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I don't use windoze because it's too cumbersome to use, and too rigid and hard to customize to my tastes. Also it lacks the visual effects of Compiz/Kwin because of the constant whinning from the dull office grunts that populate the Windoze platform and do nothing more than telling everyone how visual effects are evil because they're soo "unproffesional", "unboring" and "unproductive" and how win2k is the best because it's the only "modern" windoze that have's no visual effects at all.
Well, that would do it. Safe computing, you know, just like safe... anything else.
I've used Windows for years, haven't had a significant malware problem ever. Things usually run all right in it (XP) not crashing all the time, and yes, I'm forced to use it at work and even at home sometimes for work related job sites and apps. I can't disagree with any of the other fine reasons not to use it though, wish I could rid myself of it, but that is the nature of a monopoly, it is hard to escape if you have to use certain applications and they don't support anything but Windows. I'd rather use a Mac, not only because it's a pretty good OS, but just to have some computing diversity out there. (I realize some of the antiMS arguments out there apply to Apple also.)
Last edited by mostlyharmless; 10-07-2009 at 03:16 PM.
Reason I don't use windows: lack of security, inability to customize, memory use.
I'm currently using FreeBSD and source building kde4.
A system should be malleable by the user and should be secure from attacks.
Distribution: M$ Windows / Debian / Ubuntu / DSL / many others
Originally Posted by w1k0
In the former thread we reported why we use Windows sometimes -- the present thread is for reporting why we don't use Windows usually. Both these threads are complementary.
I don't use Windows because I don't like it. I have thousands of reasons for that.
1. In Windows there is no comfortable command line interface nor fast and reliable file manager. In Linux I have constantly opened at least one xterm window and still use Midnight Commander.
2. In Windows I can't compare files with diff and cmp, I can't process files with cat, tac, head, tail, grep, sort, etc., I can't process texts with sed, awk, and Perl, I can't find files fast with slocate, and I can't write sophisticated shell scripts. In Linux I have all those programs and much more out of the box.
download the GNU UTILS and MinGW
3. Most of Windows applications are commercial programs or shareware. I don't like to pay for software. Linux is for free. Most of Linux programs are for free. I bought only one application for Linux -- commercial English-Polish and Polish-English Collins dictionary.
try sourceforge.net (free & open source)
4. Windows has no implemented secure mechanisms and is vulnerable to different malicious applications: viruses, worms, Trojan horses, etc. Linux is more secure each day, because each day someone finds a bug and reports it.
get a free antivirus
5. Every time I run Windows I'm disappointed and frustrated by the things that I can't do with it or I have to do in some strange manner. In Linux everything is arranged logically. It's enough to understand that logic and to comply with it.
sometimes i feel like that in linux (not usually though)[/QUOTE]