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Why Arguing That Windows is Better Than Linux Makes You Look Silly

Bryan-LundukeIt seems as though you can't throw a rock on the internet without hitting an article which argues for the superiority of Windows over Linux. With titles like “Five reasons I'd rather run Windows 8 than Linux”, these articles are a dime a dozen.

Truth be told, I've written my fair share of “Why X is better than Y” articles over the years (almost always arguing in favor of the superiority of Linux-based systems). They're fun to write. They're easy to write. And, perhaps most important, they're somewhat cathartic to write. Have a hard week where you've been forced to use a platform you don't particularly like? Write an article about how it's worse than one you do like. It's good for the soul.

Are these sorts of articles a wee bit pointless? Sure. It's really just preaching to the choir, so to speak. But they're fun to read. They're almost like the tech-nerd equivalent of a gossip rag. I read 'em. You read 'em. We all read 'em (even if we pretend like we don't). But I have noticed something rather interesting about these sorts of articles...

Every article I have read, in recent memory, arguing that “Windows is better than Linux” makes the author sound a little bit, for lack of a better word, like a big giant goober. A raging, loopy goober. The points that writers of these articles use to back up their hypotheses tend to be just plain silly and poorly thought out. They're really scraping the bottom of the barrel, looking for any possible evidence – no matter how ridiculous – to prove the superiority of Windows over Linux.

[“Hey, Bryan! I've got an idea. Why don't you try insulting a bunch of talented technology journalists, some of whom are your friends, by calling them 'raging, loopy goobers'?” Great idea, personage I just created for the sole purpose of asking myself a hypothetical question. Consider it done!]

Here. Let me show you what I'm talking about. What follows is the very first reason given, for why Windows is superior, in a recent ZDNet article by David Gewirtz:

1. “Reason #1: As soon as you mention one distro, all the fanboys go insane claiming you've made the wrong choice.”

You didn't just hallucinate.

The #1 reason to not use Linux, stated by a technology writer for both ZDNet and CNN, is that other people use Linux also. Some of those people have opinions. And you, with your obvious inability to exist within a universe with other people in it, will simply collapse into a fetal position and give up using computers altogether.

Bottom of the barrel reasoning. Heck. Not even in the barrel. In a box next to the barrel with the words “just some fish or something” scribbled on the top with a sharpie. But let's jump past that relatively catastrophic level of goobery-ness and tackle some of the more reasonable (at first glance) points that are made in many of these sorts of articles.

2. “Windows has more software.”

One of the common mantras in making the case against Linux, particularly on the Desktop, is that Windows simply has more software available than Linux. In fact, I don't even think you can use the phrase “Windows is better than Linux” in an article without trotting out this tired old argument.

This is usually backed up by an example of an important piece of software that doesn't run on Linux, such as Adobe Photoshop.

There's just one problem with that argument: It's not at all true. Want to run Adobe Photoshop (or the vast majority of software often used to make this argument)... you can. With Wine.

Sure, you could make the argument that not all Windows software runs perfectly using Wine on Linux. Then again... I could make that same argument about Windows software not always running well on Windows itself. Which would be a far more damning point to make. And, because I'm not the type to kick a guy when he's down, I'm just going to move on...

3. “Windows has more commercial support.”

This one gets pulled out fairly often.

The idea here is that people and companies want professional support – the ability to pick up the phone and call someone when they have a problem. This is, obviously, super critical. Especially for big businesses who have mission-critical work happening on their computers.

When this gets written, I feel like the writer wasn't even trying. This argument is immediately disproven by a quick Google search for “linux enterprise support” and checking out the number of options on that first page of results alone. Multiple high profile companies offering various support options for both Linux servers and desktops.

In other words, “Lots and lots of commercial support for Linux”.

4. “Windows is pre-installed.”

