Monthly Archives: April 2011

And Linux still sucks

One year ago a brave soul (also known as the great Lunduke) proposed ways to improve the Linux Desktop:

Well, 12 months have passed and Linux on the desktop still sucks. Lunduke’s proposal in this video was that Linux desktop users should pay for software, donate 100$ per month for GIMP… madness. Yes, this would most likely make desktop Linux better, but it won’t be the same Linux we all love so much anymore.

He is forgetting what the motivation for most people is to run Linux. Take any of those “why linux is better” websites, what are the main reasons it is “better”?

Here:

http://www.whylinuxi…index.php?lang=

Don’t pay $300 for your operating system

http://www.whylinuxi…index.php?lang=

Why copy software illegally if you can get it for free?

http://www.whylinuxi…index.php?lang=

Play hundreds of games for free

Hundreds of games are released under a free (as in “free beer” and as in “free speech”)

Take the “free” (as in beer) away and Linux crumbles totally. It’s the only thing that truly speaks in its favour as desktop OS. The rest (stability, viruses) are moot points, Windows and Mac are just as stable now. Maybe even more.

Lunduke’s only argument why his proposal might work, is that some Linux users paid for his programs (1 in 50 visitors?). But he doesn’t explain what programs those were. And just why should someone pay 100$ dollars per month for GIMP if he/she can just as well buy the much more powerful Photoshop? Just because Gimp is “libre”?

If you want pay for your software regulary, run Windows and Mac. You will get better software to boot.  OK, I’ve forgot, there is still the fanatical FSF sect who cares primarily about the ideological purity. But with the “popularity” of Ubuntu, this sect is getting marginalized even in the Linux world. The cheapskates are the main audience.

Let’s face the truth: There is NO technical superiority of the Linux system anymore compared to Windows and Mac.  It was the case in the 90s, Linux was indeed technically a better OS than the Win9x line and classical Mac, but this is the ancient past now.  Freetards can now cry “Viruses, Viruses!” as long as they want, but the truth is, it has much to do with market share and the fact that users like to install shady software, as Android is experiencing right now. If you like deathmarches, you can depend solely on repositories of course, but the bad outweighs the good here. The only argument freetards bring forth at this point is usually the ancient “IIS Argument” which has been debunked long ago as well.

And seriously, get rid of the “Linux is secure by design” trademark. That design was even present in NT 4.0 already. Seriously, it’s comical how freetards still to this day are just floored by user account separation.

In short, there are only two realistic reasons to use Linux on the desktop today:

1. You have an axe to grind with MS/Apple
2. Cost

Paying for Linux kinda defeats the most important point. So of course, it’s one year later, and Linux still sucks.

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Withholding Internet Explorer 10 from Vista is a terrible decision

This blog is all about the problems of Linux and especially the cult-like mentality many of its supporters have. Criticizing Linux meant often times defending Microsoft, since that company is demonized beyond belief by the freetards to further their own cause.

But, I am not blind and I have no problems pointing out the shortcomings of companies when it needs to be done. Microsoft announced that it will not release Internet Explorer 10 for Windows Vista:

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9215791/
Windows_Vista_No_IE10_for_you

Regarding Windows Vista, our decision with IE9 [and 10] was not to build to the lowest common denominator .. Microsoft confirmed that the new browser is intended only for Windows 7

What?! Windows Vista together with the Platform Update that was released for it in 2009 is almost equal to Windows 7 API wise.

The core component of the new Internet Explorer versions, Direct2D, is available on Vista. Microsoft themselves have said that the update was designed to “[make] it easier for developers to develop for Windows 7 and Windows Vista without impacting their users“.  (source)

The Platform Update includes among other parts:

Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library: components for developers to leverage the latest advancements in modern graphics technologies for gaming, multimedia, imaging and printing applications. It includes updates to DirectX to support hardware acceleration for 2D, 3D and text based scenarios; DirectCompute for hardware accelerated parallel computing scenarios; and XPS Library for document printing scenarios.

Just what the hell will Internet Explorer 10 will do, that this will not be enough to run it? Killing of the support for Windows XP with Internet Explorer 9 was understandable, this action is not.

Given the fact that the time frame between the first Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview and the final of IE9 was exactly one year, as it was the case with the first public beta version of IE 8 and the final, and the fact that the first Platform Preview of IE10 is already available, it most likely means that IE10 final will be released around April 2012. The mainstream support for Vista ends on the tenth of April 2012:

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/?sort=PN&alpha=WINDOWS+vista

I guess this means IE10 will probably be released just a few days after the end of mainstream support, just narrowly in time to justifiy the shaft Vista users will get. I won’t be surprised if Microsoft artificially delays the RTM version for a few days just for this purpose. A dick move par excellence.

Yes, Vista was not exactly well received, most of it was due to massive exaggeration of issues that were mostly fixed with SP1 I might add, but this doesn’t justify this decision. Of course, Microsoft legally has all the rights to do this, but it doesn’t change the fact that this policy is boneheaded to the extreme and feels almost like an expression of contempt for the people who bought Windows Vista.

A bad move that tarnishes the Windows brand and the trust in the product for no good reason.