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Beg to differ.

An OS isn't so much a tool as a toolbox. The OS will hold the tools themselves (perl, Office, Quake), and the accessories that make those tools usable (lib files, device drivers, logging mechanisms), but the OS itself does very little.

Extending our toolbox metaphor, imagine you have a whole bunch of tools that need different power cords (9 volt, 12 volt, 220 volt). Windows replaces them with a single monster cord that will accept any voltage and self-adjust. Linux allows you to see each and every cord and select for yourself. The upside on the Windows approach is that you can't get it wrong because the decisions are out of your hands. The downside is that this self-adjusting sacrifices stabilty and the ability to self-diagnose. The upside for Linux is that you can see all the cords and decide for yourself. The downside is that it won't stop you from picking the wrong one and screwing things up hardcore.

If you're prepared to do some work, you can use one and only one OS. You will, however, have to make some sacrifices. If you refuse to have a Windows box in the house, you won't get to play most PC games. If you feel that gaming peaked with Tetris or you already own a Playstation, this won't be an issue for you. If you use Linux, you'll save a few hundred dollars by using free software, but there will be a learning curve. If you enjoy the learning process, great! You have a project, and there's hours of fun awaiting you. If all you want to do is type a simple letter and read your email, it's probably worth a few hundred dollars to avoid the hassle.

If, however, you're a civil libertarian, there are many "features" in Windows that would terrify you. In that case, go with Linux.

"What do I want? I'm an American. I want more."

In reply to Re: Re: OT: Switching Sides by logan
in thread OT: Switching Sides by Khansultant

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