Desktop GNU/Linux Wins

Recently there were comments here that downtime from that other OS was just a figment of my imagination/bias/lies…“Out of 65 desktops, around 10 desktops crashed daily. Employees wasted around 30 minutes, that’s five times 30 minutes per week. That’s not acceptable — we had to do something” I stumbled upon an article on the matter of desktop stability (2005). It’s from a business, not a school as in my situation, but they had similar problems, crashes that wasted time.

To me, this is quite an important period because the only reason I migrated to GNU/Linux was to be free of crashes. Later I was glad I did because of performance, lack of malware, avoidance of the EULA from Hell, easy back-ups and installation, easy management, etc. Many other famous migrations happened around the same time and I would bet stability was an issue for them too. Certainly cost, flexibility, and independence from M$ were issues. Many businesses were spending ~$1000 per seat per annum just to keep things running, so it’s not just about licences or being “cheap”. FLOSS is the right way to do IT.

For another article back in the day, read Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS, FLOSS, or FOSS)? Look at the Numbers!. That’s the kind of stuff I was reading when I made my change. The story keeps changing but the conclusion’s still the same.

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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6 Responses to Desktop GNU/Linux Wins

  1. ram says:

    There are reasons all the large media creation houses, such as Weta Digital, Pixar, … use Linux workstations on their desktops. Stability is a big factor, so is speed. Linux applications compiled and optimized for a specific hardware platform typically run 50-100x faster than “equivalent functional” applications on proprietary platforms.

    Come to think of it, most engineering design houses, geophysical data processors, and scientific research laboratories also use Linux workstations, for pretty much the same reasons — speed and stability.

  2. DrLoser says:

    Luckily, the persistent enquirer can find what oiaohm would consider conclusive evidence

  3. DrLoser says:

    I’ll say one thing for you, Dougie.

    I tried to riposte with a video of you Spanking The Monkey, but as you know, Robert disapproves of these things.

    Damn this “Your comment awaits moderation” First Amendment crap!

  4. DrLoser says:

    It’s your operating system that is causing you problems.

    Do you have any of the following issues with your computer?

    1) Your hard drive crashes
    2) Your motherboard burns up
    3) Your power-supply surges and fries your system
    4) lightning strikes in the vicinity and turns your computer into a large door stop

    Well, MrPogson’s Website is here to help! (“You may also be interested in …”)

    Exhaustive studies, both academic and real-world, have demonstrated this surprising fact:

    — The second most common reason for any of these problems was because you used Microsoft Windows! It’s statistically proven! 80%+ desktop users use Microsoft Windows, and 80%+ desktop users have these problems!

    But do you know the first most common reason for these problems? Our correspondents reveal this extra, all for free, you do not need to sign a contract, your hair will grow back again <isimply by reading the following astonishing but true fact:

    The first most common reason is that you entrusted your IT to a monkey with a spanner from Jet Computing!

    Yes, 100% of desktop users who have been visited by a Jet Computing monkey with a spanner have reliably reported at least one, usually all four, of these difficult-to-diagnose problems!

    Naturally, the third most common reason is that 1) Your hard drive failed — mechanical failure 2) Your motherboard failed –mechanical failure 3) Your power supply failed — mechanical failure 4) Lightning struck — God just doesn’t like people who use Windows on the Desktop.

    You can’t do much about the second or third most common reasons. But here’s the good news!

    Phone 1-800 SNAKE-OIL NOW and The Doug Man will personally agree to spank his monkey and give him a bigger spanner!.

    And don’t worry about Dougie’s employees. It’s written into their contracts that Dougie will Spank The Monkey on a daily basis. It’s just about the most important reason to turn up to work at Jet Computing! (Motto, “Jet by name and Jet by spanking. Works both ways!”)

    … Can you SOUND any sillier, Dougie?

  5. dougman says:

    Your computer doesn’t work?

    It happens so quickly at times, it takes you a while to figure out what happened. Either a hard drive crashes, a motherboard burns up, a power-supply surges and fries your system or lightning strikes in the vicinity and turns your computer into a large door stop. The computer is easy enough to replace. The data upon it is not…

    Your computer is probably not broken. It’s your operating system that is causing you problems. If you are here, then you may have experienced problems with Microsoft Windows. That’s common. Microsoft Windows has a lot of problems. Remember your computer hardware does NOT get infected, your Windows operating systems does. Huge difference!

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