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Old 05-20-2009, 10:30 PM   #1
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Thumbs up No Problem ... as yet

I have waited to install Linux, but when Ubuntu 9.04 came along and I read the reviews, I took the plunge.
Ubuntu has similarities to Windows, but I am impressed. It was easy to install and Firefox and Evolution picked up on my personal details and functioned without a hitch (except for one glitch which was my own fault)
The question is ... what different things can I do in Linux that I cannot do in Windows. There has to be a reason, apart from the cost and license factors, for making the change, that I can talk about to others
Old 05-20-2009, 10:35 PM   #2
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Hi, welcome to LQ!

Well, there's complete and utter freedom of use :}

You can choose between several desktop environments, almost
countless window managers ...

Linux comes with all the bells & whistles - you get free office
apps, development tools, type-setting products, multimedia tools,
... I don't know where to STOP really :}

Old 05-20-2009, 11:46 PM   #3
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Tons of free software in the repos. All kinds of gizmos. Even decent games like nexuiz. Also there is a lot to play with security-wise.

I've been on linux exclusively for a year, and I have not even scratched the surface. Thats the best thing about it - there is so much to learn that you'll always be busy, but you can use it just fine in the mean time.
Old 05-21-2009, 12:36 AM   #4
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And if you still have some time left after that, you can download the Ubuntu source code and make your own customized distribution.
Old 05-21-2009, 05:40 PM   #5
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Thank you Tinkster, Quads and linuxlover.chaitanya.
I began by wondering what I could do with Linux as opposed to Windows (XP)
Now I wonder what I cannot do in Linux that I can do in Windows.
In attempting to set up a parallel configuration, I come to the issue of drivers for the different periphals. Aha ! the first snag. I download and install Skype for Linux,
then I must find a driver for my Logitech Webcam. Not too difficult, BUT, Linux will not automatically locate the driver and install it. To do this, I must navigate to the Linux kernel and compile the driver code, to get the webcam functioning. Well, not quite true. In fact the video will work, but neither sound input or output. However,
easy it might become with practise, hunting down the kernel and the driver and then having to compile the process, is a little scary and most people will not attempt it.
Bill wins hands down, because his software does the trick ... even though you have to pay for the privilige.
Now, I am ready to be enlightened, if somebody is willing to take the time. Let me say, I am reasonably computer literate. I build my own computers for instance and deal with most problems without too much hassle. But compiling code ...
Old 05-22-2009, 12:03 AM   #6
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I beg to differ a bit on this ray, Bill's software can not do much on its own. It wont install most of the hardware without the support of the drivers that are given by the hardware manufacturers. You would even need office suite to be bought if you do not want to use OO and AbiWord for your word processing.
I can agree on Web Cams. I have had problems with them when I tried Ubuntu on uncle's laptop but I never need of it so never tried to fix it but if you can google a bit then solution is there waiting for you.


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