"Alias" <aka@masked&anonymous.li> wrote in message
> John D. Sheridan wrote:
>> It seems like EVERY freakin' piece of software I install these days wants
>> to foist either Yahoo's or Google's crappy stuff on me. IrfanView even
>> wants to create links to e-freakin'-Bay.
>> It also seems to me if they were that great, they wouldn't have to try to
>> trick people into installing them, people would seek them out. I realize
>> it's called "subsidizing", but it's still annoying.
>> I'm finished ranting now.
> That doesn't happen with Ubuntu. Check it out at http://www.ubuntu.com/
> It's free and comes with access to over 24,000 free programs. They will
> even pay the postage to send you the CD.
You really don't want to go there with me, but since you did.....
I am fully aware of Ubuntu and other Linux distros. If I wanted to use one
of them, I wouldn't need the reccommendation of a usenet troll.
I have nothing against Linux, maybe one day it will be "ready for
primetime". I actually think it's a good thing to scare Microsoft every now
and then. The actual Linux proponents, however, should get a real life and
stop trying to foist it on everyone. If they want to use it, great, knock
themselves out. I respect their choice, but I ask that they respect mine,
but they usually don't. They seem to hang out wherever there are Windows
users, seeming much like cult members trying to get new recruits for the
cult, handing out free Kool-Aid. I would never even try to claim any
version of Windows is perfect, but I do believe that it is improving. There
are things about Vista that I actually like better than XP, and XP was an
improvement over 2000. I go all the way back to Windows 3.1/DOS 3.3.
It's the same thing as with Yahoo and Google's stuff...it's free, but if you
can't get people to use it even though it's free, you really need to think
about why that is. Even some of the more lucid members of the Linux
community have acknowledged problems that don't seem to have solutions;
problems that are holding back widescale adoption.
And yes, I've tried several distros of Linux, and with 20-some-odd years PC
experience, IMHO, it still doesn't match up to Windows as a desktop system.
On the server-side, it simply replaces Unix, not Windows. OEM pre-installed
distros that already have the required drivers for the particular system are
a vast improvement, but the available "productivity" software just isn't up
to par with what is available for Windows. It becomes worse when applied to
corporate desktop environments. Having to download a half dozen patches and
add-ins just to get an OpenSource program to begin to approach the
capabilites of a pre-packaged proprietary program just isn't practical on a
large scale. Again, IMHO, you get what you pay for.