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XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby Giant Communist Robot » Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:00 pm

I've never been a fan of Windows, here's some reasons why:

1. With DOS, you made your own decisions. With Windows, the decisions are made for you.

2. There is an implication that you are too stupid to learn DOS.

3. Planned obsolescence.

4. Overpriced.

Last week I got the free Ubuntu Linux CD. It has counterparts for things in Windows and seems to do everything XP does. Comes with Firefox and OpenOffice. Even has some features unavailable on Windows. Nice. A small pop-up informed me there were some 170 odd updates, so I began downloading. Some didn't install correctly, and Ubuntu froze up. I had to reboot from the power button, but then the kernel was damaged and Ubuntu wouldn't boot. I had to re-install.

I've had my share of problems with Windows in the past, but now have new respect for the stability of XP.
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Re: XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby Shapley » Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:08 pm

Giant Communist Robot wrote:I've never been a fan of Windows, here's some reasons why:

1. With DOS, you made your own decisions. With Windows, the decisions are made for you.

2. There is an implication that you are too stupid to learn DOS.

3. Planned obsolescence.

4. Overpriced.


You forgot one:

5. DOS never pretended it could multitask.
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Re: XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby Giant Communist Robot » Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:12 pm

5. DOS never pretended it could multitask


Interesting point. Ubuntu claims to be a true multitasker; I've heard Windows simulates multitasking. I don't know.
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Re: XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby barfle » Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:33 pm

A few years ago, I gave bar $500 to help her buy a new laptop, and for that she gave me her old Win98 tower. It was a useful machine, but I wanted to experiment with it, since I already had my XP tower in pretty good shape.

So I downloaded Ubuntu, eventually figured out how to put it on a CD, and tried to load it on the old 98 box. I got a message that said my BIOS date was too old. I thought Linux was easy on hardware.

So I tried an old Turbo Linux program I had, and it stopped loading about the time the GUI was supposed to show up. Three times, three strikes. I've pondered getting an even simpler Linux for it, but I'm having more fun replacing leaking spigots. :crazy:
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Re: XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby analog » Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:26 pm

but I'm having more fun replacing leaking spigots


Ahhh yes. Reality.

A good friend from work claims his most successful ever home improvement was when he junked the family PC, bought his wife a Mac and his boys an Evinrude.

This machine was ME and i was ready to put it out of its misery.
Son In Law convinced me to try XP so we bought a OEM disk and enough secondhand memory sticks to fill the motherboard. It then became liveable if slow, seldom crashes anymore.
GC you're right about XP .
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Re: XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby Trumpetmaster » Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:05 am

barfle wrote:. Three times, three strikes. I've pondered getting an even simpler Linux for it, but I'm having more fun replacing leaking spigots. :crazy:



Sorry Barfle but after reading your post
all I can picture here is the Little Dutch boy....

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Re: XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby barfle » Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:23 am

Sometimes the old "getting a drink from a fire hose" is inadequate. Keeping up with my job and my house is a lot like getting a drink from Niagara Falls.
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Re: XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby BigJon@Work » Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:11 am

When I first saw this thread title, I thought it read XP vs. Cthulhu.
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Re: XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby dai bread » Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:02 pm

Giant Communist Robot wrote:I've never been a fan of Windows, here's some reasons why:

1. With DOS, you made your own decisions. With Windows, the decisions are made for you.

2. There is an implication that you are too stupid to learn DOS.

3. Planned obsolescence.

4. Overpriced.

Last week I got the free Ubuntu Linux CD. It has counterparts for things in Windows and seems to do everything XP does. Comes with Firefox and OpenOffice. Even has some features unavailable on Windows. Nice. A small pop-up informed me there were some 170 odd updates, so I began downloading. Some didn't install correctly, and Ubuntu froze up. I had to reboot from the power button, but then the kernel was damaged and Ubuntu wouldn't boot. I had to re-install.

I've had my share of problems with Windows in the past, but now have new respect for the stability of XP.



XP is an excellent system. I regret not sticking with it when I bought my present computer.
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Re: XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby Giant Communist Robot » Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:14 pm

XP is an excellent system. I regret not sticking with it when I bought my present computer.


Did you get Vista?
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Re: XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby dai bread » Sat Mar 14, 2009 4:54 pm

Unfortunately, yes. It was the updated version with the service pack that Microsoft issued to fix what must have been a total disaster.

It seems to me that the primary function of Vista is to protect copyright come hell or high water. There are some programs I (and others) actually paid for that ran happily under XP, but won't run under Vista. Granted, they were a few years old, but that just shows that Vista's back-compatibility is close to zero. A South African souvenir screensaver is one of them. Sibelius is another.

I asked about replacing Vista, but the tech. concerned said the remedy was likely to turn out worse than the disease. In other words, grin & bear it. My next machine will be a Mac. It's a pity, actually. The computer itself is a good one. Thoughts of Linux cross my mind, but I'm not a tech. and I don't want to wreck anything.
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Re: XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby analog » Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:29 pm

Don't know if Vista has this "compatibility" feature but XP does...

if i right click a program file, then in the dropdown list left click 'Properties',
there appears a tab labelled "compatibility".
Clicking that offers me a checkbox that says 'run as compatible with [a selection of past versions of Windows.] '
Selecting the oldest one offered, usually Win95, caused a few of my old DOS programs to run just fine - namely Qbasic and DCCAD , which previously bombed.

Presumably, if Vista offers you a XP compatibility option it might work.....

worth a try?

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Re: XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby dai bread » Sun Mar 15, 2009 5:50 pm

Not as straightforward as it might seem, analog. I looked through some of the programs and some don't have a compatiblity feature, and some have it greyed out. Still, I'll bear it in mind next time I strike trouble.
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Re: XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby navneeth » Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:58 pm

Ubuntu rocks! XP... XP? What's XP?

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Re: XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby Giant Communist Robot » Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:06 pm

Ubuntu good points:

free
similar enough to Windows to be familiar
comes with GNU Chess and Sudoku
kernel less vulnerable to attack
terminal feature for manipulation of code---this is the kind of thing that gave DOS its appeal, the operator is in control. But Ubuntu is much more complicated than DOS ever was.

Ubuntu bad points:


not as stable as Windows
not necessarily intuitive, while Microsoft has gone to a lot of work to make sure Windows is
not all plugins will work
some compatibility issues
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Re: XP vs. Ubuntu

Postby Giant Communist Robot » Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:11 pm

Here's an example: I had to unpack some rar files--with Windows you download the tool and click on install. With Ubuntu you need to locate a Linux compatible rar inflator and make note of where it downloads. Then, through the terminal you give the location (sometimes) and the install command. Some commands are version specific, so the web may not be much help.
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