that Linux guy wrote:
I've seen other OS comparison articles and the winner is whichever one the author ended up liking the most. This makes it highly subjective.
That is what makes this one different. I'd like to see an article is completely objective. As we stated: use the same hardware running the same applications on different OSes and see what happens.
You'd have to get a completely new computer to try out each OS, and then you'd have to teach them a bit about each. It's actually quite difficult to find someone who's both a complete computer virgin, and willing to lose that virginity. Most of the people in a modernized country that don't use a computer, do so because they don't like them.
Why do you need a new computer? You can build one PC that runs linux, XP, Vista, Windows 7 beta, and Mac OSX.
As I said before, I don't believe in 'noob meets OS' articles. What's the point? I liked Will's 'Will meets Ubuntu' article, but he isn't a noob. He wrote about the pains of a Windows user moving over to linux (or the lack thereof). MPC is not about noobs; it can be about an experienced user learning about a new tool / application.
So long as the writer explicitly details their background and prejudices, any well-written account can be useful to the discerning reader.
Also, why bother? I mean, it's an interesting idea and all, but it's already been done, and it's not really going to prove anything. Mac users will still boast about how simple everything in OSX is to do, Windows users will still brag about how supported Windows is by hardware and software companies alike, and Linux users will still defend to the death that Linux can get more done, faster and more efficiently, all without touching a mouse. If you proved Linux ran faster than Windows on identical hardware, gamers would still stick with Windows. See my point?
Yes, but I disagree.
I don't care how EASY someone thinks OSX is or how difficult someone else thinks it is to install linux. Most everyone who is a regular in Alt.OS can easily transition from one OS to another because we've all done it. Once you've learned a second language, the third is easier. Once you've learned a second OS .. etc..
What I would like to see is an objective analysis of applications running on identical hardware on different operating systems. Is Windows 7 really faster than XP, or is it my imagination? Does linux use multiple cores more effectively than Windows? All of these things can be tested and, done properly, this article could be a real eye-opener.