NewsForge: Linux Users Are Spoiled
Jul 04, 2004, 04:00 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"A friend got a new laptop with Windows XP pre-installed. 'Does
this come with an IRC program?' he asked. No, it doesn't. There are
plenty of IRC programs for Windows, but you need to download and
install them yourself. Word processing? Not included. Spreadsheet?
Windows leaves you on your own yet again. I swear, by the time you
buy or download all the software it takes to actually do something
with Windows, you might as well install Linux. It would take a lot
less time. I don't know about you, but my time is worth money, and
if I need to do a whole bunch of software downloading and
installation to make my computer usable, we're talking huge TCO
(Total Cost of Ownership).
"Because of antitrust concerns, Microsoft needs to be careful
about what kind of application software it ships with Windows.
Microsoft reps sometimes point to Linux distributions and ask why
they can get away with shipping stacks and stacks of applications
without getting in trouble. The answer to that one, of course, is
that the Linux distributions give you a choice..."