Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
How about a couple solid points? Since the days of Windows 3.1 and the move off command prompt DOS (I spent nearly a year mastering DOS....just so
they could make it all meaningless.. ahh..my first dislike for MS came young! ) they've been making Windows more and more idiot
It's not meaningless, you can still use most of the old DOS commands if you want, I use them a lot to automate file operations (I
haven't had the time to learn powershell).
No biggy except that at the same time, they've taken that route exclusively. I need to go to Windows home website and DOWNLOAD things
like Autoruns and the rest of the Internals suite when all of that should be box copy integrated for the O/S.
Sysinternals' tools are great, I
have been using them for a long time.
Or...My personal favorite and why I've honestly been looking at Linux from a distance and hoping it came along for a long time now. I don't
know how many recall at the time it came out...but the NSA got busted with it's paw in the proverbial window ...with a backdoor coded in for their
use BY Microsoft.
One big advantage Windows has over other operating systems is internationalization. When I started working in the company I work, 20 years ago, they
were moving from an old Unix System V computer with several dumb terminals attached to a more modern system, as what they did then was mostly word
processing work and things were moving to GUIs instead of the old command line, keyboard driven programs, they had Microsoft Word for Unix installed
(version 2, I think).
I suggested Apple Macs, as they had the best GUI and were powerful and supposedly easy to network, while on the PC side some things were appearing at
the time but they were not that good. I think I tried a GEM system, but I'm not sure.
All those systems had a problem, they were all in English and most people didn't know the language, so they finally decided to use MS-DOS and
Microsoft Works, because there was a Brazilian Portuguese version. Some time later a Novel network was installed, and some time later the guy that was
responsible for the maintaining the system got his hands on Windows 3.11, that had the possibility of using the same network hardware already
installed for the Novel network, so he decided to try it, with my help. The time it took to have a networked PC using Windows 3.11 was much less than
the time it would take to do the same thing for a Novel network, even for someone that did it almost every day, like that guy did.
Windows 3.11 had a real Portuguese version that replaced Novel.
From that point on he stopped installing Novel networks (unless the clients asked for it) and installed only Unix and Windows 3.11 systems. He moved
to another town in 1995, before the launch of Windows 95.
Linux, today, based on volunteer translations, is on the same position Windows was many years ago, as the translations (as far as I have seen) are not
complete, good or even understandable.
PS: I have been using Ubuntu to run some software (ISIS) for image processing of the photos taken by NASA, ESA and Jaxa missions and now I am going to
install a Linux Web server.