Comment: Why the slander?

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Why the slander?

Here is all that needs to be said about Linux reliability.
http://uptime.netcraft.com

This list shows the uptime of leading hosting providers. You will see the list mostly contains Linux and it's derivatives.

My daily Linux Desktop Machine is over 5years old without a new install and the only time it gets reboot or shutdown is to add or remove hardware or to clean out dust bunnies.

Your friend may enjoy playing around with bleeding edge software or distros. Or maybe he has not decided which of the 1000's of distributions he wants to stick with. If you want a stable machine then there are no shortages of mature Linux Operating Systems to choose from.