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March 16, 2006

Top 10 Reasons Linux pwns Your OS

by @ 6:53 am. Filed under General Linux, General SUSE

1. Security and Stability

2. Ratio of money spent versus quality of software

3. Configurability and control

4. Ease of installation of software

5. Excitement in industry / momentum of Linux movement

6. Built as a networking platform and is adapting to the desktop, not the other way around, as Windows was.

7. A wealth of online help and documentation is available

8. Running Linux is very enabling and educational.

9. Linux is unbelievably versatile.

10. Using Linux makes you l33t. If you don’t agree, then you are wrong. STFU n00b.

30 Responses to “Top 10 Reasons Linux pwns Your OS”

  1. Knothing5 Says:

    I am sorry but you are wrong…. Microsoft says so.

    http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/3629/106/

  2. scottmmorris Says:

    Heh, marketing companies often disagree with the truth.  They have to be the world’s most brilliant marketing company to get so many people to use something so buggy, inefficient, and half-cocked as their software is.

  3. [Geeks Are Sexy] Tech. News Says:

    Just ask yourself, What is the ratio of Linux Boxes Via Windows Boxes on the net? 1 to 100? More? Bring that ratio back to 1:1 and I’m pretty sure that some of your arguments will fall apart. I have to admit that if everyone would run ‘nix boxes, the world would be a better place, but this is an utopian dream.

    No I’m not an MS fanboy, but I like to question the ideas of others sometimes :).

    Cheers…

    Kiltak
    [Geeks Are Sexy] Tech. News

  4. scottmmorris Says:

    Well, you are right for #10… because if everyone was using it, there would be nothing l33t about it. However, it would still be secure and stable, it would offer an even larger amount of high-quality software, I’m sure it would retain its configurability the software would only get easier to install, the momentum of Linux would already have proven itself by that point, there would only be more documentation and online resources, I’m sure it would still teach you a lot as you are learning to use it, and it would only be more versatile. So, I guess I don’t see how you mean. Maybe you could elaborate? I’d be glad to hear what you have to say.  Seriously, bro… the floor is yours.  Step right up to the mic, there…

  5. Vasjakur Says:

    Nice collection of myths.

    [Looks like I got under someone’s skin. Go take a cold shower, bro. Once something actually occurs, it is no longer a myth.]

    >Unpatched Windows machines, left naked on the Internet, are owned within a little over an hour.

    Turn autoupdate on and relax.

    [Heh, so you let your vendor put whatever spyware they want on your machine, huh? Anything that phones home automatically triggers my paranoia. Probably that’s just me, you’re right.]

    >Unpatched Linux machines outlast the study. Here are 2 studies that spell this all out (study one – study two).

    Studies-shmudies… Linux can be as full of holes, as windows. Ubuntu 5.10 “root-password-in-installation-log” bug, anyone?

    [
    Microsoft Visual Studio “dbp” File Handling Buffer Overflow Proof of Concept Exploit
    Microsoft Internet Explorer “IsComponentInstalled()” Remote Stack Overflow Exploit
    Microsoft Windows Media Player Plugin Remote Code Execution Exploit (MS06-006) #3
    Microsoft HTML Help Workshop “.hhp” File Handling Buffer Overflow Exploit #2
    Microsoft Windows Services Insecure ACLs Local Privilege Escalation Exploit #2
    Microsoft HTML Help Workshop “.hhp” File Handling Buffer Overflow Exploit #3
    Microsoft HTML Help Workshop “.hhp” File Handling Buffer Overflow Exploit #4
    Microsoft Windows Media Player BMP Handling Buffer Overflow Exploit (MS06-005)
    Microsoft Windows Media Player BMP Handling Buffer Overflow Exploit (MS06-005) #2
    Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 Plugin Remote Code Execution Exploit (MS06-006)
    Microsoft Windows Media Player 10 Plugin Remote Code Execution Exploit (MS06-006)

    Ummm…. yeah.]

    >Sure, you can tighten down Windows security, but who has 6 extra hours to tweak every registry setting, install antivirus, spyware / adware software, set up email scanning, and all that.

    6 hours to doubleclick setup.exe of an AV utility. Riiiight.

    [And install your spyware, adware, and firewall software, disable ActiveX, and manually adjust all of the other security settings many people don’t even know about. Well, I guess if you don’t know about it, you must be secure, right?]

