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Atomic Magazine now on my hitlist

Posted 08-09-2010 at 06:27 AM by William (Dthdealer)

I was a happy customer of Atomic magazine, until I received this month's issue today.

Although you could install a free version of the Linux operating system, Windows 7 has many more applications ( both free and commercial ) and it's much easier to use and far superior for gaming.
Any Linux guru should point out four things that are blatantly wrong here. It is thanks to words such as this that people fear free operating systems, and vicious rumours start.
  1. "the Linux operating system"
    It is obvious the author has never used a Linux based OS before. First of all, there is no such thing as "the" Linux operating system, as "Just Linux" means just the kernel. It is like saying "the Windows NT kernel" rather than "Windows".
    Second of all, all distributions are different. You can't classify them all as one thing as you can Windows. While Windows only ever had one 'current' and updated release, there are hundreds ( if not thousands ) of simultaneous Linux distributions available at any one time, ranging from uses as an ordinary desktop system to supercomputers to floppies to routers to sciences. Unless you consider options a bad thing, then this is a reason Linux Distros are superior to Windows.
  2. "Windows 7 has many more applications"
    Most users don't care once they use a Linux Distro. To get Windows applications you either have to fork out money, pirate or scour through malware and shareware across the web to find free software. In desktop Linux distributions, you have a piece of software that lists thousands to tens of thousands of free, high quality applications that take one or two clicks to install.
    On top of that, any seasoned Linuxer also knows that you can run approximately two thirds of Windows applications on Linux using a piece of software called WINE.
    We also have to take into account, only a fraction of Windows software was made for Windows 7. When we add all of these factors together, a Linux user has more software available to them than a Windows user does.
  3. "it's much easier to use [ Windows 7 ] "
    Bullshit. Installation of Ubuntu Linux for example takes 20 minutes ( versus hour plus for Windows ) and within a few minutes of use, most people agree it is faster and easier.
    Please, I beg of you, use a Linux distro before you negatively comment about it.
  4. "far superior for gaming"
    Once again, it is obvious you have never used a Linux distro before.
    Games for FOSS operating systems are rarely found on shelves or advertised, as most of them are free. If you automatically believe this means they are not as good, then you have never played Tremulous, Sauerbraten, Freeciv, Spring or Nexuiz amongst the hundreds of others.
    Performance wise, it is a proven fact ( check the Nvidia website ) that openGL renders better and faster than DirectX. Most Windows based games use DirectX, which is marketed with before and after screen shots with the brightness and saturation tweaked in the latter. OpenGL is not only faster and free, but also runs on most platforms ( including Linux, Windows and Macintosh )

These days I walk past Windows 7 sales and look at what they are offering. My favourite display is of three columns representing 3 variations of Windows 7 with ticks to represent the abilities of each variation to "find the best Windows for you". All of those features and more are available to me, for free, every day.

Even better are antivirus ads. $100+ to rent a licence to use such software as Mcafee for only a year. I just smile.
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