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 Post subject: why run linux? Comments appreciated.
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:19 am 
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After doing a google search and getting docs from 2000, I have an open question since I'm going to be working with linux this semester (and am still learning about it)...\


Why run linux? What are the benefits? It it more virus/spware resistant like firefox? I know they use it in business alot but it it good for home use as well?


Thanks for your comments.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:27 am 
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You are going to get a lot of biased answers here.

People mostly run Linux because it's free and you can do whatever you want to it. It's mostly resistant to malware (may not be in the future, who knows). It features a lot of apps that have some of the same functionality as Windows for free.

It's perfectly acceptable for a home system, but is not good for intense gaming. It does a decent job, but for out of the box support, Windows is better in that aspect.

Your best bet is to just use the operating system and see how much you like it.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:53 pm 
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Topic moved - this is an infinitely more appropriate place for this topic than the Break Room.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:29 pm 
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For me it's the free part and it's different.

I can't say it's any more secure then windows, but I think most here would agree that they don't have the problems that some people have with mal-ware and viruses.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:12 pm 
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I am a fan of doing a lot of system administration from the command line. Linux allows me to do that. Windows does too, but it seems that certain things are run in the background when you do certain things from the control panel. When you do that from the command line, it won't run that background instance, and it might lead to broken things.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:28 am 
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In the design of any single thing, you have a constant struggle of simplicity vs complexity. Being simple makes it easy to use, but it limits what you can do. Complexity give you more options, but with options come choices, and with choices come a need for knowledge.

Linux is traditionally complex, as is it's inspiration, UNIX. Thankfully, millions of programmers have dedicated their time to expanding the capabilities of Linux, and the applications that run on it. It's because of this complexity that Linux has been favored in the Enterprise, SMB, and specialty IT world, in addition to homebrew tech (home automation, CarPCs), and the netbook market. Many Linux distributions (often referred to as distros) aim to be something more simple, hence the Ubuntu distro, and those built upon it. That's one of the beautiful things about Linux. There's a place in everyone's world for it. Anyone can find a use for it.

The reasons you'd run Linux are mainly because you need it to do something Windows can't. There are a ton of apps available for Windows. Lots of games, media players, media editors, office apps, accounting apps, etc. Linux has several of these apps, in addition to open-source alternatives, plus many, many more apps you'd be hard pressed to find for Windows. Just take a look through the list of available packages for any given distro. It's insane how capable a Linux machine is for doing just about anything you can think of.

Another great thing about Linux is that if you can't find an app that can do what you're looking to do, assuming you have the programming skills, you can build the app yourself. In many cases, you're not the first to walk down your given path. Someone ten years ago may have wanted to do the same things, so they coded out a program to do almost what you're looking for. A few tweaks to the source code, and you've got the app you've been looking for, a contribution to the open-source community, and lot of pride in your own work.

In short, people who run Linux do so because of the capabilities and freedom it offers.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:22 am 
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I'm not trying to be a smartass OK? But here's the deal. If you're really interested in the answer to your question, install Linux.

The prices of hard drives are cheap as hell. I have four in my current rig.

On the main 640GB drive, I have my primary OS, Vista Ultimate 64.

On my 300GB second drive, I have Ubuntu 8.10 installed on the first partition and the rest is for data.

On the third drive, I have Windows 7 Beta 64 installed on a 80GB partition and the second partition is 300GB of data storage.

The 400GB fourth drive has XP Pro on a 200GB partition and the rest of the drive is used for backup and data storage.

I hit the Esc key after startup to enter the boot menu. I pick which drive I want to boot from. I don't like dual and triple booting setups, so I use the separate hard drives to boot the various OS's I like using. This way, I can use the OS's myself and if I bork something up, I don't have to worry about also killing the MBR and screwing up the bootloader that determines which OS I pick. All I have to do is select a different HDD to boot from and then, at my leisure, format the dead OS drive and reinstall.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:28 am 
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Why I run linux:

i) it is the best dev environment for me
ii) it is free, easily extensible, infinitely configurable, and very well supported.
iii) there is always something to tinker with if I'm bored, but it always works properly when I need it to work properly
iv) it is secure
v) it makes better use of my antique hardware


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