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#1 2007-02-05 21:01:36

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Linux

I like the idea of an operating system that belongs to the world, so the idea of Linux is great.

But I still use Windows because ... well ... people write software for it. If I moved to Linux I would probably lose half my tools.

Share your thoughts on Linux here.


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#2 2007-02-05 21:29:56

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Re: Linux

A friend showed me these three Linux-related videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lawkc3jH3ws
Hehe, this is set to extreme-sounding music to try make it more interesting ...

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=-199899523054020719&q=linux
Quite a long video, but it shows what you can do.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4471114863140451531
This one is funny.

From looking at those, I like what I see. But I'm probably not going to move to Linux anytime soon ... for one, the school technicians wouldn't be very happy!

 

#3 2007-02-05 23:27:40

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Before you risk trying Linux as a freeware, Openoffice instead of MicrosoftOffice is a good choice.


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#4 2007-02-05 23:37:50

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I'm probably not gonna risk moving to Linux. Windows, although not perfectly stable, is more trusted, and Mac is good too.

 

#5 2007-02-06 00:04:23

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I use Windows mainly for gaming, surfing the net and web coding (php, etc..) For my "low-level" projects I prefer Linux, its much more developer-friendly imho. But I still like .NET and all the fancy microsoft tools.

You can have the best of two worlds and it's the best choice I think : )

 

#6 2007-02-06 02:16:19

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Then there's lin-ux or lie-nux, I don't know how you say it,
Or how you install it or use it or play it,
Or where you download it from, what programs will run,
But lin-ux or lie-nux don't sound like much fun.

How ever you say it, it's been getting great press,
Though how it stays together is anyone's guess.
If you ask me, it's just one big mess,
For elitist nerdy schmucks.

"It's free" they say, if you can get it to run.
The geeks then say, "Hey, that's half the fun."
But I got a girlfriend and things to get done.
The linux OS drags.

- Every OS drags

I myself use linux for mostly developing.  Every day computing I use Windows.


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#7 2007-02-06 07:31:29

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So, kyle and Ricky, you use both ...  on different PCs, or "dual boot" from the one PC?

And when you are on Linux what do you miss about Windows, and vice-versa?


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#8 2007-02-06 08:00:12

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I have one PC just for work stuff *cough* in dual boot, {XP | Mandriva} and another one XP-exclusive

Windows is a great "home" OS : you can get all tasks done in a smooth way, because you already know where everything is and how is done. Plugs in and works. At least we all hope that happens ; ) Excel, Outlook, Word, I always used them and I'm loving the 2007 "beta" look'n'feel. Tried OpenOffice, but didn't like it. As most people probably do, I have some +fav games like delta force xtreme, quake (I'm *still* loving it!) and others I ocasionally install. What do I miss the most? a decent shell.. "Command Line" is so..."empty" and batch scripts have an awfull syntax : (

But when comes to programming and learning what's under the hood, unix-based OS'es are the best. You have the chance to do things by yourself so you get a better understanding of how Operating Systems work. You can play around and mess up things as you wish. What do I miss the most? Probably the lack of drivers. But nowadays things are changing and getting simpler than 5 or 10 yrs ago. People should really try at least once to experiment an "alternative" OS like linux. Love it or hate it..

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#9 2007-02-06 13:34:36

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So, kyle and Ricky, you use both ...  on different PCs, or "dual boot" from the one PC?

Laptop: Windows XP
Desktop: {Ubuntu | Windows XP}

And when you are on Linux what do you miss about Windows, and vice-versa?

Well for one thing, Windows XP is a lot easier to shut down.  You're just sitting there using the computer, and boom, it shuts down.  No hassle of saving important documents or anything.

Seriously though, I find windows to be much more natural when ever doing non-programming tasks, and Linux the same when programming.


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#10 2007-03-06 09:55:20

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This is a great article about a guy who used Linux for 30 days: http://consumer.hardocp.com/article.htm … 9uc3VtZXI=

On page 4 there is a video of what Beryl (the cool desktop effects program) can do. I want it!


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#11 2007-03-06 10:27:58

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Ricky wrote:

Well for one thing, Windows XP is a lot easier to shut down.  You're just sitting there using the computer, and boom, it shuts down.  No hassle of saving important documents or anything.

Hahaha, I totally did not catch the sarcasm the first time I read that a few days ago. But now I get it. lol

I use Linux for programming purposes and Windows for everyday "normal" computer activities.

 

#12 2007-03-08 07:34:28

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MathsIsFun wrote:

This is a great article about a guy who used Linux for 30 days: http://consumer.hardocp.com/article.htm … 9uc3VtZXI=

On page 4 there is a video of what Beryl (the cool desktop effects program) can do. I want it!

the cube feature seems very useful for doing non-school related things in the classroom wink


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#13 2007-03-10 13:47:38

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I have begun the journey.

I opted to install Ubuntu because of its great package management. (But I chose KDE not gnome for the desktop, so it is then called kubuntu)

It just installed and ran. Wow.

Had internet access without lifting a finger.

Took me some hours to get my Windows PC to connect to it (but it could see Windows really easily, huh). I used "Samba" to make it happen.

I am going to start playing with the desktop now smile


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#14 2007-03-10 22:31:48

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*GNOME

Samba is a Windows and Novell utility.

You just used a foreign utility on a Linux based system from Windows/Novell. Way to play inside Linux. big_smile


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#15 2007-03-21 16:34:58

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Linux?! What on Earth is Linux?!


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#16 2007-03-21 18:35:31

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It runs a computer like Windows does, but is free.

It is very actively developed by people all over the world, and in my short experience seems a lot better.

The only trouble is there are some programs that run on Windows that don't run on Linux. So I still need Windows for the moment


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#17 2007-03-26 19:58:25

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Why develop a second computer program? It seems strange to me.


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