Originally Posted by bomfunk
IMO Linux GUI is way better as far as customization / personalization is concerned. The only GUI customizing feature in Vista I've found so far is changing the color scheme (excluding "well durr" items such as rearranging the start menu etc.). And Compiz Fusion allows you to do so much more. Compiz is PURE WIN!
I have never had Linux crash on me (used Ubuntu, Kubuntu, OopenSUSE and Sabayon on different systems). I can't say the same for XP/Vista (the reason I finally went Linux was because Windows keeps freezing up and crashing on me. XP just locks up. Vista simply has to perform a 2-minute explorer.exe restart operation...) People have different experiences, but generally Linux seems more stable.
I wasn't talking about customization, I was talking about functionality. You know, like actually being able to do even the most basic things like mounting/reformating without having to type "mount ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /media/disk1", or if you are mounting a new drive, "sudo mkdir /media/disk1" before it, or being able to copy files without having to do it through the command line using sudo. The difference I've found between Windows and Linux is that Windows allows you to use the command line, but prefers you to use the GUI, while linux allows you to use the GUI, but makes even the most basic tasks not just hard, but IMPOSSIBLE to do without the terminal. This is the thing thats really holding back linux. Yes, the command line is powerful, but its so outdated and painful to use compared to a GUI.
I've never had XP lock up for a non-OC related problem, not in the 6+ years I've been using it, and I've abused the hell out of it. I have seen some Vista issues though, usually related to OEM installations like Dells, but I'm thinking Vista 32bit in general. I've never had explorer crash on me in 64bit Vista.
With linux its hard to tell when something goes wrong, because when it does, it usually doesn't tell you. Instead, you first have to figure out that something went wrong, then you have to search through your entire system for the log file, which is doubly painful because the search function (at least with Gnome) DOESN'T EVEN WORK!!!
After that, you have to google the problem, usually resulting in a thread somewhere with hundreds of other users having the same problem, and try and fix it. If its something important to the OS, like a video driver that went wrong, you usually end up doing a full reinstall because its better than spending 4+ hours debugging (writing from experiences with the fglrx drivers).
Don't get me wrong, I really do like linux. As a programmer I find the terminal extremely useful, and I enjoy the customization. But as a full time OS its a big fail. There are just too many things that can go wrong and screw up your OS, and for everyday use it just becomes a hassle to have to use the terminal, so I only use virtualization for my linux needs.