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The For And The Against For Linux

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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.

Argument For The Defense:

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