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I don't have any annoying problems, that is why.
Originally posted by bracke
May I ask why some of you just keep staying with Windows and Microsoft applications despite all of It's heavy amount of annoying problems? I'm really interested in your opinions!
I never had any virus, spyware or trojans on my computers that weren't contained by me, and the only real virus I ever had was on MS-DOS, long time ago.
* It's insecure by design. It's simply a magnet for viruses, spyware, trojans, hackers. This has nothing to do with It's large userbase.
The stupidity of the registry is not a bug, is a feature.
* It's buggy. Problems range all the way from the stupid registry system to the tcp/ip stack. Windows also has a tendency making the system go slower and slower the more you use it. Some reasons are clogged registry and heavy fragmented file system. File systems under *NIX operating systems don't fragment significantly. This means that the operating system tries to keep related files together on the disk. Windows does the opposite as it throws the files all over the disk.
Only if you let them, the updates can be deleted
* Updates accumulate in the Windows folder and makes it bigger. In other operating systems new files get installed and old files get removed. If you want to regret the update you'll just block the new version and the old version gets installed.
That is one of the things for which they never found a good answer to the few people (compared with all their costumers) that have complained about it.
* No respect for other boot loaders. Windows overwrites the master boot record (mbr) with It's boot loader even though there may already exist another one.
Yes, we can't change the code, but that does not mean we do not have any idea of what is happening, if we want to know we just need to devote some time to it, like with any other thing.
* Closed source means you can't fix the bugs yourself and that only one company is able to fix it. It also means that you have no idea what's happening under the hood. Your system may be phoning several times a day without you knowing it. And of course you are not able to optimize the code for your specifical system.
The price is hugely inflated when you compare it with the price for resellers. As I work in a company that can buy it as a reseller, I can get it cheaper.
* It costs, sometimes a lot. *BSD and GNU/Linux is free. Also there is no activation which has caused a lot of problems for Windows user. No need to worry about calling support when changing important hardware.
I suppose you are talking about *NIX systems here instead of Windows.
* Installation is very efficient and easy. For ex Ubuntu puts the partitions properly right where they should be and not on the 1st and the 5th partion like my triple boot results in.
True, but once again I never had any problems, when I buy any hardware it brings its drivers with it, except with a Mustek scanner (I think they make the worst scanners on the market, and this didn't even had the manufacturer label) that I tried to install in a version of Windows for which they didn't' had drivers.
* Integrated drivers. Linux has support for most hardware both old and new out of the box. Unlike Windows you don't have to download the drivers from the manufacturer's website.
You can use the window manager that you want with Windows, you just have to change some of its configurations. I used once one whose name I do not remember now.
* Eye candy. Ever heard of Beryl/Compiz and AIGLX/XGL. I won't explain it in detail... These video shows it best; www.youtube.com... . You also have a wide variety of windows managers and desktop environments to choose from; Gnome, KDE, Fluxbox, XFCE, Blackbox, Enlightenment, XPDE, TWM, Openbox.
I never had any need of using software that didn't existed for Windows.
* Support for non native apps and games. Operating systems like GNU/Linux have the power to run apps made to run on other operating systems like Windows. This can be accomplished through compability layers like Wine, Cedega and Crossover office.
And...? Everything I ever needed from some of those companies was supported on Windows, no problem there.
* Big support from companies. Operating systems like GNU/Linux have support from mayor companies like IBM, SUN, Red hat, Novell, Oracle, Canonical, nVidia, Nokia etc.
Most cryptic errors I have seen in Windows are not system messages.
* Cryptic error messages. Bluescreens, error popus etc. are very hard to understand under Windows.
That is something I think Microsoft can not provide without being accused of unfair tactics.
* Lousy provided applications. Applications provided with distributions like Ubuntu are much more useful than the standard calculator, notepad and paint you get with Windows.
Maybe they are, that is why we have courts. If the judicial system does not work its not Microsoft's fault.
* Microsoft's company tactics are unfair. Ever heard of SCO vs IBM/Novell? Microsoft has done a lot of nasty things through the years like providing this company (SCO) with money just so it can come up with false acquisations and launch an attack on companies that support GNU/Linux and open source.
I say the same thing about Windows, that is why I stay with it.
* Easy of use. Operating systems like Ubuntu are very easy to work with and maintain.
Originally posted by El Che
Well all I know is that Vista is the bomb and after a few problem that I fixed it my self now works like a charm!
GO GO GO VISTA!!!!
Originally posted by 7Ayreon
At a time, my friend was a Linux fan and mentioned to me that it is so much easier and way better and I gave in after much thought and decided to install Kabuntu. I did it and was much excited to find out if what my friend was indeed so. I followed all the instructions and channeled all the specifications, until on the first try my monitor was way out of wack. So I finally found control panel and display settings, there it was, my monitor was set to a default setting. So I looked for the controls to change it and than right there I ran into more trouble. I had to configure it manually using some sort of command code!! I had to search the web for my answeres which took forever and eventually found some helpful intructions. In the end up, my monitor still did not work and I was not impressed at all with Linux, it is not on my experience, user-friendly.
Originally posted by 7Ayreon
Come on. Systems are getting far more advanced and still people are demanding peak effiency that meets there criteria for less resourceful technologys. Yes, Vista recommends at least 1GB of memory and that is not a problem anymore! Would you want your system running on 512 MB or better yet, 2 GB of space? You don't see that the IT Industry is pushing past the small limits of older tech. There is no problem with there expensive requirements, it's time to move on. You can only go so far with effiency, the bar has to be moved up eventually.
Originally posted by El Che
Have you used it! I been using this OS for a while and I love it so what you nee 1GB of ram. It worth what you get. I have used OSX and it is good but just isn't my style.
Vista is a great OS so what after all delays and compatable issues. Vista even trys to fix the program so it can work on it. Come on and now it even show every thing that install not in the backround. It great and many of the featues are just plain useful. I bring my laptop to school and I use everything even the gadgets!!!!
I never going back to XP after this!