    >Now, Windows does “just work” a lot of the time. But then, after a while, it “just doesn’t work.”

    How long is that “while”? I use WinXP for 4 years, and it still works no problem. What do I do wrong?

    [Using Windows. :)]

    >With Linux, you may have to actually invest some time up front to get stuff to play nicely, but once you do, it works forever.

    But to make it play nicely you have to invest some time… and some more… and still some more…etc.

    [The offset in up-front time versus maintenance time is about 1:400]

    >In the long run, Linux is way more stable.

    Yeah. You can count on it to silently close applications you are working with and create all kinds of headaches at every step. Stable, yes. Predictable, even.

    [WTF are you talking about? Do you even know? Can anyone help me understand what he is saying?]

    >Linux machines rarely need rebooting, and can stay up for as long as many months or even years. Windows still measures uptime in millisecond.

    Its ended with Win98.

    [Yep, now they measure it in seconds.]

    >You don’t generally have to hunt down drivers for the hardware.

    if you use Windows, you don’t. It’s included with any hardware. Not like that with linux.

    [Unless the hardware is more than 6 months old. Microsoft doesn’t want to support old hardware. They want you to keep up with their resource hog software. Again, Linux will run on the oldest hardware that still works.]

    >Because of that, third parties have made the drivers themselves and included them right in the distribution.

    For every hardware available, I presume. Into any distribution. Riiight.

    [I don’t remember saying ‘every’, but I could be mistaken.]

    >You have direct access to the whole system, even the kernel.

    Finally! Most desktop users allways wanted to access OS kernel directly and now they can!

    [Only the ones who actually care about knowing anything about administrating a system, network, or anything beyond email and word processing.]

    >One of the prime reasons that I hate using Windows is because it hijacks your experience, forcing you to do things the way Microsoft thinks most users should do them.

    No kidding! Users should be forced to do things linux guys think users should do them. That’s sooo different!

    [Again, this is where I say WTF are you talking about? You can do things on Linux however you want to. In my experience, Mandrake (now Mandriva) seemed a little restrictive, but, obviously you have never tried Gentoo.]

    >Ease of installation of software

    Comparing to windows? Mu-ha-ha-ha!

    [Let’s see:

    SUSE Linux:
    1) Open YAST.
    2) Search for software.
    3) Check a box.
    4) Click ACCEPT.

    Windows:
    1) Search around forever trying to find something that does what you want it to.
    2) Which doesn’t cost more than half your paycheck.
    3) And worry about giving some software vendor your credit card number.
    4) Download the software. Scan it for any malware.
    5) If you can’t find it online, jump in your car and drive to a store, buy it, and bring it back home.
    6) Install the software.
    7) Re-scan your computer to remove any malware it installed.
    8) Figure out how to uninstall it because it doesn’t do what you wanted it to, and there’s no uninstaller.]

    >There is minimal hunting for software.

    And what can that be?

    [What on earth are you talking about? Refer to my previous comment.]

    >Most of it is available right from some gui interface or the commandline.

    Commandline? A great progress. For 1982. But not for 2006.

    [Unless you are doing anything useful on a remote machine and you need it done quickly. Oh, and unless you are compiling your software. Oh, and unless you are administrating a server. Oh, and unless you are helping someone else remotely. I could go on.]

    >For example, you can run YAST as a gui application.

    Hurray! And under WinXP I can just doubleclick on setup.exe. Without dependency hell and all that stuff.

    [Last time I checked, YAST incurs no dependency hell when you run it… ???]

    >However, you can also run apt and YAST as command-line applications for when you need to install things remotely through SSH. What, you can’t do that on Windows?

    Connect to remote desktop – download setup.exe – doubleclick setup.exe. No command line mumbo-jumbo.

    [Again, a poor implementation of something else that is much more efficient for those who know how to use it. I’m guessing you don’t fall into this category.]

    >There are already thousands of applications written for Linux.

    And ones you actually need are pain to install. Couse they are packaged not for your distro. Or have dependency conflict. Or just die silently while started. Or do not look good in your GNOME, couse they were made for KDE. Or vice versa.

    [Uh… KDE renders Gnome widgets according to your current theme. When was the last time you tried using Linux? The ones I actually need are obviously going to be the easiest to install because those are the ones that everyone else needs them, too, and they’ve been extensively tested, and are actually probably available for most major distributions.]

