lunes, 14 de junio de 2010
A couple of fallacies regarding Windows
Maybe these are the most common fallacies about Windows:
1.Windows is the best OS because it is the most popular.
This is an AD POPULUM Fallacy. First, being popular and being the best are not directly related. Besides, Windows is more widespread because it actively silences other systems by making deals with manufacturers so that they don't include other Operating Systems in the new computers.
2.Windows is the oldest OS, so it is the best.
This is a disguised POST HOC fallacy. Becoming old does not cause being better. Windows is old, but Windows versions differ among themselves and sometimes they barely resemble each other. Actually, each Windows version reaches approximately a 5-year life. Some people may claim now that Windows developers are highly experienced, but the experience or critical eye of an individual and of a company's team cannot be compared to that of many developers around the world. Linux, by being Open Source, lets any individual use his/her computer talent to detect and correct problems while Microsoft's products are the result of a reduced group of individuals in comparison.
3.Windows is better because it has the best compatibility.
Again, the problem here is that even though Windows has the best compatibility, such feature is the effect mostly of the restrictive policies that Microsoft has always applied in compliance with hardware manufacturers. The high compatibility level Windows always boasts of becomes the result of a POISONING THE WELL fallacy in the sense that other systems were not given the chance by manufacturers to prove their worth and were dismissed a priori. If hardware manufacturers indeed created drivers for all systems, Windows would not be any more compatible than other systems. Linux here actually does a good job because it tries to recognize as many devices as possible and runs devices even if their correspondent drivers are not installed
Why am I saying this? Simply because I took a poll about MEPIS Linux and realized that most of the respondents who use now MEPIS were, like I was, dissatisfied Windows users (39.32%). The total number of respondents to that poll is so far 1493, which is too little to draw global conclusions about Windows. However, Windows users should take into account that of 1493 people who are now using MEPIS Linux (a Linux distro not very famous,) 587 were not satisfied with Windows. That should call for a view of Windows with a more critical eye, even if you are one of the users who are totally satisfied with it. Let your satisfaction be the result of the system's performance and not of fallacious reasoning. Also, a bit of critical thinking is healthy and does not hurt.
On the other hand, dissatisfied Mac users were the fewest in the poll with a 0.27%. Another figure that called my attention was a 30.68% of users who are satisfied with their current distros, but out of curiosity tried MEPIS while a 26.26% did it because they were not satisfied with their distro. I will refer to that later.