10,000 bugs away from World Domination April 10, 2006Posted by rjdohnert in Tech News.
An ex-Microsoft employee has written a blog entry on how Linux is 10,000 bugs away from World Domination. Some issues I have with his post though:
" Linux supports a wide variety of PC devices. The driver support in Linux is as least as good as Windows and must represent an enormous effort by a veritable army of programmers."
Actually not true, Linux does not support as many devices as Windows and its not so user friendly at adding devices. When a person can plug in his USB wireless adapter without having to muck about with NDIS wrapper or delve into the command line at all, which by the way you have to do with Ubuntu, it will be ready. Technical people can get it to work, non-Technical people who dont know what "make" is or when you mention Java they say "Two creams and a sugar please" will find the task quite unpleasant and will surely disagree with you.
" Linux supports laptops now with sleep & hibernate, power management, Wi-Fi, external monitors, ability to plugin USB keys and cameras, Cleartype (LCD sub-pixel smoothing), etc."
Some Laptops support Linux well some dont, My Sony Vaio has a problem with the keyboard controls such as volume and display brightness and contrast and if it goes to sleep, oops, reboot time. My Thinkpad on the other hand does work flawlessly. Depends on the system.
" Excellent interoperability with Windows: SAMBA file sharing, Office file-format interop, WMA/WMV codecs"
Office Compatibilty has well improved, but is not perfect. There are some things not supported in Open Office and to install the Windows Codecs its still very much a manual process to install them.
"I am an ex-Microsoft programmer of 10 years who hadn’t spent 10 minutes with any Open Source code till I left Microsoft–which is actually very typical for MS employees."
I personally know many Microsoft developers and staff who have used OpenSource solutions, who do still use some Open Source software and solutions even on their work machines. Or are you calling them liars?
If he is going to come to the conclusion that Linux is ready for the desktop on his reasons given in his blog entry, I can turn around and give the same reasons and make the case for FreeBSD being ready for world domination..