    >Most times, you just tell the system what software you want installed, press a button, and

    And it tells you to f**k off and go to rpmseek.com to get rglbzlfubar.lib.34.533.3214.13, which will require btrsnafulib.34.236.45232.434, which in turn will require… etc etc etc. Easy. Yes, there is apt, but it’s not in every distro, and users need to add repositories by hand.

    [You have obviously never used YAST. It takes care of all that for you by default. When you start messing with it manually is when you get dependencies that it cannot resolve. And yeah, they are a little of a pain to resolve. However, it’s not as catastrophic as you think. I’ll have to come back to this one. That’s a great suggestion for an article. Thank you.]

    > Running Linux is very enabling and educational.

    Agreed. If you run linux you will have to know very much about it. More then you needed to know to get the same job done in Windows, and much more then you ever wanted to know about OS.

    [Depends on which camp you are in. If it is your intent to be any kind of admin or even a power user, you are interested in knowing your operating system. You are right, though, Windows keeps you from learning much. I guess if it is your intent to rid yourself of as much intelligence as possible, you would cling to this concept as hard as you are.]

    >Linux is unbelievably versatile.

    Great point. If it runs on toasters, it must be great for my desktop.

    [I don’t recall saying a thing about a toaster in my comments…. ??? I guess if you are referring to the Space Shuttle and the autonomous military vehicles, then first of all, I’ll let you tell those people that their stuff is, in reality, a toaster. Second, does windows run on anything even remotely comparable to these vehicles? Nope.]

    10. Using Linux makes you l33t. If you don’t agree, then you are wrong. STFU n00b.

    Using linux makes you waste huge amount of time and if you can have a luxury to do that – you are really l33t. Only n00bs care of their time!

    [Or their intelligence, or the ability to do things the best way they can, or the ability to take a freakin’ joke.]

  6. john Says:

    haha…i love it. yes linux rules and I concur with 99% of what you are saying! The only downfall is gaming and even that is catching up faster every day. I havent touched a windows box in over a year and a half except to recover data from some wintards! harddrive for some insane price so i can build another nix box!!! love linux or stick to your filthy dows with the factory wallpaper nooooobs!!!!

  7. andy Says:

    This is great! I think that another reason Linux owns your OS is that Linux didn’t try to make the entire C language its own property (yes I’m referring to C#.) I’m adding your blog to my bookmarks!

  8. mh Says:

    I don’t think security is inherent in GNU/Linux. It’s true that it does not suffer from the myriad of bad decisions that make Windows a cracker’s dream. But a clueless GNU/Linux user on the network is a danger to himself and others: weak password, turning on all sorts of services, not patching, etc. To a large extent, security is a function of the user’s attentiveness. knowledge, and ability. And a cracked GNU/Linux box is a *very* powerful and dangerous machine.

  9. Barronmore Says:

    Ofcourse MS is going to say that their software is more secure and easer to use then Linux. Do you really expect them to say “Yeah, Linux rocks and Windows sucks. But please buy it anyway”?

    As a fellow that used Windows exclusivley since 3.1 and someone who only started using Linux exclusivley for a little over a year, I can tell you which is really better. Linux kicks MS’s behind in security and stability to the point that just dealing with XP makes me scream. The last paragraph of Point #1 sums the whole thing up. XP works great out of the box (usually)….until you connect it to the internet.

    i have had so many problems with XP in the last year that I’m just ready to tell my friends/family that if they want my computing help they MUST switch to linux. I’m tired of trying to figure out why XP won’t display in color today but when I boot up my linux live CD…glorious color is there for all. I’m sick and tired of installing All-in-one drivers that cliam they work but keep asking for the dirver to be installed AFTER EVERY BOOTUP! Printer wil print, scanner won’t scan. Same freakin driver.

    So, yeah, if you want to beleive what MS has to say about Windows, go right ahead. I’ll stick with 3rd party analysis that may be bias, but not becaue they are paid to be.

  10. scottmmorris Says:

    john,

    That is a great point. Gaming still has some comfortable distance to go for Linux. I’m working on that, however. Check out the survey that I am doing for Novell on getting apps ported to Linux. Head over to http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/tip/16646.html and make your game request! Hopefully, we’ll be able to convince the ISVs to port their games.

  11. scottmmorris Says:

    andy,

    Bro, that is an excellent argument. I couldn’t possibly agree more. The community should be able to set up standards and have everyone comply. No one should be able to come in, smash everything flat, and tell everyone how it is going to be done. I am with you on that one.

