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How Linux and Windows Stack Up in 2006 193

Jane Walker writes "How does Linux stack up to Windows in 2006? Experts weigh in on that question in these articles, comparing the operating systems' security, reliability and usability. Get insiders' views on Microsoft's proprietary stack versus open source software, as well as Windows-to-Linux migration tips."
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How Linux and Windows Stack Up in 2006

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  • by RAMMS+EIN ( 578166 ) on Monday September 25, 2006 @04:05PM (#16190219) Homepage Journal
    ``Let's face it, the closest equivalent to Synaptic or Adept in XP is Google!''

    Which, of course, runs Linux.
  • by burdicda ( 145830 ) on Monday September 25, 2006 @10:13PM (#16194549)
    I have no links but I switch on average one person a week from windows to linux
    The only panic is how they get on the internet
    A dialout modem is sheer panic....most of the time I will switch over to a known good modem
    Only once did I hit a network card that didnt work and that was a Davicom
    and then mostly the 2nd most feared thing is their printer....especially an all in one monster
    I've been lucky and never had to make an all in one work just print....or talked them into
    buying a laser printer.

    I love it when someone say's but I need to use Autocad or Photoshop and I say
    "Oh you own a legal copy do you" and 99% of the time they freak because they don't hehehehe
  • by Joce640k ( 829181 ) on Tuesday September 26, 2006 @05:13AM (#16196777) Homepage
    Yes, Linux can usually be fixed, but if the "fix" involves running vi in a console then it's not really an option for Joe Public.

    This issue *is* common, it's the real reason Linux isn't making big inroads and it doesn't look like it's going to be fixed anytime soon.

    User: "How do I get Quake 3 to run in Linux?"

    Zealot: "Oh that's easy! If you have Redhat, you have to download quake_3_rh_8_i686_010203_glibc.bin, then do chmod +x on the file. Then you have to su to root, make sure you type export LD_ASSUME_KERNEL=2.2.5 but ONLY if you have that latest libc6 installed. If you don't, don't set that environment variable or the installer will dump core. Before you run the installer, make sure you have the GL drivers for X installed. Get them at [some obscure web address], chmod +x the binary, then run it, but make sure you have at least 10MB free in /tmp or the installer will dump core. After the installer is done, edit /etc/X11/XF86Config and add a section called "GL" and put "driver nv" in it. Make sure you have the latest version of X and Linux kernel 2.6 or else X will segfault when you start. OK, run the Quake 3 installer and make sure you set the proper group and setuid permissions on quake3.bin. If you want sound, look here [link to another obscure web site], which is a short HOWTO on how to get sound in Quake 3. That's all there is to it!"

    User: "How do I get Quake 3 to run in Windows?"

    Zealot: "Oh God, I had to install Quake 3 in Windoze for some lamer friend of mine! God, what a fucking mess! I put in the CD and it took about 3 minutes to copy everything, and then I had to reboot the fucking computer! Jesus Christ! What a retarded operating system!"

System checkpoint complete.