Looks like this Manu guy took the bait.
Let's just see what he has to say, shall we? (sorry, many blockquotes to follow)
Holy crap. I've never heard this argument before! You know what, I'll help you out. The NYSE runs Linux too! That's really great to know. I'll be sure to recommend Linux to my grandma next time she wants to set up a global stock exchange in her knitting room.
Is your system unstable? “Who knew. When a system doesn’t do anything, it doesn’t crash.” All of Google runs Linux. So Google doesn’t do anything? Well that’s news. Nasa probably doesn’t do anything either? The French administration doesn’t do anything? Oh wait, that was a bad example.
Lusers always like to find instances of companies or organizations with extremely uncommon Linux use cases and somehow say that the reason that I should run it on my computer. Hey, I know. My fridge runs an embedded OS called FridgeOS (actually, I made that up, I don't know the name). It supports four buttons and has better temperature controls than Linux. It's really stable. I've never seen it crash. It's also really minimal and won't use all your RAM. You should totally port it to run on your PC. That would be truly awesome.
Choose what your desktop looks like… “To make yourself feel better about it not being to do anything. At least it is pretty.” Huh, were you just talking about Windows Vista?Wait. Is that a retort? Are you saying that Vista can't do anything? I think there's a few people (or rather, a good part of the rest of the world) that disagrees with you. Why don't you try talking to them once in a while?
Too many windows? Use workspaces. “Yes. Spaces.” Oh, you mean that Mac OS X thing? So if I got two windows A and B on space 1, I put window B in front/focus, then I go to space 2, then back to 1, woops, now A is in front of B. And this is the newest version of the OS, released this year. Linux got this right 10 years ago.Yes, spaces on OSX is kinda weird. But that's not my problem. I'd take the usability, stability, and application availability of OSX over your slightly better implementation of virtual desktops any day. Oh, and also, I think OSX had something called working 3d acceleration on all their 3d capable hardware. In the words of the late FSJ: Have you heard of it?
And BTW, you left out the part about Virtuawin. For that matter, you left out like more than half of the points I made. You're just gonna pick on those parts that you think you can win, and then show your ubuntu planet-reading fanboys that you're full of victories, and then conclude that you win overall, right? Nice. Class-ay!
Oh and BTWx2, please explain to me the difference between desktops, workspaces, window manager viewports, and X viewports again?
Why does your Windows get slower day after day? “Because you install a shit-ton of crap on it? If the same large selection of software could run on Linux, users would be having all the same problems“. Would they now? Fortunately for Linux, uninstalling software is done in a clean way and doesn’t leave a shit-ton of crap in your registry.Umm, as one of my smarter commenters said, have you every tried 'make uninstall'? Have you ever built anything from source because your distro didn't happen to package the program you wanted or the version you wanted? Try removing that. It's really fun. I swear.
Thanks for actually reading the post I linked. The post says your standard luser argument is crap because the same characteristics that protect Linux from viruses also "protect" it from useful third party software. Linux has thrown the baby out with the bathwater and then proclaimed to the rest of the world that it is really good at throwing out bathwater. If you actually had any clue as to how hard it is to create a usable platform on which others can deploy software AND at the sametime have reasonable security, you'd actually see that modern Windows (XP SP2 and beyond) are pretty good attempts.
Forget about viruses. “I think we went over that already” (with a link to another post). Oh, so the problem of viruses in Windows is completely fixed, solve, basta, finito? That’s news as well.
Uhh, I don't use any antivirus if that's what you're asking? These days it's pretty easy to keep even novice users on windows from fucking themselves over. Tell them to never install anything when internet explorer asks them to, and to never open an attachment that outlook warns them about. That's about it. That's a hell of a lot easier than teaching them to use Linux, and explaining to them why they can't edit videos anymore.
Linux protects your computer. “What does that even mean? It sounds like the same as [the previous one]“. Does that mean the problems with spyware, adware, etc. is fixed as well? Well, great. Oh, but maybe you don’t know about them because you’re protected, right? How much did you pay for this protection? Are all users well protected? Is the average user well protected? I guess not because otherwise, all these crapware problems would have gone away by now, right?
Don’t pay $300 for your operating system. “But spend 10 weekends setting it up“. Well, now I understand why you don’t like Linux that much, that’s because last time you tried to install it was 10 years ago! Got it. By the way, last time I installed Windows, it took me a whole day to go, fetch, and install all the device drivers for my hardware. And reboot after installing each one of them. Last time I installed Ubuntu, I spent 10mn in front of the screen, went away for 20mn, and everything was working and ready to be used when I came back.Wow. I must send the Guinness World Records guys an email because I think that's the longest version of "WORKS FOR ME!" that I've ever seen.
Does your digital life seem fragmented? “No? Does anyone care? Is it so hard to click three buttons to defragment?“. Well if it takes 5 hours and I can’t use my computer during that time, yes. Oh but didn’t you just wonder whether anyone cared? So why are you still doing it?As someone also pointed out, Vista does this in the background. And RELAX! nobody said you had to run defrag the same night that your term paper is due. Just start it before you go to sleep. If you're super geeky, you can even set things up so that it happens for you every weekend while you're out and about.. oh wait. Scratch that. I guess if you never leave your computer, then you don't ever have any time to defrag. Sucks for you!
First I accuse your website of spreading standard luser lies. Then you come back at me spreading more ridiculous arguments. I don't care if your website has an obscure section about cases in which Linux might not be a good idea, because that part is wrong too.
But the best part is, there are commenters on your blog post (and on others I've seen), that all say "don't feed the trolls!" Is that really the best you guys can do? Dude, fucking Miguel de Icaza himself links to this blog. He like fucking invented Gnome or something. Have you heard of him? You think he's a fucking idiot too? When faced with an insurmountable argument (aka the truth), all you have to come back is "don't feed the trolls!". The more I hear it, the more it starts sounding like "RUN AWAY! RETREAT!" to me.