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Old 07-17-2007, 06:01 PM   #1
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LXer: Are there inconvenient truths about Linux?


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A recent blog post entitled “Confessions of a Linux Fan” has provoked some discussion in the Linux community. In it, the author lists 10 things (10 seems to be the preferred number of these kinds of posts) that new Linux users should be aware of. Though the author claims to be a Linux enthusiast, the 10 observations are actually just re-wordings of many of the classic arguments against using Linux. What I find most damaging about this blog post is, however, that his underlying premise seems to be that we're not being honest with potential Linux users. I think all real Linux enthusiasts are being honest with potential users. But the truth is that the disinformation you see out there about Linux. What I want to do here is put some of the oft-repeated "facts" about Linux in perspective.

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Old 07-17-2007, 06:21 PM   #2
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For most people, the single biggest inconvenience about Linux is the need to READ about and LEARN how to use something new and different.

Most of the original article has already been refuted by articles such as LNW.

If people are unwilling to invest in themselves by reading about and learning something new, then they will find many things in life 'inconvenient.'

If Linux seems too difficult, you only have one person to blame.
 
Old 07-17-2007, 06:37 PM   #3
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I like the part about the installation, I highly doubt someone who knows next to nothing about computers would think that installing windows xp is easier then installing ubuntu
 
Old 07-18-2007, 07:38 AM   #4
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I like the part about the installation, I highly doubt someone who knows next to nothing about computers would think that installing windows xp is easier then installing ubuntu
As someone who knows a fair bit about computers, and recently had to install both XP and Slackware on my laptop (new hard disk) I can say that Slackware won the ease of installation contest hands down. And we're talking Slackware here.

Most people who rant about XP's ease of installation have probably never had to do it.
 
Old 07-18-2007, 01:46 PM   #5
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agreed, people seem to think linux is hard but its just a different way of doing things, like installing software, I don't understand why people say installing software is hard in linux, in my experience with synaptic its actually easier then in windows. also when people talk about how hardware doesn't work out of the box with linux but in reality if you do a fresh install of windows you have to find drivers for hardware as well(of course drivers for windows is easier to find probably), people just expect too much of linux
 
Old 07-18-2007, 02:37 PM   #6
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I'm a linux newbie.
I don't know whether it's an "inconvenient truth", but the only way I feel I will be limited with Linux, is that some MS applications have no equivalents. (Or that some internet services companies don't support a linux equivalent).
Therefore I will keep using XP(/Vista) for these applications. That also means I will buy XP/Vista on my next PC, because -if the situation changes for the better- I don't expect it will happen anytime soon.
 
Old 07-18-2007, 02:42 PM   #7
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have you tried running those programs with wine?
 
Old 07-18-2007, 03:31 PM   #8
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have you tried running those programs with wine?
No, but I have checked the database and they're not there (except one that is declared buggy).
I will test them with Wine one day, once I have a nice sytem ready to receive mission critical stuff (I mean, once I have enough experience to get the upper hand on it).
I will test only for the sake of testing though, for I wouldn't be comfortable running mission critical apps under Wine. I may be wrong there, for I have never used it yet.

There's still the VM solution but, regarding my point in my preceding post, it keeps XP in the picture. And it's a serious overhead on the system (right?).
 
Old 07-18-2007, 06:24 PM   #9
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depends on your computer and what your running in the background.
 
Old 07-18-2007, 07:34 PM   #10
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There's still the VM solution but, regarding my point in my preceding post, it keeps XP in the picture. And it's a serious overhead on the system (right?).
It isn't as bad as you'd think it'd be.

For a desktop user, VirtualBox is pretty good.

What software are you using which has no Linux equivalents?
 
  


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