Windows Vista is a Better Choice than Linux

Geek!This is Jimmy65’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

I have been an avid computer user since Windows 98, and in my time I’ve used various Linux distributions, and various Windows versions, so I can tell you from experience that Windows Vista is far better than any other version of Windows or any Linux distro. I have organized 5 of my own key points as to why I think Vista is far superior to any Linux distribution today.

Software Compatibility

To get the ball rolling, we have one of, if not the, biggest problem with any Linux distro, which is software compatibility. If you’ve ever used Linux, you know what I’m talking about. Before you decided to try Linux, you had your set of tools that you liked to use – be that Microsoft Office, Adobe Premier, Nero Burning ROM, or even simple chat clients like Xfire – but then, once you were submerged into the world of Linux, you needed to find replacements for most, if not all, of those tools, and in some cases there was no replacement. There is simply no Linux alternative for Xfire, and it’s not as if you can get everyone of your friends to switch clients for you. The case with most alternatives are that they’re produced by people who are doing this in their free time, and not paid to work on it, so you will find a lot of bugs, instability, slow or lack of updates, and sometimes just all-round sloppy work – but hey, at least it’s free. There are very few open source programs I would ever find myself willing to pay for.

Then we have Vista. Nearly every piece of software that is being developed currently is being fitted to run on Vista, which will soon enough be the most dominant operating system in the world. Wouldn’t you want to use an OS that has everything catered to you? Most software that is developed for Vista is made by hard working developers that are on a payroll, have a responsibility, and a company that looks after their products and the end-user. It’s not only the wide selection or the high functionality of Windows Vista software, although those are very important, but you also have software that is easy to use; just execute, install and run in most cases.You also have abundant tech support usually, and peace of mind knowing that you have a company that’s working to make sure you enjoy your product as much as possible.

Hardware Compatibility

Have you ever plugged a Webcam into a PC running Linux? Did it work off the bat? There will be mixed answers, but the majority of the time it will be no. What about you new 5.1 surround sound speakers, or your gaming keyboard? Probably more of the same. The drivers you’re supplied with don’t tend to include Linux as a supported OS, so you’re left to find drivers yourself – assuming that somebody out there happened to be kind enough to code and post them for free. What a fun way to spend part of your Christmas vacation!

If you have Vista, it’s basically the same with hardware as it is with software – compatible. 98% (guess where I pulled that statistic out of) of hardware that is being produced right now is being made to run exceptionally well on only one operating system. You guessed it – Vista. Now when you get your new hardware goodies on Christmas morning, you can put them to work straight away!

Support

Have you ever had a problem with your Linux distro that you just couldn’t solve yourself? Chances are that this has happened to you more then once, if you’re a inexperienced user. Finding a solution is not always easy, and usually involves you posting a topic on some random forum and waiting / hoping for someone to reply.

The case with Vista is it has built in trouble shooting, and if you can’t find a solution there, you can always do a quick search on Microsoft’s website which will usually lead to a good solution. If you need to though, you can always fall back on your good ol’ over the phone tech support, something that you’re hard pressed to find for Linux. Also, if your computer was purchased with Vista pre-installed, you could check your warranty to see if you qualify for a free tuneup.

Ease of Use

This one point is a real make or break when you’re looking for a operating system. If you’ve been an driving automatic for your whole life, why buy a manual transmission car? Same with your OS, if you’ve been using Microsoft operating systems for your whole life, why would you want to use Linux? Linux is definitely not for the casual user, which the majority of computer users are.

Vista is designed with you in mind – hmmmmm… maybe I should hit up Microsoft, that’s catchy. Anyway, everything is so simple, it’s like point and click. Vista will notify you of any changes that are happening, it will ask you what you want to do, and recommend what should be done. All this giving you the best user experience, for the novice or even the regular user, and best of all, no repositories to hunt through.

Style

Linux users think they have this in the bag, but have you ever heard of “useless eyecandy”? Well, that’s all these desktop effects that they rave about are. Unless you absolutely need to make it snow on your desktop, or flip between work spaces in a virtual cube, then the visual effects offered in Linux’s Compiz fusion, and other like software, is just overkill and pointless. Switching operating systems to use desktop effects doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in itself anyway.

Vista utilizes it’s desktop effects for realistic tasks, like sorting through your open tabs. It’s one to have something that looks good, but to have it also be functional and purposeful is another story, and Windows Vista pulls it off.

116 thoughts on “Windows Vista is a Better Choice than Linux”

  1. I agree. Vista is just so much more usable for the average person like myself.

    To be honest, I dreaded Vista at first. In fact, I replaced my home-built with my first Macintosh computer.

    But I also bought my first Brand new off-the-shelf PC: an HP notebook with Vista. It works just fine.

    To me, Linux is appealing because it’s free.. But it’s still not as user-friendly as Windows.

    Besides, like you said, there is the problem of software. There are not Linux versions of the software I use:
    Poser, dAZ|studio, etc.

  2. I honestly think Linux Ubuntu is a better choice over vista for SOME things. There are a few programs I can’t run in ubuntu but that’s why I have virtualbox running windows xp home a top my ubuntu desktop.

  3. I recently changed from vista to linux and I fail to see the reasoning in a majority of your statements:

    1. I have yet to find an app that wasn’t linux compatible or isn’t a suitable replacement (OpenOffice wouldn’t get 3+ million downloads if it wasn’t usable). Even if there isn’t WINE runs most windows apps fine.

    2. I’ve used a gaming mouse and keyboard since I switched to ubuntu and both register fine. My wireless card on the desktop even picks up fine (the laptop one took two minutes to get working) And yes my webcam works fine right out the box (printer too)

    3. Ever looked at ubuntuforums.org or joined the irc chat? The community is incredibly helpful and supportive. I’d put more stock in what they say than what MS support says.

    4. Let me ask you a question. Where do you go to install software for windows? Right countless websites. Know where I go? Synaptic package manager right on the desktop. I simply search and install. If its not in the repositories I download and run the .deb file (much like an exe). Besides if my parents can use the OS I don’t think its too hard.

    5. Vista’s tab switching is just as much eye candy as compiz. I don’t have it snowing on my desktop, etc. those are added effects by the user, not default. And even taken a look at linux desktops? They are actually how we like it, not like MS wants us to have it.

    I truly fail to see any knowledge in your statements. I don’t know how much time you’ve spent on linux, but the statements seem to indicate very little. Linux isn’t right for everyone, just like windows or OS X, but these statements simply continue to spread the myths about linux

  4. I think the last section on Style is completely wrong , im a hardcore windows user and i still must say that linux as a whole offers much more apealing “eyecandy”

    also , even if some of it may be unnecessary and pointless , linux with all of its bells and wistles will still run smoothly on less ram than even windows xp with no eyecandy. so how can you possibly compair vista to linux . linux can run pretty firmly on 512mb , you cant run vista realisticly with anything less than 1gb , and even then , it will suck wind every step of the way.

    2GB for some mediocre graphical mods , is not worth it when i can use compiz fusion with less then a gig , and be flying !!!!

  5. I think your wrong Linux is faster than vista and most software is free. Oh yea, you dont need a computer with 2Gb of ram to run it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LINUX rules

  6. I agree with you on several points. I hated that when I installed my new sound card just for my speakers Ubuntu didn’t recognize it off the bat, and it was alot of work (at least for me) to install compatible drivers. Then I installed the same card running Vista and I didn’t need to do anything.

    Just driver installation by itself makes Vista better in my opinion.

  7. The choice of operating system depends totally on the function of the machine. For practical desktop use, Vista may be “better” for some people (who don’t have the skill, time, or desire to customize a system) who prefer an out-of-the-box solution, but for my servers and application specific machines, I use Linux.

    I use Debian and Ubuntu for desktop machines as well and find the Linux equivalent programs refreshing in an age where Microsoft and Apple reign with closed-source, proprietary apps. In fact, most of the open-source apps I use, I actually prefer to their Windows or Mac counterparts.

