Monday, 18 August 2008

Do NOT use Linux

I've been hearing a lot of people trying to find something to replace Windows, especially Vista, and thinking of turning over to Linux.

I have an advice for you: do not use Linux. Linux is bad, for more than one reason.

First of all, Linux does not work. You may hear people using Slackware, Debian, Gentoo or Ubuntu claiming that everything works - they have all the drivers, nothing will crash, and mostly everything will work out-of-the box. In essence, just insert the Ubuntu or Mandriva install CD into your computer, install the system and you're off.


Once you install Linux, you will find that most of your important hardware does not work. Your wireless card has a 75% chance it won't work, your 56k modem has a 99% chance it won't work, and a graphics card, if it's ATI, will not work at all.

Not only that - there's more! Once you install Linux, you will find that all your precious data is gone. Deleted. No more. The hard disk will be formatted, and if you didn't backup your data, you may forget about it. Moreover, Linux is far from complete and quality OS - in this case, this means you do not have the unformat or undelete command. Once Linux deletes something, it's gone for good, baby.

And if we're talking software - oh for crying out loud! Linux has no useful software to install, and there is no way of installing it. You won't find Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Winamp, Outlook Express, ICQ, MSN Messenger, uTorrent, PowerDVD, Audiograbber, Limewire, AOL, Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Cool Edit (Adobe Audition), Microsoft Visual Studio, and a lot of other programs many professional users need.
If you try and download some installer from the Internet (if you're able to connect, that is), Linux will have absolutely no idea how to start it. Setup files you download from various sites are unknown to Linux.
And if you find some Linux software somewhere (good luck with that!), there's a great chance you won't be able to install it. It will complain about dependencies, arhitecture, and a bunch of other bull you won't be able to cope with.

Some users claim that there are no viruses or spyware that can do something to Linux. Of course there aren't! First of all, in most cases you can't even connect to the Internet! This means no web surfing, no e-mail, no porn, no illegal downloads, and essentially - if there even was a virus or spyware for Linux, there's no way for you to even get it. And even if you connect to the Internet, you won't find any virus, because you're one in a million - who would bother to write some virus or spyware just for you?
And once we've mentioned viruses, I have to mention one of the previously most common ways to get them - games. That's right. There are no games for Linux. Sorry, gamers, but this is the harsh truth. Ok, there are a few simple games, such as Tetris/Solitaire/Minesweeper clones or ripoffs, but that's all. Games like Quake, Warcraft, Neverwinter Nights and other modern-era eyecandy are simply a no-go. Linux doesn't even have DirectX, so those games will probably never work. Your new 3D accelerator card and your 5.1 sound system will be rendered useless once you install Linux.

Oh, and when we've mentioned the 3D acceleration - have you seen the way Vista utilizes your new graphic cards? Well, have you seen what Linux does with it?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Linux looks exactly the same as Windows 98, with one difference - icons and fonts are bigger. Which means less detail, and uglier.

I could go on for days like this. But I believe this should be enough for anyone.

And if you're still reading, you may read this as well. No, I am not a troll. No, I am not a Windows/Mac/Sun zealot.

The stuff I've written here is a collection of bull that I've heard from many people who tried Linux and expected it to be something even remotely comparable to Windows or Mac OS. However, the collection is far from complete. Even I can't remember all the stupidity people are capable of thinking and saying.

I'm using Arch Linux and I'm very happy with it. It's free, and it has all the software I need. It isn't Windows software, but it works just as well, some even better. You'll be able to make everything run in a week at most. And while you're doing that, you'll learn a lot about how your computer actually works. Once you do that, your next Linux install will be one afternoon at it's worst. You are free of viruses, malware, spyware, badware and all that, as long as you don't give them root (administrator) rights. And what's best - it is free. Not because it is worth nothing, but because it is developed by serious, mature developers whose main goal is to solve problems, and not to make money by selling you something every two years, with no actual change in functionality.

Yes, Linux does not work. If you don't utilize some of your muscle. Like the one between your ears. If you do, it will purr like a kitteh ;)

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