Originally posted by Paul Parr
If Windows is like a Car without a Steering wheel then Linux is like a car that requires a 10 page manual for starting the Ignition, using the Turn signal, and stepping on the gas or break.
Would you want to drive a car that took 8hrs to learn how to drive just to make a 15 minute trip?
I couldn't resist...
BAHAHAH, so true
Alot of Linux fans in here I see.
I have been considering the switch and have tinkered with
Mandrake 9.1 and 9.2RC2
and RedHat 9
It is an interesting OS that reminds me of going back to my
There is only 1 reason I want to switch to Linux for desktop use, security. After the port 135+ problem that MS overlooked since 1995 that allows a hacker into your machine.
I love XP, I have 6 XP home/business machines and 7 linux servers.
Unlike most people, my XP computers are integrated into my home
entertainment center. And Microsoft has just released a new version of XP.
Basically Linux seems about 8-10 years behind the productivity
and usability of XP. Especially for multimedia and gaming.
Heck you can't:
-auto-arrange icons on the desktop
(you have to go in and click the arrange options)
-you cant even drag and drop icons to and from the start bar
-most web sites have Microsoft specific code in them
and these people are not going to change their sites
to suit Linux browsers, not to mention calling for true type fonts
People are not perfect:
-there is no rollback feature or
"use last known good configuration" on Linux
so if you mess up something, you are probably
screwed if you didn’t make a backup
Mouse tracking is not near as smooth as XP no matter
how much you tweak it in Red Hat.
However Mandrake 9.1+ has improved mouse tracking
thankful to KDE 3.1+
Red Hat at least has excellent security updates.
Whereas Mandrake still has a major problem in the update
area. You can create a cronjob (which is like task scheduler)
but this is to complicated for most users.
It seems to me that some people here are realistic that Linux GUI’s
need major improvement for ease of use. And there are people
here who think that Linux is just dandy the way it is.
Codeweavers has done an excellent job of getting MS applications
to work on Linux. It is to bad the Linux and MS community couldn’t
get together and make a more secure, yet extremely usable GUI.
There is not much standardization in Linux, everyone seems to
have their own way of making installers. Changing a driver
is a pain, if you think installing a new driver should take
more than 2 minutes for someone just starting to use Linux
then you are wrong.
How would you like to have to crank your car before it started
on a cold winter morning instead of just turning the key.
To me Linux is a step back in performance, but a step forward
As far as stability? What was the last version of windows that
you people used? Windows 95 was a major transition over
DOS/WFW3.11. And it improved a little with 98, 98SE, ME.
When Windows 2000 was released it became much more stable,
however not necessarily secure. With the Release of XP Pro,
and the new multimedia version, it has become not just an operating
system capable of a few simple graphics, spread sheets and work processing,
but it has become a revolutionary tool for productivity, multimedia, design,
programming and more. No, I don’t work for MS. hehe
Mandrake is becoming a nice tweaked out GUI, similar to XP,
but still has a long way to go.
Linux will still remain my server software since it is still
a bit more secure. I will continue to struggle between XP
and Linux for home/desktop use.