What’s So Bad About MS Windows?

A little musing on the perceived competitiveness between commercial and non-commercial operating systems by a user of both types.

Just a few moments ago on a forum that I frequent, a comment was made by a poster whom I have interacted with for quite some time and have much respect for; someone I would definitely call “friend”. This individual was replying to a comment I had made on a thread discussing MS Windows and Linux “us and them” mentality. The thread was initiated by a posting of a blog article called Linux users are hate filled criminal hackers by Locutus on it.toolbox.com.

Closing remarks from the Locutus’ article:

Do you think Linux advocates are really thought of like this by windows advocates? Why would they think this way? Do we project that image in our enthusiasm for Linux? Do we really hate windows that much?

His article is actually a reply itself to an anonymous commenter who had some rather unfriendly things to say about Linux users.

A snippet of the anonymous commenter’s post:

It always grates me when the discussion gets down to how rotten Windows is because of all the viruses etc. when it seems obvious, at least to Windows users, that most of that crap is written by Linux devotees. It seems hard to deny how obvious that is and a great part of the reason that Linux doesn’t suffer from it is because these guys are not going to ‘shit in their own back yard’.

Wow! With the tapping of a few keys, myself and the entire Linux community is suddenly stuffed into the same pigeon hole with the pimply-faced thirteen year old kid who just spent 11 days with no sleep so he could manipulate his botnet to attack the Girl Scout’s website because his chocolate mints arrived three weeks late.

Umm… cookies! Er, but I digress…

I commented on the thread discussing Locutus’ blog post, which had entered the typical MS Windows vs. Linux why and wherefore stage, by stating:

I have a system out in my shop right now that belongs to a friend who asked me to dual-boot Win/Ubuntu for him. He’s tired of Windows. He wants to try Linux. My list of converts is growing.

And yes, I do convert people to Linux. I don’t run around evangelizing on street corners or send SPAM emails about it. Usually, the folks come to me. They’re frustrated and tired of poor performance or corrupted system issues with their MS Windows and they’re looking for respite. I offer them some… in the form of Linux.

Is MS Windows bad? Is it an inferior product? No. I don’t think that on either count. Microsoft has created and marketed an operating system that is the primary operating system for personal (and many business) users the world over. Does it have some security issues? Yes. Is it perfect? Absolutely not. Is Linux perfect? Hell no. In my opinion, though, and for my needs, Linux performs the job better than MS Windows. That’s a personal choice.

There seems to be this underlying user angst (fan loyalty?) out there when it comes to operating systems. As I explained to my friend on the forum, I don’t care what you use for an operating system any more then I care whether you like Ford or Chevy automobiles. If MS Windows works for you, more power to you. If Mac is the apple of your eye, so be it. The perceived competition between commercial operating systems (MS Windows) and the non-commercial ones (Linux) is just silly to me. Linux supposedly controls 1% of the personal PC market right now. Ooooh! I bet MS is shakin’ in their Skechers®

I’ve said this before… use whatever works for you. Life is too damned short to be worried about what operating system weird uncle Bob uses when designing his tinfoil hats.

Have FUN… whatever you do!


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  • Henery Schaffer  On April 17, 2010 at 18:36

    Thanks for posting the article, was certainly a great read!

  • chrisretusn  On April 17, 2010 at 23:39

    I really like those cookies. 🙂

  • BambisMusings  On April 18, 2010 at 08:52

    Yes, many of us love Linux and it’s open source roots and mindset, but we also love and use other OSes as well, including proprietary Windows and Macs. Whatever tool works best for the job and that’s a subjective thing by the user.

    Like you, I would never try to push folks into using Linux, but I will talk about how much I love it…just as I do with Windows and Mac.

    Open source is a wonderful thing. Not just because it’s free as in beer, which it isn’t always, but it is always free as in free speech, which makes it the better than sliced bread in my book!

    Free as in Free Beer = monetary free
    Free as in Free Speech = free to do anything you want, to change or edit in any way you want. Unlike proprietary software where you pay for the privilege.

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On April 18, 2010 at 11:35

      Well, I’m not much on beer, but I like to speak my piece. 🙂

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Don’t forget to Tweet me, Digg me, and /. me too. That sounds like I’m telling you to treat me like the dog I am. 😉

  • MALsPa  On April 18, 2010 at 18:13

    I think most of the folks who use Linux simply love computers. The “us” and “them” stuff is fascinating, really; but, it gets old. Is it just human nature? The same silly stuff happens between users of different Linux distros.

    I’d be happiest having at least three computers: Mac OS-X running on one, Windows on another, and Linux on my main PC (multi-booting at least four distros, probably!).

    Right now in this household I mainly use Linux, the little lady uses Vista, the kids use both, and we all wish that we also had a Mac. 🙂

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On April 18, 2010 at 19:41

      Myeh… *shrugging*

      I think it’s the age old “mine is better than yours” thing. And you’re right… Linux users are oftimes very loyal to their distro of choice. I’ve never had anything Apple/Mac. I’ve never heard anything but good about ’em, though.

      As always, thanks for reading and commenting, MALsPa.


  • BlazeEagle  On April 20, 2010 at 15:10

    I have no problem with Linux users that are reasonable & respectful of others PERSONAL preferences.

    It’s the ones with an snooty, uppity superiority complex attitude that grate on my nerves. They act like us Windows users are traitors to humanity.

    I just want to use an OS that has an high compatibility level with commercial software.

    I respect the skills open sourcers have, I just don’t like to be condemned as a “sell out” by the ones who have a superiority complex or whatever.

    Why do some have such an attitude? Sure, Some Windows users are flaky but that doesn’t mean we all are.

    We all need to be thankful that we can compute the way we want. Ashame some are so consumed by their ego that they can’t leave those who disagree alone.

    I still use XP cause I hate Vista, but I’m looking forward to Windows 7.

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On April 20, 2010 at 19:19

      Thanks for reading and the comments, BlazeEagle! And yeah, it’d be nice if everyone could just do their own thing and get along, but that ain’t human nature, evidently.



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