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36 Responses

  1. Eddie G. says:

    I have been using Linux for over 11 years now, I have cut my teeth on using Fedora, Ubuntu, OpenSuSE, and Debian. I dropped Windows and their operating system since 2004, and after checking out Win10 I see nothing they’ve put out that would make me go back. I have been “virus-free” for over 11 years! That speaks volumes about the operating system I’m currently using (Fedora Linux) I won’t sit here and bash Microsoft, because you can see they’re making an effort to listen to their customers, but for me, I’m not inclined to download and use anything they have (except maybe for some kind of testing,)

  2. Adrian says:

    Nice read.
    Me too’ve trying it after 6-7 years of Mac.
    It’s a good step ahead, we must give MS some credit here.

    For me, the most surprising thing was how little has changed in the apps ecosystem. People keep talking about Mac vs PC in terms of hardware and OS. But not so much about apps. I could not believe it that 7 years later, the norm on windows are still Putty and Filezilla and Notepad++. And no good file manager whatsoever. Luckily there’s Atom now who can do a lot of things, although I wasn’t able to fully configure it (issues with node, python and compiling packages). Found a good terminal emulator though.

    Didn’t know about OneGet – nice one. I found Chocolatey – like brew / apt-get / etc.

  3. El-Ape says:

    While I love Linux and use it day in day out on my servers and on my personal laptop I can honestly say from a business perspective Windows is still essential for the desktop.. Many of the apps we HAVE to run for legal requirements are only available on Windows and will not run under Wine. I don’t expect this to change any time soon either.

  4. BO says:

    I have Windows 8.1 and I will not upgrade to 10 , I hate to see those tiles in windows 10 but now I only use it to shut down. What I like in an OS is Multimedia, multiprocessing, multithreading, low memory usage, speed, efficiency, and good privacy. The reason I still use Windows is that I want to see what programs I can download. What surprices me is I have not had any viruses yet. The problem is booting but I will solve it. I also like Linux but I have boot problems. 10 will be the last one and then bye bye M$. I hope Haiku Beta will be a success because it seems an OS for the future.

    • Avishek Kumar says:

      You had a boot Problem in Linux?
      What distro you tried and which boot loader you installed?
      I can help you on that part.

  5. David Juma says:

    I find this article informative in-terms of comparison between Linux and Windows 10 . I’ve heard a lot about Windows 10 but I didn’t know what to expect from it.Am a full time Linux user for 6+ years, my Curiosity is now aroused to test out Windows 10 on my own.

    • Avishek Kumar says:

      Sure David Juma, test it and let me know what is your experience on Windows 10.

      (Though deep down my heart i believe there is nothing to test in Windows 10 from a Linux Users Prespective.)

  6. rjbradlow says:

    Those of you comparing software installation between Windows and Linux are forgetting the most crucial points to compare.
    Besides the fact that package management is different from one distro to the next; Ubuntu is based on Debian which has their act together vs Ubuntu always botching their repos and upstream issues. Debian, Red Hat / CentOS, Arch, Suse… all have different managers so where the complaints are usually is Ubuntu and it’s forked derivatives.

    Who here has even tried and compared Windows attempt at package management via the (chuckles) CLI yet?
    I’m sure it isn’t anything like Linux for the same reason as my main point coming up next….

    Windows Updates Windows and nothing else.
    Linux updates EVERYTHING!

    HOW & WHY?
    Because all software is INCLUDED for free in Linux which is also Free.
    Sure you can also find commercial software for Linux too but at least it all isn’t crammed down your throat as Trial bloatware that gets installed with Windows.
    Oh sorry, you have to pay for that COA (which our author did not and won’t… up next Black Screen).
    Oh and don’t forget to keep that wallet open because you’ll still have to pay for… Office, Anti-Virus, Money, and anything else that they threw in there that you want to use…. that is all free in Linux.

    • WilliamD says:

      Yes I tried the CLI app installer – it sort of works on some but I tried to install ITunes that way – heh…. ITunes comes down as a zip file which, the installer informed me, was an empty compressed folder, can’t install. I had to take it on a mem stick to a Mint box and unzip it, take it back to windows box and then install the various bits.
      There are lots of other wierdos, like the win box was connected to my network via a wifi dongle plugged in a front usb port. That was inconvenient so I moved it to a back port (this is a desktop machine) after which the network was inaccessible and could not be re-enabled until a re-boot. Plug and play?
      I agree with the author re the lack of feedback during install – found that appalling. Not to mention the size of the downloads and updates. I blew over 16 GB on one install ( granted, I started from and insider preview copy) but 3.8 GB for a 64bit iso that supplied the OS and virtually nothing else. Come on.
      Finally, if you are going to use this OS, be very aware of the liberties MS will take of your network bandwidth. Google windows 10 and feedback first.

      • Avishek Kumar says:

        Thanks for the feedback WilliamD,
        Even I tried the CLI Package Manager. It stands no where as, compared to a Linux Package Manager. It seems to be a very immature project, but after all windows is all about it.

  7. Apurv Jyotirmay says:

    Hi, I’m also a Linux user(Ubuntu & Arch), and I totally agree with the report that you generated as per your experience with Windows’ latest installment. I think the whole Linux scenario has started to change now. With developers releasing AAA title of games on Linux, hardware manufacturers are also turning to support Linux users. The software quality on Linux has really improved and it’s UX/UI clearly rivals Windows’. The only thing that’s holding people back are some myths related to Linux and their resistance to change.

