Both Windows and Linux has been out for 20+ years or so...and up to now, there is no winner in the market. The battle still rages. If I was forced to
declare one....it would have to be Windows.
Linux is a nice system, but for me, it has a couple Big problems....
OpenSource is a nice concept when you're on the receiving end, getting free programs. But when you use GCC, MinGW and Eclipse for Windows... all
OpenSource.. and are forced to give your programs away.... It kind of burns. Also, when I loaded the three together, there was a little program that
periodically... maybe once every 4 days, asked if it can scan my development folder to see what I'm developing, and then report it back to whoever...
The little window had text on it saying that I agreed to this in my EUL. I was a little taken aback by that. Because I don't know if it was just
reporting my Eclipse-related projects, or all my C++ language programs.
And don't think that you can compile C++ programs in GCC and think that you can sell them without them knowing about it. I bet you somewhere in the
compiled .exe - that there is some encoded word spelling 'GCC' in there somewhere.
Needless to say, once I purchased a new PC, it did not reinstall those.
Speaking of development in Linux... One thing that irks me is that all the distros have a different development distribution package path. That is not
called for, my friends, as it's all the same OS. A developer should be able to develop a program on Linux, and then distribute to any distro they deem
that would be good to do so. It shouldn't be a major hassle to repackage the same program again and again. Some people would say that ... well Linux
is customizable, so this is the result. But to me, it's more akin to divide-and-conquer.
Another problem w/Linux distributions is the need for Codexes. Codexes are little pieces of software that are like drivers (or may be drivers in
actuality) that are used to produce sound on your PC. I know that for a lot of people, it's no problem to download them from a separate, probably
pirate site. But I have a problem with that.
If it's not included with the Linux distro, there must be a good reason, probably a good legal
reason that they did not add it to the package. And don't worry that when you download those codexes... no-one will record your pc I.P. address on
that site.... Right.
ETA: Back to the topic of the thread.... I have a Win8 PC with UEFI. I want to do a dual-boot with Win7 Ultimate, which has XP Virtualization. From
what I'm reading, UEFI is not a big obstacle for this setup. I'll let you know in this forum if it proves otherwise.... probably about a month from
now when I get my Win7 DVD.
edit on 20/2/2013 by MarkJS because: (no reason given)
edit on 20/2/2013 by MarkJS because:
clarification... not 'C', 'C++'