Ah, now here's a valid point. At least it would be, if installing operating systems were difficult at this point in human history. It also assumes nobody has ever had to re-install Windows which, I am pretty sure, is a task that has been done at least 50 times by every man, woman and child on planet Earth (on average).

Also... the logic here is “You already have this thing... so don't worry about that other thing that might be better. Also buy some new versions of the thing you have. But, seriously. Don't think about other, better things.”

5. “Windows is easier to use.”

The core of the argument here usually revolves around how it is impossible to use Linux without spending all day hunched over the terminal and typing archaic commands into Emacs. Which is both completely wrong (Linux desktop distros tend to be astoundingly easy to use nowadays), and also a wee bit insulting for the reader.

If a person is reading a technology article comparing two different operating systems... my guess is they don't have a panic attack the moment they need to type two words on their keyboard. I know, call me crazy.

I could go on and on with this but I think the point has been made. It sort of feels like all of these “X Reasons Windows is Better than Linux” articles are regurgitated versions of similar articles written in 1998. And, in the end, simply make the writers look uninformed about Linux.

Also goobery. It makes them look a bit goobery.

 

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  • mikshaw Said:

    This is the best Linux-Is-Better-Than-Windows-Argument-Disguised-As-A-Windows-Is-Better-Than-Linux-Arguments-Make-You-Look-Silly-Article article ever.

  • Steven Chow Said:

    "Windows is easier to use"... Only if they stop changing the interface for the sake of it!!! That goes for any OS or application....

  • James Manes Said:

    Yikes! Although many points ZDnet and all those sites make are pretty bad you didn't do the greatest yourself. The windows software argument is pretty good actually! Sure you can run CS2 in wine but I doubt any average joe would figure that out. And man CS2 is oooold. Almost a decade! Applications like iTunes are nice to have if you are an average user with an iOS device. Things like office are pretty nice too due to everyone out there using the docx format (which I despise but must conform to). Really though if it were up to me to attack Linux I would point out it's lower battery life expectations on mobile devices such as laptops and it's lack of support for modern hardware and video cards. This game of "x is better than y because" is a wee but childish don't you think? Maybe we should start writing about interesting subjects instead of flailing around the internet trying to act like our choice of software is superior. That's my 2 cents.

  • Jeremy Roman Said:

    So what if x peice of software doesnt run on your platform, Linux supports soooo many alternatives. Unless you are a Graphics artist, Gimp and other Image programs will work perfectly for you. and I have been Office free for years, and Have never had a problem opening or sharing a docx. actually before my company updated their office version, i was one of the few that could open docxs (docxi?) easily. I use Linux on my laptopn and have never had any troubles with my battery life, and I use more modern graphics cards in my desktop and also never had a problem. All of these points may have been valid years ago, but the linux world has changed. it is growing and changing in leaps and bounds. it is in the hands of more and more people that are not just techies, and the developers are taking note of that. It will continue to get smoother, faster, better at an astronomical rate. Windows can/will never do that. That, my friend, is Linux's greatest selling point, It can and will change. It will get stronger, it will get prettier, it will get faster. and it will leave all the others in the dust. It has the largest R&D team, the largest QA team. It has us.

  • Wine Curmudgeon Said:

    I switched to the Ubuntu family (mostly Xubuntu these days) eight years ago, and other than running Civ 3 on an old desktop that I had to reinstall Windows 7 on (so yes -- aghhhhhh), I don't miss any Windows software. To be fair, I don't need Photoshop, but how many people really do? Homebank knocks Quicken out of the park. LibreOffice is fine, and it doesn't have the stupid ribbon. There is no appreciable difference between Firefox and Thunderbird. And some software is better than the Windows -- Docky is better than any Windows dock, Clementine is a terrific music player, and the Kupfer launcher astounds me with how well it works; much, much better than Launchy. Hell, even Gourmet Recipe Manager is better than anything I used on Windows.

  • Rohitasch Said:

    I am a graphic artist. GIMP, Inkscape and MyPaint/Dopey are what I use. And .docx opens just fine in OOo & family.

