A writer at Desktop Linux (biased, obviously) compares Vista and SUSE Linux and concludes that SUSE is the better operating system. He cites issues getting wireless networking working on Vista and the ease of getting it working on SUSE (although it does sound quite technical).
The reviewer also says Aero Glass (apparently Aero stands for Authentic, Energetic, Reflective and Open) runs quite badly and has issues such as bluriness and artifacts. Now I’ve not used Vista so I’m not going to comment on any specifics but simply what I’ve read through the blogosphere and on sites such as Win SuperSite.
Vista’s glass might look nice but it doesn’t help the user achieve the end task – whether that might be to find information on the internet or finish that essay. The UI may even slow down the user as they can’t see which window is selected as easily as would be possible on Windows XP. From screenshots, the title bar text can also be a lot harder to read on Vista with glass turned on.
Vista’s "Aero Glass" is said to use quite a lot of system resources – you can turn it off to increase readability and possibly make your system run a bit better but I much prefer the look of Luna Element.
Ubuntu and SuSE don’t have such nice looking interfaces but they’re practical and usable which is the main thing.
The main thing that has been preventing me from switching to Linux in the past has been the lack of support for Windows applications. There are about 8 programs I use every day:
- Mozilla Firefox – This is available on Linux.
- Microsoft Office – Open Office is *OK* but I much prefer Microsoft Office
- mIRC – Xchat is satisfactory or mIRC can be run through WINE
- MSN Messenger – I have yet to find a good MSN Messenger client for Linux
- Media Player – amaroK is better than Windows Media Player
- Crimson Editor – There is no shortage of fantastic text editors on Linux
- Paint Shop Pro – I have yet to find a good image editor for Linux
- Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory – This is available on Linux
The main issues are the lack of Microsoft Office, image editor and IM client for Linux. Many more applications these days are cross-platform which is fantastic and open source applications get better by the day. Some of them still lack on the usability front (GIMP) but I think Linux applications are coming close to their Windows counterparts.
Anyways, WINE is pretty good these days and many Windows applications will run without any issues.
Based on security and speed, Linux beats Windows outright. On Linux you can pretty much live without anti-spyware programs and anti-virus which can slow your computer to a crawl on Windows.
My current PC is over 2 years old and it’s still got quite a bit of life in it. I’m not planning on upgrading the PC but I’d like to change the operating system as Windows XP has way too many security issues and has ran quite slowly when AVG is scanning the system. At the moment, Linux looks a lot more attractive to me than XP, or Vista.