you decide your new home. (source : Zopeuse)

Linux enthusiasts have always touted for Linux to be one of the best operating systems ever. Their voice grew shriller with the advent of Microsoft Windows Vista in the market. There have been quite a few times that a serious problem, posted in some of the forums by a Windows system admin is responded by some enthusiasts in a single phrase — “Install Linux”! This may not be the right solution for the concerned person but it indicates the evangelism aura, Linux has in its periphery.

The reasons for such findings are legion – A high price tag for Vista, problems associated with the support of legacy applications on Vista, etc.

Without getting into much details, we shall today try and see 5 major reasons why people who prefer Linux over Windows Vista do so.

1. Hardware Requirements: It’s never too much for Vista!

Linux doesn’t require a lot of memory or a good graphics card to get running. However, Vista’s system requirements are high. This is evident for the fact that for bare minimum, it needs a processor which is at least a Pentium 4 with 512 MB of RAM.

However, you bet if you can run things seamlessly on a Vista machine with a RAM anywhere less than 1GB, which is recommended by Microsoft itself! Vista needs at least 64 MB video RAM and takes up at least 6 GB of disk space. Usually, a Linux distro with a graphical user interface takes up around 1.5-3 GB of disk space. You may do the mathematics now!

Vista’s Aero and the GUI as a whole looks pretty indeed, but somehow it fails to make things simple and easy. Does it help find things any faster than Google Desktop Search app or other alternatives which are available for Windows and Linux both? Or does it make an application run any faster? On the other side, it consumes a lot of memory resources, hence slowing down the system, drastically at times. Just to give you an example of resource utilization, Vista uses 256MB of memory just for screen rendering! That is not a minuscule amount considering just graphics.

Even Paris Hilton loves the Tux 2. Rights & Limitations: Unlike Vista, Linux doesn’t restrict how content is used on a system.

Windows Vista comes with an in-built digital rights management (DRM) feature that is absent on Linux machines. The DRM features can cause a lot of problems like – technical support problems, sluggish behavior of the computer, conflict with the peripheral devices and software. The fix for this may be as simple as an online upgrade or as complex as replacing the hardware!

A common example for his is Vista having copy protection technology for HD-DVD and Blu-ray disks. High-quality output paths like audio and video are reserved for protected peripheral devices. This means artificial degradation of the output quality.

On most of the Linux distributions, music and movies shall play seamlessly provided you have the correct encoders installed. The software — free and open source — will get installed and run.
Linux follows a policy which doesn’t interfere with legitimate fair-use rights for the content owned by users. However, Vista’s DRM can interfere with all kinds of computer use, including the ones that have nothing to do with digital rights. This again costs the precious CPU resource as Vista is continually monitoring itself to ensure compliance.

3. There is no Linux Genuine Advantage!

You’d have surely co-related this to Windows Genuine Advantage and you’ve got it right! Linux shall continue to work and upgrade without bothering to know the origin of the software. You may get it from some of the repositories or compile it from source,there is no risk of losing functionality. Windows Vista, on the other hand, relies on Windows Genuine Advantage servers to verify the serial number of the product. If the servers go down, as it did last year, Vista users worldwide are locked out of their computers running legitimate copies of Windows Vista. This shall probably never happen with Linux!

Linux is easier than Vista. 4. Security Issues: You can never miss out on this.

Anti-virus and anti-spyware applications are mandatory on Vista machines to prevent things getting worse, unlike Linux boxes where you essentially need not have one.

The prime reason for Linux being secure is because malware developers specifically target Windows operating systems (Vista being the latest of them all) and Windows based applications. Hence, the Linux users do not have to worry about spyware or malware (dll, exe) which they would have downloaded inadvertently.

5. You name it, you have it!

The increasing number of available applications for Linux have made it easier to get away from the propriety Windows applications.

  • Few examples include OpenOffice which offers standards-compliant document formats and is widely used today for it being free!
  • The next big thing is Firefox, which needs no introduction. Most Linux distros come bundled with the latest stable release of Firefox. How many Windows users actually use IE today?
  • Vista is still shipped with a sole picture editor application – MS Paint. Most of us were kids since we’ve been seeing it the way it is today! Contrary to this, most Linux distros come with GIMP, a powerful application which is far better than MS Paint and similar to Adobe Photoshop in terms of it features.

These were the few first hand differences you might consider before spending that hefty amount which Windows Vista comes with a tag of! You may try out a distro based on Choice of Linux Distros or log-on to DistroWatch to have an in-depth knowledge about your favorite distros.

  • These reasons look quite good enough, and to top it there is no dearth of open source softwares for Linux based systems.

    Overtime Linux has grown from being a geek's OS to being accepted by many regular users.

    The dominance of Microsoft is because of their tie-ups with manufacturers and there is pretty less awareness about Linux out here.

  • These reasons look quite good enough, and to top it there is no dearth of open source softwares for Linux based systems.

    Overtime Linux has grown from being a geek's OS to being accepted by many regular users.

    The dominance of Microsoft is because of their tie-ups with manufacturers and there is pretty less awareness about Linux out here.

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  • Oh I see, so 10 years down the line you still intend to use 512 MB RAM? Hardware & Software development needs to go hand-in-hand. If you think that hardware should remain archaic and software should go on improving, then dude, I'd be polite in saying that you have basics messed up.

    DRM, I see, could you tell me where in India do you get DRM content? Besides, Linux does not support DRMed playback which means that if you pay for your songs, you end up not being able to run them on Linux, makes it more of a draw-back dude!

    Movies from iTunes are DRMed and iTunes is the biggest online retailer.

    use Linux, wait, which distro? There are gazillions of distros, if you want to play media, get distro A, if you want something else get distro B. WGA, well let's just say a good thing implemented a little wrong.

    Security, the cliched FUD that Vista is not secure.

    You name it, you have it ... what? Ubuntu can't even play mp3s out of the box. Check your facts, IE is still the most used browser and the difference is humongous.

    The dominance of Microsoft is because, Linux is crap. It is no where near Windows when it comes to making things work. I can go on and on, listing the stupidity of various distros and Linux as a whole.

  • Oh I see, so 10 years down the line you still intend to use 512 MB RAM? Hardware & Software development needs to go hand-in-hand. If you think that hardware should remain archaic and software should go on improving, then dude, I'd be polite in saying that you have basics messed up.

    DRM, I see, could you tell me where in India do you get DRM content? Besides, Linux does not support DRMed playback which means that if you pay for your songs, you end up not being able to run them on Linux, makes it more of a draw-back dude!

    Movies from iTunes are DRMed and iTunes is the biggest online retailer.

    use Linux, wait, which distro? There are gazillions of distros, if you want to play media, get distro A, if you want something else get distro B. WGA, well let's just say a good thing implemented a little wrong.

    Security, the cliched FUD that Vista is not secure.

    You name it, you have it ... what? Ubuntu can't even play mp3s out of the box. Check your facts, IE is still the most used browser and the difference is humongous.

    The dominance of Microsoft is because, Linux is crap. It is no where near Windows when it comes to making things work. I can go on and on, listing the stupidity of various distros and Linux as a whole.

  • figo_g

    Yeah cool to see normal users accepting Linux as their home OS...

    Its not been long time since I switched over to Linux--more precisely Ubuntu..

    Its the most flexible OS I've ever seen..
    Thanks to its Open source system...

    Linux Rocks !!!

  • figo_g

    Yeah cool to see normal users accepting Linux as their home OS...

    Its not been long time since I switched over to Linux--more precisely Ubuntu..

    Its the most flexible OS I've ever seen..
    Thanks to its Open source system...

    Linux Rocks !!!

  • nelson

    The number 1 is right.

    The way you wrote the number 2, you're totally wrong. You say that Vista prevent you to use media the way you like. The problem with that is that there NO easy way to play HD contents on Linux because it's on HD-DVD/Blu-ray or with DRM from Windows Media or from iTunes. It's true for DVD too because it crack the CSS protection. That way only proprietary programs for Linux offer a legal way to play DVD.

    For the number 3, I don't know why you chose it. WGA is not bad in itself, it allow Microsoft to force everyone to pay for the program. It makes sense for normal people because they don't pay for something you can get free. The only problem with WGA is the way the servers and the code run. They aren't as functional as they should be.

    The reason #4 works only if you're the only one to use linux. If Linux takes the major part of the market, it would be attacked in the same way as Vista. And the major problem of vista is user awareness of what they doing. Vista UAC offer the same protection and the same lack as the equivalent on Linux. The only difference is that UAC is more abusive to request authorization. Dangerous executable on Windows Vista have theirs equivalent on Linux: .sh is a example, it can contains dangerous commands.

    Finally there cross-platform exploit, Firefox and Java are some of the targets of these. I Disagree with the number 5 but it's a point of view of the World. It's true that the number of applications on Linux is increasing but remember that theses are, for the majority, made cross-platform so they increase the number on Windows and Mac OSX too. Finally the question of Open-Source VS. Proprietary software is a tough one because I don't think you can't live completely without proprietary software or without these companies. But it depend on people too, personally I use only one, and it's for backup: I didn't found a Backup program that is better than Acronis TrueImage.

  • nelson

    The number 1 is right.

    The way you wrote the number 2, you're totally wrong. You say that Vista prevent you to use media the way you like. The problem with that is that there NO easy way to play HD contents on Linux because it's on HD-DVD/Blu-ray or with DRM from Windows Media or from iTunes. It's true for DVD too because it crack the CSS protection. That way only proprietary programs for Linux offer a legal way to play DVD.

    For the number 3, I don't know why you chose it. WGA is not bad in itself, it allow Microsoft to force everyone to pay for the program. It makes sense for normal people because they don't pay for something you can get free. The only problem with WGA is the way the servers and the code run. They aren't as functional as they should be.

