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I've had a bunch of Linux people tell me how evil Windows is. I agree with them completely - but what it comes down to is how can Linux be a powerful tool without powerful software? Can I really replace the programs I use all the time (Dreamweaver/ColdFusion, Illustrator, PhotoShop, CoolEdit, various drum machines, KaZaA, MSN/Hotmail, Winamp, not to mention all of my mouse/scanner/media drivers) using Linux?
Basically - I'd love to but I'd rather not wipe my system on this bet it'll be better you know? So .. I'm hoping to find a good reason to use Linux!
I am also a new Linux user and asked the same question ( I had an extra hard drive sitting around) only I asked it after I had been playing with it for awhile. My answer to you is to NOT!! wipe your hard drive and switch to Linux. Get another hard drive. Anyone who tells you you can get by just on Linux is leading you astray. IMHO Linux is for the very advanced and the new users.
For my wife who is in between the two I wouldn't but Linux on her machine with a gun to my head !!
If I had a parent who just wanted email , a text editor and to surf the net Linux is the way to go. It's very full featured right out of the box. But updating it is not easy and most of the programs you use at work are windows based so bringing it home to work on would not work as well. It is getting better.
If you are a programer Linux is the bomb. The open source makes it easy to do aplication programing for. I would suggest getting a hot swap bay and swaping between hard drives that way. I found it very hard to get Linux to boot off of the second hard drive when I had both the Windows hard drive and the Linux hard drive conected to the computer at the same time. Lilo would see both systems but I couldn't get it to work. If you are going to have two OS's on one computer I'd put them on one hard drive . I started by loading Linux on an old pentium pro 200 I had sitting around in moth balls.
I now have linux running on the Pentium Pro 200 , an AMD K-6 2 450 and an AMD 2500+ barton core. I love my KVM switch.
I've tried RD 7.2 and 9 and Mandrake 8 and 9.1 . I like RH 7.2 and Mandrake 9.1 the best. Have fun and learn .. K
"but that linux can't be on the 2nd hard drive... "
get real here, I have three different distros of linux, all on my third HD with winXP on the first, the second is for storage or to try out other OS's.
My first sentence stated that I was new to Linux. I know I was doing something wrong when I couldn't get Linux to boot off of the second hard drive . My workaround was the hot swap bay and/or loading Linux and the other system on the same hard drive. I'm still learning and thought for a Newbie like me . Which it appears this person is , my .02 worth might help getting started. Messing with Lilo or grub to start off is a pain IMHO. I just think getting started and working from there to learn .
and we have to remember... it's just a preference. most of the people here prefer linux, while a lot of other people like windows better... if you aren't liking likux, then it just might not be for you