"In the computer hardware world, certain segments are saturated with choice, while others are not. Take graphics cards for example. For the most part, it's AMD (ATI) vs. NVIDIA. For CPU's, AMD vs. Intel. For CPU coolers... ugh, where to begin. We'd need at least a billion "vs." for that one! Then there are operating systems, where like GPU's and CPU's, the choices of major vendor are slim.
For consumers, there are three main operating systems on the market, with Microsoft's Windows dominating all of the others. In second place is Apple's Mac OS X, followed by all Linux variants combined. An OS seems simple, but in truth, it's the one piece of the computing puzzle that seems to divide us all. After all, there are few applications, games and drivers that are interoperable across each.
That being the case, I doubt many would refute the fact that some OSes do a better job at some things than others. Although Linux is easily the least-popular of the three consumer offerings on the market today, over my years of using the OS full-time, I've stumbled on many things that caused me to shout, "Why can't Windows do that?!", and this article pretty much sums up a handful of those.
To be clear about this article's intent, it's not to bash Microsoft, or Windows. Because to be fair, despite using Linux 95% of the time while I'm on the PC, I can find more faults with it than Windows. So, this article's goal is to highlight some of the major pluses of Linux, and also showcase where Windows could improve in the future, should Microsoft take heed of the suggestions.
Please note that the list here is in no particular order, and because Ubuntu is currently the market-leading distribution, I used the latest release (10.04 Beta 2) for the sake of capturing most screenshots and backing up my claims. Ubuntu utilizes GNOME, but the entire list applies to KDE and likely other desktop environments as well. So without further ado, let's dive in!"
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