    Also, don’t forget that you can virtualize Windows (including Vista) quite easily on Linux, which opens up the possibilities to run those legacy apps right on the Linux desktop.

  8. I’ve used Slackware for a while now, and I couldn’t agree less with you about Vista. Sure, Linux can be a little hard to setup at first, but once you get it how you want it, you shouldn’t have any problems. Vista, on the other hand, starts getting slow, and will only get back to speed after you uninstall a bunch of bloatware and defrag. I’ll use a metaphor you can understand…

    Would you rather fix-up a car that would run for years, or buy an expensive car that would only go 20 MPH after the first couple months?

  9. I’m gonna party like it’s 1999. Oh hang on, you are. Your arguments are so way back then.

    Compatibility Linux wins hands down. XP is way better than Vista for compatibility (I have Ubuntu, Vista and XP on my various computers) – the whole creative, logitech et al debacle for Vista has put paid to that argument. Plus all the software that wasn’t compatible or needed to be re-written.

    I’ve found no program (games aside of course) that doesn’t have a Linux equivalent that isn’t better (openoffice being maybe the only exception and that is because it doesn’t do all the functions of MS Office. Having said that, I don’t use those functions, so it is all relative for me).

    And I don’t like paying for an OS, that I wait for and when it is release, is half complete, you get a service pack that fixes some issues (this shouldn’t happen on an OS you pay for), and then make you pay for the proper service pack (a.k.a. Windows 7).

  10. I can see where you are coming from with a lot of your points, but I think certain Linux based operating systems are becoming very new user friendly. And there is almost a perfect Linux alternative for anything you could need.

    Anyway, that’s my 2 cents.

  11. Vista is a failtacular piece of . That’s why I wiped my hard drive thoroughly and installed Fedora. I don’t need M$ Office, any Adobe , or Xfire. When I did run Failsta, I used open source software to get the job done. Software that would be on Linux.

    The one piece of hardware that didn’t work out of the box on my machine was the Broadcom wireless card, and in Ubuntu, just one click and you have the driver.

    Ubuntu is especially easy to use. If you’ve used Firefox, you’re gonna know how to use it on Ubuntu. Too many people think Firefox is different on different platforms. Help is on the top panel by default. Software is also WAY easier to find and install. Synaptic lets you browse the catalog to find almost anything.

    So, in conclusion, Failsta is another really lousy product from the brain-dead idiots in Redmond.

  12. What an absolute load of rubbish.

    The argument on Style is completely dependent on taste and how someone sets up their own desktop. Vista or Linux or OSX, it can all be made to look awful and slow things down.

    Support – both MS and some Linux distributions have great support. Depending on what your issue is it can be hard to solve for either side. Ubuntu certainly has a large enough following and helpful forum that can solve almost anything. With LaunchPad and paid support (you also paid for Vista right?) they’re easily on par.

    Hardware – XP has the edge here and Vista is still playing catch up. Linux lags both simply due to a lack of numbers. It’s a catch 22 situation, with more user numbers comes better driver support and vica versa.

    Applications – you can compare Windows, Linux and OSX and have the same argument. Plenty of people move OS and work just as well if not better. For most people its the apps they use that define the OS, not the other way around. Why do you think so many publishers and artists use Apple products (and more are each day) – the key apps like PhotoShop were there first.

    MS make some great products, but they cost a lot of money and don’t always perform better than a huge plethora of alternatives – some of them free like Linux. Use whatever works for you.

  13. On my side, they are working together. Linux for internet surfing, jukebox and blogging. Vista for gaming, video and compatibility for all electronic devices. The Problem are often not the OS, but the viewings of people, and their convincing

  14. To tell you the truth, when I first got my new laptop I did not like the fact that I had to switch to Vista. But now that I have gotten used to it, I can say that Vista is very user friendly and is great for the average user. Sure, if you’re great with Linux, and know every nook and cranny of it you may be able to solve all your problems, but for the average user, Linux is not a great match. With Vista everything is only one google search away, if you even need to search. The only con I have for Vista is that it is a resource hog, but with a few tweaks here and there I got around it.

  15. I don’t believe their is a place at the moment for a Windows/OSX alternative. And not a big enough user base to make Lunix viable for anyone but the dedicated basement dweller.

  16. I’d agree with most of these points bar 4 and 5.

    4: Vista is easy to use in some cases, but really difficult in others. Example, Mr. X gets a new computer w/ Vista, and finds that he doesn’t like the Sidebar. How does he turn it off? Well, because none of the tray icons look related to it, he heads for the Control Panel, where he finds everything is sorted into useless categories, as he has no idea which category the Sidebar would fall under.

    5: You say that Compiz Fusion has a lot of pointless effects, and I agree with you. However, Vista has these too. When opening/closing/minimizing windows, I don’t want to waste time watching the window fading in/out. I also find Flip 3D to be completely useless. If you’ve only got a few apps open, use the Taskbar, if you have lots, Flip 3D will take to long to get to the window you want, so again the Taskbar would be quicker.
    There’s also the overused transparency, which really annoys me as it gets applied to the entire toolbar area of most apps, making it hard to read.

    I could have argued about compatibility, but those things are (slowly) getting ironed out.
    Currently, the way I see it, if Linux and OS X haven’t got enough compatibility for you, go for XP. It has all its drivers sorted and practically every piece of software is compatible. UI sucks, but isn’t as bad as Vista’s.

  17. I agree whole heartedly with this argument, Vista is becoming more and more common in daily life as it takes over its predecessor XP. The majority of programs and hardware drivers are designed to work on vista based machines, not to mention larger abundance of support or and people with expertise in windows.
    Also the switching cube desktop, that’s going to eat up your memory and processing power and as a computer ages it will become slow and useless much quicker.

  18. Om my! I cant believe you would combine two of your comments together like this, i.e. “I have used various Linux distr….” and “Windows Vista is a better choice than Linux”. Where did you get your scratched up version one installation media? I want to go through this article and one by one counter every FUD copyright infringement here. Wait! FUD is not copy written it is open. I just don’t have the time right now but the only things that you are not wrong about are the opinion statements and I have to squint at them.

  19. “Also the switching cube desktop, that’s going to eat up your memory and processing power and as a computer ages it will become slow and useless much quicker.”

    Compiz takes up little to no resources. Mandriva 2008 ran beautifully on an old custom built PC, 1.0ghz PIII with 256mb RAM. Compiz ran amazingly. Try running Vista on that machine….

    oh wait… you can’t.

  20. I’m a Mac user, so I can’t address any of the arguments that relate to usability or features in Vista as opposed to Linux. But there is another plane upon which to compare the two: what does your OS choice support? If you buy Vista, you support bloated monopolistic corporatism, but it you use Linux, you’re supporting intellectual freedom and the innovations of individuals. Looked at from that perspective, it’s a no-brainer.

  21. I completely agree with you, Jimmy65. Vista far superior when it comes to software , but I find that my Ubuntu is WAY better when it comes to hardware. Unless it’s a windows specific piece of hardware Ubuntu has the drivers for it.

  22. Clearly this site is in dire need of my wisdom. The best is the one that does what you want the way you want. For me, it’s Linux because I like being able to tinker with ym system in ways that only an Open Source OS will allow. For my wife, it’s Vista because she likes to play WoW and use her various Interior Design suites, most of which come in Windows flavor. For Jericho, my best friend and arch nemesis, it’s Mac because… well honestly I don’t know why. But each of use gets to use our computers to do what we want, when we want, how we want. So all three of us are “right”

  23. I think you tried Linux back in the 1998 or at least thats how your description sounded.

    1.Software Compatibility:

    Theres always the open source software that is being built by huge corporations, usually better and less bloated than the Windows only software, take for example, Adobe CS2 and Gimp, Adobe is about 200-700 Megabytes and Gimp only 50 Megabytes. Or maybe MS Office 2003 and Open Office, the whole Ms Office is more than 2 CD’s while the Open office fits and runs in a Flashdrive less than 256MB. (This 2 open source apps are both in Windows and Linux)

    But for those who prefer their “Birth Apps” like the 2 mention above (Adobe CS2 and MS 2003) both run flawlessly in WINE. (No emulation)

    Yet I go to my Gamestop or Bestbuy, and Most of the Games or application still say for WinXp, with no Vista support or not even mentioned.