  • Misstee Scott Said:

    That did it for me. Thank you Jeremy you just sold me. Linux should consider you an asset.

  • Scott Said:

    For “interesting” lets go with Microsoft’s recent announcement about Office Mobile for iOS. Conspicuously absent were mentions of Windows 8, and the Surface was nowhere to be seen.

  • Grant Said:

    You can do .docx all day long in Libre Office. Just sayin...

  • ios is linux Said:

    Did you know that apple uses debian? Youre talking about a company that is so proprietary. Using an open source OS and closing up all their stuff. The only thing that windows is good for in the IT world is installing VMware or something to setup linux vms. Windows is counter productive. Want to get a file onto yout windows server from another server? Here let me setup an FTP server for that document. Want to download that file off the net? Crap. I need to enable the browser to be able to download files first. That stuff is all annoying when youre trying to be quick and productive. Where is that tab I saw 5 minutes ago in that window I closed? Oh there it is. Hidden inside 12 submenus and inside another tab. Everything is at the tip of your fingers with cli. Oh you have powershell and need to find out how many lines are in a given file? Nice, enjoy writing 16 lines of code to do it. I dont think even many linux users will argue with you when you say windows wins for ease of use. Its pretty easy to use and nice at home. When youre trying to be productive at work theres just no way Windows and annoying install wizards win. Oh, need to setup a VPN on Windows? Dont forget about setting up active directory and a domain controller too. Lol there is just no contest in the server world. I can go on forever really. If we had a race between setting up a DNS server on Linux and Windows, I could be 30 minutes late starting, reinstall Linux for the fun of it and have my DNS up and running before you finished going through the DNS install wizard.

  • Willy-Bill Said:

    "Did you know that apple uses debian?" Apple uses Unix as its backbone. Reason why it is closed source.

  • Gonzalo Said:

    Funny yet accurate article. Very good. Thanks!

  • MetaNova Said:

    I like your coverage of the issue, but I think your coverage of the application availability issue was a little weak. While it is possible to make several application work in WINE, you can't expect people to bother with it and should't really be using WINE to invalidate the argument. In fact, Photoshop has not worked in WINE Since CS5. I think the big thing to make clear is the "chicken or the egg" issue that the Linux (and any new) platform faces. Windows doesn't have a ton of software because it's just so great, but because it's the largest, so developers target it. Many developers don't target Linux because it doesn't have a large user base, people can't use Linux because it lacks the tools they need to get their job done, etc. I feel that something that should be emphasized is how much BETTER driver support (or at least the driver infrastructure) is in Linux, especially when the network card in your laptop has become old enough that the vendor has decided to not release an updated driver for the latest version of Windows. Drivers don't really get out of date with Linux. You don't have to worry about updating one day and having your network card give out on you. In my experience, any desktop/laptop made in the 5 years just works (laptop backlighting can be a little weird sometimes). You don't have to wait 10 seconds/minutes after plugging in your USB mouse or thumb stick (This actually happens to me all the time on Windows, and I find it silly), you don't have to search for drivers online, and your drivers are auto-magically updated with the rest of your system thanks to magical package management systems (which is another rant I could get into). *Breath* Fantastic article though.

  • pouar Said:

    I prefer GIMP or Krita over Photoshop and LibreOffice works just fine for me. I really don't care what distro other people use as it's all about choice. Ever since David Gewirtz started bashing Linux for stupid/inaccurate reasons, I stopped looking at his "DIY-IT" blog.

  • Sebastian Said:

    I find it hard to understand the idea that windows has more software is a good thing. Atleast i dont have to browse the internet to find a software and when i do there is always to many companys that provide the same product. I rather just run "yum search" or "apt-cache" etc etc..

  • James Cain Said:

    Re: Photoshop doesn't run natively in Linux, in all reality for the way 99.992 % of humans use a computing device, is a user case affecting how many people in reality?? Great article. Go Linux.

