Selling Linux to Windows Users
albert at albertcharron.name
Wed Dec 10 02:22:33 UTC 2008
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> 1 Relax knowing that it will not crash.
My current Windows installation crashes less than my ubuntu one
> 2 Have multiple desktops
With dual monitors, I have no use of multiple desktops... They sit there
> 3 Rotating cube desktop with cool effects.
I hate the rotating cube... It's a resource hog, even with my new
computer... And it crashes...
> 4 No matter what people say about Linux having viruses, I have yet to
> see one in the wild. Has anyone here EVER seen one? I sure did with
Didn't have a virus for years on my windows systems... The machines I
manage at work either... What you have to do: install the updates and
run a decent anti-malware... not that hard to do... BTW, I've been
rootkited a couple of times on Linux (not Ubuntu tho)
> 5 Easy, one click keyboard switching (diff langs and Dvorak.)
What about alt-shift in Windows?
> 6 Desktop cut and paste history
> 7 Install new software without paying
I run OpenOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Gimp, Pidgin on my windows
box... I've never paid for them. I have some Windows only applications
that are freeware too... Even on Ubuntu, you have to pay for some
software (I don't mind paying if an application works better than
> 8 Install new software by typing one line.
If the software is in the repository, and if it is up to date in the
> 9 Remove software without messing up the OS.
Well... You might have a valid point here... but I know of a couple of
apps that doesn't remove conf files or preferences under Linux too...
> 10 Make my laptop play music on my desktop with the wireless, note
> that the program is running on the laptop.
What's the point of doing that? If I'm on my laptop and want to listen
music, it's not at my desktop I want it to play...
> 11 Run 20 programs at the same time without worrying about one
> crashing the others.
I can do that on my windows installation too... it's even more efficient
than on some linux distributions...
> 12 Lock my kid out of all the spots and programs that I want him locked out of.
You can remove right to execute applications to specific users in
Windows too... Through NTFS permissions, through Global policies,
through permissions in the Registry...
> 13 Have an encrypted partition.
BitLocker on Vista does that.
> 14 Run a server, desktop and email server all on the same system for free.
That might be a valid point... for personal usage. For businesses,
you're better to keep the users out of the server... even with Linux...
> 15 Does Apatchy run on windows?
If you meant Apache, yes, it runs... I even serve PHP pages from my
desktop... You can run Perl too!
> 16 Run software that I have deleted. Bet you can't do that on windows. LOL
If I delete a software, I don't want to run it! Again, what's the point?
I've never tried that on Linux either!
> 17 Does Cream or Vim run on windows?
Never heard of Cream... Vim, no, it doesn't run, but you have some very
powerfull text editor too.
> 18 How about my cool icon that turns the DVD player to speed one using Bash?
Honestly, I really don't know what you're talking about here...
> OK, I have not used MS for many years. What can you kill from my list?
On that, I didn't want to say Linux isn't good, or that Windows is
better... My point is that a user uses what he's familiar with and
what's good for him. Currently, I'm running Vista on my laptop. This
puppy dualboots Kubuntu 8.10/Vista (I need Windows for some work stuff
and for some stuff don't work at all in Ubuntu - my xD card reader is an
example - or some stuff that don't work well (sound is a real pain)) .
When I introduced my 70yo father to computers last year, I installed
Ubuntu on an old laptop and he was really happy with that...
I use Ubuntu server on my home server and on a couple of servers at
work, and I use Windows on some other servers to fill some business
needs... I like both OSes... Both have their strengths and their
weaknesses. When I build computers for friends, I present both options
and it's up to them to choose if I install Ubuntu or if they install
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