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well... i use linux because like trickykid, i am poor
also, there's a lot of stuff i do on linux. i do programming on linux. i use office applications on linux. i do web surfing on linux. i listen to mp3s on linux. i learn some things about an OS on linux. and plenty more... i can't remember all right now.
and like Thymox, i just like linux (altho getting to know how to do those things could really be frustrating at times).
i use Windows only because i play my fav game with my best pal on it about twice a week. Age of Kings, Conquerors. it's not available on linux. but would sure love to check out if transgaming can get it to work... anyone knows?
and um... i use linux as my desktop... (and development platform, entertainment box etc etc)
Originally posted by sewer_monkey
Guys... Don't forget, Linux is still more of a server OS, rather than a desktop OS...
Well in every operations system I use linux/windows I always have an FTP server running and a remote access server too..
Now I have to run http server with ssl and php support..too.
I never was a single desktop user....(cause I have only one computer and cannot setup the servers in a seperate box.)
In a few years I gonna have a small 3 boxes home-network.
However for a single user workstation I have just started building linux from srcatch.... so Its gonna be the fastest single tiny user workstation that is available out there.
i have 3 computers now, hooked to a linux router, though i have not set em up as a network , such as print shareing, things like that. i will do as you suggested, for experinece, run all three as a network, file sharing, print sharing , etc. one way to save money, buy ya a monitor that have 2 monitor connections. i bought the sony g520 monitor, and have two boxes hooked to it. bad thing about this is that the monitor was not cheap, though i have seen it for $680. i paid over 900 for mine, got taken to the cleaners.
Welp, WinDOHs is downright bloated and costs a lot.
As for speed. On all of my installations Linux is faster than
any flavour of winDOHs (ranging from 98 to win2K).
I have a fully operable Network at home (p166, 96MB, SuSE 7.0,
is my Server/Router/Firewall), Notebook (TP770, PII-266,128MB
Slack 8, Athlon-600, 256MB, Slack8) only one machine (the athlon)
has win98 on a small partition and slack boots in one third of the time
to the login prompt.
At work I got win2K pre-installed on a P IV 1.6GHz (I didn't chose the box!)
256MB ... not a problem that PQ Magic couldn't fix :} ... I shrunk w2k to 4GB
and left the rest of the HD for Slack 8. Win boots in 1m25s, Slack in
29 s including ncp and smb. :}
Number one reason why I perfer Linux over windows is the community.
I've been using windows since 3.1 and just a few days ago I made the complete switch to Linux. Theirs is not a Single windows machine here at my home. This is becuase of reason #2, Security and Stability.
Outlook Express fux0rd my fraggy NTFS drive to the point of killing my network connection. I know i should of been running some antivirus software but WHY when it costs 30+ dollars and I can use linux and all the advantages that come with it. Stability, Performance, Options, Community, etc.
For those of you seriously downing it, not being "desktop ready" your only slowly down the process of it reaching that goal. Load up KDE or Gnome, etc. and play with it, even if you do not develop, or have any interest in doing so, e-mail the developers... the community is what made linux what it is today. the larger we grow, the faster linux become an all-in-one freedom OS.
Those guys want you to pay 99.- bucks to play betatester for a OS that might never make it to the marketplace - nice scam.
I think about opening my own webpage call winux.com and make you a wiener insider
for 200.- US$.
Now I use SuSe 6.4 + KDE + StarOffice + Opera + Xmms + NT + LimeWire, but have been using win98 for years before.
Basically I can do everything in Linux that I can do in Win98 (these two systems can be compared by age and fit to my CX300 machine).
And I can do (almost) everything better in Linux:
Once an application freezes or becomes instable I have to reboot in Windows (I cannot reliably kill an application there). In Linux I can kill it with Xkill, and my system is as stable as before - meanwhile I am NOT even disconnected from my dial-up Internet connection. It saves me money.
I used to download all night, but the connection should be automatically terminated at 7 a.m. Windows could not do this. There are many little programs promising to do the trick under Windows, but they all failed. It costed me a lot of money. In Linux I just type one simple command and Linux always stops when requested.
With StarOffice I can edit text, use spreadsheet, presentations like with MSOffice, and it has much more abilities in editing graphics and drawings than the MS counterpart.
With Opera I can browse the Internet, handle my email, newsgroups much faster than with Internet explorer, and it is also a 'printer friendly' browser: it does not fail to compress large tables so that they can be printed on A4 sheets - IE fails. In Opera I can stop pop-up windows and cookies, and it also stopped the Klez worm - IE did not.
Xmms looks like Winamp and is as good as the latter. No programs tend to freeze due to sound card problems in Linux - which is a daily practice in Windows.
Nowadays, my mouse tends to control one open window only in Windows (other windows can only be controlled by the keyboard) - a thing that I cannot imagine in Linux
NT web downloader is as good as their windows couterparts - except that it is not a spyware.
LimeWire is as good on Linux as on Windows - except that it may have fewer spyware features.
MSAccess is an easy to use database application, and I used it with PWS and asp for some applications. But I see its limits (and PWS's): Access and PWS are rather toys compared to other, free solutions available on Linux, so I gradually migrate to Apache, PosgreSQL and PHP4. These will also better fit on our FreeBSD servers.
Namely, our system administrator did not dare to use Windows servers on our intranet so we have FreeBSD ones. It was a great choice: these FreeBSD servers and my Linux machine were the only stable points when our Intranet was ruined by the Klez worm.
There is only one thing I miss in Linux: games. So the most I can tell of Windows: it is a better game platform. However, I would not recommend it for any other purpose.