I am happy with xp, don't see why i would need to use linux. But i just want to know why have you decided to se linux.
post #1 of 59
8/25/05 at 9:57pm
Originally Posted by bob505
I also use Linux for my primary OS but I do use Windows for some things (mostly gaming). Why do you assume Windows is the default? As Linux is free and Windows isn’t should the conversation be why does one need Windows? Regardless, if one goes along with your question…
All the arguments about stability, viruses, cost (acceptable or not we all no Windows is equally as “free” in terms of cost if you really want), cross compatibly/internetworking and hard ware support are mostly irrelevant if either system is run correctly. Some of the most noticeable reasons that I use Linux on my systems are:
Portage and other software libraries – It so much easier to simply type “emerge [program name here]” then it is to find/download/install one especially if said program’s Windows equivalent is expensive (e.g. the Gimp vs. Photoshop). This also makes updating a ton easier. Would you prefer looking for updates to the OS and all installed programs separately or just typing “emerge –u world”.
Stability of programs – I’ll grant that Windows itself is more stable then people tend to give it credit for (still less then Linux even with a very competent windows admin). However many Windows programs fail especially if left running for long periods of time (e.g. torrenting a file that takes a week+), I have not had this problem nearly as much with the Linux equivalents. Even when the rare problems arises a simple ctrl+alt+backspace fixes things a considerable amount better/faster then the ctrl+alt+del of Windows. One rarely sees poorly done software for Linux. When people see something they don’t like the source code is freely available and people change it themselves and submit their changes.
Ease of use – You really don’t know what your missing until you’ve tried Linux. Whenever I try and use my windows machine I just tend to get more and more aggravated by the small stuff. Granted it takes a certain amount of skill/knowledge to get a Linux machine running, but that’s mostly limited to the ability to google and read. Things such as being able to maximize a Windows and then shrink it over by dragging the edge and having the windows snap together, put a file in more then one location without a copy, put a different hard drive somewhere other then as a different tree base (e.g. put a hdd in a folder instead of a different letter), searching a group of files for a keywords (e.g. “grep Failed/ Logon ~\logs”, and more are irritatingly missing from Windows. These are available for Windows but they require lots of unnecessary plug-ins.
Xine media player - I have yet to find a media format that this can’t natively play and I have seen a lot of bizarre ones. Even the best Windows players with the best codec packs I can find tend to freak out sometimes and it’s just a pain in the ass to find them all anyway. Since I use my Linux system largely as a video machine, this is important.
SSH remote logon – This is clearly the best/easy to set up remote logon and fileserver tool I have seen. I find it hard to believe I ever got along with out it now.
Although many of the programs/features mentioned above do have Windows ports, they run much the same as running a native Windows program in wine: buggy and slow. Although these don’t seem like much, let’s compare it with the entire list of reasons why I use Windows: gaming, and even that’s starting to erode. Of course it’s not about trying to convert other people and that just my opinion
Oh and best of all: no grammar Nazis (ok, that’s a preemptive flame and I’m sorry)
Originally Posted by bryant_2004
Ctrl Alt Backspace, resets the whole OS, in Linux.
Ctrl Alt Delete in Windows, allows you to shut down only the offending program causing the lockup.