    2.Software Compatibility:

    In my case or my costumers, I never Had A single driver that was not fixed with more than 5 clicks.

    My dad has a WEB-cam that dint work in windows (Even when it was made to do so) and only in Linux it worked.

    3.Support:

    I am guessing you tried Slackware or Fedora, I have right now Ubuntu. With one of the biggest community there has not been a single bug or error. With the support they give me, (100% free) Theirs not a bug that has gone unfixed for me.

    Lets see Vista will cost me….mmm… 56 dollars max? now let me remember how much I payed for Ubuntu….mmm… Nothing. It was even delivered to my doorstep for 0$. (Thats right Ubuntu get delivered for free all around the globe, I even tried this in Africa).

    4.Ease of Use: If my dad who still types with 2 fingers or even my mom who types with one finger (None of them Handicap) can use Ubuntu, I assure you your every day computer user can use Linux. They want firefox? they just type “Firefox” in a little box (Inside the package manager) and hit enter. *Poof* Firefox is Downloaded and installed in their computers.

    5.Style:

    You make Linux your own,If you want effects, you put them up, if not, then you don’t put them up.

    Linux has more then 3 Environments (Gnome,KDE*This one looks like mac stuff :D* and XCFE. more than 2100+ skins (at least for Gnome) and with more than 23 compiz effects.

    That compare to what windows offers , I think Linux is better in Style (The Style you like, not some guy swimming in a diamond studded swimming pool)

    You forgot the main Issue, Security. In windows you need a firewall and anitvirus, In linux there no known viruses and all distros come with firewall (that actually works)

    I Orlsend used windows since Win 95, (I still do in winxp, just not vista) The main reason why i still have windows in my computer is too help my friends. fixing their PC’s when they die. (Usually caused by windows own updates or the weekly new viruses)

  24. I’m going to have to say you’re wrong on most of your points.
    Maybe the Linux of yesterday was like that, but today a lot is different.

    I’ve never had a single hardware problem, granted I don’t have a bunch of the latest hardware. There are plenty of Linux distros that are designed for the user, what kind of people would they be if they made it for anyone other then the end user?

    Maybe this is your opinion, but mine is this, Vista might have some nice stuff, but for almost any user Linux is perfectly fine.

  25. I knew there would be a lot of people against you just by reading the title.
    I know how you feel though, I too feel that Vista is a strong competitor for Linux, but I always get shoved down as well. Anyway, you make some great points and I agree with most of them, especially the software issues! If only there were more companies making there software available to Linux users.
    Oh well.
    -Jerry

  26. I remember my first time using Linux (Ubuntu, it was), I became so frustrated with trying to install the wireless drivers for my laptop.
    I don’t even remember if I got it done at all, and that’s just one example!

    With Vista, though, it worked quite literally out of the box. All it took was a couple of minutes set up and I didn’t have to bother with any compatability issues. In fact, in spite of what people have complained about, I’ve had none.

  27. I would have to agree that Vista is better for the average consumer. Windows has been the main operating system for such a long time making it rather difficult to switch over to anything else.

    However, people who know how to use linux can do some rather interesting things with it. It is highly customizable and it has a lot of programs that only linux can run that neither Vista or even OSX can run.

  28. Is this article for real? Sorry, but you’re obviously far too inexperienced to make an accurate comparison between GNU/Linux or Windows. Where shall I start?

    >> I have been an avid computer user since Windows 98

    I guess I should start here. I personally have been using computers since the days of DOS, hell I’ve been a programmer since the days of DOS, never mind a user. I’m experienced with DOS, Windows 3.1 – XP, RISC, and GNU/Linux. I’ve run Windows and GNU/Linux both as desktops and servers. While I’ve never used Vista, I think it’s safe to say I have a considerably wider spanned background in operating systems.

    >> I think Vista is far superior to any Linux distribution today.

    First of all, Linux is the kernel and is more comparative to kernel32.exe than Windows. The distributions you have used are most like variants of GNU, not Linux. GNU with the Linux kernel is collectively known as GNU/Linux and throughout your article you have incorrectly used the term Linux to reference the GNU/Linux operating system. To me this is a prime example of inexperience. While there’s nothing wrong with being inexperienced, there certainly is something wrong with attempting to compare two systems when you only have adequate experience in the one.

    Secondly, there’s a current total of 455 recorded GNU/Linux distributions. 220 of these are still maintained, and of the 220 maintained, 75 are considered mainstream. Unless you’ve tried at least these 75 mainstream distributions, you simply cannot state that none of them compare to Windows Vista.

    >> Software Compatibility

    Windows is compatible with Windows software. GNU/Linux is compatible with GNU/Linux software, MacOS/OSX is compatible with Mac software. Get the idea? If you’re switching from one system to another you have to accept that the software you are used to is most likely not platform independent. Most Win32 programming languages are proprietary, developers are locked into the API and frameworks and cannot release platform independent binary. Mac and GNU developers have a much easier time and can often port projects to any platform.

    There’s some key differences between Win32 development and open source development. First of all, Windows software is more often than not, commercial. Have you any experience in a commercial development environment? You HAVE to cut corners to meet deadlines, skip coding principles, ignore security holes and the need for decent error trapping algorithms. Commercial softwares, including the Windows operating system itself, are often full of security exploits and programming bugs because commercial developers are writing this software for financial gain, unlike the GNU community who, as a whole, work on projects as a community, for the community, in a well organised and time-independent environment. Holes are patched when found, and releases are made public immediately for free download. Most distributions today even include automated software updates meaning you have to do little more than click a button to update your entire system and all installed softwares.

    Put simply, commercial software cannot compare to open source, FSF, or GNU software. Commercial softwares are only widely used because that’s what you find in the shops. GNU/Linux softwares are freely available for download, there’s no need for them to be in any shop and nobody is paying to advertise, so the average Windows user never gets to hear of them.

    Whats more, if you absolutely have to use some spy-ware powered profit driven commercial crap that’s full of security exploits and poorly coded, resource intensive algorithms, GNU/Linux offers many emulation layers so you can run the majority from withing a GNU/Linux environment. DOSBox and Wine spring to mind.

    >> Hardware Compatibility

    Why buy a product from a developer that doesn’t support your choice of operating system? Would you go to the store and buy some commercial software if the requirements stated you needed some version of Windows that you didn’t already have? Would you download some software for Mac or GNU/Linux if you use Windows? No, so why go out and buy a hardware that has the same requirements? That’s plain stupid.

    Most developers today either openly support GNU developments and provide native driver support, which in some cases out perform their own Windows drivers (NVidia for example, provide a much more stable, higher performance unified driver to GNU/Linux than to Windows), or they only support a specific operating system, in which case Kernel developers of other operating systems are left to backward engineer driver support and release a mainstream patch into the kernel tree. GNU/Linux gets these patches fairly regularly and today support for proprietary Windows hardware is actually pretty good. Personally, I only purchase my hardware from vendors that support my choice in software and quite frankly, if we all followed this principle then proprietary vendors would be forced to either change their own principles, or fold. The world would be a much better place without such profit driven businesses.

    >> Support

    Support with GNU/Linux software is provided by the community. Yes, the same community that just so happened to develop that software, and once again, yes, the same community that uses the software. GNU is not just an operating system, it’s a community and as either a user or a developer, you’re a part of it. Need help with something? Check out the vast majority of discussion groups – Forums, chat rooms, IRC channels, news feeds, mailing lists, whatever you prefer to use. Not only are these mediums full of GNU/Linux users, but also the very developers that gave you what you need a hand in. Once again, GNU is a community, not just an operating system.