  12. scottmmorris Says:

    mh,

    True, dat. I guess that’s why they don’t let guys like me fly these: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=f-22&btnG=Google+Search&sa=N&tab=wi

    Heh. I’d blow up half the world on accident. I guess it’s a thing where you give the trained guy the control over the shiny powerful box. I guess that’s true with many things.

  13. scottmmorris Says:

    Barronmore,

    Ain’t that the truth? Once you become tech support for your extended family and friends, you just can’t maintain that many Windows machines and retain your mental stability. My nephew and I are doing the same thing.

    Thanks for the comments so far, everyone. Great food for thought.

  14. meathead Says:

    Sorry but you are wrong. I have seen many exploited Linux systems. Linux is great but it isn’t perfect.

  15. scottmmorris Says:

    meathead,

    > Sorry but you are wrong.
    No, I’m not. I really have never seen an exploited Linux system. Ever. Truly. Honest.

    > I have seen many exploited Linux systems.
    I never have, and, checking around, no one that I know has, either. Would you care to share a story or something? I mean, I have heard of it happening, and know that it has. I’ve just never had the personal experience of seeing one myself. So, what were the circumstances under which you saw all these exploited Linux boxes?

    > Linux is great but it isn’t perfect.
    You know, that’s truly the simplest way to say it. Linux really is great. One cannot deny that it is not perfect, which is evidenced by the continued work people put into it. But seriously, you are right.

  16. Akshay G. Says:

    About Exploited Linux:

    Well as someone who has been using linux since Red hat 4.0, i have had 3 hacking enounters to share in my last 9 years of experiences with Linux. Only once when i believe i had spent good amount of time securing my linux box but it still happened. And my overall experience as far security on linux is concerned has been just fantastic.
    Also I have seen many-many windows boxes fry up as soon as you hook up to net. It happens. Its a FACT. Unpatched linux will survive long after is needed to update the system 🙂
    In all, i agree with your article 99%.
    IMHO, whats keeping linux on desktops is the great dependency on M$ products. Of course, we need to standardize linux desktops so these work great out of box.

    Cheers!
    Akshay

  17. dk Says:

    Well I must concurr. I am a youth in high school. (now fancy intros are over). I am running fedora core 4 on my lap top and sound doesnt work… so what do i go and do, i load up my disk on wine and install the drivers or i go to a linux forum page… howtoforge is awsome 😛

    And I get a couple of asnwers in no more than 24hrs…. Windows will crap itself, and then blam either us or mac for a dependincy problem. Then it will take it to 50 reviews and meeting (yes thats what companies do to solve problems…. this works if you’re company does not have over 60 000 employees!!) And Gentoo is a dream to run… and for the fact that many drivers have files is TRUE!! I mean i installed the linux broadcom driver then wiped windows and my internet still worked!! I mean for a company to spend a week making a driver and they get 5-10 % more customers is worth it!! And for those who would want to do it there way, and enjoy the fact that there OS is THEIRS… use gentoo.. if you have 6-8 hrs to spare, other words it will run untill the day the CPU melts due to stress.

  18. John F. Says:

    For technically qualified people I think Linux is great. I’m fairly proficient with a PC, but have been struggling for over a year to get my Linux machine to print on my home network with Samba. I’ve been through Suse 9.1, 9.2 and 10.0. Each version had its own issues. Only one version has allowed me to play CDs on my machine. And, quite honestly, I’m not proficient enough to figure out how to fix it… even with all the on-line resources available. Conversely, I upgraded another machine from Win 2000 to XP wtihout a hitch. Don’t get me wrong. I’d like to see MS get its just deserts, but I don’t think Linux is ready for the normal pc user.

  19. Information Sciences Student Says:

    Many of the comments here are quite relevant and rather accurate, however; how many of them do not seem to apply to the common user. A student wanting to write their paper, email their professor (and parents), and watch a movie. Parents who simply want to do all their daily tasks that have been ported onto the Internet such as banking, work-related tasks, and communicating with their kids and friends. One post argued against the author’s opinions, and in their argument protested that many of the author’s ideas are displaced because simple actions can be taken in Windows to achieve the same effect he describes for Linux. I believe, that they are forgetting the common user who might not know where to find the necessary software or then what to do with it once they have the box with the CD in their hands. Many Linux distros, however, come with pre-installed software that is used in daily computing (i.e Open Office, multimedia applications, Internet browser, and Instant messaging.) Even though it is considered quite complicated for the common user, or any user for that matter, to set-up and install a Linux box, once they have one almost everything they will need to complete their desired tasks is available to them.

