Well this LX-er hates Windows for an altogether more practical reason. Everyone I know expects me to sort their computers out for them, and it's hard. Most of them run Windows XP and just trying to get to a folder, or connect to the internet, is a nightmare. In attempting to make the system "idiot proof" they've actually made it hard to work with.
OK at work, someone else has done it for me, and in that sense it's no different to using Linux at home, there's a Start menu, and loads of stuff on it.
I spent the whole day on Friday trying to get someone on the internet via a wireless connection. They had their computer a few months, and there was nothing much on it, but the ISP software was rubbish, and even when I logged direct into the router, nothing seemed to work. At the end, I had to re-install Windows, then set up their wireless with MAC security only, and we were finally able to establish a connection. I also took my laptop with me, and added the MAC address from that to the router. I did a live DVD re-install (my own ACER-laptop-with-ATi backup of PCLinuxOS) and the network was just found.
A few days earlier, I had tried to fix my sister in law's computer, it turned out that MacAfee anti-virus caused the computer to freeze about 5 bootups after 6, and on the 6th, any attempt to open the Security Centre also caused the same freeze. So next time I went to Control Centre, uninstalled MacAfee, downloaded and installed AVG, and everything took off. Which is the other thing I hate about Windows, that you get drawn into stuff just because it came with the computer. She would have been paying for the very software that was messing up her system in a few months time.
Did a bit of reading when I got home, because on that occasion my PCLOS LiveCD did not connect to the wireless and could not figure the screen. Mind you, I got the necessary knowledge on the net when I got home, reckon I'll have her converted in about 20min next time I go there, let's hope so, eh?
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