    Commercial software on the other hand, provide commercial support and is often limited. How many commercial projects offer immediate bug fixes? How many even offer a Bugzilla-like bug tracking system? Hell, how many of them even offer FREE support? More often than not, you have to call up some highly paid idiot of a foreign language that sits in front of a telephone and a few sheets of commonly asked questions and trouble shooting flow charts, and who probably doesn’t even use the software themselves, yet alone have anything to do with it’s development.

    >> Ease of Use

    Once again, you’re clearly inexperienced. There’s GNU/Linux distributions for every level of computer literacy. Some do everything for you, others expect you to do everything yourself, and most sit somewhere in between. There’s also tools to help you choose a distribution that’s right for you, for example http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/

    As for your driving metaphor. A manual car offers greater control and a higher performance over an automatic. It’s the same with operating systems. If you want a system that does everything for you and provides simple to use tools that combine generic configurations with your own key settings, then a distribution such as Ubuntu is most suited. It installs in 15 minutes, dumping you in a graphical, feature filled environment already hosting the software you most likely need as a desktop user. If however you want something you can build from scratch, specifically for your hardware and user needs, that is going to provide you with the ultimate in performance and use of resources, then a distribution such as Gentoo would be more suitable.

    >> Style

    GNU/Linux offers an environment for everyone. Unlike Windows, a static graphical over-layer on top of a heavily modified DOS, GNU/Linux gives you the choice between, for example, desktop environments such as KDE, GNOME, or XFCE. What’s more, X itself, the graphical framework that powers these desktops, is a modulous framework allowing you complete control over what eye candy your system has and what special effects are implemented. Each desktop has it’s own configuration too, of course. Hell, if you really want to, you don’t even need a desktop at all. Most graphical applications are simply front ends to CLI tool sets.

    For the record, much of the features implemented in Vista’s desktop were taken from the KDE and GNOME projects, and the special effects Microsoft are so proud of have been available to Compiz/Composite users for years. Fusion is simply a more recent merge.

    Next time you want to compare two products, please compare only the products you have adequate experience with. This article is flawed on too many levels to be taken seriously. Sorry.

  29. Vista is the worst thing to happen to humanity since the puck mouse. Seriously, I don’t know how you could be defending something so

    stupid, and putting it up against something so perfect. -1/5 sorry buddy.

  30. Windows is for people who want to use their computer without actually knowing how to use their computer… And there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you want freedom and true control of your system, Linux is the way to go

  31. I would add my comments in defense of the advantages of Linux over Vista here, but I think everything that I would say has already been said very well by others, so it would be pretty much pointless.

    What I would like to say though, is that it is good to have choice. Face it, if a certain company in Redmond had it their way, you wouldn’t have any choice.

    In addition to its myriad technical and aesthetic merits, Linux brings to the table options and alternatives. Without viable competition, there would be no incentive for Microsoft to step up its game to try and stay ahead.

    Before Linux became a major player, look at the offerings from Microsoft for the past 12 years – 95, 98, 98SE, 2K, Me. Notice the trend? There were only marginal improvements with each release. The UI for the most part was the same for all of these, and little value was added with each increment.

    Now, add the competition that Linux presents, and suddenly you have massive changes in the new releases of Windows. XP, totally revised UI, new apps, new features, major improvements. Now Vista, again new UI, new features and major changes.

    In my opinion, even if you think Linux is not up to par, you still have to give it credit for making M$ start putting some real effort into its recent offerings and not just churning out the same old junk with a new name and some minor upgrades like before.

    That said, I still am of the opinion that a good desktop distro of Linux like Mepis, PCLinuxOS, Mandriva, Ubuntu, or Fedora is far superior in several ways to any version of Windows currently offered. Sure there are some drawbacks, but they are far outweighed by the benefits IMO. The thing is, you really have to get to know the platform in order to truly appreciate them.

    If you are looking at Linux as if it were supposed to be some sort of Windows clone, then you are going to be disappointed because it’s not now, never was, and never will be. And this is a good thing, because we need another Windows wannabe like we need another Bush in office!

  32. The problem is: there are people that can’t stand someone thinking different.Some people can’t stand people who likes the other football team, the other political party or the other OS, in this case.

    That’s part of how we are, we need to be able to tolerate and understand that other people thinks different, sometimes because they

    have different levels of knowledge, sometimes because they just have different needs.

    We need to be able to say (and truly believe): “I’m a Slackware user & fan, I don’t like Ubuntu or Windows for different reasons, but

    feel free to use them if they do what you need them to do.”

  33. I have tried dual-booting Linux and found no reasons other then cosmetics that suggest it is better than Windows in any way. I switched back to Windows permanently because of the convenience factor that all my software is compatible with my fellow employees and I am able to keep in contact with old friends using programs like Xfire.

  34. At times I agreed, but you didn’t seem to mention the fact that Linux is less susceptible to viruses etc. than a Windows based operating system.

    For me that is a major point.

  35. BCK, you have a valid response to everything. Good job, I just wanted to say that I 100% agree with you.
    Furthermore, I think Vista was released way too early, and why would you trust a company that just doesn’t do the job right.

  36. I agree with this persons post. I have vista and love it. It has just enough eye candy in it. I really see no point in linuxs stupid snowing on the desktop and other useless things. Do not get me wrong I like linux and I have always wanted to dual boot with it, so I could use both. But visually I think vista is more appealing. That is all thanks.

  37. Vista is the perfect OS for beginner / average computer users, but Linux on the other hand takes a lot longer to get used to.
    I’m going to agree that you do make some nice points.
    4/5

  38. I don’t know much about Linux but I DO know this. Vista is horrible! I can barely get my video games to work. I mean I am a big gamer so thats a big deal. I can’t figure out how to update my blasted software. And its all glitchy! Oh and of course I need to give my permission to so much as move a file from one folder to the other so either Linux is REALLY bad or you sir do not know what you are talking about.

  39. Chris, it is obvious that your bias is towards Vista and that is fine, you can use any operating system that you want. However you did mis a few points and when writing an aritlce you should avoid broad all inclusive statements like

    “The case with most alternatives are that they’re produced by people who are doing this in their free time, and not paid to work on it, so you will find a lot of bugs, instability, slow or lack of updates, and sometimes just all-round sloppy work”

    Are you implying that since Windows programmers are paid that they do not have bugs in their software? Have you hear of Windows SP 1, SP2 Sp3 or SP4, not to mention automatic updates that are applied when your computer connects to the internet. Are the Red Hat, Suse, Ubuntu etc… programmers working for free?

    As far as software compatibility you are correct, there are many Windows programs that do not work in Linux if you look hard enough there is almost always a Linux replacement program or an older version of the Windows program that will work in WINE. Have you tried to run xfire in WINE?

    I think you missed the larger picture as far as program compatibility, when I upgraded my computers from XP to Vista I lost the ability to use hundreds of dollars of perfectly good software that worked in XP but would not work in Vista (Acronis, McAfee, and other programs).

    As far as hardware compatibility I would bet my bottom dollar that Linux is compatible with more old hardware than Vista. I admit there is a problem with new hardware in Linux, since the drivers are usually written by the Linux community (but it is becoming more common for hardware vendors to write their own drivers) it takes a while before drivers are available for new hardware.

    There are not a lot of hard facts in your section about ease of use, for example your statement ” everything is so simple, it’s like point and click”. I am pretty sure that a person can point and click in Linux also! I will admit that the average Windows user will have some problems with a Gnome desktop but KDE is pretty much the same as Windows, as a matter of fact KDE is more like XP than Vista is. I am willing to bet my bottom dollar again that if you let an average Windows user loose in KDE he will be able to browse the internet, create word docs and other simple tasks.

    As far as style I admit that I like the translucent boarder and title bar in Vista but I really liike my wobbly windows in Linux. The problem that I have with Vista is it is a hog, Linux can run on half the memory that Vista needs, that means that Linux will operate faster than Vista would on the same hardware.