    The reason #4 works only if you're the only one to use linux. If Linux takes the major part of the market, it would be attacked in the same way as Vista. And the major problem of vista is user awareness of what they doing. Vista UAC offer the same protection and the same lack as the equivalent on Linux. The only difference is that UAC is more abusive to request authorization. Dangerous executable on Windows Vista have theirs equivalent on Linux: .sh is a example, it can contains dangerous commands.

    Finally there cross-platform exploit, Firefox and Java are some of the targets of these. I Disagree with the number 5 but it's a point of view of the World. It's true that the number of applications on Linux is increasing but remember that theses are, for the majority, made cross-platform so they increase the number on Windows and Mac OSX too. Finally the question of Open-Source VS. Proprietary software is a tough one because I don't think you can't live completely without proprietary software or without these companies. But it depend on people too, personally I use only one, and it's for backup: I didn't found a Backup program that is better than Acronis TrueImage.

  • @Manan: To use Linux you need some understanding and brain. If you don't have both you better stick to Windows.

  • @Manan: To use Linux you need some understanding and brain. If you don't have both you better stick to Windows.

  • Boyd

    First off I want to say that I love Ubuntu and I think it's great that this stuff exists. Unfortunately, as much as I love to hate on windows the two things I think they did good was MS Office and WMP. So far I have not see sufficient replacements for it. Open Office is pretty terrible (I used it for over a year at college so yes, I am familiar with, but I still don't think it's the same), and the last I checked they had trouble with MS07 documents (which is all but standard now).

    That all being said I have a dual boot with windows/Ubuntu and I try to us Ubuntu as much as I can but there's still a few programs I wish they could top up.

  • Boyd

    First off I want to say that I love Ubuntu and I think it's great that this stuff exists. Unfortunately, as much as I love to hate on windows the two things I think they did good was MS Office and WMP. So far I have not see sufficient replacements for it. Open Office is pretty terrible (I used it for over a year at college so yes, I am familiar with, but I still don't think it's the same), and the last I checked they had trouble with MS07 documents (which is all but standard now).

    That all being said I have a dual boot with windows/Ubuntu and I try to us Ubuntu as much as I can but there's still a few programs I wish they could top up.

  • @Keith:

    Agreed! Linux is not just a geek's machine and that's what we intend to evangelize through this blog!

    @Manan:

    Cool! Me having my basics messed up doesn't mean someone shall pay me back for an old machine which I bought 8 years ago. If Windows can't run on it, it by no means indicates that i should donate/throw the machine. I would rather install Ubuntu on it an dbe on a party mode with just 512 MB of RAM! So, who needs a revision of his basics? heh!

    Secondly, where did I mention that this website/post caters only Indians? So do not bother if you cannot get a DRM content, others in the world do have it. And since you do not get one, it should not be a matter of concer for you, as in how to run it on Linux!

    Also, DRM is a way to suck your pockets by ensuring that you've paid a licensing fee! Switch to open/free formats - ogg vorbis/mp3, etc. wma is crap!

    Who told you that you need to use 10 distros for 10 tasks? Do not get confused dude, i's just for your choice. Did you ever ask Bill Gates why did he launch server edition of the operating system when he already had windows XP and Vista? I hope you got it!

    Regarding WGA, you yourself accept its something wrongly implemented. So unless it's implemented in a right way, we can not advocate it.

    Ubuntu can play most of the music formats provided you have installed the codec and that's free. I guess I mentioned in within the post too.

    Firefox is growing faster than any other web browsers. It's just like why do you call Gmail as No.1 though its user base is far less than Yahoo/Hotmail? It's about the rate of growth in such a short span of time. I'm sorry if you got me wrong!

    And I need not say Windows is crap! You may look out on other comments on this article ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy Linuxing ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @Keith:

    Agreed! Linux is not just a geek's machine and that's what we intend to evangelize through this blog!

    @Manan:

    Cool! Me having my basics messed up doesn't mean someone shall pay me back for an old machine which I bought 8 years ago. If Windows can't run on it, it by no means indicates that i should donate/throw the machine. I would rather install Ubuntu on it an dbe on a party mode with just 512 MB of RAM! So, who needs a revision of his basics? heh!

    Secondly, where did I mention that this website/post caters only Indians? So do not bother if you cannot get a DRM content, others in the world do have it. And since you do not get one, it should not be a matter of concer for you, as in how to run it on Linux!

    Also, DRM is a way to suck your pockets by ensuring that you've paid a licensing fee! Switch to open/free formats - ogg vorbis/mp3, etc. wma is crap!

    Who told you that you need to use 10 distros for 10 tasks? Do not get confused dude, i's just for your choice. Did you ever ask Bill Gates why did he launch server edition of the operating system when he already had windows XP and Vista? I hope you got it!

    Regarding WGA, you yourself accept its something wrongly implemented. So unless it's implemented in a right way, we can not advocate it.

    Ubuntu can play most of the music formats provided you have installed the codec and that's free. I guess I mentioned in within the post too.

    Firefox is growing faster than any other web browsers. It's just like why do you call Gmail as No.1 though its user base is far less than Yahoo/Hotmail? It's about the rate of growth in such a short span of time. I'm sorry if you got me wrong!

    And I need not say Windows is crap! You may look out on other comments on this article ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy Linuxing ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Erik

    "On the other side, it consumes a lot of memory resources, hence slowing down the system, drastically at times."

    This is simply not true. Yes, it consumes your memory, all of it. You have memory in your computer, Vista makes sure you use it all the time. It will free up memory if programs need to use more. This type of memory usage makes sure that commen applications start lightning fast.

    Greetz Erik

  • Erik

    "On the other side, it consumes a lot of memory resources, hence slowing down the system, drastically at times."

    This is simply not true. Yes, it consumes your memory, all of it. You have memory in your computer, Vista makes sure you use it all the time. It will free up memory if programs need to use more. This type of memory usage makes sure that commen applications start lightning fast.

    Greetz Erik

  • @Erik: "This type of memory usage makes sure that commen applications start lightning fast." - I could never see anything lightening fast on a Vista with 1 GB. But yeah, Linux with 1 GB rocks! You bet!

  • @Erik: "This type of memory usage makes sure that commen applications start lightning fast." - I could never see anything lightening fast on a Vista with 1 GB. But yeah, Linux with 1 GB rocks! You bet!

  • My biggest beef with Linux is X Windows. I need to connect to OpenVMS machines. I can do that with ease using a variety of Windows terminal emulators. On Linux I have to get bogged down in termcap and xmodmap minutia and I don't have time for that. Every host app needs its own tweak to work with a Linux xterm keyboard; on Windows the keyboard nonsense is transparent.

  • My biggest beef with Linux is X Windows. I need to connect to OpenVMS machines. I can do that with ease using a variety of Windows terminal emulators. On Linux I have to get bogged down in termcap and xmodmap minutia and I don't have time for that. Every host app needs its own tweak to work with a Linux xterm keyboard; on Windows the keyboard nonsense is transparent.

  • Ah! so for you Vista should run on P1 with 16MB RAM, so much for rapid development ๐Ÿ˜† FYI, I have bought movies from iTunes rental and Linux can't play them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So you're actually comparing Server Edition and Desktop edition while I am comparing - Ubuntu, Edubuntu, Solaris, Debain, Arch Linux, Fedeora, Studio Ubuntu and the list just goes on and on. Dude! This comment of your's where you compare Windows Desktop & Server makes you look like a n00b who prides himself on knowing some Linux commands.

    Well, if your reader base is of Linux users, which is quite evident cause your posts consist mostly of Linux (now like a n00b don't point me to the Windows wallpapers post on this blog) it is obvious that there will be people who will agree with your rather stupid reasons for switching to Linux, also I forgot to mention, you want people to switch to a completely new platform just 'coz it has GIMP, I'd say a rather sane option would be download something called as Paint.Net.

  • Ah! so for you Vista should run on P1 with 16MB RAM, so much for rapid development ๐Ÿ˜† FYI, I have bought movies from iTunes rental and Linux can't play them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So you're actually comparing Server Edition and Desktop edition while I am comparing - Ubuntu, Edubuntu, Solaris, Debain, Arch Linux, Fedeora, Studio Ubuntu and the list just goes on and on. Dude! This comment of your's where you compare Windows Desktop & Server makes you look like a n00b who prides himself on knowing some Linux commands.

    Well, if your reader base is of Linux users, which is quite evident cause your posts consist mostly of Linux (now like a n00b don't point me to the Windows wallpapers post on this blog) it is obvious that there will be people who will agree with your rather stupid reasons for switching to Linux, also I forgot to mention, you want people to switch to a completely new platform just 'coz it has GIMP, I'd say a rather sane option would be download something called as Paint.Net.

  • @Manan: First of all, I never said I want vista to run on any damn configuration! I would still recommend Linux, be it p1 or core-2-duo processors. That's the point, you need not bother about the hardware configuration and of course your budget to switch to Linux!

    I agree you're a Windows geek and I am a Linux n00b! I shall be happy to be one, always ๐Ÿ™‚ But you seriously sounded like a newbie while asking for 10 distro's for 10 jobs! Infact a newbie never asked me this!
    And for your iTunes purchases, I'm sorry for that. You need to relish them on your windoze box ๐Ÿ™‚ While I shall enjoy the open formats on the open sourced Linux.

    Finally, you may go ahead with the Paint.Net download while Linux users would set their hands free on Gimp!

    P.S: If you need to know about the Linux commands and the noobism I have for Linux, I would love to take things offline. You may reach me via the contact page on my website!

  • @Manan: First of all, I never said I want vista to run on any damn configuration! I would still recommend Linux, be it p1 or core-2-duo processors. That's the point, you need not bother about the hardware configuration and of course your budget to switch to Linux!

