[kwlug-disc] Win VS. Lin install-wise
chris at chrisirwin.ca
Mon Aug 17 16:37:01 EDT 2009
I hate being the devil's advocate :)
On Fri, 2009-08-14 at 12:30 -0400, Insurance Squared Inc. wrote:
> I can remember when the exact opposite was true. My first few installs
> of linux were painful, nothing worked. And when stuff didn't work, it
> was beyond my capabilities to fix it. Compile stuff? Make? No idea.
> I spent probably two years with no sound on my computer, and no idea why
> there wasn't sound. Then one day after a new install....sound worked
One of the problems when comparing out-of-the-box support is that we
compare say, Ubuntu 9.04 to Windows XP, which was released in mid/late
2001. In 2001 Linux 2.4.0 and Redhat 7.1 were new. We don't compare to
those very often ;)
I've got a copy of the Windows 7 RC, and it actually does a few things
right. (I can't comment as to Vista as I never used it). It
automatically hit the internet and grabbed the proper drivers for almost
all of my hardware (my sound card didn't have a Win7 driver, so it
failed there). Upgrading drivers doesn't need a reboot now, so they
definitely have learned something.
> Linux now has somewhere between very good to excellent installation and
> ongoing upgrade processes now.....and it's still getting better. I
> think we're almost at the point where I can keep my remote server fully
> updated with all current installs going forward, and never have to do a
> clean install from scratch or an upgrade/overwrite from disk. That's
> quite a feat, though it's obviously what makes sense.
> Not sure windows will ever be able to duplicate it since their sales
> model involves abrupt upgrades to new versions. More of a staircased
> upgrade method than a seamless transition forward which is what we're
> getting with linux.
You're right, they will never have seamless upgrades as long as the
upgrade process is where they make their money. I could see them
switching to a service-based license ($X per year) and introducing
seamless upgrades, but that would take a lot of work (and more licensing
management. woo). And people would be upset if they went six years
without releasing a major update ;)
One thing that is still a huge plus for Linux is the massive software
repositories. I wonder if Microsoft will ever try to tie their "Live"
accounts to a Windows app store, allowing third parties to publish
software through it.
Chris Irwin <chris at chrisirwin.ca>
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