Selling Linux to Windows Users

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Wed Dec 10 14:36:13 UTC 2008

2008/12/10 Knapp <magick.crow at>:
>>What is
>> important is what can you DO with Linux that you cannot do with
>> WIndows? Not what particular applications you can run.
>> --
>> Dotan Cohen
> 1 Relax knowing that it will not crash.

KDE crashes on me regularly.

> 2 Have multiple desktops

I don't use this feature, but it is available from MS as an XP Power
Toy (I don't know about Vista).

> 3 Rotating cube desktop with cool effects.

You are not _doing_ anything with that, are you?

> 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
> Windows!!

This is a valid point.

> 5 Easy, one click keyboard switching (diff langs and Dvorak.)

I do this all the time in the Windows machines at the university. My
native language is not Hebrew, and I switch keyboard layouts often.

> 6 Desktop cut and paste history

Do you mean Klipper? I do not use that, but I could see where some
people would find it useful.

> 7 Install new software without paying

Is Firefox not available for Windows any more?

> 8 Install new software by typing one line.

Some people prefer to click their way to software installation. But I
give you this one!

> 9 Remove software without messing up the OS.

Agreed in a general sense.

> 10 Make my laptop play music on my desktop with the wireless, note
> that the program is running on the laptop.

I have a hard time believing that this cannot be configured inWindows,
though I'll give it to you.

> 11 Run 20 programs at the same time without worrying about one
> crashing the others.


> 12 Lock my kid out of all the spots and programs that I want him locked out of.

Windows does this.

> 13 Have an encrypted partition.

Truecrypt is availabel for Windows.

> 14 Run a server, desktop and email server all on the same system for free.

Most Windows computers do this. Where do you think all your spam is
comming from?

> 15 Does Apatchy run on windows?

Yes. So does IIS, which does not run on Linux.

> 16 Run software that I have deleted. Bet you can't do that on windows. LOL

Why do you need this feature?

> 17 Does Cream or Vim run on windows?


> 18 How about my cool icon that turns the DVD player to speed one using Bash?

Port it to a .bat file.

> OK, I have not used MS for many years. What can you kill from my list?

The hope.

Dotan Cohen


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