  • Jon Said:

    But Ubuntu (and derivatives?) are buggy as Hell :(

  • David Said:

    Hopr you are not suggesting windows has no bugs. It's full of them. Seems to me they part of the plot!

  • Zatherz Said:

    Well... I heard that the Windows kernel is made by bugs!

  • The Wyzard Said:

    What universe are you living in? Ubuntu is far from buggy. A new distro for you. You'll love it. Zorin 8.0. Have fun.

  • Neofluxs Said:

    I have an iOS device, two actually, iPhone and iPad, and they, along with my linux desktop, form the core of my digital life. Surely, the iPad forms the bigger part of it because it's potable, can last 10 hours and so, but I rarely need to use windows on my desktop (I have linux Ubuntu 10.13 installed alongside windows 7). If I had a laptop, I'd probably install linux on it and have it replace my iPad And recently, I use my iPad with team viewer so I can use my desktop anywhere to get over the portability issues...

  • David Said:

    How do you sync music to your iPhone using Linux?

  • Davide Said:

    Very good piece of article!! People still doesn't get that Linux is now a complete plug and play OS! I wrote a similiar article on my blog if someone like to check out: http://www.kappasplace.eu/why-choose-gnulinux-in-2014/ It's all about mindset folks!!

  • ade Said:

    There is often the line that in the long run, Windows is cheaper in the long run! There is also the thought that Linux will not have drivers when win 8 has so many unsupported devices.

  • drilow Said:

    The only big problem here is quite simpe. We Linux fans are certain about the superiority of our system (it is objectively better), but i'm not sure how to make my grandpa, who uses his computer mostly for office and internet browsing and has spent a lot of money in antivirus licenses, switch to linux. Why changing? It works just fine for me. That's the point. A lot of people, also youngsters, haven't ever heard about Linux, and I'm just the computer-geek, I'm not allowed to give them advise.... I think that the linux community should spend more time in advertising and bringing over new people ( who will stay) rather that discussing among themselves about the stupid articles there are online. Really, we need Don Draper working for us!

  • Matt Said:

    I totally agree with everything here, but just one thing you may have overlooked, and while I still use Windows at home. Games! Not everything works, or works well under Wine, and some companies detect the virtualization and ban you for hacking, though this is sometimes done by accident, its a pain I don't want to risk, or deal with when I can run everything natively and easily with Windows. Until I can get the same experience in Linux, Windows is going to be my home OS of choice. While I do think Linux as gaming platform is growing and will get there, Windows still has the PC Gaming market right now, it just has better support, better drivers, and bigger developers. All other uses for my home PC though, I'll admit would work as well or even better with Linux, and I'm excited to see it start to take over the gaming market as well, but its just not there.

  • drilow Said:

    Yeah, this is changing pretty fast though....

  • TiredOfItAll Said:

    I guess I just grew too old for the "which is better" idiocy. Whether operating system or smartphones. I can't believe people are still going on about this.

  • Mike Roffone Said:

    As TiredOfItAll said, it is absolutely ridiculous that people still have this argument, I have both OSes in many computers, Win is cool for gaming stuff, and to run some software that does not behave properly under wine.. OpenSuSE is my default OS, If I need to carve some Java, python or PHP.. linux is the way to go.. even though I literally hate MS bloatware, I have to use it at times.. is like wearing trousers at work and shorts at home..

  • zomglol Said:

    Isn't Lunduke the same person that flip flopped between opening and closing the source of his linux tycoon game which ended up pretty much being a community con? You people trust this guy to write for you? I guess all it takes to be respected in the FOSS community is an ego, lunpuke sure has a lot of that, more ego than talent obviously (https://github.com/BryanLunduke/Linux-Tycoon).

