Selling Linux to Windows Users

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Wed Dec 10 20:41:31 UTC 2008

2008/12/10 Cybe R. Wizard <cybe_r_wizard at>:
> Maybe there's still some slight hope:
> Does NTFS (or any Windows file system) yet have metadata journalling
> like Ext3 does?
> If not, crash recovery could be something Linux does well that Windows
> does not.

Windows crash recovery is actually pretty robust. I know, I've seen it
crash way to often!

> Will Windows run on your palmtop?  On your 486?
> I think Linux will do so.

I have Windows on my Dell Axim x50v. My university has Windows XP Pro
SP3 on PIII 700 mHz machines.

> I think Windows /does/ run a supercomputer somewhere, doesn't it?
> Linux is still the preferred choice to do so.

I don't have a supercomputer.

> Multiple desktops, although available through third-party software,
> are /not/ something that Windows yet offers.
> Linux will run many, many.  Natively.


> How about multiple GUIs, from lightweight ones good for remote access
> to heavyweights with all the bells and whistles?  Not on Windows yet.
> Linux has 'em by the dozens. (well, maybe not dozens, but then maybe
> so...)

There are third party desktop environments for Windows, but they are all junk.

> Can I update not only my OS but all the installed packages at once if
> I am a Windows user?

If you use only MS software, then yes.

> I don't think so but I haven't used a Windows
> unit for some time.  Maybe they finally have something?
> Linux has that from several different directions. (apt, Yum, Emerge...)
> Can one go completely command line if one don't need the GUI when
> running Windows in order to save on resources?  Not likely!

Depends on what you are doing. The Windows CLI is actually pretty
robust, though it is not bash.

> Linux is famous for it.

Windows is famous for being easy to use.

> Can we do all administrative tasks from starting and stopping
> services to user and group administration to group policy editing to
> audit tracking and more from the Windows command line, even if the GUI
> still runs?

Actually, I don't think so- at least in Windows Server I hav eheard of
complaints that everything is done through GUI. I suppose that
_implies_ that there is no CLI config possible, though it just may be
that it is not well known.

> How about software installation, removal or upgrade from
> that Windows command line?
> Linux excels at this.

I don't know.

> Maybe Windows doesn't do /quite/ all that Linux will yet.
> Of course, this doesn't even mention that Linux offers you /almost/ all
> the software needed to do /almost/ anything you wish, and that for no
> cost.


> I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for /that/ from Windows!

No, certainly not.

Dotan Cohen


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