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Well, you left the field wide open phrasing your question that way, but I can give you a few ideas:
Choice - You have the choice as to how you want to run your system as well as the choices of what to put on it as well as what not to put on it. You get the power to choose how you want your system.
Security - Standards in linux keep the regular users separate from the Administrator users. Generally, a regular user can do something crazy and mess themselves up, but they won't take down the overall box in doing so.
Reliability - One of my favorite experiences in this regard came when I was Chief Systems & Network Administrator for a software company, and the Exec VP came into my office with a dusty, nasty old 486 system. He puts the system on my desk and just says, "The hard drive is making noise." and leaves. I boot the system up to a LiveCD to check the system before mounting and checking the hard drive. After chrooting into the drive, I run uptime and get a response of "2756 days". At this point, I'm starting to suspect that we may have gotten corruption on the drive, but I go and check with the ExecVP; "The drive says it's been up for 2756 days... That can't be right, can it?" ExecVP thinks a sec and says, "Over 7 years? Yeah, that sounds about right..."
You show me *any* other system that will run solid for 7 years without a reboot, because I have never found any outside of linux.
Now those are just a couple of reasons, and there are hundreds more, but it should give this thread a proper starting off point.
Hope that helps. Let us know.
Last edited by ShadowCat8; 04-05-2013 at 05:22 PM.
Please phrase the headline a bit more in detail. For example, the headline could have been "what are the benefits of linux?" instead of just "question". Imagine how others feel about stumbling on such a thread, only labeled "question"..
Some benefits: freedom, performance, security, flexibility, choice, independence, no malware, human community instead of corporate greed, open standards.