I am probably one of Yanike's biggest haters on this website but I want to disagree with you here.
Have you EVER even TRIED Ubuntu?
Windows can't be as "powerful" (subjective word) as Linux until it's re-written from scratch. Also, since you said you're a student of IT, I really do feel pity for you for not realizing the importance of a command line backend. I will give you one example out of a billion:
I run a script or a software in Windows, it crashes...what do I do? Run it again, try to find causes of the crash using some random testing method.
I run a script or a software in Ubuntu,it crashes...what do I do? Run it from the command line and observe the point where it crashes...why? COZ IT SHOWS THE OUTPUT I NEED TO FIND THE CAUSE DIRECTLY.
Go try something first before you start ridiculing it. The only reason people like you think Windows is an unmatched OS is because of games. You can do everything that you can do on Windows AND do it faster on Ubuntu. Many of Windows's useful softwares have been ported over from their linux versions.
True there are many things in Ubuntu that are better utilized using GUI but thanks to a CLI backend, you don't have the rewrite the damn thing just for that. That's why it's SO extendable.
I wasn't coming at him as an IT student. I as was coming at him as your average user. Which was the point of this article... Microsoft is adding to the power of the GUI, and simplifying this for them. They're not going to bother at all with a CLI. I may be going into IT, but I am a consumer first and foremost, when I am not at school or work. I don't code, or make scripts. I watch movies, Listen to music, browse the web, and play games, etc.
FYI and AFAIK...you are one of the few IT students who has yet to realize the value of the linux platform...wish you luck.
Personally, Linux holds no value to me.... On the consumer side, It's just a loose collection of people's weekend projects, that lack any professional backing, and even those that do are pretty poor (ex: Open Office, or whatever it's called this week). All the programs I have installed on my Ubuntu box have not impressed me enough to even power up that machine over my Win7 box. The only time I'm on Ubuntu is when I am doing my banking. That's it. Linux has no value to consumers at all.
@bold: what do you mean by "hiding" behind CLI? Think of CLI in linux as a complement to the GUI...again, you wouldn't know this until you've actually using the linux terminal, it's not the same as a Windows prompt.
There is no transparency at all with a CLI, you don't know what's there or not there unless you know all the commands like the back of your hand.
All the commands like the back of your hand? WHAT?!
I, by no means, know all the commands like the back of my hand but I can probably do most of the Ubuntu stuff that I need using the Terminal. There's this auto-complete kinda feature which you can use by pressing Tab (I think) and it completes the command for you, or filename for that matter.
What do you mean by consumer value? If people try, they can do most of the things on linux that they can do on Windows bar video/voice chatting on MSN which is still not stable yet.
These days, all most people need is a web browser. Give them Chromium on a linux box, they'll be able to type documents, listen to music, watch movies, make presentations, do spreadsheets, do graphics/video/audio editing, develop websites, host websites, etc...then what exactly does Windows have that Linux doesn't (for an average non-gaming person) ?
Heck, I plugged my printer on Ubuntu and it was set up in 10 seconds FLAT! On Windows 7, I had to wait for it to find 5 kinds of drivers and let it install which took about a minute...that's without the bloat that HP's cd contains.
I think that using a Linux OS, a person becomes more aware of their computer...it allows them to appreciate the hardware.
Lacks any professional backing? Canonical, Red Hat, Novell, IBM, Intel, Compaq (HP), Mandriva...they're all VERY professional companies. Again, you come off as a person who hasn't invested enough time or interest into the linux OSes...so it's pretty useless to argue with you about something you don't even know about completely. Also, nobody's arguing how linux holds less consumer value to you personally, I'm arguing your assumption that CLI is "so 1990" and the thing that an average joe can't use CLI, heck...I'll tell you how I use CLI, I GOOGLE what I wanna do and lo and behold! The steps are there to follow! And your second point that Windows is more powerful than linux because M$ made it so user-friendly.
Newsflash: User-friendly =/= Powerful. Both are very different things, while M$ has made it User-friendly, although that's still not done...it's nowhere near the efficiency, speed and power of a linux box. That's why requirements of most linux distros are so less than Windows's requirements.
@Yanike...Lol, I think it has to do with how you put your hand into EVERYTHING and most of those things fall short of my expectations .... and don't call them cheerleaders, they're groupies
Edited by Afzal, 27 March 2011 - 03:46 AM.