    • Avishek Kumar says:

      Well said Apurv,
      Linux is becoming an OS of General users for general day-to-day work. With the availability of so many Linux Distributions and a huge community supporting each, we will see Linux ruling Personal computing and gaming market very soon.
      Thanks for your feedback. Keep connected.

  8. I have just upgraded from standalone windows 8.1 to windows 10 by using ms auto upgrade on lenovo G500 corei5 3rd gen.

    1. I still face shutdown and booting issue. On my laptop, I had experienced blue screen error of death due to failure of power on/off driver. It persisted and annoyed me in windows 10 installation process.

    2. Installation process took 07 hours. It required manual interruption to restart again by power button press after every reboot during installation process due to above mentioned flaw in driver.

    3. After completion of installation, first I saw a message that please wait a while. Then I got message that it is taking longer than usual please wait.

    4. My desktop loaded as slow as that of windows 8.1. No significant or even minute improvement in loading desktop icons and speedy opening of apps after logging in.

    5. First thing I did was unpinning win appstore and then ms edge. Right click was not responsive and I achieved my objective after waiting 1/2 hour and getting my desktop responsive.

    6. Start menu has improved than previous unresponsive metro. Still edge and some storeapp stuff were pinned there. So I had to unpin those.

    7. First app I loaded was chrome. It loaded slow as usual. I opened page of facebook but it crashed in flash plugin in continuous 03 tries. Whereas diasp.org opened fast on first try. The default chrome browser page didn’t loaded completely.

    8. File explorer looks like custom gnome icon theme. Default view is shifted to recent files.

    10. I pressed the search button 10 times by now. Still hoping windows search will open and I will see something.

    11. In short windows 10 is same old crap ware. Nothing new just copied features of gnome desktop which we are familiar from years.

    12. It just gave me a psychological feeling of something new for few milliseconds just like that feel when you carwash and service and have feeling that your car got some salient feature.

    13. My rating for win10 is 0/10.


    • Avishek Kumar says:

      Ah! Windows, Never mind it is an old wine in new bottle everytime.
      Well, i was lucky in a few prospective as compared to you.
      My installation didn’t take so long time, neither anything crashed while testing. But overall there is nothing for a Linux-er.

    • Apurv Jyotirmay says:

      It’s seriously weird to see a company with everything in their favor, still unable to release something stable that people can really use without getting into any kind of trouble.

  9. Gene Ricky Shaw says:

    Interesting article. Of course, one area that Windows is light years ahead of Linux is software installation. I can’t recall the last time I couldn’t install software on Windows (double click setup.exe or an .msi installer and click “Next” repeatedly).

    Linux? Even with package managers, installing software can be a real pain. “Sorry, you need lib-g.so.vx1.5 but you have 1.4 and can’t install 1.5”. Sound familiar? Oh right, the package installers don’t say “Sorry”, they just don’t install what you want. My bad.

    • Avishek Kumar says:

      Thanks for your feedback.
      I agree that sometimes package installation in Linux is a pain. But if it is painful i know what is the issue and i have ways to fix it. Also, when removing a package i have the option to cleanly remove it. But if I were on Windows I won’t have ever know the reason why installing/not installing. Also no clean removal. No silly registry.

    • Apurv Jyotirmay says:

      That’s not right. We’ve got “Ubuntu Software Center” and “Mint Software Center” that deal with exactly this kind of situations. And if you’ve got an offline .deb file, then gdebi takes care of dependencies. It’s really easy compared to windows. In windows, applications will install before checking the minimum requirements and after installation they’ll show you an error that this particular component is missing, a better example for that would be “.Net framework 2.0/3.0”. And it takes forever to install(at least in my case). And I don’t need to worry about application updates on Linux, cause they are delivered with system updates(and still I’m in control of what to install and what not to). And with Ubuntu’s snappy packaging, we won’t be having any kind of PPA or delayed update problem. The system will be more stable and the updates will also perform in a better way. I don’t see any reason why it’s so difficult for a Windows user to understand Linux? I had been using Windows for almost all my computer years(till Win7), and when I tried Linux Mint(which came bundled on a DVD with a tech magazine), I was able to understand everything. All of the required softwares in one place, organized nicely under a software manager!

      • Avishek Kumar says:

        Yup! Apurv,
        Gone are the days when one not-so-techno-users fear Package Installation. The time has changed and so is the situation. Auto dependency resolution with yum, apt, dnf, yaourt, emerge has made the world a better place. If one still disagress (s)he is ignorant and Linux is not for Ignorant.

  10. Jack says:

    IE is still there in all programs as is the control panel. And you can see, block, hide what updates are pushed just like before.

    • Avishek Kumar says:

      IE means Internet explorer is still there in all programs?
      I don’t know what you mean, but IE has been replaced by Microsoft Edge. And in my case the utility to block updates didn’t work. But no complaint! Windows has always remained this way all their life. Hope the legacy will continue.

      • Patrick says:

        Actually IE isbthere load edge top right menu.. load in internet explorer. Then when IE is loaded you right click on toolbat icon and pin it to menunar and voila.. Use IE instead of edge… why should you? EDGE is not really reconized by any web sites. .. and just for the record i am. Linux admini. But for home i use windows….. i enjoy Cod too much to give up windows… sorry guys.

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