TBABill wrote:1. Spent so much of my time fixing Windows issues on various computers because I have a large family with many computers and other wireless devices. I felt like an IT guy in my own home and it got frustrating. NOw with only 1 Windows computer I have my time back and we have had zero virus, malware, spyware, trojan, etc. issues. We have 1 Linux desktop, 1 Chromebook, 3 Macbook Pros, 1 Windows laptop, plus a lot of iPods and iPhones, some Android phones, etc. My only IT issue now is a router I keep having to reset but will replace with an Apple Time Capsule when the bugs work out of the new ones.
My personal experience has been different than yours in this area. Every time I load up a new Linux OS and set about to configure everything, I run in to all sorts of problems. Perhaps if I just kept things simple I wouldn't have such problems. I find that Windows just works now. Yes, Windows used to be problematic, but since XP SP3, Vista SP2 and 7 everything is good, lol.
2. Speed. My desktop responsiveness under Linux is far superior to that under Windows. I can literally hit enter to go to a website on two machines at the same time, one on Mint and one on Windows, and my Mint machine never loses. Sometimes it is not even a competition.
I agree with this. In Vista I see that little blue loop spinning a little too often.
3. Never have I had a blue screen/black screen with an up and running Linux or Mac machine.
Has your desktop ever frozen up solid? Have you had to tap Ctrl+Alt+Backspace to hopefully fix the problem? Have you ever had to hard power off? You've never booted to a root shell prompt instead of X, unexpectedly? I've had all these things happen to me many times since 2009.
4. Never has printer spooling failed on a non-windows machine.
5. Ease of updates and install. I can install a fully updated distro in 30-45 min, depending on how many updates are required. THat includes all codecs, drivers, printer setup, office software installed, etc. FULLY installed. With Windows the OS would barely setup in that time, most times taking longer, and then I am stuck at a VGA screen without printer, codec, Adobe reader, Adobe flash, office software (that takes another forever to install), and so many other things.
Windows Updates are slow. With so much of your personal information being gathered and sent to the NSA, it really does bog down the process.
6. Learning. Linux is so vastly different than a Windows environment that we truly learn a lot about our machines and how they work with our software and OS. We become better with computers after the learning curve.
7. It's NOT more difficult than Windows. Most people say it's difficult or challenging, but they don't put themselves in the shoes of a NEW Windows user. Imagine if you'd never used or managed Windows how difficult it would be to install it and manage all the needs you have as a user, such as what to do when you need some codec or where you get an office application (or buy it!).
8. Software center. Windows cannot compete in this realm. Nearly everything we need is available without doing anything. All the apps you may need are there, and the few that are not (such as Google Chrome, for example) you can usually download and install outside the repos if you are comfortable doing so. We literally have tens of thousands of free applications to use, delete, modify, tinker with, etc. No cost and immediate availability.
This is true. But the new user is shocked after a time when they realize that their applications are not updating to the latest version. Honestly, I never used to mind visiting Download.com to find applications. Of course now they try to sneak some garbage software into every download. Softpedia probably isn't so bad and there are other sites as well.
9. Security. By being the smallest user group we're also the safest. It's not that LInux distros cannot be vulnerable, but rather that the piece of the pie we occupy doesn't cover much of the computer user base so we're just not the prime target Windows users are. It could happen at any time where that changes, but so far has not. We can't be careless with security, but we don't have the breadth of attacks coming at us that Windows does.
My opinion on this is that, without more advanced firewalls and antivirus software, you'd never know on Linux if you were infected. I've luckily been able to get Comodo AV running on Mint 15. I don't really understand the email configuration part of it though. But it's nice to have an antivirus with real time protection that also searches for rootkits. But with UFW, I'd never know if I was under attack. I'd never get any pop ups saying that XYZ IP Address keeps trying to get in. I guess that stuff can be found in the logs, but the average person doesn't know when, where or how.
10. Cost. It's free. We get a new OS so often, and without paying for it, that it's pretty amazing. We become donators instead of buyers.
I'll stop there, but that list can go on for a long time.
Thanks for sharing your opinions!