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[ale] GO Windows!!! ;-)



Sure, I agree with what you wrote below.  And, I have little experience
installing Windows on non-server machines (even with the server installs,
drivers were always a struggle).  But none of this is to the point.

The average home user is NOT INSTALLING Windows.  They get it pre-installed
on the box.  Everything is working for them.  Since very few sell Linux
ready to go boxes, it's difficult to compare the two worlds.  So what we
left with is comparing ready-to-go Windows home machines (usually  laptops)
with installing Linux on them AND HAVE EVERYTHING WORKING RIGHT AWAY.
That's the discussion.

And again, don't misunderstand me.  I'm on the Linux side.  Always was
always will be.  Just saying how tough it is to sell it to the non-geeky
crowd.  As I said, you and I are not good examples.  My
only-know-how-to-read-email friends and relatives are the crowd I'm talking
about.

-- Asher


On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 2:20 PM, Greg Freemyer <greg.freemyer at gmail.com>wrote:

> Asher,
>
> I wonder if you've worked with Windows as much as implied.  I find the
> windows drivers issue far worse than linux driver issues.
>
> In particular with windows, It's no walk in the park when it goes
> south.  I've had the ethernet on the MB go out before with a windows
> box.
>
> With Linux, install any old PCI-based NIC you have laying around and
> continue on.  Almost trivial because lots of drivers are in the base
> install.
>
> With Windows alternative drivers are never part of the base install
> and I've always lost the driver CD that came with the card years ago
> (or the drivers don't work with Win7 anyway).
>
> So how do you get them for the alternative NIC.  Go to another
> machine, spend 20 minutes finding them on the web, download them to a
> thumbdrive.  Copy them to the machine via sneakernet, etc.
>
> What a pain.
>
> Greg
>
> On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 2:02 PM, Asher Vilensky <ashervilensky at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Continue....
> >
> > My personal "fun" aside, as much as I like Linux, I feel that it's not
> yet
> > ready for "the rest of us".  Don't get me wrong:  first of all, I'm
> working
> > on Linux myself.  It pays the bills.  But there's a diff between RHELor
> > SLES  on servers and running Ubuntu-like distros on laptops.  It's the
> later
> > one I'm claiming "is not there yet".  If you have to google a solution
> (from
> > another computer, since the one you just installed cannot connect) to
> > manually solve it (in the best case) or just live with it (worst case)
> when
> > it comes to wireless and audio/video and printing, this is a tough
> selling
> > point.
> >
> > The problem is not you and I.  The problem is that you can't "sell" Linux
> > (pick any flavor and version) to the mass until these things work out of
> the
> > box.  I want to convert those around me - basically so I don't have to
> keep
> > install virus protection etc.  But I'm hesitant in doing so.  I don't
> want
> > to either have to educate people too much or stand there embarrassed when
> > things don't work.   I hate Windows like the rest of this group, but I
> also
> > recognize that Linux is not a viable substitute for most users.  Not
> yet.  I
> > would recommend Mac (to somebody like my in-laws) before I suggest Linux.
> >
> > My 2 cents.
> >
> >
> > -- Asher
> >
> >
> > On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 10:40 AM, Asher Vilensky <
> ashervilensky at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >>
> >> In the past I installed Mint/Ubuntu 9.04 (I believe) on a Dell laptop,
> but
> >> had trouble with the Broadcom wireless card.  Nothing I googled helped.
> The
> >> only advice was to wait for 10.04.
> >> Well, yesterday I installed a MiniInspiron with Remix 10.04.  Again, the
> >> b-com did not work out of the box.  They lied.  However, a simple and
> quick
> >> apt-get and then install <whatever> from a terminal window fixed the
> >> problem.  Nice!!!
> >>
> >> (What __wasn't__ nice was that in order to install Remix in the first
> >> place, I had to create an live-USB from ISO drive.  After struggling
> with
> >> the creation on both Ubuntu (8.04) and Mac, I raised a white flag and
> went
> >> to Windows.  Yes, I know.  It was too easy creating it on Windows.
> Maybe
> >> had I used a later version of Ubuntu it would have been easier.  Oh
> well.  I
> >> guess there are a few things Windows is good for...sigh)
> >>
> >> Learned a good lesson on both assignments.
> >>
> >> -- Asher
> >
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