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Mon 5th Nov 00:13 2007: Windows driving Linux development

Breaking news: Windows technology is driving Linux development!

fsckin.com has a list of new ideas for Ubuntu Hardy Heron. One issue is Measuring download / installation success, under which heading, fsckin.com notes:

One area I can already say is a significant problem is the lack of an integrated CD burner for Windows. I've heard many users say they’ve burned a copy of a distribution and then it didn't boot. The primary reason for this is that they simply burned the ISO file itself to the CD, instead of burning the image properly.
So the fact that Windows doesn't include CD/DVD burning software (something that took me quite by surprise during my recent enforced 2-year trip into daily Windows XP use*) seems to be driving the adoption of WUBI, an burn-free installation of Ubuntu.

There are other advantages of WUBI, too; none that I personally find too compelling, but some users might find it useful.

It does seem interesting that the lack of a CD/DVD burn option in Windows is driving extra development in the GNU/Linux camp to compensate. Maybe these developers should claim funding from Microsoft, as it's a workaround to a failure (in a monopoly OS) to support (standard functionality of) commodity hardware? :-)


* Not even loopback mount. I'm serious.


Comments for 'Windows driving Linux development'

Mon 5 Nov 2007 @ 00:26 GMT : Steve Parker
Windows fans dislike Vista
I posted this comment, then hit "StumbleUpon" to see what's next... PC Mag railing against Vista. It is a dog - I've got it on my laptop. It feels like a college student's attempt at an Operating System, to be honest. It can run (some) programs, it can cope with some hardware changes. Its WiFi access is terrible; it's keyed to my encrypted home WiFi network, but sometimes decides to connect to a neighbour's open network. Why would I have given it my details if I wanted it to connect to another network? Then it decides that network is too bad, and shuts down. At least, that's what I think is happening; there's virtually no logging of events, so it is very hard to be sure. As to whether a given program will run or not, seems entirely arbitrary. This is a 1-year-old OS now; it should be well out of Beta. I can't get any Cisco VPN stuff working (I've got two networks to connect to; both fail. Both work fine under Linux, using Cisco's software, or VPNC). The login prompt is quick to start; the rest takes a long, long time. I can sign in quite quickly; once I've done that, it takes another minute or so before I can actually start getting stuff done (that's assuming I'm not interrupted by Grisoft AV updates, Windows updates (I thought they were every Tuesday now? It seems to happen every time I boot Windows). Gaah. I still stand by the principle that "I won't be using Windows much; I can hate XP or Vista equally" but it's difficult to reserve the same levels of disdain for Vista. It really does excel at pointing out the differences between Windows 2000 and Linux 2.2. The boot's on the other foot; Linux has gone through 2.4 to 2.6, while Windows has gone to XP, and then, apparently, backwards.

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