    You have to go with the OS that works for you. I have a desktop computer at home that came with Vista but it was forever locking up and crashing so I loaded XP on it and it has been running fine since, I would have loaded Linux but I share that computer with my wife.

    I have a HP laptop with Vista and it has not given me to many problems, I have gotten the occasional blue screen and just about everytime that I boot the system it tells me that some program did not initiate properly and is shutting down but it works. The most aggrivating things about Vista is UAC so I disabled it through control panel. You know you have a problem when you competition (Apple) makes fun of UAC in a commercial.

    I dual boot on my laptop, Mint and Vista. I play games in Vista and I use it PowerPoint for presentations (it is work I have to use Windows) but I use Mint for just abouteverything else. I like Mint because it boots up and shuts down in about one quarter the time that Vista does and it is very stable.

  40. I completely disagree with almost everything that you’ve said. I’ll first rebuttal, then I’ll add a few extra disputes.

    Software compatibility:
    Almost every single software that is out for Windows is out for Vista, and it’s usually open-source. Open-source software isn’t developed by some perl newb that spends 3 hours a week adding fun extras to a program. It’s almost always developed by a community of people with extensive testing and re-testing with alpha, beta, and RC releases before if hits any main stream download media. And for those die hard fans of certain Windows programs, there is always Wine.

    Hardware Compatibility:
    Most every copy of linux I’ve ever used has had the basic drivers needed for most hardware I’ve used. Otherwise, I am able to easily find it. Ever tried formatting an HP computer with a retail version of Visa? Good luck with drivers! Odds are your network, wireless, video, and base system drivers will be missing! Linux drivers are also often more usable, allowing features that Windows can not. E.g.: allowing wireless cards to enter monitoring mode.

    Support:
    You think Microsofts website is helpful? How about several forums targeted to every distribution of linux with hundreds, sometimes thousands of helpful members? Not good enough? Many IT techs are learning linux because of it’s usefulness as a server (more on that later).

    Ease of use:
    Simplicity is completely dependent upon the flavor of linux, as it is with Windows. There are extremely easy to use distros of linux, such as Ubuntu (and it’s sisters), PCLinuxOS, Vixta, and many more. Other distributions can be more complicated (or basic, actually) and are usually used for servers. They’re stable and require almost no maintenance, updates, or hardware upgrades. When you’re sixteen, you’ve ridden a bike your whole life…why switch to a car? Because you want something better, faster, and more stable.

    Style:
    [email protected] candy. Have you not seen Vista? It’s all about eye candy. One of the many purposes of linux is to allow for much better multi tasking, thus the cube and other virtual desktop set ups. Windows Vistas eye candy is nothing more than a resource hog. Compare the requirements of Vista with the linux equivalent of Vixta and see which one will run faster with the same hardware.

    Viruses:
    Ever seen a virus on linux? I doubt it. Most of us that read this thread will have trouble counting the number of times we’ve seen or heard someone talking about a virus on their computer.

    Stability:
    I’ve used several distros of linux. You know how many times I’ve seen the BSoD on them? None. Again, let’s not count the number of time I’ve seen them on Vista.

    Updates:
    Ever been through the Automatic Update process with Windows? 99% of them require you to reboot the computer before continuing with your activities, and it will hound you until you do reboot. The only updates that you are required to reboot for on linux is changes to the kernel. and even then, you can continue working and the final changes will be made on the next reboot.

    Servers:
    I love using linux for servers. They require no updates, once the hardware is there, it requires very little upgrades, boot up time is MUCH faster than any Windows server, and processing is much lighter on linux, requiring lower system resources for most server uses.

    Security:
    User Account Control. Need I say more? Don’t worry, I will. This is the biggest crock that Microsoft has ever released. Either turn it on and it will stop and ask you every time you want to delete a file, install a program, run certain programs, etc etc etc. Turn if off, nothing. You don’t ever see it. With linux, you can allow very specific rights to very specific parts of the computer on a per user basis, allowing you to customize how much a person can do before requiring them to authorize an action.

    Most of your complaints are based on the fact that there is a lack of support/software for linux because there is so little money for the market. The fact that large companies do not support an operating system does not make it less of an operating system at all.

  41. Linux has a long way to go unill it’s ready for the general public, Vista on the other hand like you said is easy enough for even the most inexperieced users. Also if you’re into playing the latest games you will want Vista and not Linux.

  42. In my opinion your opinion is horribly warped, and you need to try Linux more before you bash it. There have been numerous people in this comment section that have said everything that is on my mind, I just want to give a +1 to BCK, Orlsend, Ric and Tim.
    Good try though, this might convince someone who is as obviously inexperienced as yourself.

  43. I think Vista is a horrible operating system, but I have never tried a Linux operating system, so I can’t say I agree with you there. But, I would be willing to bet that I like Windows XP far more then any other Linux operating system.

  44. I have to say that when vista came out i was one of the beta testers and trouble was almost in every part of it (Like any new software) After SP1 Windows Vista is the best OS after Solaris. Yes it consumes a little bit more of memory but you know what they said the same of windows 98 when it came out and people were complaining about needing 32 MB of Ram was so much of an upgrade. Tecnology moves in hand with software new software need more memory and resources deal with it. I love Vista and Recomend it to anyone. Oh and another thing Windows new OS Windows 7 will be a touch screen based OS with new interface and gadtgets. Windows Vista is touch screen enabled too but the interface will change in Windows 7

  45. In my opinion your opinion is horribly warped, and you need to try Vista more before you bash it. There have been numerous people in this comment section that have said everything that is on my mind, I just want to give a -1 to BCK, Orlsend, Ric and Tim.
    Good try though, this might convince someone who is as obviously inexperienced as yourself.

  46. Vista looks really nice IMO, especially the desktop icons and windows explorer. I haven’t much experience with linux, but I don’t see the point. If my friends came over none of them would be able to use my computer if it were linux and I don’t want to learn a whole new OS when I allready know one…

  47. You can’t compare Linux to Vista, they’re on two different platforms.
    One is free, one is proprietary.
    It’s like comparing wine to water, obviously there is going to be some difference, but water is absolutely ok.

  48. Dear god, what a decrepit and disheartening time of misinformation and stupidity it is when I see the words “Window’s Vista is a Better Choice than Linux”

    Your claims of a lack of software compatibility are one of the many common and misinforming statements that are constantly blathering out of common window’s users mouth. I use the term misinforming as although Linux may lack certain commercial software support, it fully makes up for it with a large list of freeware programs that are readily available to download and are more then adequate. Not to mention its FREE.

    Hardware issues? Never had any myself, nor anything that I’ve heard of that would be so bad as to detract from all the benefits Linux offers.

    It also offers great OPTIONAL eyecandy, that ranges from both practical, to just pure fun and gorgeous looking. Honestly the only real downsides to a Linux OS is it’s lack of gaming compatibility, and it’s less user friendly albeit more freedom friendly style, which has been drastically changing paving way to more and more user friendly Linux distros, that are simple, fun and free.

  49. I’ve always thought there was a bathtub plot that would accurately identify who Linux is good for. In general, novice / basic users would do fine with Linux, and the technical / advanced / developer computer users absolutely need Linux (or at least a POSIX operating system). It’s the ‘power users’, the kind who can change their desktop background, play videogames, install a custom wordpress theme, and so on that aren’t well suited for Linux. Congratulations! Linux isn’t for you. Nobody cares! I do hope that someday, Linux might fit your needs — but it looks like today isn’t that day. So sad.

  50. I’ve been a Linux user since I was 14, and I can tell you that Linux has come a long way since what you have described here!
    Get out of the past please! Anyway, I just wanted to say I 101% disagree with almost everything you presented me here.
    Good day.

