SwiftlyTilting: usability, reusability

Thursday, February 3, 2005

Linux remains Unimpressive

I still don’t understand why anyone uses Linux as a desktop operating system. I built a new computer recently and decided to give Linux another whirl, after last using it 5 years ago. SuSE 9.1 Personal installed without a problem, and I was on the net within minutes after the installation was complete.

But overall, performace is much worse than Windows 98, and every time I went to use the media player, the entire machine would lock up. So much for Linux’s rock solid stability. I’d much rather use this seven year old copy of Win98; boot time is less than 20 second and I can play all sorts of media.

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How about this:

1. I can do everything I need to do, and I’m free to do it any way I want.
2. I never, ever have to worry (EVER!) about viruses, trojans, spyware and the like (because I don’t use the root account except for core admin tasks)
3. A computer is not a DVD player, nor is it an iPod. If you want to play media, use a tool that was made for it. It’s Microsoft who has turned the computer into a glorified DVD player (and made a royal mess of it. My DVD player has never crashed on me…)
General purpose OSes are great for media *production*, but they really suck at media playback. And that includes Windows and Mac, not just Linux.

When I want to play games, I have a Playstation for that. It performs loads better than any PC I’ve seen for the price, and I don’t have to worry about driver incompatibilities.

But for real work, Linux can’t be beaten; it’s that simple.

Comment by Denis Robert — Thursday, February 3, 2005 @ 5:01 am

So I should buy a DVD player, a Web TV and and Ipod so I can use Linux? What “real work” are you talking about anyways? I have Apache and PHP on my other windows pc and it runs just fine. :)

Comment by swiftlytilting — Thursday, February 3, 2005 @ 3:48 pm

Real work on Linux? what kind of real work? the kind you spend 5 hours trying to recompile the kernel to get an everyday hardware component working?

a PC is meant to play DVDs, hence why the DVD-ROM drive market is so huge, I’m sure even Linux tries to support DVD playback in most distro’s.

if you want to play games, you can play stupid Penguin games under Linux or you can play basically every game released under a Microsoft orientated PC.

I hate Linux Fan-boys ;)

Comment by keystroke — Friday, February 18, 2005 @ 9:21 pm

I have two computers, one running XP professional(though it’s for home use), and one running Gentoo. I use the gentoo computer maybe once or twice a month. It’s a huge pain in the ass. Though it pains me to say so, M$ is the way to go when it comes to operating systems.

Comment by Roger&Me — Sunday, February 20, 2005 @ 3:23 pm

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