Hi. Tried the Linux route. It was nice because it's the system I used at work. Tried Ubuntu and
OpenSUSE. Both are OK.... was happy with them for a while. The install-programs were very
thoughtful and easy to use. i.e. They did not wipe out my Windows installation.
While Windows definitely has it's own, serious faults... there are three-four things
that bother me about Linux....
-Installation of Linux is easy, but having it play videos and music afterwards can be a problem.
The codecs necessary to do so were available during one installation, or actually in the downloads
after the install... but when I re-installed the same version of Linux using the same CD (after
resizing my partitions), these codecs were not available. And there was no message saying so...
I had to hunt through the linux forum to find the missing pieces. I found out that 'they are not
legal to include with the install any longer'. Annoying and somewhat disturbing.
-Some codecs are on a quasi-legal repository. I could be wrong, but they seem like they are
hacked. I don't get a warm fuzzy feeling downloading stuff from that repository- to make my
-The Linux Update (a feature similar to Windows Update) facility is automated. This can be
either a good or a bad thing. One time after an update, the connections to the internet broke.
I never did restore that system after that.
-There is a lack of urgency to fix program bugs in the Linux world.... Most of the developers do
it for free, and thus you get what you pay for.
-There is not a common development as far as I know, or even a GUI IDE available for
Linux (it's all done via command-line commands). Every distribution has it's own program
development and downloading process for users. This my friends, should not be.
Speaking of that, it breaks down even more as per definition. If each distro has a different
'download program' process, then this means that the programs used in each distro are incompatible
with other Linux distros. Again, this my friends, should not be. It's called Divide and Conquer,
-The man pages are in need of serious update. Most of them are 15-20 years old, and do not
account for much of the new technology used today. For example, many commands that work in an Ext4 system do not work with NTFS partitions. Man pages
exclude this little but important piece of
Problems I found with Windows:
-MS does not sell older versions. I should be able to pick up any version of Windows I want today,
supported or not. I understand that there may not be support for Win98, Win2000, etc. now, but MS
should still make it available to buy anyways. Some of us don't need the latest and greatest
(read: largest and most bloated) at every possible minute.
-They should not have taken away the ability to copy music files without even letting me know that
they were doing that. The ability was disguised as a 'Windows security update'... Ya, right. Why
should I not be able to copy and back up my songs from the CDs I bought... i.e. why am I punished
because other unscrupulous people pirate music?
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