  • Rune Jensen Said:

    Just because you favor Linux, doesn't mean you absorb everything the FOSS tells you to. Linus doesn't eat everything that comes out of Stalmans mouth either. Actually, he disagrees to an extend where he seems to despice him... Linux is NOT a religion. We're all individuals. Thank you.

  • João Lucas Said:

    This kind of discussion will probably live for a long time and still remain fruitless. David Gewirtz's article has indeed mediocre arguments, but we can't call the above article enlightening either. I belive that one good way to present OSs is as tools and how they solve the problems you address. For instance, awhile ago I installed a linux OS in the computers of two of my family members, who aren't into IT. Nowadays they don't consider going back to Windows, and it's not because they think linux is better, but because it allowed them to easily make what they want and need to do. In fact, most of the time they don't see it as linux or windows, they see a computer. On the other hand I met people who need some work-related software with versions only available on Windows, should they compromise or delay their work because "linux is better"? A relevant question is "does it make sense to pay for a piece of software that you can get an equivalent as powerful for free?", if one really needs softwares not available on Linux, "yes". However if what you need is web and an office suite, I rather learn something different than pay for it. Nonetheless, due to my good experiences with Linux, I speak better of it.

  • xenos Said:

    It has to be said that at the moment both Windows and Linux have their pros and cons, just at very different levels :-) As has been said above the rate of development and improvement of linux as a whole compared to windows will be the reason that we will see linux conquer the desktop market. There have been discussions of what would happen were Microsoft to release their OS for free? I like to ponder further as to what would happen if Windows were to become open source, now stop laughing linux users. My choice of OS have nothing to do with price, in fact come to think of it, I've spent more in donations than the price of windows. It's the nature of the beast that really captivates me.

  • Ness8469 Said:

    I am both Windows and Linux user (with Linux as my primary OS) and I really enjoy reading such Why-Windows-Is-Better-Than-Linux articles - laughing at their authors.

  • Rune Jensen Said:

    In generel I find the users of both to be also the most friendly. Could say the same about Mac users who also use either. No matter what, it's never a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket. Instead be pragmatic. That will serve you best in the long run. Using Microsoft technology for my server hosting, Linux for my home computer, and no WINE btw. It's a quite good set up, works very well for my purpose.

  • FordPrefect Said:

    I have a MacBook Pro and I use VMware workstation, because I support so many platforms, and I develop code for all these platforms, including embedded systems development, I chose to install all relevant operating systems I support, and use, which include Windows, Unix/Linux various distributions, and one I use for network security...Now as for which OS has more software, just Google it, and compare apples to apples (no pun intended)...

  • Philip Evans Said:

    You say 'Are these sorts of articles a wee bit pointless?' Is this a rhetorical question?

  • Ty Said:

    Hmm.. the linux community. They will bite your head off or ignore you if you post in or between the lines of "PLZ HELP ME". They will also freely help you if you do so little as a google search or quick read of the man(ual) pages. If you want everyone to serve you, windows paid support is a way to go. If you want to work with people like they're humans and think "why did this happen?", linux is the way to go.

  • Rune Jensen Said:

    Old Linux guarde is dying and a new one is growing up. New one is focusing on usability and user satisfaction, so is the community of it. I haven't seen the "RTFM" answer for a long time now, and this is the very reason. My guess is, you haven't tried Linux for at least three years, neither have you asked in a Linux forum in that time.

  • Emily Taylor Said:

    Why the hell would I use photoshop when I van use gimp for free and its much better. Windows software sucks ass it never runs right you always have to pay for them for a crappy gui and it always wants to put adware on your system not to mention windows is highly insecure and always ends up running some stupid invisible process and its a pain in the ass controlling that

  • Emily Taylor Said:

    Ridiculous. This is 2014 not the 90s with that power pc junk. Linux is preinstalled as well. I bought a laptop a long time ago with ubuntu on it and linux mint offers an OEM version to do this as well.

