Dec 21, 2007

Hate: The fragility of Linux

Linux is very reliable...provided you don't touch it. It's like a card tower. Once built up (and it takes a while), it's great, but the slightest touch will knock it all down. Such is the case with Linux. You accidentally mess something up in a config file, and there goes your system. Fortunately it's usually fixable, depending on if you have anything to do in the next few days and have another computer handy for forum-searching or another Linux geek around to help you. Failing these, Ubuntu allows you to use the LiveCD to screw around. But again this requires you to know what you're doing (if I had known what I was doing though, I probably wouldn't have been in this situation in the first place!). In contrast, Windows (and probably Mac too, but I haven't used Macs enough to know) generally take a lot of work to bring down the system. Unless you're an idiot and open the "is this a picture of you?" MSN messages or use IE6 to browse porn sites, in which case the seventeen million viruses that you just picked up will bring your system down. However for you to sit there yourself and bring it down, you have to know what you're doing. Funny how in order to fix things under Linux you need to know what you're doing, but you need to know what you're doing under Windows in order to break things.

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