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post May 10 2004, 04:05 PM
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There was thread like this a wile back, but I want to re-open it. I got in a debate last night with a friend of mine over why people should use linux, so I want to ask you guys why you use it.

I use linux for a plethora of reasons, first, I'll admit part of me just likes being different, but there are lots of practical reasons why I use linux. Linux allows me to ssh into our school network and run all the programs I need in a graphical environment easy. Linux is a heck of a lot more stable than windows, and safer, seems like every week there is a new worm scare.

Plus I believe that Microsoft puts out products below what they could do because they don't have to do better. Microsoft is one of the largest corporations in the world, if they wanted to they could put out an OS that would blow everything out of the water, you can't deney that. They could put up the pay checks to get the best programmers in the world. But they don't, why? Because they don't have to because there aren't alternatives. Thats why I use Mac and Linux, for one, they are better in a lot of ways, but two, the more people who use other systems the more competition there will be on every side, and thats what creates good programs.

Linux developers have to work very hard to even try to get people away from windows, and look at what its created, a beautiful OS with tons and tons of great programs. Competition is what makes the software world (a little not to no-e-patents) and thats why there needs to be alternatives to Microsoft products.

--Jim Lester

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post May 10 2004, 07:20 PM
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Just my 2 cents on the topic.

I switched to Linux out of curiosity, having heard that the recent ditstributions are more stable, user-friendly and suitable for most applications that an average user might want to use. The switch was not without the pain and suffering of hardware not being recognized by Linux, boot-sector on the HDD being hosed by Lilo/Grub (I was attempting to get dual-boot with XP) but thanks to the help from you guys all problems have been overcome and now I happily run Fedora for my daily e-mail and Web browsing. Also, my aging audio tapes got nicely converted to .WAV and burnt to CDs, so I can enjoy them for many years to come. All these task were done with software that was fast, stable and fairly easy to learn. Sure, Pearl GUIs on top of command-line programs look a bit clunky and bland but they work just fine and cost nothing to boot.

As far as security is concerned, when I bought my Compaq PC six months ago it arrived already infected with MSBLASTER!!!! Need I say more?

Sure, I boot to XP once in a while (well, its cost is included in the PC's price after all) but only for games (rise of nations, homeworld2, black&white) but I never use internet or e-mail in Windows, so no need to waste time for security patches and updates.

Another reason for using Linux is the same as reason for using AMD instead of Intel. With AMD and Linux nobody can call my PC a "Wintel box" and that is a good feeling.

Thanks for reading this.

Grzegorz L.

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Posts in this topic
- Jim   Why Do You Use Linux?   May 10 2004, 04:05 PM
- - Venom   I use Linux because I feel the need to experiment ...   May 10 2004, 05:41 PM
- - lesio1974   Hello Just my 2 cents on the topic. I switched t...   May 10 2004, 07:20 PM
- - hughesjr   I use linux as a database server at work because i...   May 10 2004, 09:08 PM
- - chrisw   i run linux cause you get stuck in that certain p...   May 11 2004, 07:36 AM
- - Corey   Why I Use Linux: - Free as in freedom, free as in...   May 11 2004, 08:09 AM
- - Jim   Its a fair argument though. Thats probably the onl...   May 11 2004, 01:37 PM
- - Robert83   Well my reasons for using linux are : 1.It might...   May 12 2004, 03:39 AM
- - Termina   Originally I used it because I wanted to host a ga...   May 12 2004, 10:43 AM
- - hughesjr   QUOTE a reason to bother yall... especially hughes...   May 12 2004, 07:11 PM
- - Jim   Ya Hughes, you have sort of luffed off on the foru...   May 13 2004, 12:46 AM
- - lesio1974   in general, everybody here is very helpful and fri...   May 13 2004, 10:48 PM
- - Jim   Thats why you don't go naming people in lists,...   May 13 2004, 11:41 PM
- - Corey   QUOTE (lesio1974 @ May 14 2004, 01:18 AM)it i...   May 14 2004, 06:17 AM
- - Jim   Thats a fabulous plan and something I always try t...   May 14 2004, 02:09 PM
- - Hemant   hmm...which question i should anwser first...why d...   May 22 2004, 09:19 AM
- - gaviidae   Hmmm... I am trying out Linux now because I feel u...   Jun 10 2004, 02:20 AM
- - NeilE   ethics e t h i c s E T H I C S .   Jul 16 2004, 11:07 AM
- - lenting   No matter how far you may fly, never forget where ...   Jan 9 2012, 01:51 AM

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