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I recently have had the misfortune of using an computer running Microsoft Windows 7 at work. I have discover a few amazing things.

1: I kept hitting the caps lock button by accident. I haven’t done that in a long time because turning caps lock into an CTRL key has been a 3 click setting in most window managers running on Linux for a long time.

With Microsoft Windows it seems you need to install a program, or change a registry key, something a user without admin privileges can’t do.

2: The next crazy thing I discover was that Microsoft Windows wouldn’t let me rename a file because I had it open in a program.

On Linux I can play a video file, rename the file, move the file, then permanently delete the file, all while the video is playing, and it will still play to the end. The the video will be gone for ever like it should be. Backups are simple because any file can be copied even if 50 programs are reading that file.

3: I downloaded a file and when I went to look for it it wasn’t at the top of the file list. I looked at how to change the listings from alphabetically to creation date. I couldn’t find that at all, so I had to go back to browser to find what the file was called.

On most file browsers running on Linux the download folder is set up to sort by date by default. On Microsoft Windows, it is only allowed in a special folder called a library, for the other folders you are on your own.

4:On Microsoft Windows I am forced to right click copy, then right click paste or CTRL C, CTRL V.

On Linux you can highlight text with the mouse and middle click it to paste. You can also right click copy, right click paste which gives you 2 clip boards to use. Only having one makes Microsoft Windows slower and harder to use.

I talked to a CS student going to a large state college nearby. They said they are taught that Linux is too hard for users so they will never have to deal with it. In these four cases Microsoft Windows is harder to use and I am sure there are many other examples.

I was shocked to find out Microsoft has a 20th century OS in the 21st century.


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