Gaël Duval Tells Why Mandrake Linux Is Better Than MS Windows
Microsoft PR Does Not Refute Mandrake Linux Better Than Windows
Mike Angelo -- 11 July 2003 (C) -- Page 3
Microsoft's response to the conclusion that a Mandrake Linux 9.1 computer system is as good as, if not better than, an MS-Windows-based system falls woefully short of refuting that conclusion. Moreover, Microsoft's response is wholly unconvincing and is chock-full of FUD.
On the other hand, Mandrake's Gaël Duval presents a persuasive set of statements to support the conclusion that a Mandrake Linux 9.1 computer system is better than, an MS-Windows-based system.
Mandrake 9.1 is an excellent choice for pre-installed desktop Linux computer systems. We compared Mandrake 9.0 to MS Windows as a primary operating system in our article, Mandrake Linux 9.0, Desktop Magic You Can Use: A First Look.
Mandrake 9.1 is even better than 9.0. You can use Mandrake Linux 9.1 as your primary, and perhaps only, operating system. Pre-installed on a good computer system, Mandrake Linux 9.1 ought to be as good as, if not better than, an MS-Windows-based computer system.
If you feel that you need to use any of the Microsoft Office applications such as Word or Excel, rather than the comparable, free, Linux applications such as AbiWord, KOffice, or OpenOffice, or the reasonably priced StarOffice, you can install CodeWeavers CrossOver Office so that you can run the Microsoft Office applications on your HP-Mandrake Linux computer. In other words, you do not need to do Windows anymore.
HP spokesperson Elizabeth Phillips mentions that HP's pre-installed GNU/Linux computer system offerings help promote Linux overall. This is one of the most important things that we can do in this respect. It is important that HP and other computer system vendors and OEMs are helping to promote the GNU/Linux OS by pre-installing it on their computer system products.
In turn, it is important that the GNU/Linux community favor HP and the other computer system vendors and OEMs, who are helping to promote the GNU/Linux OS by pre-installing it on their computer system products, by purchasing those products from those vendors. One reason for this is the force that will drive continued and increased offerings of pre-installed GNU/Linux computer systems is consumer demand for them.
That reason goes to vendor economics. Another reason goes to consumer economics. For example, the HP-Mandrake boxes are priced about $50 below the prices of comparably configured MS Windows XP machines.
Someplace in this discussion there is a light-bulb that should be lighting up for GNU/Linux fans and advocates. It has to do with increasing demand for pre-installed Linux-based computers. Do not buy a computer system that does not come with Linux pre-installed on it.
In the long term, it is not whether GNU/Linux or MS Windows is the better operating system that will drive the availability of pre-installed Linux PCs. It is the demand for pre-installed GNU/Linux computers that will drive that availability. The good news for the GNU/Linux community is that the demand for pre-installed Linux PCs is growing.
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