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Re: [suse-security] Windows versus linux
From: Hans Forbrich (forbrichtelusplanet.net)
Date: Thu Apr 10 2003 - 11:49:43 CDT
I concur with your Statements. To elaborate on the specific point of "Windows:
easy installs, Linux more difficult installs."
The latter - difficult installs under Linux - is especially true if one starts
with the sources (example, on CD), has no clue what a compiler is, and refuses
to read any documentation.
That said - I also make the following rash statements:
Windows is provides a comfortable initial user experience. After this I find
- it is not easily re-configurable
- it is not easily extensible
- annoying things like the cute "help sprites" can not easily be eliminated
- designer assumptions often conflict with real requirements
- there is a lot of undocumented stuff and no legal way of documenting it
- there is no inherent kernel protection
- new installs casually overwrite system DLLs causing strange symptoms
- but the new versions protect against this
- so you need to install as administrator and end up overriding!
- for an experienced user, the experience quickly becomes condescending
- and finally ... when restarting after it froze and I had to hard-reset, it
admonishes me that I should have shut the system down properly. That is truly
I strongly feel that one should only have to install something once and
therefore the install experience should not be over-emphasized.
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