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Common complaints about Linux

There are three areas that are common causes of complaints:

Lack of popular commercial software.

It is quite true that some popular software is not available for GNU/Linux. There are, however, replacement programs for most of those, designed to mimic the best  features of the proprietary programs, with the added value of being free software.

Lack of office programs such as Word or Excel should no longer be a problem, because Debian includes three office suites composed entirely of free software, OpenOffice, KOffice, and GNOME Office.

For those interested in databases, Linux ships with two popular database programs: mySQL and PostgreSQL. SAP DB, Oracle, Informix, IBM DB2 and others are also available for GNU/Linux.

Various other proprietary software is coming out in greater numbers, too, as more companies discover the power of GNU/Linux and its largely untapped market with a rapidly growing user base (Since GNU/Linux is freely distributable, sales figures can’t be used for user estimates. Best estimates are that GNU/Linux has 5% of the market, giving 15 million users as of early 2001).

GNU/Linux is hard to configure.
Note that this says configure, not install, as some people find the initial installation of Debian easier than Windows. A lot of hardware (printers for example) could be made easier to set up, though. Also, some software could have a script that would walk the user through the configuration (at least for the most common setups). This is an area that is being worked on.
Not all hardware is supported.
Particularly, really new, really old, or really rare hardware. Also hardware that is dependent on complex driver software that the manufacturer only supplies for Windows platforms (software modems or some laptop wifi devices for example). However, in most cases, equivalent hardware is available that does work with GNU/Linux. Some hardware is not supported because the vendor chooses not to make the hardware specifications available. This is also an area that is being worked on.

If the above isn’t enough to convince you to use Linux, consider the following: low cost (as little as the cost of a network connection), easy installation, and true multi-tasking that could easily double your productivity. How can you afford not to try it?

Ref : Debian Documentation

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