1. Hardware requirements: Linux doesn’t require a lot of memory or the beefiest graphics card on the market just to get up and running.
system requirements are high, requiring a "modern" processor (at least
a Pentium 4) and 512 Mbytes of RAM, although 1 Gbyte is recommended.
The operating system takes up at least 60 GBytes of disk space, and
needs at least 64 Mbytes video RAM.
In contrast, some flavors
of Linux can run on a box with as little as 64 Mbytes of RAM and a 486
processor. That’s Linux with a graphical user interface, too. The
common Linux distributions take up only 1.5 Gbytes of disk space.
Aero and the overall user interface look pretty, but it doesn’t make
work easier. It doesn’t make finding a file on the system easier or
make an application run faster, does it?
Ironically, all it
does is slow down the user because it uses up the system resources.
Instead of using the CPU to display graphics, Vista uses the GPU, which
puts a strain on memory. Vista uses 256 Mbytes just for screen
rendering alone, and that’s not even at optimum levels. That’s a lot of
memory just for graphics.
2. Security: Antivirus and anti-spyware applications are not necessary on Linux boxes, but are essentially required on Vista machines.
one of the reasons Linux is so secure is because malware developers are
specifically targeting Windows operating systems and Windows
applications. That still doesn’t change the fact that Linux users do
not have to worry about inadvertently downloading spyware, and
sysadmins don’t log hours cleaning the latest worm off Linux machines.
3. No limitations: Linux doesn’t restrict how content is used on the system.
comes with built-in digital rights management features that are not
present on Linux boxes. These DRM features can slow down the computer,
cause technical support problems, and conflict with peripheral hardware
and existing software.
The fix may be as simple as an upgrade
or as complex as replacing the hardware. For example, Vista has copy
protection technology for HD-DVD and Blu-ray disks.
output paths like audio and video are reserved for protected peripheral
devices. This means output quality can be artificially degraded.
Linux, regardless of the distribution, music will play, movies will
run, and software will load. Linux doesn’t interfere with legitimate
fair-use rights for the content owned by users, majority of whom are
honest users. Vista’s DRM can interfere with all kinds of computer use,
including the ones that have nothing to do with digital rights.
to the first point about system resources, Vista is continually
monitoring itself to ensure compliance. That costs the CPU.
4. It’s all Genuine: There’s no such thing as Linux Genuine Advantage.
of what version is installed, or where it came from, a Linux machines
will work. There is no risk of losing functionality. Vista, on the
other hand, relies on Windows Genuine Advantage servers to verify its
serial number. And when the servers go down, as it did recently, Vista
users worldwide are locked out of their computers running legitimate
copies of Windows Vista. Never would have happened with Linux.
5. Get the apps, already: Increasing number of available applications for Linux have made it easier to get away from bloated Windows applications.
the ribbon? Abandon Microsoft Office and come over to Open Office. It
has no ribbon and it offers standards-compliant document formats. (I actually like the ribbon though, am I the only one?)
still ships with the cruddy picture editor, Paint. Most Linux
distributions come with GIMP 2.2, a powerful application similar to
Adobe’s Photoshop in terms of it features.
Considering all the
trouble Internet Explorer has with security and rendering pages
correctly, Linux users don’t miss it. Mozilla meets their needs.
So there you have it. Linux is better than Vista. Doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere with that world domination plan, though.