What can Windows do that Ubuntu can't?

category: general [glöplog]
It bewilders me that so many people (including big businesses) still pay an ever-increasing fortune for Windows? The only reason I have XP, and will upgrade to Vista, is that very few games will run on Ubuntu, or any other Linux distro. It's ridiculous that I pay a small fortune for an OS to run games, while my free OS will do everything else. As a matter of fact, Ubuntu usually does everything better. Can anybody name one reason, other than games, that a person would choose Windows over Ubuntu. It certainly ain't the price. :-)
added on the 2006-12-25 04:29:39 by Steohawk Steohawk
No drivers for their wireless card.
You just made an excellent point. Drivers! Not just for wireless cards, but for everything. Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't they all have to be compiled for Linux? A monumental task!
added on the 2006-12-25 05:05:51 by Steohawk Steohawk
i dont use Ubuntu, i use Gentoo or Suse, so many good ones to choose from, but yes i DO prefer my Linux os over Windows by far, drivers are the main issue but atleast nVidia actively support Linux with drivers, thats a start atleast...
added on the 2006-12-25 05:10:47 by keito keito
i presume you are making a comparison between xp and ubuntu as a desktop machine.

in theory you can do everything in both. the question is how, repeat, HOW they are done.

copying config files around to accomplish simple tasks that are related to hardware (e.g. switching display modes) is one way, clicking a few buttons is another. trying to complete a neverending package hierarchy just to learn that one needs a legacy version of gcc to compile a single program is one way, clicking "next next" to install is another. not to mention kernel compilation rituels.

your so called "distros" which pretty basicly are the same shit can suck my balls, except for suse maybe. no, they are not perfect desktop solutions, not even good. and they are not the only alternatives to xp. you are free to torture yourself though, i'm not even interested in your self respect.
another reason could be, all the symbolism that turns within linux community is pretty lame, including the need to find an animal mascot for each and every distro. tuxes are so wrong and ubuntu is one big mistake as a name for anything i will use, touch, eat etc.
I can't tell everybody to use Ubuntu, or any other distro for that matter. However, you complaints are fairly rare for Ubuntu users. Most of them, even long-time Windows-users, find it easy to learn. I think that Ubuntu, or some other distro, has a good shot at beating Windows if they overcome these hurdles:

1. Drivers
2. Games
3. Awareness
added on the 2006-12-25 06:15:50 by Steohawk Steohawk
Oh fuck OFF, who gives a flying fuck what the hell you use.

Just create shit.
added on the 2006-12-25 10:18:28 by NeARAZ NeARAZ
What T I said...
added on the 2006-12-25 11:02:19 by scoutski scoutski
Who gives a shit?

- Microsoft for one, their steady influx of billions would cease if you didn't use their latest and greatest.

- I do, since I have to still use Windows unless I want to pass on seeing any demos.

Not that things are very likely to change any time soon...
added on the 2006-12-25 11:33:01 by slux slux
Windows has the applications I like (Linux does not) and it has good APIs (Linux does not). On top of that, Windows runs faster and with less memory than those KDE or Gnome-things.
added on the 2006-12-25 11:36:30 by jua jua
Apart from the the driver and recompilation of kernel and stuff. I would say that the applications are a major fact in the choice of OS. Also, it isn't realy big bucks to get an employee a license for windows...
added on the 2006-12-25 12:26:04 by wix wix
From "Linux is not Windows"
Linux <=> Windows is like Motorbikes <=> Cars: Both are vehicles that get you from A to B via the roads.

Well, in my case getting from A to B with linux would mean that I'd have to move my computer next to the router, so I wouldn't have to use the driver-less wireless network card. I don't think motorcyclists have to move their roads to get to places they want more than car drivers, so that analogy is broken...
added on the 2006-12-25 13:10:27 by linde linde
steohawk, do you even know what a demo is?? all you can talk about is lolicon and linux. this place, even if overcrowded by hitler pictures and flames, is about demos. would you please either start making threads about demos or something at least vaguely related, or just piss off?

that said, linux has no d3d.
added on the 2006-12-25 13:48:21 by skrebbel skrebbel
linux is for pengophiles!
I can watch the vast majority of demos with my Windows computer. That's enough for me.

Also, what skrebbel said.
added on the 2006-12-25 17:16:06 by Preacher Preacher
out of my mind:
laptop wifi OUT OF THE BOX
suspend to ram + suspend to drive OUT OF THE BOX
3D acceleration OUT OF THE BOX

don't get me wrong, i do use ubuntu,kubuntu & xubuntu on my laptop on a daily basis; however i don't like WASTING time configuring my stuff and writing scripts ...

still i hate linux moronic zealots as much as i hate moronic mac users that just use macs because of the gigantic pastel icons and the holly itoons software ...

i use the os that corresponds to my needs:
- linux for PSP and embedded development
- mac osx for the sake of porting my stuff
- windows when i want to use photoshop, reason, cubase, visual studio, watch demos !

last but not least, since it seems that you DO LOVE linux, please use Gentoo that pursue the noble goal of keeping morons busy

Windows is hardly a "small fortune." It's pretty cheap compared to a lot of commercial software out there.
thom: considering that it should be free, it's quite a rip off.
added on the 2006-12-25 18:55:47 by psenough psenough
heheeh yes gentoo, lol go kevin go! :D
1. Drivers
2. Games
3. Awareness

How about 1. drivers 2. software? It's about software when it comes to enterprises accepting stuff, not the games. I slightly disagree on the driver matter because it does support incredible amounts of hardware. Yes, wlan devices too.

Who actually gives a fuck? Let's stick in the facts boys and girls: every operating system sucks arse and there's nothing you can do about it besides choosing the one sucking less than the other for your purposes.

<what_ever_I'm_voting_for> zealots: go suck a tailpipe and kill yourself
added on the 2006-12-25 19:04:18 by waffle waffle
ps: I don't get it. Why should Windows be free? It's commercial software.