  • Balkor Said:

    @James you have some valid points (pre CS2 era). But be mindful of one serious valid point that no one can dispute -- motivation. What motivates all Micro$oft products? The first is an income. Money talks and we can't fault Micro$oft. What motivates any Linux distro? Geeky people that likes to make things work and if they don't like it they can GNU their way through it. If the software doesn't do what they want it to do, they can change it.

  • MaskedOne Said:

    I always pull out the "My 4 year old uses my LinuxMint computer....You're not saying my 4 year old is smarter than you...are you?" Lolz gets them every time.

  • Manuel Said:

    sinceramente credo di poter dire che linux è molto più complesso sotto certi aspetti, semplice esempio: non sono mai riuscito ad installare i driver di invidia con la stringa sudo apt-geet ... altro grande errore è credere che linux possa colmare tutte le lacune, semplicemente mi sono affezionato a dei programmi come IDM download manager che su linux non gira, se vuoi un accelleratore su linux devi usare un'estensione che c'é solo su mozzilla firefox, domanda... a me mozzilla non piace, su windows posso usare chrome con idm su linux no, se volessi usare un videogioco per windows di quelli fatti bene non posso su linux, linux è diventato anche più pesante di windows nelle sue versioni dalla grafica gradevole, eseguire un programma in wine richiede più risorse oltre a una grande rottura di palle, sono senz'altro eccezzionali i sistemi linux, ma dire che chi usa windows è perché non ha provato linux è quasi offensivo

  • riverguy Said:

    Linux, Schminux. We have five Linux computers in our office and home now, including the one our 8-and10-year-old grandkids use witn no issues ever. We run 12.04 on some and 13.20 on two of them. After keeping one of our computers a dual-boot with XP just so I could keep running Photoshop (for my business), I've been using Gimp 2.8 more and more now and liking it better than PS. Libre Office is WAY better than Word if only in its ability to open any file, unlike Word where you have to have the right edition to work with whatever documents you are sent. All the arugments about support being so good with Windoze? Right, Especially if you like to wade through pages of "FAQ's" that rarely answer--or even adress your questions. Linux help is always there, 24/7, in the form of real humans who know the answers (most of the time!). When Mr. Gates decided to disappoint many millions of faithful customers by bulling XP support, that was the last straw for me. Adios Microsuck, forever.

  • drGspot Said:

    ... i just read one article, a few days ago on eHow site...similar topic...i"ll copy/paste my comment from there up to here... :) ...to picture practicality of this issues http://www.ehow.com/ehow-tech/blog/geek-vs-geekis-it-time-to-give-up-windows/ ******copy/paste of my comment:******** ...when i compare, all the hussles & tweaking in the 90-ties, needed to get some kernel 1.3 / 2.o.35 GNU/Linux up & running, on some Pentium1/24 MB ram or on classicAmiga_12oo 68o40/PowerPC_G2 hybridSymetricMultiprocessing; nowDays allmost every localised desktop distros (Mint, simplyMepis, AntiX, ubuntu,...) which i put in multiBoot, during gnuFeministic & cyberFeministic advocacy & activism, to new folk, who look for help inSide & outSide of a hackLab, i can say: -GNU/Linux is easier & less time consuming to install (halfAnHour per distro, compared to a day to patch, protect (fireWall), driverSolve & userLand (apps) equip any winblou$) -GNU/Linux is easier to use -- all the techical details are hidden from common desktop user, & left to root/admin realm...to the point that some desktop distros have their terminal/shell dissabled.. :) (control panels & centers reigns... :) ) -GNU/Linux saves time in general -- my estimate is 80 % after full switch (support) -you are on the legal side -- no cracking -one can recycle way old hw -- Pent2 / 64-256 MB ram with AntiX (exception to above is maybe hw egsotics like Debian GNU/Linux on new dual or Quad c0re Power6 AmigaOne x1ooo or x5ooo/4o 2.4 GHz :) & other non x86 hw like ARM/rasperyPi or the like. ) ...recently, we had an interesting phenomenon with g33ks in hackLab: experienced Slackware, Debian, Gentoo, arch,... powerUsers figured that, staying on a bleedeng rollingRelease tweakingTheLast edge "as-per-se" has no point any more, & that leaving developers, betaTesters, maintainers & packagers job is better to outSource to the people that do that things the best, so they switching to versionin "newbie" distros... :) ...actualy now than ever, it is more a question of psichologycal, sociologycal...maybe culture acceptance; than technical excelence... \o/ :-D

