What exactly are you talkiing about?
by rbsjrx - 11/23/08 1:16 PM
In Reply to: Well lets see. by sylvio duteau
"If you're so smart prove them wrong. Better yet try me and only me, and try to prove me wrong with detail explenations (sic) and facts that can't be refuted and I'll admit my error. But don't treat these people like idiots cause you'll find nobody listening to the garbage you wear."
My reply in which I referred to organic fertilizer was in response to a message from someone using the screen name "i_made_this", not you. In any case, I've already explained my reasons for preferring Linux over Windows or Mac OSX before in this discussion.
"I've been in this for over 32 Years"
So what? I've been a working engineer (first hardware, then software) for 38 years and it's no more germane to this topic than your 32 years.
"So if I understand what you're saying is that XP and Vista are trash and linux on a podium."
What I'm saying is that every version of Microsoft Windows has been a technically inferior OS. Linux (note proper capitalization) isn't on a podium, but is technically superior to Windows and it's free. Along the way, I've worked with OSs from Apple II DOS to just about every flavor of Unix available. In this decade, I've worked primarily in Windows, Linux, and Solaris. In the 90's, I worked with Windows, MS/PC-DOS, and OS/2, along with Primos and other equally obscure OSs that no longer exist.
Windows is the only surviving OS that isn't standards-based. It has achieved that by becoming a de facto standard. In doing so, it has not benefited from the diverse feedback inherent to the standards process. POSIX (IEEE 1003, ISO/IEC 9945) the standard which is the basis for most modern OSs, derived from Unix originally, but even some Unix implementations had to be modified to comply with the standard. Even Windows is over 50% patterned after the POSIX standard, but with some glaring differences which serve no purpose except to make it proprietary. At the kernel level, Windows is quite POSIX compliant, even accepting the "/" character as a path delimiter rather than the "\" enforced by the command shell.
Linux supports journaling file systems which facilitate disaster recovery and eliminates the defrag issues that plague FAT and NTFS. And, speaking of FAT and NTFS, Linux allows you to install file systems at will. Want to be able to work with FAT or NTFS? It can do it. This works because Linux is implemented in layers, much like all modern communications protocols. This also allows various parts of the visual display to be changed out to suit each particular user. With Windows, you get what Microsoft wants you to see. The Gnome and KDE desktop environments look radically different, yet each can be installed in a Linux system without any difficulty. Want a 3D desktop environment? Load it up and go.
I choose Ubuntu Studio as my OS of choice for many of the same reasons that others choose Windows. I has the greatest variety of software that I want to run. Windows offers more, of course, but Windows software is rarely free. Also Linux has proven itself to be more reliable than Windows by at least an order of magnitude. I leave all of my machines on 24/7/365. I have to reboot my Windows machines, on average at least twice a month, or more often if I have to do software updates. My Linux machines have been running non-stop for a period of 9 months to 2 years with no interruptions except for Hurricane Ike. Reboots are never necessary but are sometime recommended if I have to change some drivers. I run my own server which uses Debian Linux, so all maintenance is done from the command line. It runs for years without ever going down or requiring a reboot.
Is Linux perfect? No. Could it be improved? Yes, and it is all the time. However, its combination of technical superiority and concomitant reliability, along with its zero cost make it clearly the best value and, IMHO, the best choice for my desktop OS.
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