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Windows vs. Ubuntu — Dell's Verdict 718

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-never-knew-it-was-so-simple dept.
Barence writes "Remember how Dell put up a website declaring Ubuntu was safer than Windows, only to later change its mind? Well, the company has gotten right back into the Windows vs. Ubuntu debate with a highly sophisticated website arguing the pros and cons of each OS. People should choose Windows, argues Dell, if: they are already using Windows, are familiar with Windows, or are new to computers. People should choose Ubuntu if they're interested in open-source programming. Brilliant."
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Windows vs. Ubuntu — Dell's Verdict

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  • by philipborlin (629841) on Monday July 19, 2010 @01:42PM (#32954024) Journal
    I love the way the Windows screen shot shows the control panel as if Windows' strong point is configurability. Contrast that with the Ubuntu screen shot which shows installed games as if Ubuntu's strength is its games.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 19, 2010 @01:53PM (#32954182)

    I say this as someone who doesn't use a Mac. Apple built their reputation on being idiot-proof, and as far as I can tell, they live up.

    as someone who does own a mac, it's more like a mac is a sealed ziploc bag full of dog poo, and the alternatives are flaming paper bags of dog poo.

    neither one is idiot-proof.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 19, 2010 @02:01PM (#32954322)

    I heart Ubuntu

    You could have saved one letter by using the correct word 'love'.

  • by ultranova (717540) on Monday July 19, 2010 @02:04PM (#32954378)

    The only part that is gonna get flamed is the last bit on Windows Section: "use windows if you are new to using computers". They should have left this bit out of both sides, IMO.

    Yeah. If you're new to computers (who is, these days?), you should use a command line. Seriously, you should. There's no more intuitive way to use a computer than typing in commands as text and having it respond in kind, expect perhaps speech recognition. Compared to that a graphical user interface is far harder to use.

    When I used Linux, the one application I used the most was gnome-term running bash. Bash is also the only Linux app I really miss on Windows: I could automate pretty much anything, could do pretty much anything, and didn't need someone write a wizard to do basic stuff.

    Alternatively, GUIs need to move beyond their current state to actually allow complex operations. As is, they usually just get in the way.

    One last thing: Ubuntu, why did you name "download and install new software" to "Synaptic package manager"? I mean, seriously, WTF? Are you trying to make it difficult for newbies to figure out what it does? Or maybe you figured it would appeal to neurosurgeons?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 19, 2010 @02:14PM (#32954492)

    The average user needs to know two things things about word processing with OpenOffice. 1. They may need to save in .doc format when exchanging files with others using Microsoft Office and two 2. They really should send .pdf and not .doc in the first place where those using it are not editing the file as it is the only format that can open on 99.8% of peoples computers

  • by sconeu (64226) on Monday July 19, 2010 @02:44PM (#32955052) Homepage Journal

    Because all these people told me that Windows 7 was "their" idea.

  • by binarylarry (1338699) on Monday July 19, 2010 @02:49PM (#32955124)

    So what you're saying is that we need Boobuntu.

    I haven't googled yet but I wouldn't be surprised if it exists.

  • by irid77 (1539905) on Monday July 19, 2010 @03:00PM (#32955338)

    Encarta? Sadly, it's no more. Here's a good place to read about it:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encarta [wikipedia.org]

  • by yuna49 (905461) on Monday July 19, 2010 @04:04PM (#32956320)

    Eh? What exactly is harder in Ubuntu than it is on Windows?

    Opening a document someone sent you from work in Word 2007 and editing it in Word 2007. Where's the ribbon?

    The reply to this is not to say, "well, then, just open it in Open Office." It may look similar to its version in Word, it may not. When Open Office looks exactly like Word 2007+, and works exactly the same way as well, then you can ask your question again.

    How about people who have used Outlook for years in an office environment? Nothing, not even Evolution, will look exactly the same and work identically.

    You've obviously not dealt with people for whom moving a icon from one place on the desktop to another results in complaints that "my Windows is broken," usually followed by, "I can't do my work until it's fixed."

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 19, 2010 @06:51PM (#32958322)

    You've obviously not dealt with people for whom moving a icon from one place on the desktop to another results in complaints that "my Windows is broken," usually followed by, "I can't do my work until it's fixed."

    Obviously this problem can only be solved by implementing Desktop Space Layout Randomization(DSLR). Each time the user clicks an icon on the desktop, all other icons including the icon they clicked are rearranged using a cryptographically secure PRNG.

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