Winning and Losing

It’s a necessary fact of life that there will be conflict. Too many people have too many differing beliefs they hold dearly. “Blog of Helios” has a sweet tale of a business-woman having grief from non-free apps from that other OS and finally from M$. M$ appears to have determined her legally purchased licence was invalid and changed her to autoupdate against her wishes. Also the non-free apps were being detected as malware…

In the end she was shown GNU/Linux and switched to running a few apps for that other OS in a virtual machine on GNU/Linux. She now knows about alternatives and can rejoice in software that works for her and not against her. Amen.

I’ve had a few small victories like this. They are sweet. I remember a single mom who came to me with XP on a netbook that would not boot. There was nothing wrong but some damaged keys. The machine ran GNU/Linux just fine. In fact it was noticeably faster. Amen. Someone saved by GNU/Linux will never forget and will share the Good News.

see Small Victories” I’ll Take ‘Em…

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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12 Responses to Winning and Losing

  1. oldman says:

    “Phenom in my work I have nightmares. Windows update related.”

    Why Mr. oiaohm. We have almost 200 windows servers that are kept humming by a relatively small number of sysadmins. No Nightmares there.

    Such a statement would seem to me to indicate that either you insist on trying to treat windows servers like linux servers and are running into problems, or you simply don’t know what you are doing as far as windows servers are concerned. I havew found this to be a is a common disease among those who while linux bigots, are forced to support applications run on windows.

    “To be truthful a lot of businesses want out of Windows and it issues but they are trapped in by there accountancy systems.”

    Really? and you know this, how?

  2. Phenom says:

    Ohio, I have no interest in your psychological problems whatsoever. Neither do I in your ramblings, at least not until you learn the difference between data connection pooling and data caches, and other similarly fundamental topics. Do not waste your time to blurt out another incoherent analysis on the mentioned topic, I will ignore it anyway.

  3. oiaohm says:

    Phenom in my work I have nightmares. Windows update related.

    To be truthful a lot of businesses want out of Windows and it issues but they are trapped in by there accountancy systems.

    Open source developers most have avoid doing business grade accountancy systems for all countries. What people use at work is what they use at home.

    What is used at work is what most schools presure students to learn.

    Its cracking the ice one to two failures here or there is not enough.

    All anti-virus software has false positives. These are also a major pain in but.

  4. Ray says:

    Nice to know that someone’s having a better time with computers 😀

  5. Thanks. My spellchecker is not enough…

  6. gewg_ says:

    @Pogson
    a sweet tail of a business-woman
    Perhaps some teenagers would appreciate being called that, but I doubt a businesswoman would.
    Maybe you meant “tale”. 😎

  7. Contrarian says:

    “There are about 100million PCs running GNU/Linux …”

    Bologna, #pogson.

    What is even more laughable is your belief that even a 6 or 7 percent adoption rate is considered as “very popular”? You have been down so long, that every way you look is up.

  8. Ivan says:

    [citation needed]

  9. GNU/Linux is very popular on the desktop, but not in every region. There are about 100million PCs running GNU/Linux not including the hundreds of millions of Android/Linux devices out there. Desktop and “mobile” is an artificial construct to support the idea that GNU/Linux is not thriving. Notebooks are mobile but still considered PCs by IDC yet there are smart phones which are much more powerful than some notebooks and some desktop PCs.

  10. Phenom says:

    Stories like that have been floating around since 90s, and Linux still hasn’t conquered the desktop. Go figure.

  11. You mean in 55% of the time no user interaction was required? That’s a fragile system…

  12. ThoRa says:

    I don’t buy it.

    My father is a klutz when it comes to computers. He regularly insists that he hasn’t done anything when his computer (running Windows 7) acts up. I can quickly show him every time that he has indeed done something which caused the acting up.

    Funny thing: Microsoft just released their security report, which finds that in a good 45% of all cases reviewed, user interaction WAS required for malware infection.

    http://www.microsoft.com/security/sir/archive/default.aspx

    What we then have here is the usual Linux double standard: Windows acting up is Windows’ fault, Linux acting up is the user’s fault. Unfortunately it’s not all that different.

    But that probably would destroy your view of the world, Mr. Pogson.

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