    I agree you're a Windows geek and I am a Linux n00b! I shall be happy to be one, always ๐Ÿ™‚ But you seriously sounded like a newbie while asking for 10 distro's for 10 jobs! Infact a newbie never asked me this!
    And for your iTunes purchases, I'm sorry for that. You need to relish them on your windoze box ๐Ÿ™‚ While I shall enjoy the open formats on the open sourced Linux.

    Finally, you may go ahead with the Paint.Net download while Linux users would set their hands free on Gimp!

    P.S: If you need to know about the Linux commands and the noobism I have for Linux, I would love to take things offline. You may reach me via the contact page on my website!

  • finalzone

    Open Office is pretty terrible (I used it for over a year at college so yes, I am familiar with, but I still don't think it's the same), and the last I checked they had trouble with MS07 documents (which is all but standard now).

    docx is NOT standard, Open Document Format is. Why Microsoft decided to switch to ODF for their next Office software. Their own format is extremely hard to implement and another lock-in by design, not Open Office fault. Those colleges are foolish enough to use OOXML.

  • finalzone

    Open Office is pretty terrible (I used it for over a year at college so yes, I am familiar with, but I still don't think it's the same), and the last I checked they had trouble with MS07 documents (which is all but standard now).

    docx is NOT standard, Open Document Format is. Why Microsoft decided to switch to ODF for their next Office software. Their own format is extremely hard to implement and another lock-in by design, not Open Office fault. Those colleges are foolish enough to use OOXML.

  • G Fernandes

    @Manan

    You might want to check with Dell/Acer/HP/IBM why they offer "down-grades" to Windows XP if Windows Vista is really such a great thing.

    @Manan & @Erik

    You might be interested in http://www.itwire.com/content/view/19664/1141/ - which is part-2 of a two part series that explains how crappy Windows handling of it's RAM and Swap space is. Windows swaps out very early - even when there is available RAM. GNU/Linux doesn't. As the discerning OS user will have guessed by now, this always means Windows is going to perform slower than GNU/Linux for the simple reason that accessing a hard-disk is slower than accessing RAM.

    And again, both of you might try writing actual code for Windows and GNU/Linux - anyone who has used the Windows SDK over the years knows well enough about the design issues in Windows.

  • G Fernandes

    @Manan

    You might want to check with Dell/Acer/HP/IBM why they offer "down-grades" to Windows XP if Windows Vista is really such a great thing.

    @Manan & @Erik

    You might be interested in http://www.itwire.com/content/view/19664/1141/ - which is part-2 of a two part series that explains how crappy Windows handling of it's RAM and Swap space is. Windows swaps out very early - even when there is available RAM. GNU/Linux doesn't. As the discerning OS user will have guessed by now, this always means Windows is going to perform slower than GNU/Linux for the simple reason that accessing a hard-disk is slower than accessing RAM.

    And again, both of you might try writing actual code for Windows and GNU/Linux - anyone who has used the Windows SDK over the years knows well enough about the design issues in Windows.

  • @finalzone: ODF support is going to be added in Office 2007 itself via SP2, OOXML will be implemented in Office 08 and OOXML is the ISO standard.

    @G That's 'coz of FUD like this.

    The thing is, Linux has it's advantages, but these are certainly NOT the reasons for which 1 needs to switch to a completely new platform. These points are well covered in OS X also, so one can even move to OS X.

    Why should 1 actually switch to a completely new architecture anyways? When you talk about downgrade rights, why not downgrade and stay with the tried and tested rather than venturing into uncharted territory? Which renders this post rather pointless.

    @Praval: ๐Ÿ˜† Relax, the point is that these are not the reasons why 1 needs to completely change his working platform. There are other reasons why 1 might contemplate switching to Linux. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @finalzone: ODF support is going to be added in Office 2007 itself via SP2, OOXML will be implemented in Office 08 and OOXML is the ISO standard.

    @G That's 'coz of FUD like this.

    The thing is, Linux has it's advantages, but these are certainly NOT the reasons for which 1 needs to switch to a completely new platform. These points are well covered in OS X also, so one can even move to OS X.

    Why should 1 actually switch to a completely new architecture anyways? When you talk about downgrade rights, why not downgrade and stay with the tried and tested rather than venturing into uncharted territory? Which renders this post rather pointless.

    @Praval: ๐Ÿ˜† Relax, the point is that these are not the reasons why 1 needs to completely change his working platform. There are other reasons why 1 might contemplate switching to Linux. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Erik

    @G Fernandes

    Thanks for the article, really interesting! I did not know about the swap stuff and allways happy to learn ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erik

    @G Fernandes

    Thanks for the article, really interesting! I did not know about the swap stuff and allways happy to learn ๐Ÿ™‚

  • allrpgfreak

    Here's my take....

    1. Those who said that everybody upgrades RAM on their machines get a life - you simply suck and stinks.
    This is because some BASTARD companies like, microsoft and many ISVs are releasing more and more resource hungry softwares that does nothing new. What win98 could do, xp also does, so does vista - for average users who only browse net, play casual games, use office packages. Games required lots of memory but this is the only exception and for handful of people.

    2. Who cares for DRM ? ?? ? Not me at least. Torrent is here to stay, they rocks... 'thepiratebay' rules... piracy rules! Asshole MPAA and RIAA...

    Linux for those people who love to have more control over their PC and OS. Fucking lame users don't know much about the PC thing, they don't need to use Linux.

    @$$holes... get a life...

  • allrpgfreak

    Here's my take....

    1. Those who said that everybody upgrades RAM on their machines get a life - you simply suck and stinks.
    This is because some BASTARD companies like, microsoft and many ISVs are releasing more and more resource hungry softwares that does nothing new. What win98 could do, xp also does, so does vista - for average users who only browse net, play casual games, use office packages. Games required lots of memory but this is the only exception and for handful of people.

    2. Who cares for DRM ? ?? ? Not me at least. Torrent is here to stay, they rocks... 'thepiratebay' rules... piracy rules! Asshole MPAA and RIAA...

    Linux for those people who love to have more control over their PC and OS. Fucking lame users don't know much about the PC thing, they don't need to use Linux.

    @$$holes... get a life...

  • Johan

    First of all, OOXML is not going to be the standard on office 2008, Microsoft decided to use ODF instead of their own file, you might also want to checked why more and more countries are opposing to ISO's decision to grant OOXML as an ISO standard.

    There's many reason why Linux is far better than windows, the truth is that most people like to spend money to get virus and malaware associated to their OS,
    also, if they don't have word or excel, they cannot exist, they feel the need to spend $300, $700 for photoshop, etc...

    By the time they are happing with their pc is because they have paid over $5000 for it.

  • Johan

    First of all, OOXML is not going to be the standard on office 2008, Microsoft decided to use ODF instead of their own file, you might also want to checked why more and more countries are opposing to ISO's decision to grant OOXML as an ISO standard.

    There's many reason why Linux is far better than windows, the truth is that most people like to spend money to get virus and malaware associated to their OS,
    also, if they don't have word or excel, they cannot exist, they feel the need to spend $300, $700 for photoshop, etc...

    By the time they are happing with their pc is because they have paid over $5000 for it.

  • Observation Deck

    @ Akram

    Typical answer from one of the anointed: useless and condescending.

    Congratulations: you are now officially a member of the lunatic fringe.

  • Observation Deck

    @ Akram

    Typical answer from one of the anointed: useless and condescending.

    Congratulations: you are now officially a member of the lunatic fringe.

  • Zoltar

    Interesting that you are opposed to DRM in any way, shape or form, yet Linus Torvalds is not.

  • Zoltar

    Interesting that you are opposed to DRM in any way, shape or form, yet Linus Torvalds is not.

  • Smrant Guy

    1. Linux hardware requirements are as large or larger depending on what software you decide to run. They also don't mention that you can just TURN AERO OFF. You're lucky to even get a fancy interface to run on Linux due to 3D video driver issues.

    2. Linux doesn't need DRM because it runs most of its media content illegally to start with. DRM is to save money, and there's no money to be made from Linux or Linux users.

    3. Maybe if Linux was written by one company and was profitable as a whole, they might think Genuine Advantage was a swell idea too.

    4. Nobody writes malware for 1% of the marketshare.

    5. Tons of applications, too many to choose from, most of which aren't worth a crap, are slow, redundant, and just waste your space. Hooray for choice!

  • Smrant Guy

    1. Linux hardware requirements are as large or larger depending on what software you decide to run. They also don't mention that you can just TURN AERO OFF. You're lucky to even get a fancy interface to run on Linux due to 3D video driver issues.

    2. Linux doesn't need DRM because it runs most of its media content illegally to start with. DRM is to save money, and there's no money to be made from Linux or Linux users.

    3. Maybe if Linux was written by one company and was profitable as a whole, they might think Genuine Advantage was a swell idea too.

    4. Nobody writes malware for 1% of the marketshare.

    5. Tons of applications, too many to choose from, most of which aren't worth a crap, are slow, redundant, and just waste your space. Hooray for choice!

  • Yonah

    I choose Vista.

    1. My machine's hardware is awesome, I love it. Unlike Linux, I have a driver for my AverMedia M780 HD capture card. Works great with Media Center, no more monthly TIVO bill. Myth TV is cool if you want to spend hours trying to get SQL server to work, and NO I don't want to join some club to get TV listing.

    2. No DRM for me. I don't do anything with HD-DVD or Blue Ray. I still copy DVDs, CDs, and download MP3s. DRM allows me to work with or purchase restricted content if I choose, but liars like you always forget that you DO NOT have to use restricted content, and I don't.

    3. My installation is legal. No problems. The servers did go down last year, but you and other zealots blew the problems out of proportion.

