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Old 09-10-2006, 02:54 PM   #1
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New member in austria hoping of more reliability on Linux

Hi folks!

Here is my story short: Working since many years under Windows as Software developer I decided (after a system crash) to try Linux on my home PC because I was very disappointed that Windows did show me full harddisks and full CDs empty (besides other problems with the system). As it is a very basic job that a OS should do properly to show whether there is data on a disk or not I am considering Windows not reliable (any more).

I did so far very little attempts on Linux - first of all doing some web development under PHP, not very much more.

So I am feeling as a real beginner and hope to get some help here for the question I cannot get aunt google to answer.
Old 09-10-2006, 04:04 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ. I have found Linux to be far more reliable.

That said, what you described could poissibly be hardware related in which case no OS will fix it. Here's hoping it isn't.

You'll find everyone here more than willing to help you with any problems or questions you may have. You'll likly find that almost any problem or question has already been addressed and a quick forum search will probably turn up an answer for you.

But if it doesn't, the folks here are quite knowledgeable and willing to help.
Old 09-10-2006, 04:13 PM   #3
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It was a quite terrible story. From a second PC I tried to copy data onto an external USB harddisk and it happened that it first after a failed copy attempt it showed me all files corrupt and after restart an empty drive (which is very bad if that is your only backup). Only linux did show me that the data was still on that HD and OK!

So it was not the rotten PC that caused the problem...
Old 09-10-2006, 04:18 PM   #4
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OK, here's one helpful(?) truism: the only reason you ever reboot a Linux box is when you add hardware.

Although a little tongue-in-cheek (or cheeky, you decide), that simply means that Linux machines tend to run with little or no intervention on your part for weeks, months, or, in many cases, years. Install the distribution, configure a few things, and, well, there you are. You don't worry about viruses, you don't worry about worms, you don't worry about "Patch Tuesday" (yes, you do occasionally need to install patches as problems are turned up, dealt with and made available -- most of those do not require shutting down the machine). One might say that Windows has never been reliable (and probably never will be) and that Linux... well, frankly, Linux has and most likely will be by any reasonable comparison.

Oh, by the way, the df utility (it shows free space) has been around 20+ years and, uh, works just fine (df displays both space used and space free).

Linux, thankfully, is not the same as Windows -- you need to learn a few things, you may need to fiddle around with a few things, you may need some help now and again. Seems like you've already found the right place to ask, eh?

Welcome aboard, you'll enjoy the trip.
Old 09-10-2006, 04:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for your nice words - I need them because so far I am a little desparated because of the lot of things that I did not get to work so far.


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