Why would you Switch to Linux? 15 replies

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Kilobyte

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#1 13 years ago

what would make you have any reason to switch to Linux, or other free/Open Source alternatives?

What would you need to switch? In what order of importance? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Common programs between the the OS and Windows?

Cooler Interface? Better Features?

Security?

Low, or no cost?

DirectX game support?

Customizability? Tweakability?

Familiarity? Traditional Feel?

easy to use?

Famous Actor/someone recommending it?

Higher Quality apps?

Speed, performance?

Hardware compatibility?

Faster boot up times?

other? ---------------------------------------------------

Have you heard of these?

ReactOS ----------- "ReactOS is an Open Source effort to develop a quality operating system that is compatible with Microsoft Windows(R) applications and drivers." - ReactOS website.

Knoppix ----------- Knoppix is a Linux bootable CD, there is nothing to instal, All it needs is enough free memory, either ram, or swap file space. Although, no settings are saved.

SUSE ------- Suse is a Linux bootable CD, that does install a few items, mostly configuration files, on your hard drive, but doesn't take up more than 90mb, on average.

[edit] SUSE does have a full install option, unlike Knoppix (as of version 3.3, its now at 3.7). also, SUSE is availble in an FTP installer. I think that means, download the installer, and it will DL the files you've chosen to install.[/edit]

WINE ------- "Wine Is Not an Emulator" - WineHQ site Wine is an API translator, and DOES Support DirectX games. Not as good as "TransGaming's Cedega" acording to the WinHQ site.

TransGaming's Cedega -----------------------------

TransGaming's roots are in Linux, with our flagship product Cedega

-Excerpt from Transgaming's site. Trans Gaming supports many DirectX games

Cedega support hundreds of the top Windows games on Linux, including such blockbuster hits as Max Payne 2, GTA Vice City, Battlefield 1942, Battlefield: Vietnam, WarCraft III, Diablo II, Half-Life, just to name a few; MMPORG games such as City of Heroes, Star Wars Galaxies, EverQuest and many many more are also supported. Cedega's success to-date has been based on TransGaming's ability to keep pace with the tremendous number of new games being released regularly and in delivering equivalent game-play experience and performance.

Or how about

CoLinux? ----------- CoLinux allows you to run Linux Side by Side with Windows... I hear its recomended to be used with"Xming".




Pestilence64

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#2 13 years ago

Linux does have many advantages. One that I think is a really strong advantage is how little system resourses Linux requires. You can run todays versions of linux wery easily on and old P3 or even the higher end P2's. It does not require nearly as much system performance to smothly run lLinux. All the points above are correct. The only disadvantage that Linux has over Windows is its lack of software compatibility and support, but Linux is catching up in that area. Iv been thinking of trying out Cedega, for its proclaimed full DX support and compatibility with a lot more games. Apps for Linux are usually cheaper, and you usually only need to pay for the ones that are really feature rich like and addon Office suite. But if you dont need the best out there, An office package come with most Distro's of linux. I use Mandrake as a second boot to XP and I love it.




nick.g33k

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#3 13 years ago

I'd say get Mandrake Linux. Thats what I have been using for 2 years. Its cool because all you basically need is another hard drive. You can have Linux on the same system of your PC computer and just dual-boot them. Linux is amazing, and one day it will be right up there with PC and Mac. So enjoy it now while it's free.




Col Jimmy Emeric

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#4 13 years ago

you might want to switch to linux if you really hate microsoft and Bill gates for being really rich other than that i dont see why someone would want to switch to linux




nick.g33k

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#5 13 years ago

Linux is just a fun thing to mess around with and if you know what your doing, you can do about all the same stuff as PC. Like Colonel Jimmy said, it's good to know your not making Bill Gates anymore money. lol




Nemmerle Forum Mod

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#6 13 years ago

I currently have both installed on separate computers. My windows computer is used to search the Web play games and run a few apps I cannot run on my Linux computer. My Linux computer is used for coding and for some other things that require a secure system; I also like that because it is open source I can write in the features I want :)

Oh and I see you people mentioning PC and Mac as Operating systems. Switching to Linux is not switching from a PC; PC refers to the hardware not the software. (Likewise with Macs)




Mr. Matt VIP Member

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#7 13 years ago

I like my life to be easy. A hassle-free life is a happy life, that's what I say. This is why I wanted to trade my car in for about £200 less than I could have got selling privately, although I was talked out of that. And I regretted being talked out of it. It's also why my career ambitions are limited to earning enough money to do what I want at the time. I have no desire for any responsibility or to make stressful decisions. So long as Windows XP doesn't crash, which it usually doesn't for me, I don't care that the communist geeks of the world hate Microsoft. All the software I could ever need is compatible with it, all the hardware I would ever use is compatible with it, and most importantly of all, all games are compatible with it. It's also infinitely easier to install than open source Linux. Even if I did for some reason get Linux, I would probably need to keep Windows XP anyway -- Sheepeep, for example, keeps it to run Freelancer. I know for a fact that some people install Linux for no other reason than to brag* about being able to install Linux -- I know this, for I know two such people in reality, and three online. Linux has its advantages, but these are not advantages that would be advantageous to me. * I should probably add to prevent/limit the inevitable responses of the hordes of people out there incapable of reading that I said some, not all. Please refer to a dictionary if you do not understand the difference between these two words.




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#8 13 years ago
Linux has its advantages, but these are not advantages that would be advantageous to me.

Area of use is what determins the right OS. I dont use Windows for network related work. I dont go hunting elk with a bee-bee gun or 12.7 MG, I use something in between.




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#9 13 years ago
'[+Glasius+']Area of use is what determins the right OS. I dont use Windows for network related work. I dont go hunting elk with a bee-bee gun or 12.7 MG, I use something in between.

100% true. Unless you're just trying to annoy the elk so that it tramples a badger or something :uhm:




Peeping Tom

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#10 13 years ago

I tend to boot linux on slower computers.

Plus, I really like how fast the command line can be.




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