Ramblings of a Professional Computer Geek

October 13, 2010

10 Reasons Not To Use Linux?

I was browsing Linux news sites, and ran into this:
10 Reasons Not to Use Linux (Reflexion).

I started to write a comment, but it grew to the point I decided to just post it here, instead.

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February 11, 2009

The “Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome”

Filed under: Linux,Open Source,Windows — Padma @ 11:53 am
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I ran across an article this morning, Linux Versus the Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome.  I thought it made some very good points.

The problem is that people who have lived, worked, and played in a homogeneous Microsoft computing paradigm are lost and confused when they encounter a different paradigm. These people have only seen the flawed Microsoft ideology for how computing systems should work and so have a difficult time with more elegant systems based on Unix. They see the Linux system with its’ own paradigm and ideology and try to force it into the only paradigm they know, which is Microsoft’s. This will always cause the user problems.

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January 13, 2009

vi – The editor of choice

This winter, my employer decided to radically change the way we support new customers.    Instead of building their telephony applications using a proprietary, in-house language, we will build them in (raw) VXML, using PHP as the ‘glue’ to put it all together.  (Of course, existing apps, whatever the language, will continue to be supported.)

This means, among other things, that an IDE, or at least an editor, must be decided on to ensure standardization throughout our development branch.  Enter Applications Engineering, my section. (more…)

October 1, 2008

Software Installation In Linux

Filed under: Linux,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 2:05 pm
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One of the complaints I still hear from new (or non-) Linux users is that installing software is too hard.  The usual case in point is that in Windows, they just do an online search for what they want, download the installer, and double-click on it, and, after a few ‘OK’ clicks, voilà!  Or they just go down to the store, plunk $50 on the counter, take the CD home, insert it into the drive, and, again, after a few ‘OK’ clicks, voilà!

In reality, software installation in Linux can be even easier.  It can also be much harder.  It depends on what level of responsibility you want to take. (more…)

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