    4. I have no security issues. I use a hardware firewall and do not run antivirus or spyware removal tools. Why? Because I know what is safe to install, and I know what is running on my machine at all times. The best security tool, is knowledge. Period.

    5. Windows is the best choice for software. Why? Because I have the MOST choice. I have choices you don't. I can choose commercial, shareware, freeware, and open source. You really only have a smaller portion of the last two. You can SOMETIMES run Windows programs in Linux using a hack called Wine, but it's slower, has bugs, and doesn't work with everything. Many Linux zealots advertise software you can use with Linux. Problem is, most of the time there is also a windows port of the same application. Ooops.

  • Yonah

    I choose Vista.

    1. My machine's hardware is awesome, I love it. Unlike Linux, I have a driver for my AverMedia M780 HD capture card. Works great with Media Center, no more monthly TIVO bill. Myth TV is cool if you want to spend hours trying to get SQL server to work, and NO I don't want to join some club to get TV listing.

    2. No DRM for me. I don't do anything with HD-DVD or Blue Ray. I still copy DVDs, CDs, and download MP3s. DRM allows me to work with or purchase restricted content if I choose, but liars like you always forget that you DO NOT have to use restricted content, and I don't.

    3. My installation is legal. No problems. The servers did go down last year, but you and other zealots blew the problems out of proportion.

    4. I have no security issues. I use a hardware firewall and do not run antivirus or spyware removal tools. Why? Because I know what is safe to install, and I know what is running on my machine at all times. The best security tool, is knowledge. Period.

    5. Windows is the best choice for software. Why? Because I have the MOST choice. I have choices you don't. I can choose commercial, shareware, freeware, and open source. You really only have a smaller portion of the last two. You can SOMETIMES run Windows programs in Linux using a hack called Wine, but it's slower, has bugs, and doesn't work with everything. Many Linux zealots advertise software you can use with Linux. Problem is, most of the time there is also a windows port of the same application. Ooops.

  • uray

    Looser... get a life!

    if really linux was the best why its still only have 1% market share in 5 years, compared to vista 9% in just 2 years

  • uray

    Looser... get a life!

    if really linux was the best why its still only have 1% market share in 5 years, compared to vista 9% in just 2 years

  • @Observation Deck aka Manan: changing your name to reply to a comment doesn't change your personality. You called me "lunatic fringe", OK I agree. Because I'm a fan of Linux OS, coz its just work on my 6 year old COMPAQ desktop. I don't need to spend another 37000 Rs.(or more for a DVD of Vista itself) for Vista compatible machine.

    Manan OR Observation Dick you sux!!!

    • Brian Elwin Pomeroy

      Could you send me the link? |:>)

  • @Observation Deck aka Manan: changing your name to reply to a comment doesn't change your personality. You called me "lunatic fringe", OK I agree. Because I'm a fan of Linux OS, coz its just work on my 6 year old COMPAQ desktop. I don't need to spend another 37000 Rs.(or more for a DVD of Vista itself) for Vista compatible machine.

    Manan OR Observation Dick you sux!!!

  • ScorpionKing

    For years I believed the "Linux is superior" crap. I struggled with the damn thing time and again. After all, I was using a "superior" OS.

    In the end, no matter how much you hate Microsoft, how intensely you want to believe: Linux is not used because it doesn't fucking work. It's useless.

    Got back to Windows, and got my life back. ร‚ยฟSuperior OS? My ass.

  • ScorpionKing

    For years I believed the "Linux is superior" crap. I struggled with the damn thing time and again. After all, I was using a "superior" OS.

    In the end, no matter how much you hate Microsoft, how intensely you want to believe: Linux is not used because it doesn't fucking work. It's useless.

    Got back to Windows, and got my life back. ร‚ยฟSuperior OS? My ass.

  • Hello From The Realworld

    "Unlike Vista, Linux doesnรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt restrict how content is used on a system."

    Whoop dee doo. More interestingly, try watching BBC iPlayer on Linux. And dont cheat by re-using Windows components. Oh dear, you cant.

  • Hello From The Realworld

    "Unlike Vista, Linux doesnรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt restrict how content is used on a system."

    Whoop dee doo. More interestingly, try watching BBC iPlayer on Linux. And dont cheat by re-using Windows components. Oh dear, you cant.

  • Dude I didn't change my nick!

  • Dude I didn't change my nick!

  • monol|th

    Ok, I say let the Windows users have their Windows. They should stay off Linux anyway. I prefer to let Linux stay in the hands of the geeks that use, support, and enjoy it. If its too hard for you DON'T USE IT. Go back to your OS of choice. If you try Linux, and it turns out not to be intuitive enough or not what you expected then so be it. Leave it and move on. Don't start ranting and raving on how it sucks.. bla bla bla.. I've used plenty of Os's in my day. Does that make me an expert .. Hell no. I'm the farthest thing from one but.. That's just me finding the OS I want to use. DOS, BEOS, UNIX, Solarus, Linux, BSD, Windows, OSX, OS9... Now Pick one and Shut IT! ... ๐Ÿ™‚ Rant over you may go on with your lives..

  • monol|th

    Ok, I say let the Windows users have their Windows. They should stay off Linux anyway. I prefer to let Linux stay in the hands of the geeks that use, support, and enjoy it. If its too hard for you DON'T USE IT. Go back to your OS of choice. If you try Linux, and it turns out not to be intuitive enough or not what you expected then so be it. Leave it and move on. Don't start ranting and raving on how it sucks.. bla bla bla.. I've used plenty of Os's in my day. Does that make me an expert .. Hell no. I'm the farthest thing from one but.. That's just me finding the OS I want to use. DOS, BEOS, UNIX, Solarus, Linux, BSD, Windows, OSX, OS9... Now Pick one and Shut IT! ... ๐Ÿ™‚ Rant over you may go on with your lives..

  • allrpgfreak

    I choose Linux ...

    Because I am not an ASSHOLE... Windows users mother f*cking and co*k sucking bastards.

  • allrpgfreak

    I choose Linux ...

    Because I am not an ASSHOLE... Windows users mother f*cking and co*k sucking bastards.

  • ScorpionKing

    "I prefer to let Linux stay in the hands of the geeks that use, support, and enjoy it. If its too hard for you DONรขโ‚ฌโ„ขT USE IT. Go back to your OS of choice. If you try Linux, and it turns out not to be intuitive enough or not what you expected then so be it. Leave it and move on. Donรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt start ranting and raving on how it sucks."

    Sure. I'm ok with that. As long as fanboys don't tell me what an idiot I am for not using their "superior" geeky OS.

  • ScorpionKing

    "I prefer to let Linux stay in the hands of the geeks that use, support, and enjoy it. If its too hard for you DONรขโ‚ฌโ„ขT USE IT. Go back to your OS of choice. If you try Linux, and it turns out not to be intuitive enough or not what you expected then so be it. Leave it and move on. Donรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt start ranting and raving on how it sucks."

    Sure. I'm ok with that. As long as fanboys don't tell me what an idiot I am for not using their "superior" geeky OS.

  • monol|th

    @ScorpionKing:

    Unfortunately one can't control the masses.. and while I agree that name calling is not going to get help the situation, both parties are guilty of it. Also, believe you, me that Linux is not "superior". Do I think its better sure, in my humble and not so professional opinion. But I'm not going to go around and convince anyone that it is. If someone asks about Linux,.. sure I will inform them. I just wont go preaching it as gospel. (But then again thats most likely why OS wars are compared to religious wars ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  • monol|th

    @ScorpionKing:

    Unfortunately one can't control the masses.. and while I agree that name calling is not going to get help the situation, both parties are guilty of it. Also, believe you, me that Linux is not "superior". Do I think its better sure, in my humble and not so professional opinion. But I'm not going to go around and convince anyone that it is. If someone asks about Linux,.. sure I will inform them. I just wont go preaching it as gospel. (But then again thats most likely why OS wars are compared to religious wars ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  • RudieD

    I've got to agree that Linux sucks !
    I use Lazarus/Freepascal for my private devs. On windows you can take a break while compiling, but this damn Linux don't give me a brake. On Linux if I tell it to compile it shows DONE.

    I also feel somethings missing due to the fact that since I've installed Ubuntu (one of the Linux collections) I don't have intruders or viruses. How will I ever pass the time now.

    The CGIBin apps that I create under Apache are to damn fast, how will I ever be able to justify the cost for a new PC.

  • RudieD

    I've got to agree that Linux sucks !
    I use Lazarus/Freepascal for my private devs. On windows you can take a break while compiling, but this damn Linux don't give me a brake. On Linux if I tell it to compile it shows DONE.

    I also feel somethings missing due to the fact that since I've installed Ubuntu (one of the Linux collections) I don't have intruders or viruses. How will I ever pass the time now.

    The CGIBin apps that I create under Apache are to damn fast, how will I ever be able to justify the cost for a new PC.

  • sridhar

    Guys, too simple . Take a newbie and give him a linux(especially ubuntu) and a windows(maybe vista). Ask to him play around for about two hours .

    He will throw away the windows, because the booting itself will take 1 min, to login another 1 min, after logged in also I right click on mouse, it takes another 1 min - what is this ???.

    I see a fast bootup and being ready to start my work in linux within about 1 min.

    Hurray all windows users, there are lot of fantastic tools through synaptic(package manager) which you can never see any commercial products .

    You can continue arguing windows is better solution(may be until before linux comes).

    Open your eyes and look at linux at least from now!!!.

  • sridhar

    Guys, too simple . Take a newbie and give him a linux(especially ubuntu) and a windows(maybe vista). Ask to him play around for about two hours .

    He will throw away the windows, because the booting itself will take 1 min, to login another 1 min, after logged in also I right click on mouse, it takes another 1 min - what is this ???.

