Tuxtraining.com claims we should get the facts straight. OMG, I can just sense the knowledge about to be dropped on me.
Alright, let's start off slowly, shall we?
While LinuxHaters (a Linux hating blog, ran on a Linux hosted service) is grabbing a bunch of attention lately by carrying the flag of Microsoft's FUD...
Well what do you know... I just talked about Blogger running on Linux. And I'm spreading Microsoft FUD? Dude, where have I repeated Microsoft claims in any of my posts? Besides those guys don't need my help spreading FUD. They're very good at doing it themselves, and they also pay people to do it. Why the hell should I do it for free? Why would you accuse me of such a hurtful thing? Oh wait. I remember. You guys just like to do that when someone disagrees.
Moving on. I'm going to paraphrase you. Linux runs on a bunch of random devices. Sweet dude. I don't see my computer in that list. Oh, you're also saying that there are groups of people out there that spend a bunch of money and time making Linux work for them. Way cool. I totally want to run their air traffic control system on my desktop.
But ok ok, that doesn't do you justice. Let me concentrate on a few specific things. You seem to think that Linux is suitable for my desktop as well. Here's what you say:
Linux takes up about 1% to 3% of the desktop market
Woah really? awesome. That makes me feel a lot better. When I have problems, 1 to 3 in 100 computer users will have a fucking clue what I'm talking about.
On most Linux distributions you can install 100 pieces of software in 102 clicks.
I think you mean 100 pieces of crappy software. Wow, you made it really easy for me to install pieces of shit. Thanks man! This is the best?
How about I write a script for you that downloads everything from download.com and installs it on your PC. Will you come back to Windows then? Please?
You can upgrade from one version to another without wiping your drive clean, and again only clicking 2-3 buttons
Yep, cuz that totally works.
Linux is mostly free of viruses and someone being infected with one is rather rare. Spyware in a Linux system is almost non-existent.
Hmm, I think we covered that one too. I get the feeling that someone doesn't listen during class...
You can install the OS and most of the software you need in under an hour with user-friendly distributions such as Ubuntu, Mandriva, Suse, Fedora, PCLinuxOS, etc...
Fuck. OMG. Really? Could you then please tell me which ones work with my laptop? None? great! No, I know, distros still are awesome though.
You no longer have to go hunting for codecs and drivers, apps like CodecBuddy and Restricted Device Mangers aid you installing proprietary necessities with ease.
Ha ha. You make me laugh. You know, it's really easy to make it so that you don't have to go and download drivers and stuff when there aren't any worth downloading to begin with.
And codecs? Dude. I can install VLC on my Windows box faster that you can bend over.
You have a ton of choices when it comes to any problem you may need a solution for.
You got me, I love choices. How 'bout you tell me the choice that actually solves my problem. What? There isn't one. Fuck you then.
There are scientific specific distributions ( SL ), educational distributions (Edubuntu ), and many more that have software sets that cater specifically for your usage of that machine.
... you forgot about the part about all those variations make it really fun for ISVs to build software for your platform.
This article came out recently: http://www.networkworld.com/research/2008/060908-green-windows-linux.html?fsrc to some criticism about how green Linux really is. Most of the points are debatable because there's far too many points to take into consideration.
Oh, so your argument is that there are too many points, and so the author's points don't count. I've never witnessed such advanced logic. I may have something to learn from you.
Every time a new version comes out, does not require you to purchase massive upgrades in hardware like other OSes.
I think you missed something. You forgot to mention that you also don't have to go out and buy new versions of useful apps, because there aren't any! Yay!
It's a common misconception that Linux doesn't have support. In fact, this couldn't be further from the truth and in all reality it is supported more so than Windows itself and that's one of the best things about it.
Huh? What world do you live in? There are a bajillion Windows desktops out there. Those aren't supported? Man, whoever bought those desktops must have really messed up.
But hey thanks for listing every Linux use case you can think of. You've proved that all the Linux deployments that actually matter still fit on one page. Do you want me to list all the places that Windows is used? I think I can probably beat your list. Actually, don't ask me to do that. I'm too lazy. And you already wasted this much of my time with your lame-ass article.