These are interesting times. Linux bridges well the current situation and you can't beat the cost.
Now if only Linux were intuitive for the computer illiterate.
I think we all need to suffer in life, and God has called Vista and Bill Gates to make our lives miserable. I suggest we just stop complaining and give them the money, because they are not going to be happy if they can’t make money off of new enhanced programs that need more and more patches. It’s just life. I can’t wait to see what headaches the next edition that comes along that follows Vista. These guys that program this stuff probably live continually with headaches.
the u.s. government should thank bill gates for adding to fuller employment.
it takes legions of college educated and some not educated geeks to
defend corporate castles and homes from hackers and criminals.
How well did Ubuntu recognize the network configuration? That’s the one problem I had. I installed Ubuntu on my laptop as a second operating system (with XP). But under Ubuntu I couldn’t get my second PC recognized no way no how (no problem when running XP).
The article utterly fails to prove its thesis.
XP installation hasn’t changed one significantly since it was issued. Service packs, drivers and updates have always been issues of course but the writer is attempting to make it sound as if XP installation can’t/won’t complete without the “hundreds of megabytes” (an exaggeration) in downloads referenced.
Linux may indeed be easier under the conditions specified but open-source advocates have railed against the FUD of the big software & hardware companies for years - why are they relying on it now in order to make their case?
I’m seriously pondering the switch to Linux. I’m not very tech savvy but it looks like something even I could do.
Bump for later.
This guy may be computer literate, but I think his literary skills stopped there.
This is a bunch of baloney. For most people Vista or XP is an easy install and update. This guy sound like a Lunix Geek.
How can he expect a seven year old OS to ship with drivers for equipment not made until the last year or two?! And as for not shipping driver disks, never ever buy a computer from ANYBODY that doesn’t include the drivers, and a lot more companies than Dell ship those disks.
I've been busy installing a linux cluster for a university. Sorry for the late ping.
HP has a proprietary printer job language called “HP LaserJet” usually, and you have to download the software package that includes the language.
Most (if not all) robust Linux installs come with the open sourced HP Laserjet printer language package included.
relictele, the hundreds of megabytes isn’t an exaggeration, if you are coming off a clean SP2 install as of May 19th 2008 it would take 680ish MBs to update all of the patches. That took me an hour and a half on high speed cable internet. I remember the date because it took me all day to update the dang system.
I still prefer XP for daily use, but I prefer to use the NLite competitor, called RVM_Integrator. That and weekly backups using Acronis TrueImage.
The problem is not so simple. I recently bought a machine for my mom to use Linux on (she wanted it for some reason). My computer science brother could not get Suse on it to run properly. Because Ubuntu only made DVD installation disks, that was not possible because the machine only had a CD drive.
My mother could def get XP on there on her own.