    I see a fast bootup and being ready to start my work in linux within about 1 min.

    Hurray all windows users, there are lot of fantastic tools through synaptic(package manager) which you can never see any commercial products .

    You can continue arguing windows is better solution(may be until before linux comes).

    Open your eyes and look at linux at least from now!!!.

  • Eddie Wilson

    It seem like there are a lot of people here who don't really know what they are talking about. A lot of kids that has a computer and no ideal of what is going on. Its a laugh really. Manan is an example. He sounds like he just got out of high school. He hasn't got a clue about computer use even tho he has a website. You can't really blame these kids. Microsoft has been all they've known. Well Microsoft did not invent computers and I built my first computer before Microsoft or Bill Gates. I just like to sit back, laugh at the fanboys, (Windows and linux) and wonder where their parents went wrong.

    • Brian Elwin Pomeroy

      Interesting. What are you running?

  • Eddie Wilson

    It seem like there are a lot of people here who don't really know what they are talking about. A lot of kids that has a computer and no ideal of what is going on. Its a laugh really. Manan is an example. He sounds like he just got out of high school. He hasn't got a clue about computer use even tho he has a website. You can't really blame these kids. Microsoft has been all they've known. Well Microsoft did not invent computers and I built my first computer before Microsoft or Bill Gates. I just like to sit back, laugh at the fanboys, (Windows and linux) and wonder where their parents went wrong.

  • BFC9000

    Well, you can try to recompile your kernel... or make your web fonts not suck... or make Flash work... or make audio work... or make your TV-out work... or...

    With Linux, the possibilities are just endless

  • BFC9000

    Well, you can try to recompile your kernel... or make your web fonts not suck... or make Flash work... or make audio work... or make your TV-out work... or...

    With Linux, the possibilities are just endless

  • Erik

    @sridhar

    You said:
    "He will throw away the windows, because the booting itself will take 1 min, to login another 1 min, after logged in also I right click on mouse, it takes another 1 min - what is this ???."

    I use hybrid sleep with Vista. With this I just press the spacebar and I am up and running with my common programs open within 3 seconds.

    I was meaning to ask: Does Linux usually have a hybrid sleep function? And: What are the experiences of this?

    In my humble opinion booting is a bit outdated.

    Greetz Erik

  • Erik

    @sridhar

    You said:
    "He will throw away the windows, because the booting itself will take 1 min, to login another 1 min, after logged in also I right click on mouse, it takes another 1 min - what is this ???."

    I use hybrid sleep with Vista. With this I just press the spacebar and I am up and running with my common programs open within 3 seconds.

    I was meaning to ask: Does Linux usually have a hybrid sleep function? And: What are the experiences of this?

    In my humble opinion booting is a bit outdated.

    Greetz Erik

  • @ Manan, @Eddie Wilson, @Others: Hi, I'm the author who's back here, once again after reading through most of the comments. This article has proved to be a battleground for OS warriors! I never knew this would happen! There have been some stern reactions and words which are meaningless, just as Eddie Wilson pointed out! We would encourage some words from people who're either pros or newbies, rather than people who lie b/w them! And please, do not get into fights for any reasons whatsoever ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @ Manan, @Eddie Wilson, @Others: Hi, I'm the author who's back here, once again after reading through most of the comments. This article has proved to be a battleground for OS warriors! I never knew this would happen! There have been some stern reactions and words which are meaningless, just as Eddie Wilson pointed out! We would encourage some words from people who're either pros or newbies, rather than people who lie b/w them! And please, do not get into fights for any reasons whatsoever ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 1. Qualified agree, but you're comparing apples to the entire fruit stall. Vista is the "latest and greatest" OS requiring the "latest and greatest" hardware... if you have older kit you'd be using their older OS (XP). If you have very low-end kit you'd be using XP Embedded (lets you cut down XP to whatever features you want). Comparing that to "linux", which includes kde 4 with compositing all the way down to terminal-only installs, is a bit misleading.

    However, that's just another way of saying that at the OS level linux is more flexible ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And while I haven't tried linux on my main machine recently, I _did_ switch from a fresh install of XP to a fresh install of vista and notice an immediate performance and productivity improvement

    2. The DRM media in question is in two groups:
    a. Media which works on linux without restrictions, implying you're breaking the law (circumvention of a technical measure)
    b. Media which doesn't work on linux (which you then can't use)

    3. You seem to be implying that microsoft trying to stop people ripping them off is a bad thing. I don't see why anyone should care about the end-user experience of people who've stolen your software

    4. Are you on the security mailing list for your distro? 'coz I am, and there is a frankly ISANE amount of "local user can escalate privilege" exploits. How to get local user access? Well, via flash, for a start. (Vulnerabilities in flash tend to be cross-platform)

    Linux gets a double-whammy of environmental bonus here; one, less people write desktop linux attacks (most linux attacks focus on net-accessible daemons) and two, most of the stoopid people are on windows.

    5. You seem to be saying "there are alternatives to windows programs you might miss" Unfortunately, those alternatives are themselves available on windows ๐Ÿ˜‰ Openoffice or the GIMP are not reasons to switch OS.

    Do I use linux? Yes, I rent a dedicated server that runs email / web / VPN / mysql / IRC among others. Do I use it on the desktop? No... I try it every now and again, but I'll use it more regularly as soon as I can set up my system without _needing_ to grovel around in the config files and on the command prompt. Being able to do so is great - it allows easier remote access, and is a LOT more efficient in HOW-TOs and more troubleshooting. But I'd rather not have to for a desktop system.

    Oh, and points 2&3... am I pure? Nope, I've ripped off media before, but I don't see it as a moral right

  • 1. Qualified agree, but you're comparing apples to the entire fruit stall. Vista is the "latest and greatest" OS requiring the "latest and greatest" hardware... if you have older kit you'd be using their older OS (XP). If you have very low-end kit you'd be using XP Embedded (lets you cut down XP to whatever features you want). Comparing that to "linux", which includes kde 4 with compositing all the way down to terminal-only installs, is a bit misleading.

    However, that's just another way of saying that at the OS level linux is more flexible ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And while I haven't tried linux on my main machine recently, I _did_ switch from a fresh install of XP to a fresh install of vista and notice an immediate performance and productivity improvement

    2. The DRM media in question is in two groups:
    a. Media which works on linux without restrictions, implying you're breaking the law (circumvention of a technical measure)
    b. Media which doesn't work on linux (which you then can't use)

    3. You seem to be implying that microsoft trying to stop people ripping them off is a bad thing. I don't see why anyone should care about the end-user experience of people who've stolen your software

    4. Are you on the security mailing list for your distro? 'coz I am, and there is a frankly ISANE amount of "local user can escalate privilege" exploits. How to get local user access? Well, via flash, for a start. (Vulnerabilities in flash tend to be cross-platform)

    Linux gets a double-whammy of environmental bonus here; one, less people write desktop linux attacks (most linux attacks focus on net-accessible daemons) and two, most of the stoopid people are on windows.

    5. You seem to be saying "there are alternatives to windows programs you might miss" Unfortunately, those alternatives are themselves available on windows ๐Ÿ˜‰ Openoffice or the GIMP are not reasons to switch OS.

    Do I use linux? Yes, I rent a dedicated server that runs email / web / VPN / mysql / IRC among others. Do I use it on the desktop? No... I try it every now and again, but I'll use it more regularly as soon as I can set up my system without _needing_ to grovel around in the config files and on the command prompt. Being able to do so is great - it allows easier remote access, and is a LOT more efficient in HOW-TOs and more troubleshooting. But I'd rather not have to for a desktop system.

    Oh, and points 2&3... am I pure? Nope, I've ripped off media before, but I don't see it as a moral right

  • allrpgfreak

    WINDOWS USERS ARE CROSSBREED OF GOAT AND BULL, ILLEGAL CHILD

    IF THEIR PARENTS USED CONDOM FEW YEARS BACK THEY COULD SAVE FEW TYPINGS.

  • allrpgfreak

    WINDOWS USERS ARE CROSSBREED OF GOAT AND BULL, ILLEGAL CHILD

    IF THEIR PARENTS USED CONDOM FEW YEARS BACK THEY COULD SAVE FEW TYPINGS.

  • Anonymous

    #1. Reason why Linux will never own the majority of the market share: WE DON'T WANT YOU. While I could personally shoot down everyone one of the pro microsoft points above I feel no need to, I use Linux I love it, I tell my family to use it beyond that I don't give a damn, if you want to use an inferior OS, go ahead, we don't owe you anything, think what you want, we don't need you.

  • Anonymous

    #1. Reason why Linux will never own the majority of the market share: WE DON'T WANT YOU. While I could personally shoot down everyone one of the pro microsoft points above I feel no need to, I use Linux I love it, I tell my family to use it beyond that I don't give a damn, if you want to use an inferior OS, go ahead, we don't owe you anything, think what you want, we don't need you.

  • JimBo

    There are always members of our community who do their best to give ammunition to those who think that Linux users have a superiority complex and cannot tolerate anyone who thinks that Linux is not the greatest thing since sliced bread.
    There is no reason to write swear words and stupid comments about windows users' family ties.

  • JimBo

    There are always members of our community who do their best to give ammunition to those who think that Linux users have a superiority complex and cannot tolerate anyone who thinks that Linux is not the greatest thing since sliced bread.
    There is no reason to write swear words and stupid comments about windows users' family ties.

  • Bobby12

    Wow, what an ignorant article.

    I'll make some minor notes about each of these 5 reasons:

    1) Ignorant. I need a powerful system to run certain software, notably games and Office. As software becomes more powerful, it needs more powerful hardware. A cheap entry-level computer can easily run Windows Vista. If you want to run an 8-year old computer on Linux, fine, but you can't run modern games or other demanding software regardless of how lean your OS may be.

