Minutes ago, I watched a documentary on National Geographic, the back ends of the FIFA world cup in 2005. One of the vignettes was a professional photographer taking shots from the sidelines. At a 15 minute break he headed to the Press Room to send pictures to his client. He had been using that other OS and shut it down in the usual way but when he got back to it the thing was still alive showing “that other OS is shutting down”. He finally had to cut power to restart it.
After composing some text, he tried to upload his work. After several failures, he had to abandon his attempt to get a jump on competition and returned to the game 15 minutes late.
Fans of that other OS can tell the world how reliable and high-performing that other OS is but this scene is more like my experience. That other OS is:
- a poor performer,
- fails both routinely and randomly, sometimes when you need it most, and
- you have to hold its hands instead of it doing its thing smoothly and unobtrusively.
Now, I know GNU/Linux is not perfect, but once installed in a system, you are much less likely to have such annoyances and failures. GNU/Linux is a real OS, managing your resources and working for you, not against you.