Why people are allowed to stick with Windows

By Ghost on Monday 13 July 2009 12:34 - Comments (6)
Categories: Linux, Personal, Views: 4.044

Today I came across an article that addresses several misunderstandings people can have about Linux. Although I do not agree with every single point stated in the article, it does conclude with a notion that reflects my opinion about the whole operating system debate.
If you want an OS that doesn't chauffeur you around, but hands you the keys, puts you in the driver's seat, and expects you to know what to do: Get Linux. You'll have to devote some time to learning how to use it, but once you've done so, you'll have an OS that you can make sit up and dance.

If you really just want Windows without the malware and security issues: Read up on good security practices; install a good firewall, malware-detector, and anti-virus; replace IE with a more secure browser; and keep yourself up-to-date with security updates. There are people out there (myself included) who've used Windows since 3.1 days right through to XP without ever being infected with a virus or malware: you can do it too. Don't get Linux: It will fail miserably at being what you want it to be.

If you really want the security and performance of a Unix-based OS but with a customer-focussed attitude and an world-renowned interface: Buy an Apple Mac. OS X is great. But don't get Linux: It will not do what you want it to do.
Although it is still good fun making jabs at the all too familiar Windows, Mac and Linux clichés, every user deserves to choose his or her operating system. I think this is sometimes overlooked by Linux-advocates (myself included). The freedom of choice is not limited to the Linux environment. Sure, it will not hurt to try something different once in a while, but when you eventually find something that suits your needs, why bother changing?

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By Tweakers user EnzoMatrix, Monday 13 July 2009 14:46

There is no drivers license for computer usage. The consequence is that there are a lot of people able to access a pc without any knowledge. Because getting a pc is so easy, people do not realise or do not want to believe that maintaining one can be really difficult. Once they realise it is hard keeping an OS in working order, it is to late in their eyes to brush up on knowledge. That is when they fly to the internet en try every free scan tool they can find.
Once in a while the friendly neighbourhood nerd is willing to come around and fix it up.

Unless we come up with some set of rules, there will always be a group that knows and a group that does not.

In my view, saying that Linux requires effort is as helpfull as saying coffee needs coffee beans. It is so obvious. Windows is what is known, either thru work, or thru the first pc that came in your house, which for the average consumer was the 386 or 486 with preinstalled Windows.

By Tweakers user Patriot, Monday 13 July 2009 15:26

In my view, saying that Linux requires effort is as helpfull as saying coffee needs coffee beans.
Which is an interesting statement, seeing as how you can (and most people do) buy your beans pre-ground. Is Windows the equivalent of a pack of pre-ground coffee beans?

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By Tweakers user Apache, Monday 13 July 2009 15:32

@EnzoMatrix: the example about the drivers license, if that's valid there should also be a 40km/h car which doesn't need a (B) drivers license, or just a simpler one (A). And I think that is what a simpler environment can provide, something like chrome os, for the normale users, so they can't break anything, protect them from theirself by protecting them from complexities. And us from questions from them for which we know the awnsers will be too complex :)

By Tweakers user link0007, Monday 13 July 2009 15:42

Well I honestly think there should be more control and regulation on who/what connects to the internet. People are unknowingly sending out millions of spam mails, or DDOS-ing important government sites, or whatever else botnets can do.. And this behavior is not only extremely annoying for other users, it's also dangerous by itself.

So in my opinion:
a) improve computer education on schools
b) everyone with an internet connection, should sign a form saying they agree to a certain set of rules about responsibility for their computer's behavior, and that they acknowledge to be punished and listed on repeated offenses.

By Tweakers user EnzoMatrix, Monday 13 July 2009 15:46

@ Patriot.

Coffee is made from coffee beans. Just that. Pregrounded or not, it needs its base ingredient. It is true, its obvious.
How you buy your coffee doesnt change the fact that you need beans for some form of coffee. But we should not make more out of it then it is: an (perhaps bad) example.

Linux needs effort, its true, its obvious, because other then the desktop view everything else is different from Windows.

So perhaps Windows is the pre-ground coffee blend. But I didnt want to take it that far ;)

The "if you want .... then buy ...." advice is ofcourse not really true. A Mac is still a change from Windows and without having an open mind about it (willing to learn) you will fail at doing anything in OSX that in Windows was soooo easy.

Everything you are able to do in OSX the first time you start (Internet, text processing, Mail) you will also be able to do in any Linux environment.


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