linux sucks windows vs linux
Why should you use Linux?
It has to do with doing work. Whatever your work is.
I really can't tell you how it can help you specifically,
because I don't know what you do. My own work involves web pages,
programming, and moving data from one format to another, email.. I
am constantly, all day long, manipulating files, data, changing
formats, searching for patterns.
More to the point, when I find myself doing repetitive tasks, I
automate them through scripting. For example, I maintain the FAQ
for the comp.unix.sco.misc newsgroup. I took it over from the
former maintainer just a month ago, and the first thing I noticed
was that adding factoids was a major pain in the butt- I had to add
the text, update the index, update the modification history, and
then create the text-only versions that get posted monthly. I also
needed to integrate the new information with my own customized
search engine. I wrote a Perl script to do all that for me (and
yes, you can have Perl on Windows but believe me- it is NOT the
same, not because Perl is different but just because Windows gets
in your way).
When I add articles to my web page, I have similar problems-
updates of index pages, cross-references, etc. Again, scripts. And
again, you are probably thinking "I can write .bat files" - but
that's like me describing a Harley Davidson and you piping up about
your tricycle! You do NOT have the power, and it's not just the
scripting languages themselves, it's the underlying OS that gets in
your way, and blocks you at every turn. You may get it done, but it
will take much more effort.
I have, like most of us, tremendous archives of email. Very
often, mail from or to someone that did not need its own folder
later becomes important enough or just voluminous enough to need to
be reorganized. I hate to think how you'd do that on Windows, but
it's dead easy for me.
I do the same sorts of things for my customers. You need a
"printer" that transforms the data it gets into a csv file, and
emails the result to a bunch of people, noting which of them needs
it with Unix line endings, which with Mac and which as Windows?
Does one of them need a summary? Does someone else need to be
notified that the files were sent? No problem. You want an LDAP
server that automatically picks up new users and a phone book that
drags data from that? And so on.. and again, it's not that you
CAN'T do this stuff in Windows, it's that it will take you longer,
it's harder, it will cost more. It's a basic difference in
philosophy- Windows makes it easy for you do do the things it can
do, Linux/Unix makes all things possible.
But if you are happy with your tricycle, be so. When I have to
work on Windows I am very often frustrated and annoyed by its
limitations- and it is not, as you might think, that I am
unfamiliar with the beast: I am (or was, I let it expire) Microsoft
MCSE certified. The problem is not me, it's just that Windows is
weak, clumsy, messy, stubborn and obstinate. Unix/Linux is sleek,
powerful, adaptable, willing and friendly.
Oh well, you either grok it or you don't. Good luck to you.
See Linux sucks, Windows is better than Linux also.
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