  51. I like my OS without DRM, thank you.
    Plus Vista’s driver support is just starting to get good from what I’ve seen. I’ve found less needless errors on Linux then I’ve ever seen on Vista, because it’s like a refurbished item – people actually inspect it before they ship it off to you.
    Also, I have this trust issue with Microsoft about privacy, but me and Linux are good buddys just because of that.

  52. I dislike Vista, personally because it does not support all of the peripherals that it should. People who have XP aren’t guaranteed their devices will work with Vista. It is also a memory hog, if you have anything less than 2GB of RAM, it runs sluggish with the Aero graphics.
    Linux bothers me, but not as much as Vista, atleast I don’t have to worry about viruses, and I’ll have 200+ dollars in my pocket 🙂

  53. Well, here’s my 5 reasons I dislike Vista
    1. Apple successfully demonized Vista
    2. Windows XP is too entrenched
    3. Vista is too slow
    4. There wasn’t supposed to be a Vista
    5. It broke too much stuff

  54. I can’t believe I read all of that….
    Linux is that way of the future man! Microsoft can’t keep up if it keeps going the way it’s heading.
    Vista was one of the biggest fails I’ve ever seen in a operating system. Don’t hate on Linux because it’s not perfect yet, check back next summer.

  55. Linux is perfect in the sense that it’s light on resources, free, getting software (package managers) and security.
    You do have a load of valid points though, but not enough to make me want Vista, and to stop using Linux.

  56. When it comes down to it, it depends entirely on who you are and what your computer is going to be used for. If for example, I was going to use my computer for gaming and didn’t want to do much work I would use Vista. If, on the other hand, I wanted the experience of ultimate freedom, customization, and security I would most defiantly use linux. It also depends on what is in my price range. Some people don’t feel the need to pay $200+ for a OS, when the could get one that works much better for free.

  57. I just wish Vista would realize I really wanted to do what I asked it to do. The nagging is enough to drive me insane (or maybe it already has) . My experience with Linux does not go much farther then trying a few live CDs, and I have to agree with a lot of the stuff you’ve been saying. Good post in my opinion.

  58. I absolutely disagree.

    Here’s my personal opinion on the matter:

    Vista was clearly designed to be a copy of Mac OS X, a resemblance. This was because of having such a long and lasting outdated OS as Win XP wandering around for so many years while Mac users were already using a truly easy to use, stylish, flexible and secure.

    Now, Linux comes from the free software world and is a truly excellent option to any Windows or Mac OS X. Nowadays, it’s much more compatible than before ad it truly fits (and exceeds) into the average person needs.

    I’m sorry but I have to say that people feel much more comfortable using Windows XP rather than Vista, as many PC customers do (they want their Vista pre-installed PCs and notebooks downgraded to XP). But the problem is, having such an outdated OS like XP running on today’s machines is a very high risk. Customers should thank Microsoft for this confusion.

    If you want easiness, power and style, go get a Mac.
    If you want inexpensiveness, freedom and security, go get Linux.

    Both of them are stylish, flexible and comfortable. Both of them have tons of productivity programs.

    Linux’s eye-candy can be disabled by options depending of the distribution.

    I’m sorry, but for many many people around the world, Vista is definitely a no-no.

  59. Vista is WAY better than any Linux Distro. People only use Linux to seem smart but it’s overall pointless. Sure it’s free but theres also ways to get Vista free if you really want. And the Linux version of Vista (Vixta) is stupid. Just get Vista.

  60. What are you saying? Can you read what you’re typing? This is a mess of lies, straight out lies! I’m not going to get into detail, maybe I’ll post a follow up comment, but you’re off on so much. Being a PC user since windows 98 doesn’t make you more knowledgeable on Vista, it came out 2 years ago. I’ve used Vista on all 4 of my computers, and I want to say I’ve run into hardware problems, and software problems, more so then I’ve ever run into with ANY version of Linux.

  61. When you talk about software compatibility, you’re talking about windows applications running on Linux. You don’t get Linux to use windows apps! You’re talking crazy. Linux and Vista are both reputable OSs and there’s nothing wrong with either in my opinion.

  62. There is currently a lot of controversy about Vista’s policies, and I know that any letter on the subject will almost certainly cause someone to turn Neanderthals loose against us good citizens. Still, I must blow my whistle on Vista’s tactics of deception and distortion. For practical reasons, I have to confine my discussion to areas that have received insufficient public attention or in which I have something new to say. Assume for a moment that the encroachment of craven doctrines into the social fabric of our politics, our institutions, and our laws would give credence to my claim that in my speaking engagements, I have found in audience questions an alarming increase in concern about mischievous quidnuncs. It therefore follows that there are some basic biological realities of the world in which we live. These realities are doubtless regrettable, but they are unalterable. If Vista finds them intolerable and unthinkable, the only thing that I can suggest is that he try to flag down a flying saucer and take passage for some other solar system, possibly one in which the residents are oblivious to the fact that only the impartial and unimpassioned mind will even consider that if we look beyond Vista’s delusions of grandeur, we see that he’s a social liability. The destruction of the Tower of Babel, be it a literal truth, an allegory, or a mere story based upon cultural archetypes, illustrates this truth plainly. Finally, if this post generates a response from someone of opposing viewpoints, I would hope that the author(s) concentrate on offering objections to my ideas while refraining from attacks on my person or my intelligence. I’ve gotten enough of that already from Vista.

  63. Sounds like an article from someone who’s only read about Linux and not actually used it for a decent amount of time.
    Nobody said you have to use every compiz feature a vailable, by the way.
    Different strokes for different folks i guess.

  64. You said that the desktop effects of compiz are pointless, but that is hardly true. For example, Compiz comes with an extension, called Scale, that does the same thing as Exposé on Mac OSX. (If you don’t know what Exposé is, it helps you find a window by showing you them all at once)

  65. Vista is a fine OS, it’s good for home use, and bussiness applications.
    Linux makes a fine OS aswell, infact I think it is better suited for home use, however, I can’t say it’s good for bussiness, when it simply isn’t. So you are somewhat right about the application compatibility.

  66. Hey Guys,
    I’ve been using Vista on my new Build for now a while and I cant say anything wrong about it yet . Have been running a huge rig so i can say it runs great on it but what i wonder is if you have a mid-range rig would it run as good ?

    So i guess that YES Vista is a very very good OS but like Linux is not for everybody and every computer.

    If you like it … GOOD for you !!
    If you don’t….. Try it before commenting on this because its worth the try 😉

    this was all my OPINION so if you dont like it just tell me why .

    Thanks and have a nice day,

    Gab

  67. Linux isn’t hard to use, it’s only different. If you were raised using Linux, then switched to Windows, it would be just as hard as switching to Linux from Windows. I’ve been using Windows and Linux for years, and I just recently tried Mac OSX for the first time,
    and I still have no clue how to use it.

  68. Well, that’s one way to look at it.
    I respect your opinion, but saying that it’s better then every Linux distro, unless you’ve tried everyone you can’t be sure if it’s true or not.
    I’m curious to know what you’ve tried, and I want to recommend you give Ubuntu linux a try, it’s by far one of the easiest to use and learn.

  69. Software Compatibility
    You’re half right, it has it’s incompatability with Windows software, but it runs Linux
    software better then Windows runs Windows software.

    Hardware Compatibility
    Drive support I guess could be better in Linux, but Vista isn’t known for it’s good support.

    Support
    Every major Distro has a huge community to help you.

    Ease of Use
    Some distros are easier to use then others.

    Style
    Vista has it’s share of useless eyecandy as well.

  70. I honnestly think vista has a few issues, but it’s pretty obvious linux isn’t the top contender. Vista has a good rep and is easy to get used to, i’ve had vista for over a year and only one virus ( i removed safely ) was found so i do think vista is ALOT better.

  71. The main reason that people are using Windows is because it’s simple to use. There is very little work involved in setting things up and it’s difficult to screw up many of the processes. With linux you have to learn in order to do many things. The only reason people see this as a negative is because they have lived the lazy windows life for too long. Actually learning about how your OS and computer works is a really good idea for productivity.

