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Old 05-07-2003, 10:26 AM   #1
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Pros And Cons Of Linux

Could anyone tell me the pros and cons for using Linux?
Old 05-07-2003, 10:33 AM   #2
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Pro - it works well and is very stable and solid.
Con - you have to learn about computers and the os to install and maintain it correctly.
Old 05-07-2003, 11:30 AM   #3
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Oh boy, you don't know yet what you are about to create.... There are tons of threads dedicated to the subject, so it might take you more than a year to go through them... But it is doable with only a search button away.
Old 05-07-2003, 02:44 PM   #4
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pros: open source, stability, variety, thousands of apps for everything imaginable, constant updating and improvement, etc.

look here for further inspiration:

cons: games, incompatibility with some newer hardware/devices
Old 05-07-2003, 03:27 PM   #5
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it just works. freedom from future licensing restrictions, forced paid upgrades and intrusive spyware from both the os provider and 3rd party developers.

you may have to think a little during install. then again you might not have to - depends on your hardware. six month after switching you will probably not even consider windows an alternative to linux. seriously.

if i buy a pair of shoes then i want to be able to determine when it's time for a new pair. and i don't want my shoes contacting the manufacture to tell them where I go, what paths I take and how long I stay there. =)
Old 05-07-2003, 08:04 PM   #6
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pro: It's complex, advanced, and has its own AI.

con: It's complex, advanced, and has its own AI.
Old 05-07-2003, 09:15 PM   #7
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Pro: Stable (unless you screw something up) flexable, tons of options, constantly updated, inexpensive, you learn more about your computer

Con: Some hardware support, software installation is a bit archaic, very little game support, apps (dozens of apps that all do the same thing but not ones that does what you need them too..subpar apps for a better OS) Too much reading redundant man pages for hours looking for that one paragraph that may actually help and then hoping it will work. Your forced to learn more about your computer than you really wanted or need to know. Dependencies suck.. you don't need to find them yourself nearly as much as you used to, but they still suck all around. Overly complex.
Old 05-07-2003, 09:25 PM   #8
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pro: stable, forces you to learn and you can wear cool clothes with tux on them

con: If you screw something it'll be very, very early in the morning as you stare blanky at a screen, incoherently mummbling "why won't you work, why?"
Takes a while to get everything working perfectly
Old 05-07-2003, 10:35 PM   #9
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Pro: Fast, Stable, Cheaper Than Windows, Beautiful Window Managers

Con: Every now and then you fry a monitor by guessing modlines.
Old 05-08-2003, 12:34 AM   #10
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Pro: Rock solid stability, great support for noobs like myself, you can be a SU and do whatever you want to your system.

Con: Being a SU and accidentally deleting a daemon you need---and reinstalling it without a wizard.
Old 05-08-2003, 12:32 PM   #11
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fast stable let me configure all the options by my self dont have worry about a .doc file to infect me. progs i use mainly developed under unix like os s.

cons:you have tor read read read.....
Old 05-08-2003, 12:44 PM   #12
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I don't have to pay for it.
It does everything for me that Windows does.
I like it.
More stable.
WAY more customizable.

Just a bit of learning.
Um.....nothing else
Old 05-08-2003, 09:14 PM   #13
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pro: Very good, supportive community.

con: High probability of threads like this being started.
Old 05-08-2003, 09:31 PM   #14
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Originally posted by cuckoopint
pro: Very good, supportive community.

con: High probability of threads like this being started.
Old 05-09-2003, 05:45 AM   #15
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Pro: Ultra-powerful.
Con: Hyper-complicated.
Pro: You're in charge
Con: You're screwed when you don't know what you're doing.

But I'll take a double-edged sword over a no-edged one.


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