Sergey Brin of Google was quoted as stating that other OS and even GNU/Linux tortures users. I would take GNU/Linux any day because if you don’t want to manage it the darned thing just keeps running. I have set up machines that ran years without an update. Others have reported that forgotten machines kept running for many years.
Preston Gralla may not think so, but I believe that other OS is special in the torturing department. I will list some of my pet peeves in descending levels of pain:
- slow logins/boots, fighting the “hour-glass”,
- re-re-reboots, sometimes even when you are running the thing,
- malware, malware, malware,
- updates that don’t take or need several tries to take,
- zero-day vulnerabilities that the whole world knows about, including the bad guys and the updates are released at a convenient time in Redmond, WA, usually in the middle of your work day…,
- you need to change PC, OS version, and application to deal with documents from folks who just bought a new PC,
- cannot find the application that created that file,
- cannot find the driver for your bog-standard mouse or keyboard,
- swapping during boot-up,
- slowing down and/or eventually failing to boot a perfectly good PC, and
- an OS that entertains the concept of executing multimedia files… AAAAGGGHHHHH!
Have I missed any? Yes there are probably that many more again but it’s too depressing to think of a billion people enduring that nonsense for decades of their lives. Oh, the horror!
Gralla was writing about Chrome OS having its levels of pain like “no Internet access”. OK, that happens but, in the past ten years where I have had Internet access via satellite, cable, or radio, there has only been a few hours of downtime. How much downtime would that other OS get in slowing down, re-re-reboots, malware attacks, defragging, and slow boots/logins? Probably days of downtime. That’s special. That’s torture. PCs are fast. Running that other OS is torture just for the dragging performance it gives.