    This comment has not been proof-edited because I wanted to see how my thoughts would flow since I’m writing a paper on the Windows v. Linux Debate. So please comment on my comment anything you wish.

  20. Information Sciences Student Says:

    Just a sub-note: by comments I am refering to the comments made to the piece and not the work iself.

  21. krater Says:

    Hmm…

    1) I won’t argue about security – all those “independent tests” favour those who pay for them 🙂

    2) I’m afraid there are fields in which linux alternatives are very immature or none at all: nVIDIA FXComposer/ATI’s RenderMonkey (no counterpart), 3D Studio Max/Maya/… (_very_ poor alternative: Blender), a decent IDE for C++ (don’t say KDevelop :), cutting edge games, …

    7) I think you do not realize that many people do not wish to spend their time “scanning” mailing lists and forums to learn how to do this or that. They just need the OS running to get their work done. They want to use it. It’s the same with your car – you just want to use it and not spend hours trying to figure out why or how it works.

    8) Many people have no desire to acquire such knowledge, please do realize that.

    9) Windows is versatile, too. You can find them in a fair few mobile devices (PDA, cell phones), hospital equipment, you name it.

    10) This one takes the cake. You mock everyone who doesn’t share your passion (in the whole article). “Not running linux? Noob!” You will not win users’ attention by mocking them :/

    For your information I’ve been affiliated with linux for almost five years now (Redhat 7, SuSE 9, Gentoo). Still, I consider windows to be more suitable OS than linux for _me_.

  22. Michael Says:

    Okay I had to respond. And just to elaborate on where I am coming from, I run OpenSuse 10 at home, on a dev box at work, on a server at home. I absolutely love it and find it very easy to use. That being said I have to disagree with some of what you say, simply because you are talking about your class of computer user and not necessarily the general computer user.

    Setup.exe is easy. It is, really, you just double click and answer a couple of questions. Yast takes a bit (not a lot but a bit) of thought, and you have to understand what dependencies mean, and how things relate. Heck my main desktop at home is stuck in a dependency hell right now, so I am resorting to use SMART to install stuff, simply because I don’t want to resolve those issues.

    A command line is not friendly. A black box staring at you with a blinking cursor gives you little indication as to what to do next. A GUI with a button that says, “NEXT to continue”. Gives a lot more chance for your mom or grandma to do something. Just about every distro comes with a GUI now. And most of them make it that easy. But if EVER you have to drop into a command line, you have lost that mom or grandma.

    The only true security is keeping a box turned off. There are TONS of exploits out there for Windows, lots of virii, and lots of trojans. There are exploits out there for Linux. Never gotten hit, or never seen one take a system? You must keep it up to date. I have seen Linux hacked, three times actually, at a previous company, twice via an exploit on ftp that was not patched cause the admin never patched. Once because of a stupid configuration setting. Again, because the guy did not care. It IS a lot easier to get exploited on Windows. But as with ANY OS, patching is the most important thing, if you think you are not vulnerable, then open up telnet/ssh/ftp/http with some of the daemons that were made in 2000. You will probably find some attacks running against your system after a while. No not 2 hours, but you will.

    Uptime is meaningless on a home system. What Mom, Grandma, or parent needs to keep their system on 24×7? You only need that for a server. And honestly if you have been up for over a year, odds are you have a component that has a security issue that you have not patched on it. So really, is that necessarily a good thing?

    It works forever? Not necessarily. It does if you don’t want to change anything. Kind of like I suppose Windows would if you never did anything to that. But as soon as you want to upgrade to the latest version of GAIM, or newer version of KDE, you are going to have to resolve dependencies. Its a fact.

    Security? Windows actually has some pretty good security stuff in it. The auditing and permissions level is for stuff is pretty well defined. But its not for your Mom or Pop to configure. The same with Linux. Thats why zonealarm asks the user if XYZ application can get to the internet, cause god forbid they would need to figure out what ports needed to be opened and configuring that. Its just not something they can do.

    So though I do agree, Linux is great. Its not perfect. Nor is Windows. People need the right tool for themselves.

  23. Steve Says:

    “Even though it is considered quite complicated for the common user, or any user for that matter, to set-up and install a Linux box, once they have one almost everything they will need to complete their desired tasks is available to them.”

