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Old 11-27-2011, 10:30 PM   #1
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LXer: Disadvantages of Using Linux


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There is a very large community of people who swear by Linux, but there are some disadvantages to using it. Here are some of them.

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Old 11-27-2011, 11:27 PM   #2
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A friendly rebuttal from a somewhat puzzled reader. Don't take me too seriously, although I do think I make some good points.

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While Windows and Mac have several definite versions, there is no one standard edition of Linux. In fact, there are hundreds of different user-developed editions.
Advantage Linux! We love our software diversity!

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It can be challenging to figure out which one is best for you, and making that decision can be overwhelming for a new user.
Linux Lesson #1: Do your research before you commit! Doubly true when choosing something as huge and complex as an operating system!

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The simplest way to put it: Linux is not as easy to use as Windows or Mac.
What? I know Linux desktops don't look exactly like Windows or Mac, but come on! All the basic elements are the same. Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pointer. Heck, I'd go so far as to say KDE4 is much easier to learn than any version of Windows I ever used.

As an example, graphical package managers are included with many of the most popular Linux distros. I don't have to explain why this is easier than installing software on Windows, do I?

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A disadvantage to using a Linux OS is that the majority of your favorite programs will not run on it.
Wait, you know what the majority ofmy favorite programs are? Amazing! Then you must also know that all my favorite programs are FOSS, and that I used those same programs for years on Windows before switching to Kubuntu.

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There is less computer hardware that is compatible with Linux, also.
Is this even true any more? I can't remember the last time I plugged a device into my Kubuntu system which didn't work. Usually there is not even a need to download and install drivers, giving me a nice plug and play experience. I've read about the ones with firmware deliberately coded to deny access to Linux, but I don't need any of them.

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There is also no immediate help because you will be waiting for someone to write a response rather than calling a central tech support hotline where someone will answer right away.
I know, 'cause those tech support hotlines are so very responsive and helpful! Like when you ask the clueless script reader with an accent so thick you can't make out anything they say. Or when you ask to be promoted to the supervisor and they give you a number for telephone psychological counseling. Or how about when you follow their script and it breaks your system even worse than before? Or when they deny you support arbitrarily because they can't validate you due to some glitch in their system?

I wouldn't say Linux is for everybody, because it isn't. Not everyone is ready for the kind of freedom and the sheer volume of choice which come with a Linux system. But for those who need/want what Linux can offer, it is there. And IMHO it is beautiful!
 
Old 11-28-2011, 12:40 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Telengard View Post
A friendly rebuttal from a somewhat puzzled reader. Don't take me too seriously, although I do think I make some good points.



Advantage Linux! We love our software diversity!



Linux Lesson #1: Do your research before you commit! Doubly true when choosing something as huge and complex as an operating system!



What? I know Linux desktops don't look exactly like Windows or Mac, but come on! All the basic elements are the same. Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pointer. Heck, I'd go so far as to say KDE4 is much easier to learn than any version of Windows I ever used.

As an example, graphical package managers are included with many of the most popular Linux distros. I don't have to explain why this is easier than installing software on Windows, do I?



Wait, you know what the majority ofmy favorite programs are? Amazing! Then you must also know that all my favorite programs are FOSS, and that I used those same programs for years on Windows before switching to Kubuntu.



Is this even true any more? I can't remember the last time I plugged a device into my Kubuntu system which didn't work. Usually there is not even a need to download and install drivers, giving me a nice plug and play experience. I've read about the ones with firmware deliberately coded to deny access to Linux, but I don't need any of them.



I know, 'cause those tech support hotlines are so very responsive and helpful! Like when you ask the clueless script reader with an accent so thick you can't make out anything they say. Or when you ask to be promoted to the supervisor and they give you a number for telephone psychological counseling. Or how about when you follow their script and it breaks your system even worse than before? Or when they deny you support arbitrarily because they can't validate you due to some glitch in their system?

