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Post From: Future planned OS platforms for SC

[2016-01-29 17:17:29]
bjohnson777 (Brett Johnson) - Posts: 224
I'm having trouble understanding your "linux pro" sentence.

Picking the notable bits and pieces out of the article...

"I want to make one thing crystal clear - Windows, in some regards, is even worse than Linux and it's definitely not ready for the desktop either."
...And then it gives a long list of serious win problems, including "Windows rot" (double underlined). Rot is one of the big reasons (the other being extremely poor security models, still) why I stopped supporting windoze back in 2000 when I went independent. I was burned by it several times. There are people above my peer level who can't keep ANY win system that is regularly/heavily used running properly for more than a year (desktop or server, they've been burned, too). Barring stupid user mistakes (which I have also done myself), all of my linux systems will run until the hardware fails without effort.

Most of those problems listed in the article are just whining by a gamer. He complains a lot about things that aren't even finished. Keep in mind that the programmers for most open source software are unpaid and do it on the side. Some things have priority, some others don't.

The comments about choosing special hardware for linux if you want it to run is just as true about windoze. Try upgrading a laptop from win7 to win10. You'll be lucky to find all the drivers. Even if you do, many won't work right. Between each major win revision, M$ seems to break an absurdly large number of drivers. Complain to the manufacturers and they won't care. They will tell you to buy their new hardware "built for win10" (and doubtful to run on the future win11).

Don't even get me started about win "compatability mode".

Large companies not porting their expensive software to linux is a continuing problem with Mac's, too. My accountant wants to drop windoze because of the rot and security problems. Most of his accounting packages still have no Mac version or alternative.

The security block is whining quite a bit. M$ sales&marketing decided years ago that anouncing an emergency patch for an admin level exploit was bad for their image. Now they're all labeled along the lines that "this patch fixes an exploit that would allow unauthorized users to run code on the local machine." They won't even list what it's about unless you manually open up a web browser for each link. If M$ ever went "open source", M$ as a company would be over in a week. I've personally met and worked with people who have worked with "the holy source code", and they have nothing nice to say about it. Contrary to the article, the various linux package managers will auto update the system (logs in /var/log) just like M$ and Mac. Many people disable/break win update just because it breaks their system in return if they leave it on automatic. The comment about IIS server being more secure was just moronic.

Nearly everything in that list can be applied to M$ OS's in general... which he sorta does in the win10 series (but I got tired of reading it after the first 3 paragraphs):
http://itvision.altervista.org/why-windows-10-sucks.html

There's a big philosophy difference between unix in general and M$. Win tells you what you're going to do and if you don't like it, sucks to be you. Linux asks you want you want to do. If you don't like some of the offerings, there are often many viable alternatives. If you want to program your own, OS level source code is available free of charge. And yes, each have their own set of problems. Neither is perfect, but from the professional admin and support point of view, unix in general is far easier to deal with.

All in all, this is just another whiny (I keep having to use that word) and clueless (mixing half truths... saying you don't do it doesn't mean you're not doing it) article by Altervista trying to look more important than they really are. Admins with real training and real world experience will rarely ever reference Altervista. I haven't seen anyone use it (even for fun) among my peer group in several years.