    I can’t agree with that enough. I’ve setup my Gentoo box “just the way I like it,” and I’ll admit it took me a long time to get some things setup the way I want, but the flexibility Linux affords me means I’ll never use anything else (Windows or otherwise). For instance, with all my preferences saved in my /home/steve directory, I can use *any* distro as my OS, and my window manager and application preferences are completely the same. It’s great.

    Anyway, everythings setup how I like it, and now I haven’t had to tweak anything for a long time. I can just use my computer instead of having to fight it. It’s great.

  24. scottmmorris Says:

    krater,

    I’ll be honest with you, you have some solid, logical, respectful arguments. My piece was half humor, half my point of view. I don’t take myself as seriously as it may have seemed. Thanks for the thoughts. I can dig where you are coming from. Have a good one, and thanks for the comments.

  25. scottmmorris Says:

    Michael,

    I’m with ya’, bro. Good, solid arguments. I can actually agree with most of what you’re saying. 🙂 I love a well-thought-out, no B.S. to-the-point argument (and I really like hyphenated words). Take a look at my comments to krater. Ya’ll make some good points, no doubt there. Thanks for taking the time to present your thoughts in an intelligent, respectful way. A couple of comments did not make it through the moderation queue because they were absolutely childish. Have a good one.

  26. scottmmorris Says:

    Steve,

    Hey, dawg. You’re wrong. Go home. (just jokin’ bro). Happy Birthday. Thanks for finally posting on my blog. Good point, man.

  27. XooZ BLOG » Linux pwns your OS Says:

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  28. Germ Says:

    Thanks for coming up with my new forum Sig.

    10. Using Linux makes you l33t. If you don’t agree, then you are wrong. STFU n00b.

    Damn Straght…

  29. batres Says:

    krater Says:

    1) I won’t argue about security – all those “independent testsâ€? favour those who pay for them

    [maybe, maybe not… I didn’t really take the time to check out those links… all I know is that I’ve never been “attacked” on my windows computer]

    2) I’m afraid there are fields in which linux alternatives are very immature or none at all: nVIDIA FXComposer/ATI’s RenderMonkey (no counterpart), 3D Studio Max/Maya/… (_very_ poor alternative: Blender), a decent IDE for C++ (don’t say KDevelop :), cutting edge games, …

    [Totally agree. Open source programs may be good, but I’d rather use Maya, even if it costs money, than use blender… the list just goes on and on. Some open source prgrams simply can’t touch the commercial ones.]

    7) I think you do not realize that many people do not wish to spend their time “scanningâ€? mailing lists and forums to learn how to do this or that. They just need the OS running to get their work done. They want to use it. It’s the same with your car – you just want to use it and not spend hours trying to figure out why or how it works.

    Many people have no desire to acquire such knowledge, please do realize that.

    [I couldn’t have said it better. Linux has been built in such a way that it assumes that everybody using it WANTS to know about the command line, the super users, the administrative stuff and all that. Some people just want to grab the computer and start working right away.

    I got ubuntu a few weeks ago because I wanted to try Maya on it and compare it to the windows version. It took me 2 or 3 days just to figure out how to install it, and I could have used that time to model and rig a character instead of fighting with the computer. Ubuntu may be the 10th wonder of the world, but if it makes me lose hours, days or even weeks by forcing me to wander around the net looking for information, then it’s not efficient… needless to say that I don’t use ubuntu anymore.]

    9) Windows is versatile, too. You can find them in a fair few mobile devices (PDA, cell phones), hospital equipment, you name it.

    [sarcasm mode on: but you can’t run windows on your ipod!!! LOL!!!]

    10) This one takes the cake. You mock everyone who doesn’t share your passion (in the whole article). “Not running linux? Noob!� You will not win users’ attention by mocking them :/

    [well, people calling me a noob doesn’t make me want to switch either :p ]

  30. lenswipe Says:

    the best part is when the guy on that link posted by “Knothing5” says that linux has 4% of the market share and is therefore inferior to windows – how the hell can you tell what market share linux has?

    its free – how can you tell how many people are using it?

    Sure you can pass surveys round – but not everyone fills them in, you can look at the download rates but what if someone downloaded a fedora disc and then used it 20 times on all their mates PCs?

    Buttom line is there is no way of telling what market share linux has…

    -L

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