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    If you have Windows XP, why do you use linux?

    Basically I dont see any advantages to using linux over windows xp, Im dual booting windows and ubuntu. Ubuntu is nice and all but I dont see anything that would make me prefer it over windows.The only thing i have been using ubuntu for is web browsing playing music/movies (cant play games) which I can do better/hassle free in windows.

    So what are the advantages of l using linux over xp?

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    Re: If you have Windows XP, why do you use linux?

    there are a lot... really

    a few practical ones:
    no viruses, adware, spyware... whatever all that is called
    you don't need to reinstall, just keep upgrading. at least debian based distros such as ubuntu
    stability. it just _is_ more stable.

    and once you know more about linux, you'll realise that you can tweak it as you want it, customize it to your needs.

    plus you don't support an unethical monopolistic company.

    my suggestions if you play games: dual boot with windows (games) and ubuntu (everything else)
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    Re: If you have Windows XP, why do you use linux?

    if you try some other apps, then you can do all those things better in linux.

    try listening to music in amarok, try using kontact/evolution for PIM stuff. there are a lot of free linux apps which are much better than windows ones.

    but the reason why i started using linux in the first place was because windows breaks every few months. so one time, instead of reformatting, i installed linux and ive been using it ever since. its more stable, faster, lets you do more with your computer, hell of a lot more fun, looks better and has practically 0 security issues.

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    Re: If you have Windows XP, why do you use linux?

    Well, I've had my copy of XP for years, quite a bit before I jumped into Linux. I'm trying to get my $120 worth before I decide to ditch it.

    And the other reason I dual-boot is I can learn a bit more each day gradually rather than just jumping in. I do know enough now to ditch XP for good, but I'm just not ready yet.

    Besides, quite a few people here would freak out if Windows went missing..

    Edit: For the record, I don't keep XP around for games. My machine is fairly nice but isn't gaming material (What over half a year old isn't anymore ). No worries, gaming is what my PS2 and Gameboy are for
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    Re: If you have Windows XP, why do you use linux?

    I can contribute to this discussion. I have a Linux HD and Windows HD. I use Windows for most stuff, Linux for experimenting because as you said, there aren't all that many advantages. However, I just got a nasty case of the Aurora spyware that I couldn't kill, so I went to reformat the HD after backing things up. Apparently my hard-drive is partially fried and neither windows nor Linux will install on it... So I'm using Linux now exclusively until I get a new HD to put Windows on.

    I'd honestly dump Windows entirely if it weren't for lack of game support/lack of good ATI drivers on Linux.

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    Re: If you have Windows XP, why do you use linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by drizek
    try listening to music in amarok, try using kontact/evolution for PIM stuff. there are a lot of free linux apps which are much better than windows ones.
    Amarok is pretty good, but the only thing it has over iTunes, in my opinion, is being able to fetch the lyrics of whatever song you're playing--though, that's a pretty awesome feature!

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    Re: If you have Windows XP, why do you use linux?

    Basically freedom. You have freedom to do whatever you want with Linux. When a new version of Ubuntu comes out, you won't have to pay for the upgrade. There is no professional version with more feature that costs.

    Also, no ActiveX or registry, which is enough for me.
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    Re: If you have Windows XP, why do you use linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by DJ_Max
    Basically freedom. You have freedom to do whatever you want with Linux. When a new version of Ubuntu comes out, you won't have to pay for the upgrade. There is no professional version with more feature that costs.

    Also, no ActiveX or registry, which is enough for me.
    Amen.

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    Re: If you have Windows XP, why do you use linux?

    I do like the customization of linux but the whole spyware/adware thing and viruses I have never had a problem with, as long as your not being dumb opening random exe's its pretty much non existent. In reality the spyware is a big problem only because of the fact that the average computer user is attracted to flashy things and clicks.


    If it wasnt for the games I could dump windows entirely but i play games on a whim and I hate having to restart just to play it. I could get used to the complexity of it. Honestly though I dont think I will switch to full install of linux or even being first on the boot up list because of the fact that I have the exact same things on windows and linux.

    To me this is the real reason that linux is not adopted by the mass public, theres really no reason to go over to linux if you have windows and a casual computer user. However I do think if you dont have an OS and dont plan on being a gamer you should use linux because it is a good system. I also think its perfect for schools/governments/large business because you wouldnt have the major problems a windows network environment has curious/dumb users.

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    Re: If you have Windows XP, why do you use linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by DJ_Max
    Also, no ActiveX or registry, which is enough for me.
    That alone makes it worthwhile!!
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