This is a response (Part 7) to the web blog entitled “101 reasons why Linux is better than Windows”(http://cityblogger.com/archives/2007/01/24/101-reasons-why-linux-is-better-than-windows/)”. The author tries to discredit Windows by giving many reasons why Linux is “better”.
I will do my best to show how this is not the case. Operating systems are just tools. If you try to make one OS look “better” than another, you could possibly lead people into the wrong direction. Please note that the author has not written all 101 reasons on his blog. It appears he stopped writing it a while back. I will respond to everything he has currently written.
Direct quotes from the author are in red and my responses are in black. Please note that I mean no disrespect to the author in anything I say.
64) Twitter/Facebook broadcast from the desktop. With Gwibber client, you can view your social network status right from your desktop or update your status to all your accounts without logging onto each of them separately.
Why would this make Linux “better” than Windows?
65) Cut and paste is simpler, just select and middle click on the target window and your data gets pasted. Its far quicker and easier than the way Windows does Cut and Paste. Of-course the Windows CTRL-C/CTRL-V still works on Linux for people who are new to Linux.
Copy and pasting in Linux is not “better” than Windows. It is a matter of user preference.
66) Multiple cut and pastes: Klipper application (default under KDE) maintains a history of your clipboard and you can use it to paste text/etc which you had cut/copied earlier. Gnome users can use Glipper.
Why would this make Linux “better” than Windows?
This could be seen as a security risk, since if a user copied and pasted his password from his digital Rolodex, someone with access to the computer could potentially gain access to the password by looking at the clipboard history.
67) Easy to setup a Media Center like PC. You don’t need to purchase additional software or re-install a different operating system. Read this on how to convert your existing Linux into a Media Center like PC.
A “media center” PC could mean several things. You do not necessarily have to get other software to accomplish your media tasks. It depends upon what you are doing. If you just are wanting to play audio and video, then download the VLC Player.
68) Linux already has a usable 3D Desktop – Compiz. This makes it easy to switch and view multiple desktops simultaneously. It also add a nice eye candy to Linux. If you still believe Linux is only for geeks, this feature will definitely change your mind. This doesn’t require you to purchase expensive graphic cards, it very comfortably works with on board graphic card.
69) Graphic view of how much space your data is using. In Konqueror File Manager tool bar, there is an option to get file size view which gives you a graphical view of how much space your directories and the files within are consuming. Or in gnome you can use Disk Usage Analyzer Baobab. This is an excellent way to know where all your disk space has disappeared and makes cleanup easy.
Windows has a built-in graphic view of how much disk space has been used on a device. Just right-click on a drive in Windows Explorer and click on Properties. Also, there is a program for Windows called WinDirStat that will show you disk usage statistics.
70) No annoying messages like Vista keeps telling you that xyz application is trying to access your system. Vista confuses the user, Either the user will always click allow or don’t know what to do.
I think you are talking about the built-in UAC that Microsoft added to Windows Vista (and beyond).
To be fair, UAC can potentially “get in the way” so to speak, but what I suspect many computer users do not know (or at least understand) is that UAC makes it easy to be a system administrator and a limited system user at the same time.
In short, UAC assists a system administrator with his or her job by allowing the administrator to perform administrative tasks while still being secure running under his or her own limited user account by default.
Also, if you click “no” to a UAC prompt, and the program it prevents from running due to you clicking “no” contains malware, then UAC did technically stop the malware from running with administrator privileges in the first place. So anyone who says that UAC is not a security feature is technically incorrect.
71) Easy to dual boot: Linux makes it easy for it to exist with any other operating system. If you install Linux on a system which already has Windows, Linux will not mess your Windows. Windows on the other hand messes up your Linux partition, if it finds one.
This is because Microsoft assumed that only Windows would be put on the computer. You would probably agree that pretty much almost every non-techy computer user out there just has one operating system installed on his or her computer anyway.
If you do need to have both Windows and Linux on the same hard drive, install Windows first, then install Linux. There are guides on the Internet explaining how to do this in detail.
72) Linux Works fine if you multiple partitions, operating systems and devices. Windows gets confused with ‘extraneous’ partitions used by other operating systems and allocate drive letters to them which cannot be freed. If you have, say, 8 partitions in your hard drive, Windows will associate 8 drive letters to these partitions, reducing the number of drive letter you can use. This also limits the number of drive letters you can have to 26. In Linux you don’t have a concept of drive letters, each drive is mounted as /home, /windows.. etc.. thereby not having any limitations.
Windows needs drivers to read other file-systems, such as EXT3/EXT4.
Windows is not limited to just the 26 drive letters. On Windows, you can mount partitions as a folder, or you can access the partitions directly without assigning them a drive letter or folder.
Instructions for mounting a partition as a folder: https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/11253-mount-drives-partitions-folder.html
Instructions for accessing a partition directly (without assigning a drive letter or folder to a partition): https://superuser.com/questions/465730/access-to-a-disk-drive-using-volume-id-instead-of-a-drive-letter-in-windows
73) Customise your shortcut: On Linux you can associate applications to whatever shortcut you choose. On Windows, you cannot associate your beloved Firefox to key combination Win+F, for instance, because it is already associated to ‘Find’ functionality provided by Windows Explorer which you can’t change.
This is not a real problem. Just use a keyboard shortcut like: Ctrl-Shift-F or something like that. Most Windows users will not even care.
74) Linux is more accessible: Most distributions such as Ubuntu include Orca, which is a screen reader. This can be enabled before installation. With this a visually challenged person can install Linux and also use Linux on his own. In Windows, the accessibility support is limited and not available during installation. It has to be purchased and installed separately costing over US$1000 and the visually challenged person requires an assistant to install Windows and the software before he/she can use.
More than likely, the user that needs accessibility features will already have a computer that has Windows pre-installed for them. Also, Windows does have accessibility features for them to use!
Well this is the end of Part 7! Click here for Part 8!
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