  72. I’ve dual booted the two because I didn’t want to install Linux (Debian) over my current instalation of Vista, and I am glad I didn’t. Maybe it’s just me being a beginer and everything, but it was near impossible for me to get anything done, I did manage to use the default web browser, but that was it. I couldn’t manage to get my AIM to work with Pidgen, or my email to work with Evolution email client. Maybe if I had instruction, but I just have too many questions to ask on a forum.
    So my point is, you are right. Vista is for dummys like me and maybe a lot of other computer users.

  73. “Finding a solution is not always easy”
    WHAT? I’ve never came across a problem that I couldn’t solve with one or two Google searches, you’re out of your mind!

    “Vista is designed with you in mind”
    That should be the slogan for every OS, who doesn’t make their OS for “you” (being the user)

  74. I’ll give you 50 bucks if you have actually use any GNU/Linux distro for more then 1 month, because you sound like someone who’s sore about maybe not learning everything the first day. Think how long it took you to learn everything you now know on Windows 98, you have to give it time, you have to walk before you can run.

  75. I think vista is far more suitable as it is much easier to use than Linux is, theres more software available for vista than there is for Linux and the majority of pcs are running some kind of microsoft operating system so it is best to familiarize people with Vista.

  76. With the help of WINE, you can run most Windows software on Linux. I even got Counter-Strike: Source and Day of Defeat: Source to work! Even if you can’t get a program to work on Linux, there is probably a working alternative.

  77. I totally agree,
    I tried Ubuntu for about a month, and I don’t think it can even compare to Vista. I couldn’t figure out Open Office, it kept freezing because I couldn’t install my video cards drivers, and I never got my wireless internet to work.
    So in my opionion
    Windows > Mac > Linux
    But I guess everyone has their own opinion. I like the fact that windows support is unbeatable, I called them up last week and they called me back to make sure everything was fine.

  78. Im my opinion I still think that Windows XP beats both!I mean i use vista now,but i would love to have my xp back!i never had any of the issues on xp that i have on vista.I understand that vista is newer and still needs some updates to work out the kinks and stuff and i respect that but i think microsoft should have this stuff down by now on getting these things to work.If i had to chose between the 2 though i would say vista though just because ive been using it since it came out and have become accustommed to it.

  79. I run linux on my server, and none of your points really work when it comes to a server.
    Vista is just a pretty OS with a lot of problems, i think MS is becoming corrupt or something, because windows XP was so good, but Vista just isn’t the same, and I think you fail to see that.

  80. Vista, ease of use? More like… anoyence of use. Do you want to do this? Are you sure you want to do this? Are you possitive you want to do this?
    YES! I dragged the folder into the trash bin for a reason! Sometimes I want to slap Vista, it treats me like a idiot, it’s not “easy”. It’s just… for people that have never touched a computer before.

  81. When most new laptops began being sold with Vista I got really mad, I just don’t think that should be the only option people are given, they should be offered free alternatives like Linux. The more that peoplea are exposed to it, the more it will grow and not seem so hard/different.

  82. I used XP forever, and loved it, but when I upgraded to Vista I had nothing but problems. I lost my XP disk, so I decided it was a good time to try Linux, and I’ve never looked back! Almost nothing you said here is actually true.

  83. Okay, I just wanted to say that in “STYLE” Linux is only bad if you use every single setting in Compiz Fusion, there are effects just like in Vista, only better. I think if you used all the styles some would clash with others, but anyway, you can just take off number 5, because it’s not really a good point at all.

  84. Vista is a good os for gaming and home use, but linux is good for home use, and servers and stuff.
    They can both have good applications, I think you’re just shedding a bad light on Linux, it has many practical uses. I use Vista on my Desktop pc, but on my old laptop I use Linux because it was designed for windows 98, and can’t run xp or Vista.

  85. Why does everybody seem to ignore all the other OSes like BSD or openSolaris? It’s allways Mac vs. Windows. vs. Linux! FreeBSD is my choice of OS.
    You need to be more open minded, but I will tell you that I think most of what you’re saying here is garbage.

  86. There are some things that we still don’t have on Linux, but I think that’s going to change. We can now watch Netflix on Linux, and perhaps soon we will be able to play some Steam games too. Hopefully in the future, software will be made for at least Windows, Mac, and Linux.

    Great article, I love it!

  87. Jimmy, you silly goose, I always told you Vista is fail lol.
    It’s funny seeing you post this though, it’s like you’re fighting to keep your head above water haha, I did enjoy reading it though, and there’s a lot of other great posts out here. Keep it up.

  88. Some of your points are solid, others aren’t. At first I thought this was Chris’ blog post, and I was like “WHAT?” haha. Anyway, I just wanted to say I think we can agree to disagree on some of this, because you must realise that MicroSoft doesn’t give any more support for it’s OS then is given to Debian, or SUSE, or Redhat, or any of the other great distros out there.

  89. Vista is better because of ease of use and overall compatibility with what the majority of people use it for.

    The first time I explained that you had to update a kernel, I realized that I had totally lost the average person. Most people need a gui, most non-computer types need something simple. For many people, even a Mac is too complicated.

  90. This post almost offends me, to a degree. It’s like you’re putting down one sibling and exalting another, it almost brings a tear to my eye.
    But seriously, kid, you need to learn bashing a “OS” is not smart, especially if you’re doing it to be like the the cool kids. I’ve been raised using Linux, and when I tried Vista for the first time I can’t tell you how confused I was too, but I did not just
    stub it because it was different, and I still don’t fully understand it, but I’ve never said anything bad about it because I don’t have a full understanding. And I don’t think you should either.

  91. I’m a Linux fanboy, but I think some of your points are valid. For example, hardware vendors really don’t try very hard to produce good Linux drivers. You may have some other points in there as well…

  92. My hubby runs Linux, I think it’s Ubonto or something like that, but he’s always cursing at his laptop, says he can’t connect to the internet, then the next day he can’t play some videos, then after that he can’t watch videos on Youtube.
    I don’t know if it’s just him, he’s a bright guy though. I do share you opinion on Vista though, I think it’s a wonderful system.

  93. Vista was the first OS I ever had on my own computer!
    I think it’s great, plus nothing works on Linux anyway.
    I’m with you man! 😀
    I think the themes you can add to it are great, it definantly has style.
    Anyway, goodluck Jimmy, I see Pat already commented.

  94. i think your right on most things, but it basicly comes down to want you want the system to do. most systems have the own advantages.

  95. Well asshole one point vista sucks, so does Micrososft… always indulged in virus and other bullshit items…. you know linux has no virus for it…. i have been using linux for years that too redhat version not fedora and its awesome… you have all thats required from running a movie to a game… and guess what linux uses full feature of hardware available, it doesnt use too many resources like windows shit does… Linux gives more cpu to current running prog… and we can config it as we want/…. windows is a shit head os recommended for fools and dick heads…. try linux it will change ur life for ever….

    by your blog i think you dont know how to configure linux so your getting hw/sw compatibility issue… and more over you dont have to pay for linux appz they are free and they beat windows appz in bench mark….

    Two points people

    1. Windows Gets Hacked/attacked not linux

    2. Windows Crashes not linux

    Ever heard a blue screen on linux i bet never…..

    Finally Windows Sucks in all aspects and those who loves it can shove it up their ass….

  96. well i really can’t believe this article but i think everyone has an opinion but first come first yeah a lot of developers that work on linux programs do it for free and yes they have a lot of bugs but it’s worst to pay for bugs, besides linux it’s getting more support and compatibility these days, oh and yeah i was using windows since version 95 well actually i used a jurasic pc with windows 3.1 so you can’t tell that i’m just a linux user and now it’s really easy to setup a linux distro so for those who don’t give things for granted you should use linux =)

  97. I recently decided to try Linux again to see how far it came since the last time I used it (approx 8 years ago). I was very impressed.

