Windows, Linux, The Debate: which is best?

Sasha Tsykin stsykin at
Thu Jan 19 03:54:19 UTC 2006

Duncan Anderson wrote:

> Sasha Tsykin wrote:
>> <snip>
>> I have never encountered (in ten years of experience with windows) a 
>> bug which causes the system to become unusable. I have never been 
>> forced to reinstall because I couldn't figure out what on earth had 
>> happened, and neither could anybody else who I asked. As this has 
>> happened to me several times in linux (although not in Ubuntu), I 
>> would have to say that from my personal experience, linux has more 
>> "showstopper" bugs than windows.
> Hi Sasha
> Well, you are lucky. About a month ago, the company's Windows 2003 
> Server started rebooting spontaneously, causing much disruption of 
> work. It turned out to be an "unpatched" rpc vulnerability which had 
> been exploited.
> Over the period of time during which the 2003 server box must have 
> rebooted about 20 times, there was not one peep, not one shudder, 
> nothing, from the mail server which is running an alpha version of 
> SUse 10.1.
> The fix involved downloading 130 odd MB of patch/update software and 
> rebooting again. If that's not "showstopping" I don't know what is.
>> If you want an example of a showstopper bug in linux, all you have to 
>> do is look at the latest 64-bit release of source mage. There is no 
>> way to get the internet to work, as far as I know, and thus no way to 
>> install any additional programs, making it totally useless, because 
>> it comes with nothign I actually use.
>>> <snip>
>>> I make no pretence to being "objective" about this matter, you 
>>> understand. Windows makes my day to day life miserable, so my 
>>> response to it can only be highly subjective.
>> Windows makes my life wuite pleasurable, because of it, I don't have 
>> to fix my mum's computer all the time. Linux also makes my life 
>> easier, because my computer almost never crashes. In my life, there 
>> is definitely room for both.
> I suppose that applies to me too. There is definitely room for both, 
> as long as Windows is on other people's machines and not mine, then 
> I'm happy. They are welcome to all those viruses and updates.
> cheers
> Duncan
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