Since I’ve been using computers, I hear never ending stories and arguments which operating system is better. Those “wars” were usually between Windows and Linux “fans”, and today we have 3rd category: Mac users. These days, fans of all three operating systems have good arguments to claim that their operating system is the best. I use Windows (to be precise, Windows 7 RC, soon I’ll get full version), and I would like to say why I don’t use Linux or Mac…
- I am Microsoft Student Partner. I am NOT Microsoft employee, I don’t receive money for being MSP, and description of my “job” doesn’t include advertising Microsoft and it’s products.
- I’ve been using Mac for maybe 15 minutes.
- I’ve been using Linux for two weeks two years ago, and one week these days.
- I have nothing against Linux and Mac users, I thing that everyone should choose to use operating systems that best fits his/her needs.
- Whatever you choose to use, I won’t earn money out of it. No money in my pocket, no money out of my pocket.
The reason why I decided to write this post is today’s argument with Luka Sucic (founder of MacKorisnik (MacUser), portal for Mac users in Croatia) , @Beler, on Twitter, about Moonligth project for Linux. If you never heard about it, here is a short description:
Moonlight is an open source implementation of Silverlight (http://silverlight.net), primarily for Linux and other Unix/X11 based operating systems. In September of 2007, Microsoft and Novell announced a technical collaboration that includes access to Microsoft’s test suites for Silverlight and the distribution of a Media Pack for Linux users that will contain licensed media codecs for video and audio.
Our goals are:
- To run Silverlight applications on Linux.
- To provide a Linux SDK to build Silverlight applications.
- To reuse the Silverlight engine we have built for desktop applications.
As you might read, whole summer I’ll spend in Tampere, Finland, at internship, and one of my tasks will be working on projects using Ubuntu 9.04 Linux. I use Bing as my primary search engine, and I wanted to look at Bing background image gallery, but to do that, I needed to install Silverlight. So I needed to install Moonlight for Mozilla Firefox 3.5, installation went OK, but still I had problems running Silverlight content. So I wrote tweet about that:
Moonlight doesn’t work for me on Firefox 3.5 on Ubuntu 8.04.
Second reply that I got was this one:
u kiddin me? who to blame? who owns silverlight? Who makes $$$ off it?
As I can see, Novell made it (I mean Moonlight), and why to blame Microsoft?!?! The thing that I don’t like with anti-Microsoft users (I don’t know how to call them) is that they blame Microsoft because of everything, even if it’s not Microsoft to be blamed. Later with had huge discussion about that, Luka thinks that every alternative to Microsoft is better (his opinion), he hates Microsoft, and thinks that Microsoft should be blamed because Moonlight doesn’t work on my PC and so on… Hi is not the only one in the universe who thinks that, but hey, we live in democracy, they can say whatever they want (actually, in Croatia maybe not ).
The thing that I don’t like with such users is that they blame Microsoft because of everything. They use Firefox on Windows, and if Firefox crashes, IT IS MICROSOFT’S FAULT! They play some game, it crashes, and it is Microsoft’s fault. Whenever something’s wrong, for them it’s Microsoft’s fault. Few days ago, friend of mine who runs blog using WordPress, wrote in his Facebook status that he wants to say “thanks” to his web hosting company for not solving problem with his blog. Blog was down. After few hours, he reported that they had some problems with MySQL server and that everything is OK now. His friend replied that that’s what happens when they use Microsoft’s products. I said that MySQL is not Microsoft’s product, and Microsoft should not be blamed. Of course, he replied that it must be running on top of Windows.
Guys, think first. If something is wrong with your computer, think who should be blame. Don’t always and without reason say it’s Microsoft’s fault. Of course, Microsoft is not perfect company and it doesn’t make perfect products (I like to watch this video showing Windows 98 blue screen of death), but they should not be blamed every time. I think their operating systems (especially Windows 7) are great, for me they are secure and stable if you know what are you doing with them (I mean, don’t install untrusted programs).
OK, let’s see why I use Windows 7 instead of Linux or Snow Leopard.
First time I wanted to try Linux three years ago, I got Ubuntu live distribution, but I couldn’t start it because it had some problems with graphic card.
I’ve been using Ubuntu for two weeks two years ago (it was version 7.04, I think). I wanted to be different from the others, saying that I don’t use Windows anymore, I thought I was so cool, I “hated” Microsoft… but after some time, I realized that’s not it, for every “serious” task I needed to reboot to use Windows XP, I had huge problems setting up some things and doing everyday activities. I realized that Windows XP is few light years ahead of Ubuntu.
Now I use Ubuntu 9.04. I can see it is much better than version I used two years ago, but also it takes quite a lot of time to learn how to use it. I wanted to try KDE 4, I followed some tutorial on how to install it, but after reboot, system crashed. Only thing that I got was terminal, black background and white letters filling up whole screen, and I needed to install fresh new copy.
I still try to learn how to use it, and I think that user experience and simplicity are on Windows side.
I’ve been using Mac for maybe 10 minutes one year ago. I wanted to check email and see news, and I had problems doing right-click. As you probably know, Mac’s have only one mouse button (this was laptop, so it had touchpad), and I didn’t knew that you have to use three fingers to do right-click. That’s was my experience.
Why I don’t use it today? The reason for that is very simple: PRICE. I want 17’’ laptop with 4GB of RAM (I need it for virtualization), and the cheapest MacBook Pro with that configuration in Croatia costs
19.969,00 kunas (3900$). Average salary in Croatia is around 5000 kunas, which means that average Croat has to work for 4 moths to afford Mac. Sorry, I found that it costs 16.439,00 kn (3100$) (thanks Kristijan), avarage Croat has to work for 3 and something months to afford Mac. I’m student, without regular job and regular income, trying to survive from month to month, imagine how many months I have to work to afford Mac.
I use Windows because I think it is great operating system that almost anyone can afford, with great usability and simplicity, but still very powerful to do all things that I (and I think most of the people) need. It also works on any hardware (Windows 7 runs on a P2 with 266MHz CPU, 96MB RAM & 4Mb graphic card), it has huge collection of programs… I hate when somebody is blaming Microsoft for everything, and I don’t like when Mac users (boring as Jehova’s witnesses) are trying to convert me to their
God OS. No success. Maybe one day. Maybe.