    I downloaded the lastest live CD for the Ubuntu distro, and decided to give it a whirl. Before installing it, I decided to “try before I buy” and ran it off the CD. It was great. It recognized my Internet connection with no problems and I visited a few websites with Firefox.

    After playing with it for a bit, I decided to install it. I used Vista’s disk manager to shrink the size of my C: drive and installed Ubuntu using the “largest amount of free disk space available.” The result, of course, is a dual boot system with both Windows and Linux.

    Ubuntu recognized that I have a nVidia graphics card, and with a few clicks of the mouse had the correct dirver downloaded and installed.

    Also, without any effort on my end, it recognized my HP printer, which was nice. The repositories contain several great programs, and adding new repositories is easy.

    I only ever used Word for personal/school work, and found Open Office to be a sutable replacement for my needs.

    The only thing that keeps Windows on my hard drive is the fact that I play Final Fantasy XI. I actually was able to get it working sucessfully under WINE, but the animation runs smoother under Windows Vista. Of course, with a new version of Wine being released every other week or so, it’s probably only a matter of time until it looks just as good under Linux.

  98. One problem I have with vista is it is not the most dominant OS out there. Everything implements the UNIX standard but not windows. I wanted to get my parents a gift for Christmas. Carbonite. sorry not trying to spam. It’s basically a continuous backup thingamajig. And while researching it I was just realizing how many ways I could get this done on any UNIX implementing OS for free. I’ve been running one of the solutions on this computer for about a year. So if you want the basic tools to really setup your computer the way you really want it, use a UNIX system. The best thing is that these fetchers run in background so you can setup your computer to run part of it’s file system from off site and the end user of the computer wont have to change anything. Yeah, then you have mount, cron, host, wget, man, chmod, sudo. All of which are very esential and windows doesn’t have it and every other OS linux, mac, SRV, bsd. They all have those basic tools.

  99. While there is a pretty big learning curve switching to linux(mine is ubuntu 8.04) and youre right I cant use a lot of windows things(my kids funkey collection most notably) i’ve had a much better experience in linux than on windows

  100. As Chris just pointed out he didn’t write the article. Mea Culpa for missing the header. He is correct and I will be adjusting my rebuttal accordingly. My sincerest apologies to Chris for my mistake.

  101. Just-installed vista was eating ~600 MB of my RAM
    Linux – 200 mb.
    And, vista was NOT running Aero, but linux WAS running compiz!
    So bye vista, my EeePC has only 512mb, and i don’t want to set up swap partition.

  102. Windows is a resource eater but Linux is not. I can do anything with a linux operating system such as use it as a server for free ETC ETC. I can’t do all this with vista. Moreover, with linux u get to know how ur computer works. With windows u can’t do tht.

  103. I think that linux is better than windows vista because windows vista is vunerable to viruses. That isn’t the main problem though, because you have to install anti-virus, and this hogs loads of resources on your pc and slows it down completely. Linux allows you to run pretty much most of your windows applications if you use Wine. It can be a little buggy but it works. Open office is good as a Microsoft Office replacement. Plus, windows vista costs like $200 and linux costs $0. In my opinion, linux all the way.

  104. I don’t wish to go into useless rubbish, but the writer of the article clearly doesn’t know what he is talking about and is stupidly preaching VIsta no matter what ( even with earlier versions of Windows).

    There are way too many points which he has overlooked/misunderstood and I am sure earlier comments would have done justice pointing at.

    Would take this article with a pinch of salt.

  105. Everything chris pirillo says is garbage. His show is a freaking snooze fest. Why not test Vista against a custom built archlinux system? Most Linux users have only things they need running while Windows comes with all this bloat and unecessary services running by default.
    Linux is not a windows replacement. I mean, the writer of this article is crying because he can’t find a neatly packed .exe to install XYZ program.
    In terms of bugs: Windows has a plethora. As for Linux, a bug is nothing when you have thousands of Linux users constantly looking for bugs and security holes.
    Hardware compatibility: So you’re blaming an entire operating system because big companies don’t want to write drivers for it?! GTFO.

  106. Oh dear author. Who hasn’t used a linux distro recently? Unfortunately, other than software compatibility, you’re wrong on virtually every point and you’ve thus blown your credibility from the off.

    Worse is that you’re blaming Linux for not being able to run Windows software. Hmmm. Could your NES run Atari VCS games? I thought not. Hardly a fault of the OS. You also fail to mention that many of the alternatives for windows programs are not only free on Linux but at least equal to, if not better than, their Windows counterparts.

    If you *were* an ‘avid computer user’ you certainly wouldn’t be pushing Vista. Even MS employees have been blogging on how disappointed they’ve been with it, and Microsoft’s recent push with the Windows 7 beta pretty much confirms how rubbish the OS is.

    Sorry, but you have no credibility.

  107. I’d like to take this time to review a new operating system I decided to try recently:

    Windows Vista.

    At first blush, it seemed to be quite the smooth operator for installation, although there were times when it just seemed to lock up and do absolutely nothing for 10-20 minutes and then suddenly start up again. Also, I noticed upon boot up that some of my hardware was NOT detected! Uh-oh, bad sign there…but I’m strong, I’ll muddle through. Apparently the issue is the “driver” for the hardware, and Microsoft not thinking ahead to make drivers that would be compatible with their OS from the start.

    Fortunately it appears the manufacturers are aware of MS’s shortcomings and have provided their own drivers on their websites!

    Sadly, this didn’t help me much when one of the drivers was for my NETWORK CARD! (Hello! Microsoft, are you listening? Can’t get these “drivers” if you can’t get online!) Then I found out that the network card I had (which was a very reliable card, mind you) wasn’t supported! Imagine my chagrin when I had to go to the store and buy a replacement just to make this stupid operating system work!

    Arrrggghhhh!!!

    But finally, everything installed and “drivered” I was able to surf the internet fairly well, although after a few stops at my local favorite “adult” sites, the computer started responding way slower for some reason. Huh.

    Anyhow, onto installation of programs! Yay!

    So, I grab my old Amiga games and popped in the floppy.

    Windows can’t even read it! It doesn’t even know what to DO with these files!!!

    I just spent $450 for the ULTIMATE edition, and it can’t even play simple Amiga games? WTF?

    Well fine, let’s try something else then, maybe Amiga software just isn’t it’s “thing”. So I pop in a copy of Adobe Photoshop (from my Mac) and…

    Nothing.

    The disc isn’t even READABLE!!!

    WTF Microsoft?

    Sadly, this continued on with various other software until I finally had enough. I found out later on that apparently only software that is “Windows compatible” can be installed on the operating system.

    Wow, sure would have been nice to know THAT little gem before wasting $450.

    ***********************

    The above is a parody. If you take offense to it, you should – it is a mirror held up for you to see your own stupidity.

    Please go out back now and shoot yourself.

    Cheers,
    Ghost|BOFH

  108. This is just silly. Is it a parody? I think so because it is hard to believe you are serious.

    I bought a new Sony laptop which had Vista pre-installed. It was so slow I couldn’t believe it. I wiped the drive and installed Fedora. What a huge difference in performance!

    I have a web site where I sell photographs. I do heavy-duty photo editing on Fedora using GIMP, Cinepaint, UFraw, imagemagick, etc. It saves me hundreds of dollars not to have to buy commercial software, and the client doesn’t know the difference.

    When my 70-year-old mom wanted a laptop, I gave her an old Dell Inspiron running Fedora. It works great and she has no trouble using it for email, web surfing, etc. The machine was barely useable with Windows because Windows is too bloated for old hardware.

  109. I think the old Linux motto is fitting here perfectly:

    Linux is user friendly, its just very selective of its friends.

    Regards

  110. Vista, after a week, really sucks. Microsoft does other things that are not friendly, but vista is really not friendly. What do they have to gain from Windows Mail for christs sake.

    All takes time to go a new direction but will find the time soon.
    really really po’d on this one.

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