...and the struggle continues
..and Linux don't suck. I do not care about market shares, nor about if my OS is ancient tech. It works for me, and it looks and feels good. I will
not discuss about one being better that the other (Win vs Linux), since I believe both are good as much as both have there own share of problems.
It's the freedom of choice, witch I find to be a good thing. It is not about converting anyone into using the same OS as I do.
It was a good point mentioned above about the things a Nintendo Wii theoretically is capable of, yet not practically serves. I use a 3g USB 'dongle'
modem, forcing me to install the default software for Windows to make it work, eating RAM and resources when plugged in to a Windows running box. No
need with Linux. Automatic recognition as 3g modem, posting at ATS in 30 sec from plugging (in my distro of choice, that is).
No need to install software to be able to connect my cellphone with my computer to be able to share files or even use it as usb modem (tethering, in
some cases illegal), but it works. If something does not work, it's very easy to fix, and in the process you might even learn a thing or two about
how a computer works. Not necessary of course, but hasn't harmed me yet.
Also very good point about the usefulness of Live-Cd's. Countless photos and files, from countless different Windows machines saved, because of
Windows not being able to start itself from a defected HD.
I am not speaking for anyone else but myself, as opposed to what the OP stated. Different Linux distributions might suck at different things, same
with Windows, but Linux do not suck, that is personal opinion.
Not a very seasoned CLI Linux user, and probably never will be, since I'm very comfortable with clicking the buttons of the mouse every now and then
...but still I am able to give a helping hand to other people facing basic problems with Linux. Not them all, but some. In that way I give back
something for all the free software I've been given, and the copy-pasting of other peoples codes and scripts to make my own system work. That's the
good thing about community-based computing. Never had a problem with anything Linux/OS related that I would not have found the answer to within a few
minutes. Happy to get answers, happy to provide them where possible.
But I guess this wrestling never ends, perhaps because of some cosmic laws of duality within the human mind. Even Linux users argue among themselves
about things like Ubuntu and other GUI distros not being 'real' linux. "So what?", I say, and re-states; whatever works, works. And if things work
with minimal effort, why not use it, or worse...why flame it?
*happy Ubuntu 11.10 user (and no, I do not feel comfortable with the Unity desktop), but given the freedom of choice, I'm using Gnome Shell
Stick to whatever works for you, and let other people do the same, and we all might just get along well.