    2)The ignorance displayed in reason 2 is astounding. DRM is not built into Vista in the way you imply (that FUD was debunked AGES ago). Vista is currently the only OS that allows legal playback of Blu-ray and HD-DVD. DRM only affects users who buy media with DRM. Do some research before repeating lies about Vista and DRM.

    3) Moot point. Replace it with the analgous 'Linux is free' and you have a valid point.

    4) Vista has actually beaten both Linux and Mac OS in security tests. Vista is very secure despite being the only real target of malware (understandable since Windows has over 95% of the PC market)

    5) Wow, reason 5 is the biggest load of rubbish I've ever read. There is FAR more software available for Windows than for Linux.

    OpenOffice is great, but nowhere near as powerful as Office for serious use. Firefox is available for Windows (I'm using it right now with Windows Vista).
    So are you saying a reason to choose Linux over Windows is that Linux has some software available that is ALMOST as good as Windows equivalents? LOL

    REALLY lame article. The only valid point you've made (and I'm only inferring this from another point) is that Linux is cheaper than Windows.

    You get what you pay for, don't you?

  • Bobby12

    Wow, what an ignorant article.

    I'll make some minor notes about each of these 5 reasons:

    1) Ignorant. I need a powerful system to run certain software, notably games and Office. As software becomes more powerful, it needs more powerful hardware. A cheap entry-level computer can easily run Windows Vista. If you want to run an 8-year old computer on Linux, fine, but you can't run modern games or other demanding software regardless of how lean your OS may be.

    2)The ignorance displayed in reason 2 is astounding. DRM is not built into Vista in the way you imply (that FUD was debunked AGES ago). Vista is currently the only OS that allows legal playback of Blu-ray and HD-DVD. DRM only affects users who buy media with DRM. Do some research before repeating lies about Vista and DRM.

    3) Moot point. Replace it with the analgous 'Linux is free' and you have a valid point.

    4) Vista has actually beaten both Linux and Mac OS in security tests. Vista is very secure despite being the only real target of malware (understandable since Windows has over 95% of the PC market)

    5) Wow, reason 5 is the biggest load of rubbish I've ever read. There is FAR more software available for Windows than for Linux.

    OpenOffice is great, but nowhere near as powerful as Office for serious use. Firefox is available for Windows (I'm using it right now with Windows Vista).
    So are you saying a reason to choose Linux over Windows is that Linux has some software available that is ALMOST as good as Windows equivalents? LOL

    REALLY lame article. The only valid point you've made (and I'm only inferring this from another point) is that Linux is cheaper than Windows.

    You get what you pay for, don't you?

  • Ben

    I use linux, but I do admit that we haven't yet got anything that beats Paint.

    Sure, Gimp is great for a lot of things. But I really miss paint for pixel art.

  • Ben

    I use linux, but I do admit that we haven't yet got anything that beats Paint.

    Sure, Gimp is great for a lot of things. But I really miss paint for pixel art.

  • Well - I always have wanted to run Linux full time. How ever, there is no out-of-the-box solution for wireless - don't give me crap about "ndis" wrapper or what ever. It's a pain to set up for some and what you Linux geek heads got to get is that if you want to be prime time, you are going to have to let following happen easily out of the box:

    1. Easy to automatic wireless set and configuration with any Linksys, D-Link, or Net Gear wireless routers.

    2. Make the gaming platform as powerful, ubiquitous, and easy as it is in Windows right now.

    3. Get something real close to iTunes.

    Without the above 3, Linux will never be anything but a damn good OS that will hover in the back ground.

  • Well - I always have wanted to run Linux full time. How ever, there is no out-of-the-box solution for wireless - don't give me crap about "ndis" wrapper or what ever. It's a pain to set up for some and what you Linux geek heads got to get is that if you want to be prime time, you are going to have to let following happen easily out of the box:

    1. Easy to automatic wireless set and configuration with any Linksys, D-Link, or Net Gear wireless routers.

    2. Make the gaming platform as powerful, ubiquitous, and easy as it is in Windows right now.

    3. Get something real close to iTunes.

    Without the above 3, Linux will never be anything but a damn good OS that will hover in the back ground.

  • Rob

    if really linux was the best why its still only have 1% market share in 5 years, compared to vista 9% in just 2 years

    Because most users don't know any better. I really pity all the windows fanbois. Windows is buggy, insecure, bloated, badly engineered, proprietary rubbish.

    Ubuntu can?t even play mp3s out of the box.

    If you're really too thick to type a couple of commands to enable mp3 playback, then you're probably better off with Windows.

  • Rob

    if really linux was the best why its still only have 1% market share in 5 years, compared to vista 9% in just 2 years

    Because most users don't know any better. I really pity all the windows fanbois. Windows is buggy, insecure, bloated, badly engineered, proprietary rubbish.

    Ubuntu can?t even play mp3s out of the box.

    If you're really too thick to type a couple of commands to enable mp3 playback, then you're probably better off with Windows.

  • frymaster

    If you?re really too thick to type a couple of commands to enable mp3 playback, then you?re probably better off with Windows.

    Or none at all, if you use synaptic or similar ๐Ÿ˜›
    (I'll consider linux ready for prime-time desktop use when I can get 3d-accelerated desktop on the go with multiple monitors without needing to grovel in config files manually*)

    Though a common point made for linux is that a package manager takes most of the hassle out of installing - does that mean linux users are "too stupid" to install the programs they want themselves? (hint: no it doesn't. it means they know a good system is one which does the work for you, not vice versa)

    *Of course how-to's etc are always going to prefer the command-line... you can copy and paste straight from the guide into your terminal, and there's less chance of confusion. I just don't think it should be mandatory, for a desktop system. (The only linux system I interact with regularly I only use terminal commands in. But that's a remote server, not a desktop system)

  • frymaster

    If you?re really too thick to type a couple of commands to enable mp3 playback, then you?re probably better off with Windows.

    Or none at all, if you use synaptic or similar ๐Ÿ˜›
    (I'll consider linux ready for prime-time desktop use when I can get 3d-accelerated desktop on the go with multiple monitors without needing to grovel in config files manually*)

    Though a common point made for linux is that a package manager takes most of the hassle out of installing - does that mean linux users are "too stupid" to install the programs they want themselves? (hint: no it doesn't. it means they know a good system is one which does the work for you, not vice versa)

    *Of course how-to's etc are always going to prefer the command-line... you can copy and paste straight from the guide into your terminal, and there's less chance of confusion. I just don't think it should be mandatory, for a desktop system. (The only linux system I interact with regularly I only use terminal commands in. But that's a remote server, not a desktop system)

  • Bartosz Gzyl

    I simply do not have time to use Ubuntu as it stills need a lot of tlc, Raid support is problem (i managed to make it work but i cannot make grub to see my raid windows booting partition) and i still need to use windows anyway so linux is still dead for me as long as there will be no problem with making things work - no time for fun

    Thanks

  • Bartosz Gzyl

    I simply do not have time to use Ubuntu as it stills need a lot of tlc, Raid support is problem (i managed to make it work but i cannot make grub to see my raid windows booting partition) and i still need to use windows anyway so linux is still dead for me as long as there will be no problem with making things work - no time for fun

    Thanks

  • raxx

    I use Linux because I like it and it works well with my machine. What you other guys use doesn't concern me.

    You run Vista? oh woop-dee-doo
    You run Linux? who the fuck cares

    The fact that you're having this lame argument just shows you're all fuckin retards.

  • raxx

    I use Linux because I like it and it works well with my machine. What you other guys use doesn't concern me.

    You run Vista? oh woop-dee-doo
    You run Linux? who the fuck cares

    The fact that you're having this lame argument just shows you're all fuckin retards.

  • Charley S

    Some simple, objective facts:

    1. Most computer users in 2008 are not computer hobbyists, cs majors, or "geeks". They are ordinary folks who want to play games, listen to music, edit video, get online, and get some f'ing work done. They will NOT adopt an operating system they have to spend hour configuring to work with their hardware, if it will work at all. They shouldn't be expected to.

    2. Most modern hardware is not supported (or supported with much effort, research and hacking) on Linux. I love Linux - but I'm forced to run Windows in VM's at work because I can't easily manage my Windows systems and software from Linux.

    3. Gimp is no comparison to PhotoShop, unless you are doing the most simple tasks. OpenOffice doesn't even support MS Office 2007's new format. Again, I have to have Windows running in a VM to open these files at work.

    4. Security by obscurity? "People like to pick on Microsoft so Linux users are safe"? Just wait. Do you install software from scripts you download and don't even look at? Do it as root? Hello? Its just a matter of time folks.

    I run Linux on my work machine. (I'm a network manager). It is stable. I run Windows in VM's to work in that world. But I do almost everything else in Linux. But then, when I need my air card? Gotta boot xp because of the software. I spent hours trying to make it work successfully. Read dozens of posts. Still doesn't work. My $5000 digital slr? No software. My Blackberry? No software. Management consoles for Virtual Center? OWA in Firefox?

    I rest my case. Linux just doesn't cut it in the world I live in.

    Unfortunately... because I really love using it.

  • Charley S

    Some simple, objective facts:

    1. Most computer users in 2008 are not computer hobbyists, cs majors, or "geeks". They are ordinary folks who want to play games, listen to music, edit video, get online, and get some f'ing work done. They will NOT adopt an operating system they have to spend hour configuring to work with their hardware, if it will work at all. They shouldn't be expected to.

    2. Most modern hardware is not supported (or supported with much effort, research and hacking) on Linux. I love Linux - but I'm forced to run Windows in VM's at work because I can't easily manage my Windows systems and software from Linux.

