17 Of The Millions of Reasons to Leave M$ Behind

M$ made its OS closed-source so that it was the only one who could maintain the software. They helped the typical user of a PC by providing “automatic updates” which often worked but sometimes did not. I still remember years of struggling with M$’s updates long after I personally and professionally migrated to GNU/Linux. My employers often used that other OS and given the choices of manually or automatically updating the machines, auto-update was the way to go in terms of labour. Look what Woody Leonhard tells of 17 collossal failures:

17 epic Microsoft Windows Auto Update meltdowns.

Of course, Debian is not perfect either. They once tweaked openSSH and introduced weak SSH keys on the world… but compared to 17 disasters by one of the richest organizations on the planet Debian didn’t do too badly at all. M$ stopped people dead in their tracks. Debian just annoyed system administrators having to find every key they had created in the last few months, even in backups… 🙁

No, when M$ released an unnecessarily complex OS on the world with a huge but unknown number of bugs and then tried to fix them retroactively, they often messed up royally. Those updates were not my reason for migrating to GNU/Linux but they could well have been if I had encountered some of those biggies. I was just offended that OS could not finish a single class without crashing.

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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10 Responses to 17 Of The Millions of Reasons to Leave M$ Behind

  1. oiaohm says:

    Yes one of the biggest security flaws on Linux is X11. This is the problem the out of date parts are toxic. This is why OS’s to remain secure are forced to keep on evolving.

    There is a old saying bw don’t throw stones while standing in a glass house. Most of us Linux people are smart enough to know as a server we can throw stones and win. As a desktop not quite yet.

    Reason why Linux has stayed with X11 and Ywindows and Direct FB never took off. No support from video card vendors. So the reason why Linux is using X11 today is completely against the will of a large section of Linux users.

    So why would not Linux users know there fate is not 100 percent under their control.

    There are a lot of Windows users who try to make out they have free choice. Reality they don’t this annoys those who are well and truly aware of reality.

  2. oiaohm says:

    bw if you like it or not major media is moving from bowing to Microsoft to talking about its flaws.

    The issue of vendor lock-in is more than documented. This increases cost of migration. The strength of MS vendor lock-in has been reducing mostly due to EU cases.

    Linux admins already know they are not 100 percent in control of our fate. Microsoft provides support for running Linux in there hyper-visor. People who try to be Linux or Windows only are fooling self or hurting client. There are things both can do better.

    Linux and OS X can run a lot of network security features like they were designed and current. Like the time fault + – 1-2 seconds is time quality of the 90s between computers. Lot of areas in windows that are critical are getting 20 years behind on required quality.

    Of course I am also aware that items like X11 don’t help Linux. Yes its another area that is well and truly out of date. Wayland and Mir are both going down a path of updating that.

    Yes those things that are well and truly out of date are reducing in Linux. Microsoft really needs to invest a few billion in coder time.

  3. bw says:

    so many millions of enslaved people

    That is far too far over the top to be true, I think. Enslavement is when you are forcefully prevented from playing golf on Mondays and Wednesdays and not being able to get a pizza with your own choice of toppings. Having to use a Windows browser or else download Chrome or Firefox or whatever is nothing compared to true slavery.

    Consider that if everyone felt the way that you do and had the minimum talent necessary to poke the few keys needed to replace IE or even Windows itself, they would presumably do so in the next few minutes. So your task is not to whine about Microsoft, easy as that seems to be for you and your friends here, but to actually go out among the sheeple/slaves/fools/etc whom you feel obligated to save and start convincing them.

  4. bw says:

    Just wasted my entire day trying to get a few Windows 7 machines to play nice with a ldap backed samba server, just so a few people can use their ‘office apps’

    You blame Microsoft, JD, but the real problem that you have is your lack of consistency. You claim that your time is wasted, yet you continue to do these time wasting tasks. Clearly you are not in control of your fate.

    You must, for your own sanity, come to some sort of happy place in your mind so that you are not constantly frustrated. Either pack up and move yourself to some place that appreciates whatever talents you might have and will take action based on your opinions or else just realize that such timewasting activities are at least providing you with subsistence and that you would be much more sorry if no one were willing to pay for such useless tasks and so you would starve.

    Look on the bright side.

    You say I am sad, but just the opposite is true. Look at my picture! Can’t you see the smile? Compare it to that of Pogson and his glum appearance, presumably the product of so many years of having his opinion largely ignored. You will have to eventually replace that startled look on your face with happiness and satisfaction or with sorrow and frustration. It is up to you to decide.

  5. Yep, so much glorp serving no purpose except to make life difficult for the slaves so they will fear to change. If you build your organization on that bed of sand you can be sure it will shift out from under you whenever M$ wants you to upgrade/send more money…

  6. dougman says:

    I always find that Samba stops working on the second Tuesday of the month.

  7. oiaohm says:

    Notice the the screw up per year from Microsoft are increasing.

  8. JD wrote, “What a sad little person he must be, to defend a product that wastes so much of everyone’s precious little time on this planet and a company that spends an endless amout of cash to keep innocent souls locked in to their miserable crap, and and to prevent them from seeing the light of free / open software.”

    Amen. The enormity of the waste over decades and so many millions of enslaved people must be some kind of outlier in such crimes against humanity.

  9. JD says:

    Just wasted my entire day trying to get a few Windows 7 machines to play nice with a ldap backed samba server, just so a few people can use their ‘office apps’, instead of using a tablet / ipad / chromebook like everyone else. What a f*cking waste of time trying to get Windows to work and sitting around waiting for it to respond, what meaningless and random error messages, endless reboots, and just general frustration all around.

    Hats off to the folks who put their time and effort into releasing a product like samba, I could barely imagine how frustrated I would be should I be required to do something like reverse engineering M$’s awful, buggy and convoluted API’s with their piss poor (or no) documentation. Especially when they deliberately attempt to thwart my efforts by releasing ‘hotfixes’ that break compatibility with my product.

    And then, we see a troll like bw defending their product all day. What a sad little person he must be, to defend a product that wastes so much of everyone’s precious little time on this planet and a company that spends an endless amout of cash to keep innocent souls locked in to their miserable crap, and and to prevent them from seeing the light of free / open software.

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