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X vs Y. Why?

Posted 01-15-2006 at 07:02 PM by XavierP

Contrary to what appears to be popular belief, Linux users do not, by default, hate Microsoft or Windows. Some of us still make our living from picking up after them.

The number of "Windows vs Linux" threads seems to be increasing, why? Why why why? Seriously guys, if you feel the need to ask why one is better than the other you really haven't spent enough time with either. If you ask, on a Linux site, for an opinion of which is the superior OS what do you think the answer will be? Try posting the question to a Windows board, that's the best place for the question.

And while you're at it, M$ Micro$soft Window$ and the like became old at the end of the last century. Beyond going "wow, are people still doing that?" none of us are impressed. Stop doing it.
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    I agree 100 percent with your comments. I am an avid OpenSolaris, Linux, and Windows developer/user. It frustrates me to hear people make spiteful comments about the OS' they don't use or why they're better because of the OS they use. Unfortunately, many of the comments really show a high level of ignorance. The same zealotry applies to programming languages, frameworks, distros, and even choice of desktop.

    If you feel that you must complain or be critical, take a constructive, active role instead of a political, passive role. For example, I'd love to have WebSphere Studio Application Developer run on my x86 OpenSolaris box. I'd love to run a Notes client on my Linux box. I have a better way to do Windows activation. Rather than complaining or berating the companies and their products, I passed along the suggestions to the respective companies. If enough people used this approach rather than being negative, we might just see things getting better. Earlier today I took 5 minutes to respond to a survey by Enterprise Open Source Journal. One of the suggestions I provided was to switch from the electronic document viewer to a standard, namely PDF. Companies, at least those that are interested in increasing (or even keeping) their user base, need and want this feedback.

    The other day, a colleague of mine was sifting through a bunch of WebSphere Application Server logs. He made the comment that he wishes the server was on a Windows box so that he could easily find the correct log file(s) with a quick Windows search (the server was running on a Solaris box). I asked him to start a shell on the box and noticed he was using the Windows command prompt to start his Telnet session. I took the opportunity to tell him about PuTTY, SSH, and how to use grep. Within 5 minutes, he had the information he needed. This user now has a better understanding of Solaris and software that will serve him not only for Solaris but for connecting to his Windows boxes as well. I've had similar encounters with UNIX colleagues who are complaining that they can't do what they need to do on a Windows machine. I ask them what they want to do, tell them to start a command prompt and they look at me like I'm from another planet. Once past Start | Run | cmd, I show them just how easy it is to do a 'find', redirect input/output, sort. I even find myself learning new tricks.

    It's certainly understandable for a person to not have the necessary time or interest to learn more than one OS. It's also human nature to stay with what you're comfortable using. However, I urge you to push yourself and be open to new ideas. It's good for you and leaves the ranks of the naysayers and complainers that much smaller.
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by XavierP XavierP is offline
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    "and closed the thread!!!!!"

    Frankly, I don't care if you close the thread. I watched it for a few days and noone
    was answering anyway. I did note what part of the forum I was posting in, BTW.

    General (40 Viewing)
    This forum is for non-technical general discussion which can include both Linux and non-Linux topics. Have fun!"

    Not only have I disregarded the signature, but I have ignored the post and bought the company!!

    If this is true then it's a damn shame. You strike me as the kind of guy who says
    "RTFM" and thinks "Nobody has a right to use Linux but me".
    I've had as much fun as I can have with people like you hanging around.
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by XavierP XavierP is offline


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