A rant or 2 & appeal for help.
pd.ryder, on May 2 2009, 18:04, said:
I can't get on with Linux in any configuration really. I can't really understand why anyone would want to tbh. I can't see the advantages from where I'm sitting...
Normally at this point someone would jump in and list 101 technical reasons why a good Linux distribution is better than Windows. Unfortunately the info is usually so dry and above the technical level of anyone still lumbering themselves with Windows that everyone's eyes glaze over and they stop listening, so let's try it in strait-forward plain English; Windows, any
version of Windows, is a poor quality product for which you pay an obscene premium. The need for ever grater hardware 'power' and indeed the need to over-clock for most people comes down to the sheer, ridiculous inefficiency of Windows many strata of old code on top of old code, on top of old code. If you want to know what your PC is actually
capable of you have to use something other than Windows, I have an old 933MHz PIII based desktop with just 512MiB RAM and for the life of me I can't come up with a good excuse to upgrade! More to the point that's running a vanilla install of Ubuntu
9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope). I'm using a 'vanilla', in other words on modified, install because there's just no need to bother with a custom kernel Etc. (and because I don't feel the need to prove anything technically...). As if Ubuntu and Xubuntu
'Jaunty' weren't good enough you should try Jaunty 'Netbook Remix' running on an Intel Atom based machine...
If the PIII machine doesn't prove that not Windows is a good idea guests in my home have a 450MHz G4 Apple Cube (admittedly with 1.5GiB RAM and an Open GL 2 capable, firmware hacked, graphics card) running OS X to use for web/document/mail/network media playback that most guests assume from it's performance is a modern machine. Much of the performance difference is down to one simple thing, the majority of those cool hardware processing technologies offered by your PC's chipset are completely wasted because Windows simply doesn't use them.
This is bordering on dry and technical again so let's go back to basics, the reason I don't use Windows for personal use, even putting aside the security nightmare that is Windows, is simply that life is to short! Every task takes so b****** long with Windows, even starting it up takes an age! I've migrated many people to Mac and/or Linux over the years and the experience is always the same, after 2 - 3 months actually using 'not Windows' day to day (as opposed to installing it, finding it's a little unfamiliar, getting worried and running back to Windows) they always end up using a Windows PC for one reason or another, only to find that the time it takes to cold boot it (to a point where you can actually
use it, not just to the point that it teases you by showing you your desktop) they all end up asking themselves "How did I put up with this for so long!?" "OMG, everything takes so much time and hassle with Windows!". Many people using a Linux PC or Mac for the first time get frustrated because they can't find certain controls/control panels in the GUI and when the look it up they find said controls are in fact available but you have to install a GUI for it or use a command prompt, this confuses a lot of people who can't understand why these controls aren't readily available as they are in Windows. The reason for this is very simple; You only need these controls readily available in Windows!
In OS X or a Linux distribution those controls aren't readily available simply because defaults, set-up wizards and automation actually work
, a concept alien to Windows sufferers *cough* sorry users.
Actually use Linux or OS X day to day rather than just looking at it and it's not so much that you won't want to go back to Windows, it's more the case that you won't be able
to go back because you won't be able to face the ridiculous wasted time and hassle just doing day to day tasks with Windows. To put it another way most people have no idea just how shoddy Microsoft's products are because they have no real world, day to day (not just having a look at) experience of using anything else.
Anyway, enough ranting (about Windows), I got to this discussion because I have to use Windows professionally and need a recovery image, the only one I can find to torrent is the older 2GB image and I'm looking for the updated image? Does anyone know where I can find one?
It seems DSGi's product development team don't know how to set up a Win PE recovery partition properly, I mean what kind of complete idiot creates a bootable Windows recovery system that can't boot if Windows needs recovering!? Well actually I can tell you from personal experience! A few years ago my colleague and I, whilst working in they're Nottingham call centre, where approached by the product development team wanting to create a hidden recovery system, for the Apple PowerBooks the business support department loaned to business customers who's Mac's where out of action, that could be run quickly in from of the customer. What we came up with was a simple, Linux + HDD imaging tool + BASH script + drivers + HDD image system installed on a secure Linux file system that OS X can't see without compiling file system support from source and booted from an engineers CD. However when we explained how to do this and how simple it would be, we looked around to see a sea of blank faces! DSGi, they really are a cowboy operation!