  • WalW Said:

    Think something went seriously wrong between the copy and the paste, drgspot ... I've been toying with various Linuces for some 15 years now, and regrettably, have rarely found one that fails to disappoint. I'm (VERY) sorry to have to say so, but [IMHO] it will remain a sideshow as long as resolving any problem necessitates "simply" entering ANYTHING via command-line. It's a big power trip for any computing novice to be able to do that, I know, but really, boys, it's *SO* 1970's to have to do it at all these days ... ask yourself these questions -- when did the biggest alternative commercial software supplier give that idea away (were you even born then?), and how much did it hurt THEIR business when they did? Can't quite remember whether that approach disappeared first, or button-up boots did ... My biggest current disappointment is the number of working Windows systems I've terminally corrupted by co-installing Ubunti (that's more than one Ubuntu) which trashed wireless cards that had worked perfectly up to that point. And yet I keep hoping ... keep being disappointed, too, but I keep hoping ...

  • drGspot Said:

    WaIW, i see CR/LF messed it all up... :) but i dont see how i could fix that now (edit) ... the main philosophical diference of unix-es/GNU(linuxes)OS, is that GUI (X Windowing System + Window Manager [+ Desktop Environment]) is just another optioanl application; in contrary to all the rest OS-es which want to call themselves "graphical" (Atari GEM/TOS MiNT, AmigaOS TripOS/IntuitionWorkBench, classic&new MacOS, Redmond Blow$,...) ...yes, many users dont like to dive in to technology to use it...but, compared to desktop distros say 10 years ago, there is a lot of "cotrolCenters & panels" "sw centers" where, the same thing some desktopUser doesn"t know how to fix it in winblou$, i the same manner it is unFixable in linux...so it is no more a realm of tehnicality, but psychological approach... ... DOS 6.22 is merely a singleUser, singleTask, singleCPU charicature (cartoon joke; cartoon) of anything some unix/GNU/Linux is capable to do in production which includes server, cluster, grid, cloud,...& now even digital convergence, mobile & desktop realm...so abandoning "that" commandLine paradigm, is no match to compare... But we have to remember that "Open Source is merely a development metodology & more important that Free Software is Movement & Project of *Social Change* of Shareing, by keeeping authorship rights & abandoning/releasing >Patent Rights

  • Rune Jensen Said:

    These are fair points, as I cannot say you are wrong in your own experiense of it. However... How many times have you found yourself in RegEdit in Windows just to either cure some HBOs (yeah!) or change settings or whatever? On the other hand, I have used Linux for around four years now, definitely there has been a LOT going on in that time with the GUI. In my current OS, I still need to catch the terminal for updating kernel outside of repos. But ask yourself... since this is kind of a risky task to do, then shouldn't it only be done by someone who knows what he does... someone who knows terminal commands? And not by a newbie... For all other tasks, I can use the GUI or I can use the terminal. It's completely up to me... and I always choose the GUI, since I actually hate terminal.