    3. Gimp is no comparison to PhotoShop, unless you are doing the most simple tasks. OpenOffice doesn't even support MS Office 2007's new format. Again, I have to have Windows running in a VM to open these files at work.

    4. Security by obscurity? "People like to pick on Microsoft so Linux users are safe"? Just wait. Do you install software from scripts you download and don't even look at? Do it as root? Hello? Its just a matter of time folks.

    I run Linux on my work machine. (I'm a network manager). It is stable. I run Windows in VM's to work in that world. But I do almost everything else in Linux. But then, when I need my air card? Gotta boot xp because of the software. I spent hours trying to make it work successfully. Read dozens of posts. Still doesn't work. My $5000 digital slr? No software. My Blackberry? No software. Management consoles for Virtual Center? OWA in Firefox?

    I rest my case. Linux just doesn't cut it in the world I live in.

    Unfortunately... because I really love using it.

  • tobago

    WoW! a lot of heavy hitting across the OS divide here. Take it easy folks!
    I used MS products from Dos 6.2 all the way up to Vista and found them all to be useful in their time (except for Win ME, that was very bad). XP is my favourite but Vista is also quite good. A bit of a resource hog but if you have the system to handle it, it works very well. Networking and security has definitely improved. Driver problems are slowly easing away too.
    I also use Ubuntu and Red Hat and tinkered with Mandriva. Also works well. Requires some know how but it also very useful. I actually use it to repair some Windows problems that cannot be solved from within Windows.
    Contrary to common belief there are quite a lot of software packages for Linux, including games. It is just that this OS is not for the faint of heart and only the most determined will succeed in their quest. I just see Linux as another challenge to my computing skill.

    To me the bottom line is what are your needs as a user. There is no need to bash the user of another OS just because you don't like it, that is just being a fanatic. Who knows why someone might like Linux or Windows or OS X for that matter. It just depends on specific need and preference.
    Go for the OS that covers your needs and be happy. Also be happy for the other person using another OS. Question them why they like it. You might just learn something. I certainly learned a lot over the years this way.

  • tobago

    WoW! a lot of heavy hitting across the OS divide here. Take it easy folks!
    I used MS products from Dos 6.2 all the way up to Vista and found them all to be useful in their time (except for Win ME, that was very bad). XP is my favourite but Vista is also quite good. A bit of a resource hog but if you have the system to handle it, it works very well. Networking and security has definitely improved. Driver problems are slowly easing away too.
    I also use Ubuntu and Red Hat and tinkered with Mandriva. Also works well. Requires some know how but it also very useful. I actually use it to repair some Windows problems that cannot be solved from within Windows.
    Contrary to common belief there are quite a lot of software packages for Linux, including games. It is just that this OS is not for the faint of heart and only the most determined will succeed in their quest. I just see Linux as another challenge to my computing skill.

    To me the bottom line is what are your needs as a user. There is no need to bash the user of another OS just because you don't like it, that is just being a fanatic. Who knows why someone might like Linux or Windows or OS X for that matter. It just depends on specific need and preference.
    Go for the OS that covers your needs and be happy. Also be happy for the other person using another OS. Question them why they like it. You might just learn something. I certainly learned a lot over the years this way.

  • Chris

    ubuntu -> install WINE and have linux and windows? VLC media player for playing dvd's? Transmission/AMule are out-of-the-box so screw i-tunes? No antivirus necessary? Who wants to use a WGA crack (which probably contains a worm) when you can have an guilt-free open source system and a lovely great multiverse?

    Ubuntu! (Shout it in the street)

    also compiz-fusion for that old WOW factor.

  • Chris

    ubuntu -> install WINE and have linux and windows? VLC media player for playing dvd's? Transmission/AMule are out-of-the-box so screw i-tunes? No antivirus necessary? Who wants to use a WGA crack (which probably contains a worm) when you can have an guilt-free open source system and a lovely great multiverse?

    Ubuntu! (Shout it in the street)

    also compiz-fusion for that old WOW factor.

  • Harry Barracuda

    Yes, except Linux is shitty to install, fussy over drivers and a nightmare for the novice.

    Would you get real you idealistic twat.

  • Harry Barracuda

    Yes, except Linux is shitty to install, fussy over drivers and a nightmare for the novice.

    Would you get real you idealistic twat.

  • TO SUM IT ALL

    TO SUM IT ALL, I CAN'T PLAY MY FAVORITE GAMES IN LINUX, UNTIL THE TIME THAT I CAN PLAY THEM ON LINUX I'LL STICK TO MY WINDOWS XP "TAKE NOTE, WINDOWS XP, NOT VISTA!"

  • TO SUM IT ALL

    TO SUM IT ALL, I CAN'T PLAY MY FAVORITE GAMES IN LINUX, UNTIL THE TIME THAT I CAN PLAY THEM ON LINUX I'LL STICK TO MY WINDOWS XP "TAKE NOTE, WINDOWS XP, NOT VISTA!"

  • chris

    Easy tigers... no need to take it personally..
    much love.
    chris
    x

  • chris

    Easy tigers... no need to take it personally..
    much love.
    chris
    x

  • chris

    don't be pawns in game of life.

  • chris

    don't be pawns in game of life.

  • doniking

    yeah. I agree with Charley S.
    Novice user should use Windows.
    I am a network administrator. I am using windows XP on my PC, and for my servers, I choose windows server and freebsd.

  • doniking

    yeah. I agree with Charley S.
    Novice user should use Windows.
    I am a network administrator. I am using windows XP on my PC, and for my servers, I choose windows server and freebsd.

  • kenny

    Well, have fun using third party software with Linux. Of those 5 reasons at least 4 are shit, because I've been running 64 bit vista on an older 2Gb system perfectly.
    Hardware requirements? Yes, only ram and CPU clock cycles suffer in VISTA but most of the content gets dumped when playing games and running intensive software. Since 2005 CPU prices went down by over 1000%, I remember when AMD X2 cost $999 and I bought it last year for $40. All of the first party windows services kick ass, Internet Information Services, Active Directory, Expression Suite, Visual Studio and Remote Desktop connections are the best features I've seen in recent systems. Windows Server 2008 has beaten any other hosting system. The administration is so easy, secure, and free of pain. And Vista is a server 2008 platform, it comes with most of the features of of server 2008. It's way faster than Apache, more secure. It doesn't require you to run a third party service which opens a lot of security issues to inexperienced users. Doesn't require third party PHP and flash. How ancient is javascript? So if you'd like to use web2.0 .net c# WPF and SQL and ASP give server 2008 a try, it's free for 240 days, if you don't want to pay for Vista. Or just go get a mac hah

  • kenny

    Well, have fun using third party software with Linux. Of those 5 reasons at least 4 are shit, because I've been running 64 bit vista on an older 2Gb system perfectly.
    Hardware requirements? Yes, only ram and CPU clock cycles suffer in VISTA but most of the content gets dumped when playing games and running intensive software. Since 2005 CPU prices went down by over 1000%, I remember when AMD X2 cost $999 and I bought it last year for $40. All of the first party windows services kick ass, Internet Information Services, Active Directory, Expression Suite, Visual Studio and Remote Desktop connections are the best features I've seen in recent systems. Windows Server 2008 has beaten any other hosting system. The administration is so easy, secure, and free of pain. And Vista is a server 2008 platform, it comes with most of the features of of server 2008. It's way faster than Apache, more secure. It doesn't require you to run a third party service which opens a lot of security issues to inexperienced users. Doesn't require third party PHP and flash. How ancient is javascript? So if you'd like to use web2.0 .net c# WPF and SQL and ASP give server 2008 a try, it's free for 240 days, if you don't want to pay for Vista. Or just go get a mac hah

  • Steve V

    Yes, that sounds about right,
    That DRM bs is just anti-microsoft hysteria.

    The researcher who Bruce Schneier cites who in turn is widely cited in the media as an expert on why Vista DRM is so evil actually admits to never actually even touching Windows Vista.

    Read this article
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=429

  • Steve V

    Yes, that sounds about right,
    That DRM bs is just anti-microsoft hysteria.

    The researcher who Bruce Schneier cites who in turn is widely cited in the media as an expert on why Vista DRM is so evil actually admits to never actually even touching Windows Vista.

    Read this article
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=429

  • Andrew Zimmerman

    Send me the source code of Ableton and I will switch back to Linux

  • Andrew Zimmerman

    Send me the source code of Ableton and I will switch back to Linux

  • anarchist

    Just run ubuntu and virtualize xp on top of it. Best of both worlds really. Oh yeah, and steal everything you can from M$ and others of their ilk. Practice global non compliance.

  • anarchist

    Just run ubuntu and virtualize xp on top of it. Best of both worlds really. Oh yeah, and steal everything you can from M$ and others of their ilk. Practice global non compliance.

  • thebeancounter

    I am 1 of those who think software should "just work" cleanly and simply.And The latest build of Ubuntu (as well as several OTHER linux flavors) do JUST that.
    And my 75yo father who has used windows ever since he got rid of his COMMODORE 64 is ALSO a new convert to the linux ubuntu way of life without gates crappy ass winblows software.Windows works and is fairly easy for computer MORONS to figure out.SOMETIMES.But it doesn't work quick,smooth or stably ALL the TIME.In fact the only version I found to be fast and or stable even HALF the time is XP Pro.And quick and stable HALF the time is NOT good enough for me when ubuntu runs lightning fast and almost NEVER freezes on me (except for firefox which had a nasty flash bug .)But I found a fix for the flash problem and the problem was on ADOBES end of the equation NOT ubuntu.
    windows is positively LOADED with bugs and most are DIRECTLY attributable to the basic core windows code which is as swollen and bloated as a week old corpse in the summer heat.Linux is lean,stable NOT prone to viruses and overall more secure as well as more stable and faster than anything windows has yet to spew out.

