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[News] GNU/Linux Has Come Very Far on the Desktop, Works Better Than Windows

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Has Come Very Far on the Desktop, Works Better Than Windows
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 25 May 2010 23:19:11 +0100
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The View from Mudsock Heights: Linux Has Come Far -- In One Case, Maybe Too Far

,----[ Quote ]
| The free software movement, which in many 
| respects means the Linux operating system, 
| is a puzzle to those accustomed to paying 
| for things. Software is expensive stuff â 
| how good can the stuff be if it doesnât 
| cost anything?
| Actually, very, very good.
| [...]
| Then, in July 1998, the desktop problem 
| started to be solved. Thatâs when KDE 1.0 
| was released. I downloaded, compiled, and 
| installed it that very first day, and it 
| blew me away. Linux was now easy to use, 
| sort of. KDE (which stood for the âKDE 
| Desktop Environment,â in that self-
| referential Linux way) could do things in 
| version 1.0 more than a decade ago that 
| only the latest Windows can do.


Washing the windows myths. Device support. 

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| There is a common mantra which windows 
| advocates like to chant. I guess it has a 
| calming influence for them as they 
| navigate the labyrinth of installing new 
| hardware on their machines. The mantra 
| goes like this, windows has better device 
| support. This mantra, while boosting the 
| superiority complex of windows advocates, 
| is simply a myth.
| It is said that myths generally have a 
| germ of truth in them and I have to agree. 
| Many years ago windows did have superior 
| device support. That has all changed now. 
| In fact the situation has reversed. Linux 
| now has superior device support when 
| compared to windows and arguably any other 
| operating system. The reason for this is 
| due to the differences between the way 
| windows and Linux look at hardware device 
| drivers. 
| [...]
| The proof is in the pudding. Do this 
| experiment, if you dare. If you have not 
| already lost your windows drivers disks, 
| put them away under lock and key. Format 
| your hard drive and install windows from 
| scratch, without installing any other 
| drivers. How much of your hardware works? 
| Now do the same for Linux. You will find 
| that more of your hardware works with a 
| standard install of just about any modern 
| Linux distribution. Including printers, 
| webcams, scanners and other peripherals. 



Sheldon Cooper: Ubuntu User

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| Well, if you are a Linux fan and you have
| not noticed, Sheldon Cooper, the self-
| proclaimed genius and truest nerd on The
| Big Bang Theory has been seen using
| Ubuntu.


A capitalist fan of commie software

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| It's a good question, I suppose. A tree-
| hugging leftwinger from a proud union
| family with an inexplicable taste for
| expensive Scotch single malts asked to
| know why, if I'm such a capitalist, I am
| so vocal about liking free and open source
| software.
| My desktop operating system has been Linux
| ever since 2003, when I formatted my
| Windows box in a fit of pique that had
| been brewing since sometime before Windows
| 3.1 was released. I tried a few variants,
| but quickly settled on the local
| distribution, Ubuntu, masterfully named
| and competently compiled by a famous rich
| kid from Durbanville in the Western Cape.

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