Re: Head to head
Windows wins. It is by far and a way the most stable and usable OS.
Oh, maybe I should just try telling the XP machine I've been restoring to the state of usefulness for the past 8 hours that...naughty windows XP install, don't you realise you're more stable and usable than the Debian install on the same disk?
If you want to quibble that 'oh that's XP', last thing Friday, before leaving work I discovered one of our 64bit Win7 CAD machines is fecked..the fun starts when anything tries to do any sort of 3d rendering..and this machine hasn't been exactly hammered over the past couple of months (and yes, it's a Win7 issue..several other packages have the same issue, the graphics adapter works fine under Debian on the same box and on another win7 machine..that's as much as I had time to try on Friday)
Unlike Linux, Windows will run all your current software.
No it wont, I've code which only runs under Linux, various BSDs and Solaris. Maybe at a push I could use cygwin to get it to run on a Windows box..oh, wait, you weren't talking about me, a specific 'you', but one of these mythical generic 'you''s I keep hearing about..
Granted, there are a number of specialist applications I run on windows machines, but on a daily basis all the 'grunt work' of word/document processing, email and browsing gets done on a Linux box, and, for most use cases in my organisation, a very basic stripped down Linux desktop would suffice for 94% of the computer users requirements (and would save us major security headaches - I've jokingly muttered 'kiosk mode' a couple of times at 'Them' in the past,)
The migration cost (and continuing support cost) of a Linux migration are eye-watering.
Pre migration: at least two visits per desk a week to sort out issues reported per desk.
Post migration: maybe once a month (though the record so far is OS X, just over half a year there)
Previous job, for similar sized user bases.
Linux/Unix Support Personnel: 4
Windows Support Personnel: 12
(and the Linux/Unix support also covered Windows support as well)
And I'm not even going to get into the OS and software licensing costs..
And then there is the massive re-training all your users will need,
Here's the mouse, here's the keyboard, here's Chrome, here's Libreoffice, here's the printers, here's your bloody card games, here's minesweeper..
Because, in most cases I've ever come across, that's all they'll need (and the ones who do need more than these basics, usually have the nous to actually pick things up rapidly)
and you'll have to explain command line to them - you can't avoid that with Linux.
Oh, wait, I need to drink some coffee so that I can snort it all over the keyboard...bear with me...glug glug glug...snort....
Linux, having to explain command line to users? that's precious...
I've had people using Linux boxes for over a decade who've never either had or felt the need to use a shell, hell, even when they had only basic terminal access well over a decade ago, they were presented with a frigging menu when they logged in..and escape to shell wasn't an option, yet they were using Linux systems daily without any obvious signs of command prompt withdrawl..
where the hell do you lot get this stuff from?