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Fact is, Linux will always be more stable and more powerful. That's its nature. Windows if for those of us who want to click a "Next" button to make things happen. I've been using Red Hat 9 for just a few days now. I've gotten everything out of Linux that I've gotten out of Windows but with no blue-screen-of-deaths. If it weren't for the crappy gaming compatibility of Linux, I'd just as soon use Linux than Windows. This coming from a hardcore Windows enthusiast until recent times. Long-live open source and long-live you guys who'll help me out when I get stuck trying to install a printer driver in Linux.
If you don't like Linux, leave...you'll be left behind soon enough.
Ummm... I am somewhat new to this forum, but I have been helping people learn linux for some time and after some of the stuff I have seen on this thread, it makes me wonder what others who want to learn are thinking.
Not to start more flame you all, but c'mon.
Cheryl: If you do not like linux, then don't use it. In any event, what distro did you try? I can refer you to a couple really nice distros that I install for total newbee customers all the time, and few have any real problems with them. If you are looking for user freindlyness, go with something like SuSE. It matches XP in user freindlyness hands down. Period. If you can't afford the extra $$ (40 bucks) for SuSE, then try downloading Mandrake 9.1. It is also fairly nice to use and has excelent support for most hardware. And if you buy the boxed set , you also get wonderfull winmodem support.
Linux is not only much more secure than XP, but quite a bit more stable. You will find it a *very* rare thing to have your linux box infected with Viruses - it just does not happen like it does on a windows platform. In fact, virus software for linux is rather sparse just for this reason (don't belive me? Do a google for linux AV software) The hardest part obout linux is learning that it is not windows. Your "C" drive is /dev/hda, the cdrom is at /mnt/cdrom, things like that. But trust me, after a short while you will find that running windows on your PC not only seems to start feeling awkward, but you will begin to miss a lot of the functionality (and eye candy ) that linux gives you (KDE?).
Anyway, i'm sorry if I have interupted the flame thing, but I browse these forums to help people learn to like linux - not drive them away.
Last edited by deanrantala; 06-29-2003 at 08:20 PM.
Being a linux myself, I personally don't think linux is at a point where it is ready for use by most people.
Linux is definitely harder to use than windows but I think it's because most of us have been conditioned by windows into thinking that operating systems should work the way windows does things. I think an important tip I found helpful when starting up on linux systems is to NOT compare to windows. Learn linux for what it is and how it does certain things but don't compare it to windows.
It'll take you much farther!
Hardware support and installation on linux is being improved. If you want easy installation and hardware support, I heard from people that lindows is an easier distribution to learn from windows users so you might want to take a look at it.
Instead of bashing linux, you might want to ask people on this forum nicely what problems you're having. I'm quite sure they will help you out.