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Re: NM: the usual rant

Tim wrote:

> Timothy Murphy:
>> I'm afraid you are viewing Fedora with rose-tinted spectacles.
> And I counter claim the reverse.  You look at Windows through
> rose-tinted glasses, and at Fedora though broken glass.

Not so.
I use Linux (Fedora and Centos) 95% of the time, by choice.

But I find your instinctive denigration of Windows
just as annoying as the opposite denigration of Linux.

I think that any reasonably objective person will agree
that many things are done better in Fedora,
and many things (eg WiFi) are done better in Windows.

I just hope that Linux developers look at Windows with open eyes,
and imitate what Windows does better
(and do not imitate what it does worse).

> For a lot of people Fedora does work without needing twiddling,

I can't believe there is a single such person, let alone lots of them.

One need only say "KDE 3 to 4" to realize how unlikely it is
that anyone could use Fedora with no "twiddling" at all.
Is there anyone in the world who has found Fedora
sound and multimedia worked first time without any "twiddling"?

> And, for a lot of people, Windows screws up royally, with
> zero technical details provided about what's going wrong, and a similar
> amount of options for doing something about it.

In my experience, Windows screws up far less often than Fedora.
But when it does screw up the problem is usually insoluble,
at least by me.
I have absolutely no idea why my Asus Athlon64 machine
re-boots endlessly in Windows XP Home,
but works faultlessly under Fedora-10.

Timothy Murphy  
e-mail: gayleard /at/ eircom.net
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