Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

The Difficulty Divide Redux: Linux vs. Windows

Filed under
Linux
Microsoft

Previously, I introduced my theory of the Difficulty Divide. It’s a concept that I’ve used for several years when talking about why I use Linux, and why some people may give up on it. I also promised that I would present on how I’ve modified it in recent years to reflect the current state of things.

There are three major differences between this graph and the one presented previously. The initial slope for Linux is flatter, the relative position of Linux and Windows is shifted, and we have a third line that represents Windows Vista.

Thanks to all of the effort that has been put into improving the desktop Linux experience in recent years, particularly as embodied by Ubuntu, getting started in Linux is easier than ever. GUI tools are more complete, and “typical” entry level tasks are simpler and more discoverable. Thanks also to the rise of computers that come pre-loaded with Linux, one of the historically most difficult tasks associated with using Linux, installing it, has potentially become a non-issue. This progress is represented by the “Inverse Difficulty Divide” at the far left of the graph, where the cost of Linux is lower than Windows, and by the proportionately smaller Difficulty Divide.

More Here




More in Tux Machines

Trying Out Nouveau's Accelerated Pascal Support With DRM-Next, Mesa 17.2-dev

One of the many features to look forward to with Linux 4.12 is the Nouveau DRM driver providing initial 3D/accelerated support for GeForce GTX 1050/1060/1070/1080 "Pascal" graphics cards. Here are some benchmarks of this open-source NVIDIA driver support for these latest-generation GPUs compared to the proprietary driver. Read more

Debian Shutting down public FTP services

  • Shutting down public FTP services
    After many years of serving the needs of our users, and some more of declining usage in favor of better options, all public-facing debian.org FTP services will be shut down on November 1, 2017. These are:
  • Debian closing off public FTP servers after many years online
    The official date for them to be shut down is November 1, 2017. They stated the reasons being that FTP servers have no support for caching or acceleration, they haven't used FTP in their installers for years and other understandable reasons.

4MRecover 22.0 Linux Data Recovery Live CD Enters Beta, Includes TestDisk 7.0

Zbigniew Konojacki informed Softpedia about the availability of the Beta release of the upcoming 4MRecover 22.0 open-source data recovery Live CD based on the 4MLinux operating system. Shipping with an up-to-date base system based on the upcoming 4MLinux 22.0 operating system series, 4MRecover 22.0 Beta includes the latest TestDisk 7.0 and PhotoRec 7.0 utilities that let users recover lost data (images, videos, etc.) from broken partitions and memory cards. Read more

Today in Techrights