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Originally Posted by enorbet2 View Post
Greetz
There, There now. It's OK. Really.

It's totally understandable that you prefer to remain a cash cow to a raging monopoly who does everything for you so you don't have to learn or understand anything at all about how your computer works.
I rest my case.
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post #102 of 126
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Linux does not break often. Sometimes Arch can be problematic but in most distros it is pretty rare. Even Arch is quite manageable and I only started to get annoyed with it once I started using Linux less and it was no longer worth it.

Windows is like a Toyota crossover suv. It is heavy,bloated, and doesn't look pretty but it can tow, hold a lot of stuff, and generally do a lot of things problem free. Linux is like a Ferrari there are many things it can't do, and sometimes the maintenance can be a bit much, but it is very good at very specific things. As long as you don't need it to do those things it can't it is a better option
Edited by cavallino - 8/14/11 at 2:22pm
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post #103 of 126
Ubuntu is pretty trouble free on my netbook. All my hardware was installed automatically and it connected to my WPA2 protected network first time with just the network key. The only time i had to delve into the terminal was when i wanted to install Whatpulse and even then the answer to the problem i was having was only a google search away. In the future i might even try out distros such as arch to give me a bigger understanding of linux.
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post #104 of 126
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Windows is a jack-of-all-trades, but (other than gaming) a master of none. Linux is not like this... each distro is custom tailored to be the King of what you want it to be. I set my main distro to be a multi-tasker as light weight as it can be, thus, a King of resource efficiency. It only does the few things I want it to do, but can not do anything else without sacrifices to my setup.

Let me put it in Barney terms:
If Windows was a car ( I like cars ) it would also be a boat, a plane, and a submarine. But it would not drive as fast as Just-a-car, sail as well as a Just-a-boat, fly as high as a Just-a-plane, or dive as deep as a Just-a-submarine.
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Originally Posted by enorbet2 View Post
Greetz
There, There now. It's OK. Really.

It's totally understandable that you prefer to remain a cash cow to a raging monopoly who does everything for you so you don't have to learn or understand anything at all about how your computer works.

It's totally understandable that you couldn't bother to "mess around" to learn how not to break your toys.

It's totally understandable that you didn't really need to learn that Linux, even hobbled with an extra layer like Wine, can run many of Windows' own programs better than Windows can due to lower latency, better control, superb TCP/IP stack, superior security, lower maintenance, vastly reduced bloat, and vastly better memory management. Really...it's OK.
Wow how could anyone call you guys snobs/tools ...
(Hint: Tools may have been a personal addition on my part)
post #105 of 126
Is Linux a viable fully featured desktop? I'm wondering if Windows is, nowadays.

Over the past few days I've been playing games (thus Windows) and also programming with lots of different web frameworks. Besides PHP, trying to use any other (up to date) web language as on Windows is a terrible and broken mess. It can take days to setup what takes 1 line to a package manager on most GNU/Linux distributions.

I wonder why anybody would continue writing software for a platform you can't even [comfortably] write software on. Oh yeah, a paycheck. If it ain't a Microsoft language, don't use a Microsoft OS. It's a shame the world is bigger than Microsoft and Microsoft refuses to acknowledge it.
post #106 of 126
there will always be these kind of threads about windows/linux/mac os
hehe...
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I used an Arch Linux only desktop for a whole semester and I had no issues. In fact, my productivity increased dramatically because I was far less distracted. Now the only real reason I boot into windows is to run particular games were performance matters (And this does not happen often). If there is the case which I need to run an application that does not run in wine but performance doesn't matter I just run it in a virtualization.

My Linux was certainly able to be a fully featured desktop.
 
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Perhaps my issue was really not Linux but the fact that I really didn't like a lot of the open source software. I just didn't find it to be as good. If I had used wine to run 90% all the Windows Apps I wanted to use it might have worked out but no one will convince me that this isn't a really silly thing to do.

To sum up : Windows Apps...Good Windows OS...bad
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It's all about the speed, quality, and performance. Windows IS the great performer on supported hardware so I am going to stick with that.
You need to edit that to automatic configuration for nearly all hardware. Speed? Performance? Really? I have a hard time believing you have a clue. Quality? This is really the only debatable part of your statement.

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Using Wine is just stupid. Why not just run the program from Windows?
You're right, sometimes Wine is stupid... like with iTunes and Photoshop for example, but since they are designed for Unix, why are you using them on Windows instead of Mac? I accept Mac as quality in their OS programming. Just costs too much for me. That and I'm not a big fan of anything proprietary.

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It's totally understandable that you prefer to remain a cash cow to a raging monopoly who does everything for you so you don't have to learn or understand anything at all about how your computer works...
People want to drive a car without learning how it works too... and that costs them more to have someone else do their maintenance. Thats their choice... wasting money is better to them, its the cost of blissful ignorance.

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Perhaps my issue was really not Linux but the fact that I really didn't like a lot of the open source software. I just didn't find it to be as good. If I had used wine to run 90% all the Windows Apps I wanted to use it might have worked out but no one will convince me that this isn't a really silly thing to do.

To sum up : Windows Apps...Good Windows OS...bad
Thanks for summing it up Cav. I've followed a lot of what you've stated in the past with Arch to fully trust that you have your reasons, and they seem valid to me. Its the same as if someone said they wanted Linux and all they do is play video Games designed for use with DirectX and not OpenGL... Linux would not be a good option for them. So, enjoy your time defending from viruses and junk. That and the pricetag are really what keeps me away from it. I hope you come back too, I may need some help with some more Arch stuff.
    
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Is Linux a viable fully featured desktop? I'm wondering if Windows is, nowadays.

Over the past few days I've been playing games (thus Windows) and also programming with lots of different web frameworks. Besides PHP, trying to use any other (up to date) web language as on Windows is a terrible and broken mess. It can take days to setup what takes 1 line to a package manager on most GNU/Linux distributions.

I wonder why anybody would continue writing software for a platform you can't even [comfortably] write software on. Oh yeah, a paycheck. If it ain't a Microsoft language, don't use a Microsoft OS. It's a shame the world is bigger than Microsoft and Microsoft refuses to acknowledge it.
This. For gaming, there's Windows. For everything else, there's Linux
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