where windows beats linux
i have an old P1 166 mhz system with 64mb edo-ram, and as i had mentioned in a different post, even slackware (a trimmed down distro) with xfce as my window manager was too slow.
strangely, windows 98 on this box runs fine. i find that strange. could anyone explain? bcoz i had read that linux can make do with less computing power than windows. but it doesnt seem to be the case here.
inspite of the negative points of windows, i have found some places where windows is better than linux:
1. windows (98) uses less resources than linux (apparently)
2. installing software in windows is a breeze. its a nightmare in linux.
3. windows has no issues with "starting the x server"
i'd like to elaborate on point 3. i've installed different flavors of linux on various configurations of computers, old and new, and i've found out one common issue: windows has no problem with loading it's "gui", while almost always, linux fails to load "x". the same thing happened on a recent system, a 1ghz p3 with 256mb ram, and an onboard intel chipset. i couldnt believe it when x didnt load (xfce). i installed kde, same thing. i thought maybe the hsync and vsync values were amiss, and i changed them to the correct setting of my monitor in the xorg.conf file, no go. i got some error to the effect that a font path was not found or some crap like that. now, i find that a load of bs. when windows has no problem loading on varying types of hardware (and running faster too), why is linux so picky? (or rather incapable?) imagine if it was a newbie who was installing his first linux distro, and he faced such nightmares. he'd never look at linux again.
now, i'm not saying that windows is flawless. but i find linux way too crappy, and far worse a nightmare for a newbie. which is not a good thing.