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View Poll Results: What do you use Linux for on your personal home PC?
Server/File Server.. etc 6 8.00%
Programming/Development 10 13.33%
Internet Surfing/Desktop Publishing 9 12.00%
Web Serving 1 1.33%
Graphics 0 0%
Gaming 0 0%
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Old 02-05-2002, 06:35 PM   #1
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What do you use Linux for on your personal PC?

I don't think I have seen this asked and polled before?

And please don't say to get away from Windows, I want real reasons on why you use a computer with Linux.. if its from internet surfing to gaming, to programming, etc.


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Old 02-05-2002, 07:24 PM   #2
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You forgot hacking! hehehe
Old 02-05-2002, 08:04 PM   #3
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I would consider that classifed under programming/development...
Old 02-05-2002, 11:53 PM   #4
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i just like having something i can play around with. i'm never at a loss for things to do with linux. there's always a milliion things that can be tweaked, changed... i think the best reason is that, if i have a question about how something works, i can go ahead and find out, be it the source code or documentation.
Old 02-06-2002, 12:08 AM   #5
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One box is setup as my firewall/router and to watch TV on while I am experimenting with all kinds of other distros on my workstation.

Love the feeling of "freedom" that Linux gives me!! The ability to have over a dozen differnet distros to experiemnt with and the only cost is the CD's to burn them on
Old 02-06-2002, 02:29 AM   #6
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Programming/Development, Web Serfin, Documentation and Record Keeping. Would like to play games, but since it's a laptop and I don't have fancy graphics cards I don't play games. Still have to boot into XP to do that.
Old 02-06-2002, 03:13 AM   #7
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I use Linux as it is
- free, and
- safe
- internet browsing
- internet downloads
- multimedia
- office applications
- further plans to port my small PWS solutions to apache (that would involve silently removing windows from a PC at my workplace)
- everything else except gaming
My greatest problem:
- cannot uninstall Window$ as my 4 year old baby likes gaming
(thus keeping two OSs I am always in short of disk space)
Old 02-06-2002, 07:38 AM   #8
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Studying for my RHCE
Old 02-06-2002, 08:08 AM   #9
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I use Linux for the fact that I keep learning from it.....everytime I sit down at my PC I get up having learned something new. I have to keep track of what I learned you should see my linux note pad. Maybe one day I should turn around and have it published just the way it is.
Old 02-06-2002, 08:19 AM   #10
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Anything you can use a computer for i use linux for, as i dont have anything but linux on my computer. ive been windows free for a couple of years and proud of it.

A few years ago i would have said linux is lacking in a few key areas, but now there is no excuse for dual booting.

get rid of windows today
Old 02-06-2002, 08:36 AM   #11
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I use Linux for everthing that a pc is used for. I listen to music with grip, and rip mp3's some too, burn cd's with xcdroast, do graphics manipulation with the gimp, write html and maintain my site with gedit ant gftp. The girls of my family have winders pc's, and anything I need outside Linux could be done on them. But I haven't had to use it in a while. I'm floundering along in perl, c, c++, and of course all the good dev stuff is right at hand. It's excellent.
Old 02-06-2002, 10:32 AM   #12
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I use it for internet browsing, email, office productivity, programming, music, TV, streaming radio, video playback, graphics, file management, etc.

The only I dont and cant use it for is my games, most of which only run on Windows. But with winex, hope is on the horizon!
Old 02-06-2002, 01:19 PM   #13
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As with everyone it seems, I use it for all but games. Seems that's the biggest drawback at the moment. I think that there needs to be more in that sense. Unfortunately I can't remember if Loki went down the tube or not? I think they were doing some good work! Otherwise, Linux does it all if not better than Windows.
Old 02-07-2002, 08:40 AM   #14
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Now that I've got a modem that works with Linux (useless pieces of Diamond USB win-modem crap!) I can put myself into the internet surfing category, graphics and gaming. As soon as I've got my second computer, I'll be on file-serving (home-network, some comps have unbelieivable small harddisks) and when I have finished my degree I'll try to learn a real programming language (BASIC really does begin to suck after a while).
Old 02-07-2002, 12:50 PM   #15
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Thymox wrote:
I'll try to learn a real programming language (BASIC really does begin to suck after a while).
Oh, come on! I remember writing some BASIC programs on some Apple II when I was in middle school. Those were the days. Uncomplicated, simply lines of code. No need to compile, and stable. Bad graphics, low memory, and no hard drives. Jeez.

My class project, which the teacher did not like me with, was to make an unbreakable password system that comes up on boot. It was so difficult, my teacher could not break it in the time he had. He gave me an A, but was so defeated! Guess I popped his ego, hehehe.

Have to admit though, C/C++ is much more powerful.


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