Every now and then someone asks me what do you have against windows?' After going over the same arguments over and over again I decided to sum up my points in this web article. I've been in the IT industry for a good few years and have experience of versions of windows from 3.1 to 7. I also have experience of VMS, many kinds of UNIX, Linux, and the BSDs. It's my belief that windows has some fundamental problems that just don't exist in other operating systems. I've have tried to split my arguments into categories below.
Because function matters, reliability matters, consistancy matters. Doing the same job well day in, day out, for a lifetime matters. Changing the graphical fluff on your desktop doesn't matter. Spending vast sums on visual tools with no new functionality doesn't make sense. Using insecure software when functional and secure alternatives are available is just plain nuts.
UNIX and Linux represent freedom from expensive, buggy, and insecure software. Freedom from the proprietary lock-in of the big vendors. Freedom to do what you want to do the way you want to do it.