Originally Posted by ChimeraSpore
Yes to all... If you want proof, try installing Linux some time.
(OpenOffice saves in almost all formats)
(Multi User domains are kind of linux's thing)
(3rd is yes with RemoteDesktop)
(Gnome or KDE, or any other GUI)
Point 1: Saving in and working with are two very different things. I saved a simple, 3 column document in OpenOffice on my laptop the other day, and when I opened it in Word, the formating of the entire page was screwed up. I saved it as a .doc file in Open Office, but just because its saved in the same format, doesn't mean its going to work. Not to mention the fact that Open Office doesn't support advanced features like macros.
Point 2: I know Linux can support multi-user environments, however, it can not provide the type of granular file permissions available with a Windows domain and NTFS drives. With Windows, you can configure Group Policy objects to allow certain users to access certain files at certain times, allow one group of users to have priority over another for things such as printer, even configure what control panel options are displayed for different users and groups. You can not do that in Linux, it simply does not support it.
Point 3: I'm not talking about Remote Desktop. Remote Desktop is way more complicated then you need for what I'm talking about (getting email/calendar/appointment book/etc remotely), plus its slow and complicated to setup (oh wait, so is Linux!). I'm talking about making an entry on calendar at work, flying to France, opening my laptop, and having the same calendar entry available there, with out having to do any sort of syncing or copying.
Oh, and Windows has Remote Desktop as well, if I ever needed log into my home computer remotely
Point 4: Java is ok for small things, but I'm talking about running an entire application in your browsers just as if you had it installed on your computer. You can do that with ActiveX. For example, I don't know if any of you have accounts on an MS Exchange server with Outlook Web Access configured, but if you do, login in FireFox or some other browser that does not support ActiveX and then login with IE. See the difference? I thought so
Point 5: If GNOME and KDE are so great, then why do I have to open up the terminal every time I want to so much as change my socks? The Windows control panel and the Microsoft Management Console provide WAY, and I mean WAY more configuration options then any Linux graphical control panel does.
I have used Linux, so I am not just spewing fanboy crap. Every single thing I say I know from personal experience with both operating systems. Linux is a fine operating system, however, it is at least 10 years behind Windows in terms of quality and power. Why? Because there are far more people putting forth a concerted, coordinated effort to make Windows good then there are working on Linux. Plain and simple.
EDIT: @ dangerousHobo: How is user access control "unbeatable" in Linux? In Linux you have 3 options for a file: read, write and execute. In Windows with NTFS you can set if a user can do any of the following:
Traverse Folder / Execute Data
List Folder / Read Data
Create Files / Write Data
Delete Subfolders and Files
And more that I didn't list. Remember that I can set all of these, one of these, none of these, or any combination of them for any user or group I want.
As for the full-fledged applications thing, they only work in Windows because they use ActiveX, which uses Windows components to display the program. That way the you don't have to code every single thing for the program to do, you can make calls to Windows for different functions. If you find a program that can, for example, do everything I can do in MS Outlook but that runs in Firefox, let me know
Also, as for the free software thing: Some things can be done fairly well with free software, but as soon as you start getting into more advanced applications such as Office and the like, you quickly realize that there is no way to get enough skilled people working on the project unless you charge for it.