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Yeah it's weird. I am the only person that I know who uses linux too. I think a friend of mine wants to run linux on one of his boxes as a file server using Samba. Ive got a buddy in Witchita who is interested. Otherwise don't know a soul. I lived in Japan for a while and nobody uses Linux. Some people know about it. I know a few programmers and even they acted as if Linux is only good for surfing the internet. Windows has such a stranglehold on the market. It's lame, sick, greedy, and hopefully is beginning to change thanks to all the publicity that SCO is generating.
I was a computer engineering student for a while (three years). Although almost every other department in the school was heavily into Windows, ours was almost completely focused around *nix. Mainly because we were building hardware and writing device drivers for them. Among other things (like complete "OS"s to drive the boards) where we needed the source to the operating system. That and supporting the same requirements on windows was not financially feasable. Oh, MS would give the school free access for a couple of years (hoping to get them locked into using the products) but then charge huge license fees. The department had been caught like that in the past and chose to migrate rather than pay the extortion.
Anyway, all of our labs were linux based. Or solaris for some things but we didn't do a lot of development on them. There were various other *nix flavors around but linux was the main one used for the labs. Most students (probably about 90%) realized that they needed to work on their projects in their rooms and thus needed Linux on their machines. They either dual-booted or made the switch completely. I was the odd-man out being a BSD user but almost everyone used some form of *nix. It was wonderful.
Now that I am home. One friend might try linux... I'm tempting him. My sister is an occasional user of BSD just because my system always works and the XP machine in the house is... well XP. So it is different for me. I went from a large portion of everyone I knew using Linux to having no one.
As a note: The local LUG was pretty small... considering the population of people who used it. I think it was just because linux was so "ordinary" that no one thought they needed special support.
Looks like I'm another who uses Linux but doesn't know anyone else who does where I live. I'm in Toronto, and live right beside UofT campus, so I'm sure there are 1000's of Linux boxes with 1km. But, I'm the only one of my friends who uses Linux.
Looks like we're all trailblazing.... trailblazing is a lonely occupation, it appears.
Originally posted by 320mb none..........since no decent games actually work in linux unless one installs
and game developers won't support linux because the freeloaders just want the source code and dont want to pay for games............just look at what happened to Tux Racer...........
I don't think that's entirely true. I'm not even slightly interested in the source code and in fact I bought C&C, Unreal Tournament and Quake 2 because I knew they WOULD run on linux...and don't forget ID's excellent support for linux. If games were more readily available and reasonably priced (i.e. not Loki prices) then I'm sure more people would buy them. I certainly would if I could just go into Electronic Boutique and pick up what's there.
I'm probably only 1 of 2 or 3 system administrators at my job using Linux as their workstation. We have plenty of Linux admins but when they are not working on Linux servers, they send e-mails and communicate using MS Windows.
I do use "tsclient" do remote into a few windows servers, just so i can use IE which is required for our ticket system
the only time i ever saw linux on a computer that wasnt mine was at fry's, a lindows one. i knew one person, hte one that got me interested in the first place, but i never talked to him after that time nad i never saw his computer either.