  • Skip Thomsen Said:

    Hey WalW, That could have been my dissertation a few months ago . . . the whole enchilada. But then along comes Mr. Gates and his decision to cut off millions of his loyal cutomers by abandoning the only OS he's ever gotten right (sort of), and we had five computers to deal with and some decisions to make. Ubuntu? Just one more time? OK, I had this terrific Dell XPS 1530 laptop to experiment with and I did a dual-boot install of 12.04. I watched in amazement as it installed itself from a downloaded ISO on a thumb drive. When it was done, it rebooted into Ubuntu and everything worked. My two printers (one on our wireless network and the other wired) worked, my dual-displays worked and were properly configured out of the box, and most amazingly of all, my wireless worked! At the end of the day (as they say), our office is now all Linux. Two machines are 13.10, the other three are 12.04. Two are dual boot with XP, which I did because I was not ready to move to Gimp from Photoshop, but after using Gimp for a few weeks now, I haven't gone back. They all run sweetly. No need for terminal entries at all any more, but I do go in there by choice on occasion. Being a 77-year-old DOS guy, I find it to quite charming, as long as don't actually have to do it. BTW, my technophobe wife who dislikes change has had no problems at all with her new system, and our granddaughters, 8 and 10 have not been able to mess up their Ubuntu laptop. They download constantly, and I have not had to remove any invasive malware from it as i did all the time with Windoze. None of them even knows that there is such a thing as "terminal." It just works. My wife has actually commented that she finds the Ubuntu "Launcher" a nice touch compared to her old XP display. She is on her computer for hours every day and usually has several apps open and running at any one time. She does a lot of photo manipulation and has also moved to Gimp with minimal adjustment. (Gimp 2.8 with its "single-pane view" option makes it easy to move over from PS.) I do understand where you're coming from, as I've been walking that smae road for the last five years or so myself. Give it one more try before you bail out!

  • MidnightDistortions Said:

    There needs to be more articles on the reasons you should switch to Linux. Even though i am still on W7, i won't ever use W8 unless i absolutely need to, but i'd prefer W7.. or better yet Linux. Microsoft has been fudging up Windows for some time now and it's getting bad enough to where i don't want to use Windows anymore. Linux is the best solution to keep your old systems running until it can no longer be repaired. That's the reason for it, but other reasons is to save money on upgrading hardware and the OS. The biggest reason i decided to switch to Linux is because of W8 and how MS and users are treating it. I thought for sure the start screen/modern app idea would have been thrown out or at least pushed aside but MS is still pushing the idea and it's just not the right one for people who just want to get stuff done. Learning Linux has more benefits then trying to deal with whatever changes MS does with Windows. There are many reasons why i would prefer to use Linux, but the best one is that many distro's are free to use.

  • Rune Jensen Said:

    Don't have to switch, if you do not want to. You can dual boot. Get the best of both worlds.

  • Skip Thomsen Said:

    Don't give up! I found a few gems of $3-5 eBooks on Amazon dealing with begninning Ubuntu, most addressing 12.04 which IMHO is the best one to go with as it is a long-term-supported version and is very stable. Check them out and if this level of info is of use to you, I suggest reading several, as each author comes from a unique place in trying to help. Although there's some overlap that way, it doesn't hurt, and there is enough unique info in each to make your Ubuntu experience way better.

  • Mimo el gato Said:

    What I prefer in Linux: Stability, not to reinstall each time my PCs are caughing, Having rest at home because my Wife is now working on Limux instead of Windows, and THE COMMUNICATION when having a trouble, the community is allways present to help, and having saved more than 1000 US$ when swapping from XP to Mint16. What I preferred in Windows:Win XP. The followers are exactly the same in much more bloated and really less efficient if considering the increasong sizo of a system and software to do exactly the same task. So long Mr Bill Gates, you are certainly a nice guy, truly very clever in business, but do not dream too much, the linux move really exists.

  • haha Said:

    Man. I almost pooped my pants a few times reading this. The author is just so right. I found this page after reading a "Why windows is better than linux" page. You pretty much got it all right. Also funny how I just had to use the dreadful Windows 2012 to try and set something up this week(which I simply decided to stop working on for being so annoyed at everything about it) that I felt I needed to find some "why linux is better than windows" articles to feel better. Goober. Oh man. Cracking me up. Awesome article lol. Im going to show my windows friends.


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