  • thebeancounter

    I am 1 of those who think software should "just work" cleanly and simply.And The latest build of Ubuntu (as well as several OTHER linux flavors) do JUST that.
    And my 75yo father who has used windows ever since he got rid of his COMMODORE 64 is ALSO a new convert to the linux ubuntu way of life without gates crappy ass winblows software.Windows works and is fairly easy for computer MORONS to figure out.SOMETIMES.But it doesn't work quick,smooth or stably ALL the TIME.In fact the only version I found to be fast and or stable even HALF the time is XP Pro.And quick and stable HALF the time is NOT good enough for me when ubuntu runs lightning fast and almost NEVER freezes on me (except for firefox which had a nasty flash bug .)But I found a fix for the flash problem and the problem was on ADOBES end of the equation NOT ubuntu.
    windows is positively LOADED with bugs and most are DIRECTLY attributable to the basic core windows code which is as swollen and bloated as a week old corpse in the summer heat.Linux is lean,stable NOT prone to viruses and overall more secure as well as more stable and faster than anything windows has yet to spew out.

  • Yoel

    My problem with linux is that it is still not user friendly. I love everything else about it. It is stable, and plays all current media with no problem. When i want to run a webserver or ftp server and be able to use my TV card to watch TV and record TV, i have issues. In windows i can install and configure a webserver and ftp server within minutes, but in linux, it takes hours. In Vista my WinTV card when drivers are installed is then reconized by Windows Media Center immediately and has a program guide. It takes 5 minutes to get this working and i have a DVR of my own. In linux, i have yet to get it to find a signal.

    Linux is far behind in user friendliness and until that time comes, linux will always be 2nd best

  • Yoel

    My problem with linux is that it is still not user friendly. I love everything else about it. It is stable, and plays all current media with no problem. When i want to run a webserver or ftp server and be able to use my TV card to watch TV and record TV, i have issues. In windows i can install and configure a webserver and ftp server within minutes, but in linux, it takes hours. In Vista my WinTV card when drivers are installed is then reconized by Windows Media Center immediately and has a program guide. It takes 5 minutes to get this working and i have a DVR of my own. In linux, i have yet to get it to find a signal.

    Linux is far behind in user friendliness and until that time comes, linux will always be 2nd best

  • Runge

    Manan, Praval, all you guys/girls I would like to say thankyou for debating this topic, it gives people like me, who don't know a bit about Linux information about it, without a tremendous amount of spin 1 way or the other

  • Runge

    Manan, Praval, all you guys/girls I would like to say thankyou for debating this topic, it gives people like me, who don't know a bit about Linux information about it, without a tremendous amount of spin 1 way or the other

  • deemdap

    LINUX / is HOT!/

  • deemdap

    LINUX / is HOT!/

  • easy

    2 words, SABAYON LINUX.
    i have 2 new comps and sabayon works with everything on both of them.
    1 was a vista box and the other was an xp box. also i can run hd dvd and blueray. also itunes and everything else works fine.
    all i did was try a usb live with unetbootin and sabayon works great out of the box with everything. even my tv tuner works and myth tv isn't the only thing out there for linux.

  • easy

    2 words, SABAYON LINUX.
    i have 2 new comps and sabayon works with everything on both of them.
    1 was a vista box and the other was an xp box. also i can run hd dvd and blueray. also itunes and everything else works fine.
    all i did was try a usb live with unetbootin and sabayon works great out of the box with everything. even my tv tuner works and myth tv isn't the only thing out there for linux.

  • Fred

    Slackware only takes me 12 seconds to boot. Vista takes at least 5. I say in terms of speed, linux is better.

  • Fred

    Slackware only takes me 12 seconds to boot. Vista takes at least 5. I say in terms of speed, linux is better.

  • New And Lovin it

    As someone that has been foolin with puters since windows 3.0, and has tried and used every microsoft op system since then, I can tell you without a doubt linux rules. I too was afraid and scared of change, I too was scared to break away from bill gates wallet. The honest truth is I was turned off by linux at first, but after years of kissing microsofts genuine advantage azz, I decided to give linux a real whole hearted effort to use and understand. Long story short, I have a dual boot with vista ulitimate (working perfectly) and linux mint.....after months of learning I'll never go back to windows again....just figure it out.

    Bottom line linux aint for dummies...think about it.

  • New And Lovin it

    As someone that has been foolin with puters since windows 3.0, and has tried and used every microsoft op system since then, I can tell you without a doubt linux rules. I too was afraid and scared of change, I too was scared to break away from bill gates wallet. The honest truth is I was turned off by linux at first, but after years of kissing microsofts genuine advantage azz, I decided to give linux a real whole hearted effort to use and understand. Long story short, I have a dual boot with vista ulitimate (working perfectly) and linux mint.....after months of learning I'll never go back to windows again....just figure it out.

    Bottom line linux aint for dummies...think about it.

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  • me

    "1) Ignorant..... If you want to run an 8-year old computer on Linux, fine, but you canโ€™t run modern games or other demanding software regardless of how lean your OS may be."

    ok, lets think this out, the majority of people don't need the software and hardware that is being pushed on them. Gates' cronies and the guys at Intel need to keep fleecing the world. I see they have you convinced you need the next greatest invention. This is probably the article's author's only good point, linux can run well on next to nothing.

    "2)...Vista is currently the only OS that allows legal playback of Blu-ray and HD-DVD. DRM only affects users who buy media with DRM. Do some research before repeating lies about Vista and DRM."

    Well you payed for that software, so enjoy. But
    This first attempt at DRM is only a glimpse of what these huge corporations want to do (refer to iTunes). Thank goodness it hasn't happened yet.

    "3) Moot point. Replace it with the analgous โ€˜Linux is freeโ€™ and you have a valid point."

    Not a moot point. I don't know about the servers crashing, but we need to stay away from the huge businesses controlling more and more. I understand MS's MO here but it's not thinking about helping you and me bro.

    "4) Vista has actually beaten both Linux and Mac OS in security tests. Vista is very secure despite being the only real target of malware (understandable since Windows has over 95% of the PC market)"

    This issue is sticky, I know you and I and most readers don't know enough to say what is the best, but I can tell you that Windows has adopted a lot of *NIX methods of handling PC security. Such as, multiple user environments (not an MS original), not setting the defualt account to a super user account (ref. '98, '95, 3.0, XP), those annoying vista popups (got that from *NIX), and oh yeah powershell??? jesus.

    XP, didn't even ship with a firewall (not until sp2). That is not a good security practice. XP was a security nightmare when it first came out (remember this was the release before vistaids), so it's good to see they are learning from their mistakes. 13 years later, and not to mention after you and I have lined m$'s pockets over and over again as they push their next product out every few years. Competition is healthy in a free market economy. You should be glad a struggling alternative is trying to force m$ to raise their standards.

    "5) Wow, reason 5 is the biggest load of rubbish Iโ€™ve ever read. There is FAR more software available for Windows than for Linux."

    Can't really argue there, just remember that's what happens with a monopoly.

    I can be called a linux zealot, and there are times when I just want shit to work too. Not always the case with linux. I won't take credit for this incredibly articulate stance, but I will repeat it with the hope that someone else will "yeah that makes sense":
    We are beyond comparing which OS is better or worse, (the 3 major OS's *NIX WIN* and MAC*) are all pretty equal at this state in the game. Speaking only of OS functionality. Not comparing which hardware is more compatible or which has more software. All 3 are very close to equal in terms of capability, performance, and yes even security. Windows has the edge in compatibility for obvious reasons (*cough* monopoly). Don't hate on people trying to use the alternative so they don't have to shell out $200 to use an office sweet, watch movies, and browse the web.

    $679.95 for office ultimate, I sure hope it is better than the free open office suite. That is the price of monopoly people, healthy economic competition would not let that price inflate to such a level. That is my biggest issue with M$.

    "REALLY lame article."
    agreed

  • me

    basically what I am saying is with the money M$ has, Linux would dominate the same was MS has, with probably just as many problems (maybe not, though). So comparing OS's is moot. But WE NEED CHOICE

  • Richard

    The truth of the matter is this: People who want to take their operating system and configure it in which ever way they wish, with no concern to watching movies or listening to music, should definitely use a Linux distro. For example, I have 2 machines in my office. One is for work (Linux) the other is for play (Win7). I don't do anything on the Windows box except what most people would want to do with a computer and that is watch videos, email, chat, listen to music, etc. It's simple for that and there is no need to go out of your way to make it work. As far as my job, I'm 100% against using Windows, it just doesn't do what I need it to do. I like to be able to freely (ahem, open) change software to my needs. That's what open source is about!

  • Richard

    The truth of the matter is this: People who want to take their operating system and configure it in which ever way they wish, with no concern to watching movies or listening to music, should definitely use a Linux distro. For example, I have 2 machines in my office. One is for work (Linux) the other is for play (Win7). I don't do anything on the Windows box except what most people would want to do with a computer and that is watch videos, email, chat, listen to music, etc. It's simple for that and there is no need to go out of your way to make it work. As far as my job, I'm 100% against using Windows, it just doesn't do what I need it to do. I like to be able to freely (ahem, open) change software to my needs. That's what open source is about!

  • Send me the source code of Ableton and I will switch back to Linux.

  • Jjmacey

    Can we up-date this to the latest M$ product? I only run Ubuntu Linux.

  • ;)

    After 5 years linux using at home and at work I use windows 7 now and I like it. I think of me as a linux guru and I work as a software developer. Windows 7 works perfectly for me for both work and leasure. It works good, doesn't crash and everything is much easier to do than linux.ย 

    I used linux before when windows was slow and ugly. Now I would still use a linux for a server etc but not for my home machine.