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Old 10-20-2001, 07:54 AM   #1
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Question linux - the direction?

i've been wondering...

besides the loudest advertisement that linux is free... what is it meant for?

a) servers (i hear that freebsd and openbsd generally do better than linux in this area)

b) desktops (i don't see many linux boxes in offices)

c) pc gaming (most games are still made for windows)

d) development (personally i think it does very well here but so do most other unixes?)

e) am i missing something?

i don't mean to make it sound ugly... i'm really ignorant. would appreciate an answer...
Old 10-21-2001, 11:00 AM   #2
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It gives you a choice.
Old 10-21-2001, 11:56 PM   #3
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i see linux as stability and control of my os and computer, not like other os's out there.. i use it for about everything as you can do everything in linux as you can a windows box or any other os.
Old 10-22-2001, 09:48 AM   #4
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It gives you experience. I first started with Linux when I couldn't burn CDs under Windows. Tried Lin to see if it worked there (turns out it was actually a h/ware prob) and got hooked.

a) where did you hear this (not a flame - genuine enquiry)?

b) no, but behind the scenes, the local servers may be.

c) yes, but Loki are doing a great job. Would just like them to be free though

d) yes, but then not all unices are free (sorry, couldn't resist).

e) maybe a doctor could help with this one .

Don't worry, as far as ignorance goes, you should check out this.
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I think a lot of people are confused about the "Free" part.

Yes, you can download it without cost but that's not what is meant by "Free". You are also free to change it to suit your needs. If you don't like the way something works, you can modify the code so it does work the way you want it to. And that's the biggest appeal Linux has. That's also why it's had so much trouble making it into the mainstream. Most users don't want to muck around with the code, they just want it to work. With the other OS's the programs either work the way you want or they don't. If they don't you just look around until you find one that comes the closest to your need's. You can do that with Linux also but the ability to modify is what makes it cool.
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besides the loudest advertisement that linux is free... what is it meant for?
Security is one thing we can't forget about.
Old 10-23-2001, 03:31 AM   #7
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to Thymox:
a) i can't find the older articles i read half a year ago, but the closest article with that kind of direction can be found at:

e) ho ho ho

to jabble:
i had the impression that openbsd is a lot more secure than linux, at least as a default installation (debian comes close i hear...)

and thanks to all for bothering to reply... i learn new things everyday...

by the way, i'm not a pro or anti (windows/ms/linux/bsd/*insert your favorite OS or company here). if asked for my stand, i'd say that computers and their software are tools. just like any other tool, as long as it gets the job done well and the user knows when and where to use it, i think that's good enough.

btw, more comments are still welcome, if u do have .


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