Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
A short while ago, I installed Windows XP on one of my computers. *horror*. It’s not so bad. It does some things quite well. Even after bloating it up with about 50 open source apps, it still seems to chug away quite merrily. I gor rid of the antivirus software, as it slowed the system down. What is this ‘virus’ thing that everyone keeps talking about anyway? Today, a win to Linux and a win to Windows XP.
Round 1: Camera images. Winner: XP
First, I tried to copy some images off a camera. Not having a card reader handy, I used the camera itself. Plugging it into Debian did SFA. didn’t bother doing anything. Ubuntu seemed not to want to boot a few times (she can be rather tempramental) and finally, when it did, it failed. A camera icon came up, clicking on which did nothing. CentOS failed, bringing up an error that some driver or another wasn’t there. Plugging this into the XP installation, it worked straight away, with no need for any extra software. I remember the dumbed down system is terrible, so I opted to use ‘advanced mode’ and just copy the pictures straight off the machine. Worked a treat. Win to XP.
Round 2: Shell extensions. Winner: KDE