The thing is that most Linux newbies complain when a particular distro doesn't install and configure all of their hardware.
In fact Windows doesn't do this, if you compare a Windows install and a Linux install on the same hardware, chances are that the Linux install will work with most stuff "out of the box", whereas a Windows install will need lots of configuration, driver installs, reboots, etc.
Windows doesn't do MP3 or Encrypted DVDs out of the box either.
In comparison mode. a recent install of 2 OSes on the same box took 14 reboots, 40 minutes configuration, and 12 CDs (including the XP one), and several downloads for Windows (not to mention several long hexadecimal codes), as opposed to 1 DVD, 15 minutes configuration, a couple of downloads, and 1 reboot for SuSe Linux, for a comparable installation.
The total install time for Windows was about 5 hours, compared to less than 3 for linux.
I just want people to compare like for like.
It is difficult, but I have excluded update times for the above, because they are so variable, but I find that Suse Linux updates again win, with less interaction, more explanation if you want it, and faster application, not to mention no reboots, and hence no down time!
P.s. My work WindowsSBS2003 server asks to reboot every time I run Updates, (and pesters me if I refuse) THIS IS A SERVER!I CAN'T JUST REBOOT ON A WHIM! GET REAL!
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