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daffydoug
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Boy, am I behind the times.

Mu computer whiz son showed me an operating system called Linux. I had to admit I had never heard of it.

But the graphics and animation looked pretty cool.
Anybody here had any experience with it? Thumbs up or thumbs down?
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Stuart Coyle
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Big thumbs up here, but then again I'm just a hairy old Linux fanboy. I've used and abused Linux in various forms for over 10 years now.

Advantages: 1. It's free, as in beer
2. It's free, as in speech
3. It works, most of the time, If it doesn't theres a good strong community there to help.
4. There's tons of software available for it. Just not the latest video games and other fluff.
5. Very few if any viruses and security problems.
6. If, like me, you like to tinker with software, Linux is it!

Disadvantages: 1. There's a bit of a learning curve, but then again learning something new is not really a bad thing.
2. There's a few useful applications that are missing.
3. It's a moving target. Linux is rapidly growing and evolving.
4. Microsoft won't get your $. Which is only a disadvantage if you work for Bill Gates or have shares.
daffydoug
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That's a good start! Sounds cool so far.
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The various releases of Linux are called "distributions" or distros. I just read somewhere that a recent distro (I forget the name) makes it much easier for person who is not too geeky to install it and be up and running without a lot of tinkering. Tinkering is both the upside and the downside of Linux. (Somebody please explain...okay, I'll try...it's kind of involved and has to do with how Linux evolved as open software that anyone on the net could and did improve and tweak almost hourly. This was a totally different model of how software should be debugged and improved than its predecessor Unix, which was the property of AT&T, or Microsoft, or Apple at the time, all of which were proprietary (although System X is Unix under the hood). There were several "popular" marketed distros of Linux such as Debian and Red Hat but they all required a lot of tinkering and programming manipulation and the worked in a rather clumsy and jerky fashion. All that has changed now for the better, or so I have heard. So if you want to get "hands on" with the operating system and software, you still can, but if you just want it to work out of the box, it is almost at the stage of doing so.
Lawrens Godon
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I'm a happy linux user through Ubuntu...
no virus, tab browsing, and so easy to use...
Highly recommended
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daffydoug
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So far, it all sounds thumbs up.
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It sucks if you are not very technical. And I mean VERY technical. non of this popping a CD in and it working, or such (got WiFi an you linux Laptop?)

want to print? best of luck. Though support is improving.

IF you want to have a go at linux, get a spare PC and play with it. I would not recommend rebuilding your working PC with linux unless you are competent and understand dual booting and such.
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I write commercial software for the motor trade and with a Windows based network application if you haven't got a server and you want a network set up where there could be more than 10 concurrent users ( for XP professional - Home is only 5 ) you have a problem. Microsoft impose this restriction to 'encourage' you to invest in a Microsoft server.

One solution is to stick the main database on a Linux machine and problem is sorted.
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