20 Jul 2011
Roger Thomas’ assessment of the “darker side of Linux” shows a complete lack of experience with modern Linux distributions (Review ignored Linux’s darker side). Was he being ironic?
I moved completely to Ubuntu some years ago. I very rarely have any issues with peripherals, particularly the older ones. My colleagues who follow the XP/Vista/7 path have endless issues with patches, virus scanning and bloated software wanting to run their lives or update themselves when all they want to do is print.
I recently upgraded my 70+-year-old father-in-law to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS because he was constantly getting malware and security issues and was puzzled when patches radically changed the behaviour of his XP system. In went the CD, all installed and configured, automatically, in minutes. The system now boots more quickly, shuts down more quickly, and he loves the single update service that runs for all software, not just the OS. He has also found it much easier to use.
When I moved my wife to Ubuntu, her only comment was: “So, apart from it running faster, what's the difference?”