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Old 05-08-2003, 04:59 PM   #1
Paul Parr
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Question Just out of curiousity...How is Linux technically better than Win XP Pro?


Without starting a war, or jumping all over me for saying the "W" word.

Technically Speaking...

Can anyone point out specifics to me on what Linux can do that Windows XP can't Or even what it can do better, how, and why?

I am sure there is a whole lot.

Give me a few examples if you can please.

I'm very interested to know.

Thanks

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Old 05-08-2003, 05:04 PM   #2
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try looking here
 
Old 05-08-2003, 05:10 PM   #3
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Maybe I should be more specific then to narrow it down...

How about responding with the name of the specific Linux distribution you are comparing with Windows XP Professional specifically. (Preferrably the most recent Linux Distro like RedHat 9, or Mandrake 9.1 for example)

I am sure not everyone has used XP, if so you don't need to responded then.

Thanks Again

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Old 05-08-2003, 05:17 PM   #4
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hm. i have used xp since the first betas. and linux.. but sorry.
there's just too much to list. it's mostly a matter of personal
preference. with time, linux can do what windows xp can,
and windows xp can do what linux can. which is better?
it mostly depends on what the user makes of it and wants
to do with it. good luck with your quest for information.
 
Old 05-08-2003, 05:22 PM   #5
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I know of at least one thing...

Linux runs on a wide variety of CPUs...Windows XP only runs on the x86 series.

I think thats a good start.
 
Old 05-08-2003, 05:31 PM   #6
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Firstly, I second Darin, the thread he
pointed you to should keep you busy
for a while :}

And one obvious thing WinDOHs can't
do is to have several people working on
the same box at the same time. :)

And that's in comparison to any old Linux
I ever had (Yggdrasil ... SuSE 4.3 to 7,
Slackware 8 & 8.1, MDK (various, I refuse
to remember them individually), RH 6.2,
7.2, 7.3) ... with the more recent versions
of these ( >6) I could do word processing,
spread-sheets, database stuff, graphics
design ... all out of the box ;) ...all of them
would be happy with more than two CPUs,
too ;)

As for "using" XP Professional ... it lasted
for about two days on my notebook, and
then I got so pissed of with the fact that I
couldn't configure the simplest things (trying
to integrate the notebook into my existing
network was impossible) without having to
click a myriad of dialog-boxes or even
taking a pic with the web-cam without getting
a bloody wizard each time that I wiped it ;D

Since I don't own any other MS programs
(or any windows- based programs that
would work with XP, for that matter) I can't
see a good reason to keep it...

... just not worth my precious time (or money) ;)

Cheers,
Tink

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Old 05-09-2003, 04:47 PM   #7
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Thanks Tinkster,
You made some very interesting points. The more I hear about Linux the better it sounds.

P.S. - Anyone know when to go for support on Linuxquestions.org? This thread is NOT showing up under my USER CP thread listing. Weird.
 
Old 05-09-2003, 04:51 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by Paul Parr
This thread is NOT showing up under my USER CP thread listing. Weird.
By default it only shows the last day - take a look a the drop down box and select a longer time period.
 
Old 05-09-2003, 05:20 PM   #9
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Thanks David but thats not it. I already knew that, but the thread has mysteriously disappeared. ????
 
Old 05-09-2003, 05:34 PM   #10
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When you look at the bottom of this page does it say "Unsubscribe from This Thread" or "Subscribe to This Thread"? You may have somehow become unsubscribed.

If that's not it then you could try a post in the "Website Questions & Suggestions" forum:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...p?s=&forumid=7
 
Old 05-09-2003, 06:44 PM   #11
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<OT>
The only difference that really counts for *me* is the cost of OS. I can't afford MS Win'XP / MS Office.

BTW, I love the Workspaces concept on GNOME/KDE
</OT>

regards
theN
 
Old 05-09-2003, 08:49 PM   #12
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I think

either running a server (web,db or others)
, programming (wanna make your own p2p program?, wanna make porn downloader, wanna index a certain portion of web to see what you can with it?)
, no need to reboot (i hate waiting my comp to reboot)
or web surfing (tabbing, speed)

keeps me to use linux

other than that linux can be a waste of time.
 
Old 05-14-2003, 04:44 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally posted by david_ross
When you look at the bottom of this page does it say "Unsubscribe from This Thread" or "Subscribe to This Thread"? You may have somehow become unsubscribed.

If that's not it then you could try a post in the "Website Questions & Suggestions" forum:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...p?s=&forumid=7
Thats David,
I think that fixed it. It said "subscribe to this thread".
 
Old 05-14-2003, 07:41 PM   #14
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Ya here's one..........unlike XP where one has to call Uncle Gates and ask permission to upgrade hardware. You don't have to do that with Linux/BSD!!

And unlike Outlook, which has a Bad habit of automatically Emailing Subjective Code to Everyone in the Address book without the Users knowledge or Permission, Linux/BSD does not do this either.

I and others here can surely come up with more examples if you need..............
 
Old 05-15-2003, 03:47 AM   #15
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And unlike Outlook, which has a Bad habit of automatically Emailing Subjective Code to Everyone in the Address book without the Users knowledge or Permission, Linux/BSD does not do this either.
It will if you install outlook. Just as windows won't if you don't install Outlook or the addressbook.
 
  


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