Ever since 2003 or so, I have only been using freeware and/or open source software. Ever since Vista came out, I have been using Ubuntu and then, after Unity/Gnome 3, Mint or Kubuntu and I have been pushing this religiously onto friends, colleagues, and students (e.g., I accept only odt docs etc.). But I am now at a point where I feel I just can't take it anymore and where it's becoming increasingly hard to defend Linux without looking like a moron. I never thought I'd say this but Windows (7) just works. I still prefer Kubuntu/Linux for the open source idea, its configurability and looks, its less annoying antivirus annoyances etc., but in general Windows 7 just works. Here's how/why:
- I am in a hotel in Europe right now that has a very weak wifi. The Windows partition on my Dell laptop gets that wifi without configuration or any problems whatsoever, the Kubuntu partition (13.10 64 bit) doesn't even see it and doesn't connect to eat even when manually set up;
- I am listening to music from the hard drive or a mp3 player. VLC on Windows can play the music MUCH louder than VLC on Linux although on neither system, I did any special audio installation: Windows just does it better out of the box;
- When I use the laptop on battery in airport, Kubuntu's power saving shuts down the wifi and even used to not power USB devices like my mouse so I have to sudo iwconfig power off all the time or generate some crap file in some crap user directory for this to work. Windows just works;
- I have a Dell tower at home that had a RAID hard drive. The normal Ubuntu/Mint installers wouldn't even install on that without some super techie configuration stuff (and I am somewhat techie, use the command line all the time, and program in two functional programming languages). I could install Windows 7 on it NO PROBLEM: it recognized the set up and just did it. I ended up buying a new hard drive so I could continue to use Linux ...;
- on both my Dell laptop (4 years old) and my Dell tower (4 year old) hibernate doesn't work and sleep doesn't work on the laptop. On Windows I do what every normal Windows/Mac user does. I just shut the lid and it hibernates;
- in KDE at least, the time/date application has always failed to get the local time from a network server (a bug that's apparently been around for years); again, no such problem on Windows;
- on my Dell laptop (Mint 15 KDE) I get no sound in browsers (Youtube etc.) and once a week, SMPlayer doesn't have sound without me resetting it to the right soundcard; no problem like that ever occurred on Windows.
- my Dell laptop sometimes does not connect to, doesn't even recognize, external data projectors (esp. in setups where ceiling-mounted projectors are hooked up via a wall-mounted VGA plug or a VGA plugin in a presenter console/podium. It's not a hardware problem because of course on Windows it works (and that's the sole reason I had to have a Windows partition on this laptop) ...
Seriously, I have been a Linux fanboy like you wouldn't believe and an avid contributor on this forum, the linuxmint forums, and, e.g., Libreoffice's bugs list, but at what point does sticking to Linux say more about one's (open source) ideology (which I share, even on Windows I use not commercial software) than about what's really better? All of the above are stupid annoying problems that shouldn't be problems if Linux was as good as it says it is and, yes, as I have always said it is and man have I tried to fix this bs. What are ppl's views on this, this is a genuine question from a user with an identity crisis , who on the one hand wants to love Linux and prefer it over Windows but on the other hand has too much of a brain to see that all these things should work in Linux but don't so ... What are ppl's views on this?