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Old 10-19-2008, 03:04 PM   #16
allen9013
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Open Source Reliability


Good Afternoon Everyone;
I have been using Open Source -- specifically OpenOffice.org for over five years now and have found it very reliable. I honestly can not recall when my open source software last crashed or when I lost any data/information.

I have been using Linux for three years now -- and deliberately chose Xandros for its features that appealed to me. I had always used Windows and still can not completely give it up because of needing too many of my legacy files prepared with Windows based software. Unfortunately, there is not yet a good full range of Linux based software that will do the same job or use those legacy files. Desktop publishing software, for example, is far too limited. The final answer I chose was to maintain two machines -- one with Windows and the other with a Linux operating system. To minimize my Windows problems, that machine goes on line a very limited amount and then only for updating a website. The Linux machine handles web research and email as well as all sorts of other office tasks. This arrangement, while not perfect, seems best for me and has minimized my computer and software related problems.

Because of the growing availability of open source software, I find that my Linux machine is used well over 90 percent of the time and it has been the more "software reliable" of the two identical machines (AMD Athlon 6000 machines built on Asus M2NPV-VM motherboards with all nVidia chipsets, "good" nVidia video cards, 4 Gigs of Corsair ram and each running two WD Raptor SATA hard drives -- all housed in Antec New Solution NSK6580 series cases). (My machine hardware was chosen after considerable research on the net. I chose entirely nVidia based hardware for my machines because the preponderance of reports concerning it indicated that NVidia is much more "Linux friendly" than Intel and other hardware. That has proven true for me too.) I would recommend this type of setup to anyone who wishes to run an all Linux machine (no dual boot for me). Moreover, the Linux machine is faster on the net. Downloading, especially large files, is noticably faster on the Linux machine than the identical Windows machine.

This is my 2 cents worth based on my experiences that includes the design and/or acquiring components and materials and assembling my own machines. I truly hope that this information may be of help to others who are searching for a good reliable, trouble-free non-Windows alternative either for themselves or for a parent who may not be too "computer literate" or possibly "computer phobic."
My Xandros/Linux machine has given me an entirely new "computer outlook."

By the way, after building the above described machines, I gave my son and his wife my "old" machine -- an early "dual core" Intel machine a year plus old and also running Xandros. They both were quickly "converted" and became Linux devotees who won't turn back!
Sincerely,
Allen Webb, Richmond VA
 
  


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