I wouldn't say Linux is for everybody, because it isn't. Not everyone is ready for the kind of freedom and the sheer volume of choice which come with a Linux system. But for those who need/want what Linux can offer, it is there. And IMHO it is beautiful!
Very good comment!
 
Old 11-28-2011, 09:07 AM   #4
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Instead of taking every point they make and destroying it, all I have to say is that it is obvious this article is coming from a long-time Window$ user who has just started using Linux.
 
Old 11-28-2011, 09:32 PM   #5
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Yup. Pretty much the same exact oooooooold points made against "Linux" since like 15 years now (mostly by people that really have little idea what they have in hand). I still disagree on everything except for:

Software: yes, of course there are some programs that will run only partially or won't run at all in Linux based OSes. BUT the same holds true for any other OS too.... That said, I wished many times that, for example, Proppelerhead would make a version of Reason for Linux. There isn't any other true analog to this software in Linux. But no decision comes without its ups and downs, and my choice of living with Linux isn't an exception...for me the benefits far outweighs the few pieces of software without Linux equivalent, it's only expectable though that there will be others for whom the sum won't be so positive.

Hardware support: yes, this is still very much an issue, no good in denying it. Sure it's better than old times in many regards, but there's still lots of hardware that non powerusers will find difficult or even impossible to use, or even powerusers will get limited functionality. I accept this as part of my life with linux and don't regret it, but I can't honestly say it's a non issue.

Tech support: while true that many paid supports are crap and little more than a monkey with a multiple choice sheet is on the line, it's also true that many good services also DO exist. I would have never thought of paying for support for me, but this is something that has more weight in corporate environments (FWIW Red Hat makes its bucks mainly out of tech support). For particulars and home users, I don't really think it matters that much.

As for the "no standard Linux", I can only say for me that's what most speaks of how well informed is the person speaking about "Linux".

Again, repeat with me: Linux is a Kernel
C'mon, one more time: Linux is a Kernel
Linux is a Kernel
Linux is a Kernel
Linux is a Kernel

There isn't a single BSD either, so what??? Oh you know about OSX right? Well GUESS WHAT IT HAS INSIDE!!!! BSD!!!!

So there's only one Ubuntu OS, only one Debian OS, only one Fedora etc etc etc. Neither of them are "Linux", yet they all have it at their core. So please, pleeeease stop the nonsense already. Don't criticize "Linux" unless you speak of the kernel. If you want instead to criticize an OS for not having a standard version, please refer to a specific distribution. And you will be of course wrong.-

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Old 11-28-2011, 10:59 PM   #6
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The top result in the Similar Threads section at the bottom of this page:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-linux-731874/

This article is almost a cookie-cutter of that one. fuuuu ... d
 
Old 11-28-2011, 11:55 PM   #7
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I got Hackintosh Lion 64bits and Gentoo Linux 32bits running in my HP laptop and I can say that both are way better tan Windoze. In fact from the moment that I got this laptop I removed Windoze and installed both OSX and Linux and they run great, All the hardware detected OOTB and all my software runs there. I make some money fixing people's crapped (and malware-ridden) Windoze PC's (which is why I'm testing win8dp in my testbed desktop PC, I need to know what I will be up to when win8 gets released) and 90% of the time they require a reinstall (and invariably the customer doesn't have the recovery media, but instead drops a pirated copy to get it reinstalled, such is life here in latinoamerica) which means hunting down drivers (can't even begin counting how many of this PC's lack drivers for the nic's and ironically my Ubuntu LiveCD always picks the nic's OOTB allowing me to hunt the drivers (lspci/lsusb Works wonders when the windoze device manager just see's "unknown devices") and put them in the windoze partition to reinstall them from windoze). As for Linux GUI, they're a lot easier tan the messy Windoze GUI (not even talking about the mess that is the "new" Win8 GUI) and both Linux and BSD (that includes OSX) got package managers, Windoze still lacks this.
 
  


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