The For And The Against For Linux
Two responses to things I've written recently are worth commenting on. Both were responses to my post about Windows 7 being more of a previous-version-of-Windows-killer than a Linux-killer -- and both bring up further points to be argued and defended.
First, the commentator, under the handle "theoldman59," who questioned the validity of Linux as a present platform of choice:
Why should I limit myself to Linux when I can download just about every Open Source or GPL'd software in either Windows or Linux? Under Windows I get software not even available on Linux and the best software of both worlds. Under Linux I only get the poorer quality Linux based stuff. Why should I limit myself?
Why indeed? It's hard to argue with such a line of reasoning -- in fact, I don't think it's worth arguing with at all. It stems right from someone's needs and not from high-flown ideals about how computing should work, and arguments of that kind are pretty unassailable. But let's take both sides here and see what comes of it.