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December 17th, 2006, 11:55 AM
I was a lil bored tonight, so I installed that "Stumble!" addon for firefox and about four sites into it, hit this one:


I loved what it had to say, short, sweet, and to the point!! :D

Anyways, just wanted to share it!!

December 17th, 2006, 11:57 AM
Incredible site, thanks for sharing.


December 17th, 2006, 12:08 PM
That was pretty impressive :)

December 17th, 2006, 12:24 PM
Impressive site, sort of ubuntu-themed.

December 17th, 2006, 12:30 PM

Reading this, a potential user may think hibernate and suspend work flawlessly on all configurations, which is far from reality, so it will create an unrealistic expectation. I'd remove it.

December 17th, 2006, 01:16 PM
I was a lil bored tonight, so I installed that "Stumble!" addon for firefox and about four sites into it, hit this one:


I loved what it had to say, short, sweet, and to the point!! :D

Anyways, just wanted to share it!!

Oh man! They are spreading the gospel of linux.

December 17th, 2006, 03:10 PM
Impressive site, sort of ubuntu-themed.

Yes the same sort of pooey brown :)

December 17th, 2006, 04:21 PM
Great site !!

Like in Windows and like in the secondlife game, bug information should be sent to a host :
bug tracking

have a look secondlife game, when installl fail it can sent a log of bug to the developments !

we should have taht too , but nicely made ...

Reporting bugs

If you find a bug in Windows, you can basically wait and pray that Microsoft will fix it fast (and if it compromises your system's security, you would have to pray twice as hard). You might think that reporting that bug to Microsoft (so that they can fix it more quickly) must be easy. Well, think again. Here is an interesting article about this. What if Microsoft doesn't even notice the bug ? Well then, let's hope the next version of Windows will fix it (but you'll need to pay another few hundred bucks).

Nearly all open source software (including Linux distributions) have a bug tracking system. You can not only file bug reports (and you're encouraged to do so !) explaining what the problem is, but you can see what happens next : everything is open and clear for everyone. Developers will answer, they also might ask a little extra information to help them fix the bug. You will know when the bug has been fixed, and you will know how to get the new version (still for free, needless to say). So here you have people taking care of your problems, keeping you informed about it, and all that for free ! If the problem is solved on your system, it will be on everyone else's : it's in everyone's interest to work together to make software better. This is how open source works.

December 17th, 2006, 04:48 PM
Of course, no operating system is perfect, and people who tell you that theirs can never ever crash are lying. However, some operating systems can be so stable that most users never see their systems crash, even after several years. This is true for Linux. Here's a good way to see this. When a system crashes, it needs to be shut down or restarted. Therefore, if your computer can stay up and running for a long time, no matter how much you use it, then you can say the system is stable. Well, Linux can run for yearswithout needing to be restarted (most internet servers run Linux, and they usually never restart). Of course, with heavy updates, it still needs to be restarted (the proper way). But if you install Linux, and then use your system as much as you want, leaving your computer on all the time, you can go on like that for years without having any trouble.

Most of the time, you won't leave your computer on for such a long time, but this shows how stable Linux is.

Correction: the Linux kernel is that stable. What you put on top of it is what makes the difference. Most servers don't use a GUI, that's why they can say they work so well. Load Gnome on and more than often for me there's a stability problem.

When you get Linux (such as Ubuntu, Mandriva, Fedora, etc., these are different "flavors" of Linux), you also get, without installing anything more :
Everything you need to write texts, edit spreadsheets, make neat presentations, draw, edit equations.
A web browser (eg Firefox) and an email program (eg Thunderbird, or Evolution).
An image editor (GIMP) nearly as powerful as Photoshop.
An instant messenger.
A movie player.
A music player and organizer.
A PDF reader.
Everything you need to uncompress archives (ZIP, etc.).

RAR, anyone?

Also notice the complete lack of mention about software patents and why some files won't open. Lots of people want to automatically load their MP3 files.


This page fails to mention that Gaim lacks a *LOT* of features other clients use.

Well, try Linux and you'll be surprised. Five years from now, your system will be just as fast and responsive as the day you installed it

Right, so I can crank up all the eyecandy on KDE, and experience no slowdown whatsoever. Gnome, too. This isn't true. Sure, it stays fast if you keep the defaults -- so does Windows -- but no one ever does. It's not smart to follow this one up with all the ways Linux can be customized.

This site is also very Ubuntu-biased. Articles like this (http://www.whylinuxisbetter.net/items/search_software/index.php) assume that your version of Linux will use the EXACT SAME package manager with the EXACT SAME selection of programs. ...Riiight. Let's not forget enabling extra repositories.

I was gonna say more, but the FAQ (http://www.whylinuxisbetter.net/faq.php) covered it, sort of.