vharshyde: lordargent: Mitt Romneys Tax Return: Linux is just as easy to install, configure and use as Windows.My ubuntu installs go a lot easier than my WIN 7 installs.How are those Wireless drivers treating you.In all seriousness, this hogwash can go die in a hole already. Ubuntu(or any linux distro really) is a hobbyist's toy, a model railroad that you nerds are so desperate to get other people involved with because you're clamoring for even just one person to care half as much as you have about the fact that three weeks after you started your linux install, it's now almost working to 90% of your system's marked capacity. I don't swing my hobby of polishing my testicles with the floor buffers at the mall while Security isn't looking and demand that you do the same, so I see absolutely no reason why I should hear this rubbish every single year. And it is every goddamn year.
[punches self in face]
washu: For example, there are some pretty easy to use music players on Linux, there is nothing nearly as powerful as Foobar2000.
Chakan: BeOS! er...Haiku! Or Plan9. So many options!
gingerjet: Linux is only free if your time has no value./Android succeeds because it hides the OS from the user
Dejah: I see that "runs your existing applications" is nowhere in your list. That's why 2013 is the year that Linux is still only run by people who like compiling their own code.
b0rscht: involving many kilolines of code that produce petabytes of data on supercomputers (that all run Linux)
Gonz: If you know what you're doing with a computer, Linux (or BSD) is what you already use.
Mitt Romneys Tax Return: skinink: "Linux is just as easy to install, configure and use as Windows. Period."And which distros out of the hundreds out there are easy to install?Ubuntu, Open SUSE, Mint. Debian isn't any harder to install than Windows XP. I know you're yanking my chain, but we have this thing called the Internet where it's pretty easy to find out which distros are best for new Linux users.
ThunderPelvis: my mom can use it after it's up and running, and that says a *lot*.
fluffy2097: ThunderPelvis: If you can't be bothered to spend 5 minutes with google to figure out which desktop is best for you, then you should go buy that Mac, my friend.This is the kind of assholery that is why Linux will never make it to the desktop.Any help you will get from the linux community will be from a high and mighty dickweed that thinks missing manuals, and unclear instructions are what makes linux good.
ThunderPelvis: If you can't be bothered to spend 5 minutes with google to figure out which desktop is best for you, then you should go buy that Mac, my friend.
RatOmeter: TimeCubeFan: Pro Tools. Virtual Instrument libraries. And pretty much all my music production software. I'd love to try Linus, but if it doesn't run my studio apps then it's pretty much useless to me.Linux audio/studio distribrutionsQuite a few musicians use an audio/studio oriented Linux distro. Even for live performances.
Saners: What a shiat list. So much that 1,4 and 5 are all the same thing; they each assume that you MUST switch operating systems this year. People still run Windows XP so the fact that Windows 8 just came out is no reason to switch to linux and if you already own a copy of Windows or OSX then Linux being free is pointless to mention.
Quantumbunny: Configuration is also totally worthless in linux. Every few years I try, and for some reason there are STILL files, whether for keyboard or mouse, or monitor resolutions, or who knows what they want to me manually edit. PISS OFF. As a user, I want point and click, and a pretty interface... and I'm a software developer. Good luck convincing end users they want less than that.
skinink: "Linux is just as easy to install, configure and use as Windows. Period."And which distros out of the hundreds out there are easy to install?
jonny_q: Tree-based structure is straightforward.
jonny_q: Or do you just wanna make that more free-form?
vharshyde: How are those Wireless drivers treating you.
t3knomanser: I'm talking about entirely new ways of organizing data (really? a tree is the best data structure we can use for filesystems? I don't buy it),
Dejah: I see that "runs your existing applications" is nowhere in your list.
washu: For example, there are some pretty easy to use music players on Linux, there is nothing nearly as powerful as Foobar2000. Sure, most of it's functionally could be replicated on Linux with several different apps, some command line, but why should I have to do that?
cman: Desktop Linux is a failure. Its openness, while appealing to nerddom, does not translate to the layman.Let me give you an example of why normal people avoid linux like the plague:Random user: Which one should I download, RPM, .Deb, tar.gz? Why is Ubuntu telling me that I need to "sudo apt-get install -f"?Desktop linux lacks consistency, uniformity, and is just plain confusing for many folks. Not everyone is in love with the Command line like us nerds are.Android, however, is an example where Linux is actually doing good. It may only be for mobile devices, but it has uniformity; it has clarity.
meanmutton: Word and Excel are vastly superior to anything
CujoQuarrel: gingerjet: Linux is only free if your time has no value./Android succeeds because it hides the OS from the userIt takes almost now time to install Linux these days. About 6 mouse clicks , a few simple questions, walk away for a bit and it's done.The only reason to use Windows is that it is superior for games.
cman: Android, however, is an example where Linux is actually doing good. It may only be for mobile devices, but it has uniformity; it has clarity.
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