Windows vs. Ubuntu: Dell's New Confusing Take

Last month Dell posted a website that in no uncertain terms claimed that Ubuntu was safer than Windows.

"Ubuntu is safer than Microsoft Windows," Dell wrote in its list of top ten things users should know about Ubuntu. "The vast majority of viruses and spyware written by hackers are not designed to target and attack Linux."

"Linux is used on computers of all sizes ranging from the biggest to the smallest," Dell said. "If you’re the kind of person who likes your computer to simply work, Ubuntu is right for you. It’s based on stable, secure, easy-to-use software that’s been around for a long time."

For this month, Dell has corrected itself to clarify that each OS is for different types of users with differing wants and needs. Let's see what Dell says this time:

WHICH OPERATING SYSTEM SHOULD I CHOOSE ?

UBUNTU is not a Microsoft Windows operating system - and is not compatible with Microsoft Office programs - so it's important you make the right choice:

Choose WINDOWS if:

  • You are already using WINDOWS programs (e.g. Microsoft Office, ITunes etc) and want to continue using them
  • You are familiar with WINDOWS and do not want to learn new programs for email, word processing etc
  • You are new to using computers

Choose UBUNTU if:

  • You do not plan to use Microsoft WINDOWS
  • You are interested in open source programming

So basically, people who use Windows or who have never used Windows should use Windows. You should only choose Ubuntu if you're into open source programming and so happen to require Dell's advice on which OS you want.

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  • gtvr
    I wonder how many hours of research went into that comparison chart.
  • Steven Bancroft
    Quote:
    Choose WINDOWS if:
    You are already using WINDOWS programs (e.g. Microsoft Office, ITunes etc) and want to continue using them
    You are familiar with WINDOWS and do not want to learn new programs for email, word processing etc
    You are new to using computers


    Did I just get downgraded to newb status for using Windows?
  • maigo
    One OS isn't 'safer' than another just because no one uses it.

    Linux = Open Source
    Open Source != Linux
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  • rohitbaran
    Quote:
    So basically, people who use Windows or who have never used Windows should use Windows. You should only choose Ubuntu if you're into open source programming and so happen to require Dell's advice on which OS you want.

    Wow, as if one didn't know that already! :D
  • maigo
    One OS isn't 'safer' than another just because no one uses it.

    Linux = Open Source
    Open Source != Linux
  • carickw
    maigoLinux = Open SourceOpen Source != Linux

    ???