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    Re: Make Me A Believer

    Thing is, I keep trying to use windows. Then I give up and go back to linux. If it's not for you, it's not for you.

    On the other hand I do have a windows partition for those increasingly odd occasions where it is necessary. You are allowed to use both you know

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    Re: Make Me A Believer

    It's better because you don't have to pay or steal or re-install your deactivated OS just because you replaced your motherboard.
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    Re: Make Me A Believer

    How 'bout this one: For what-ever reason you need/want to know why -> Microsoft: "That is proprietary information, but here is a work-around"// Linux: it's in the manual !
    In ubuntu, the thing I value greatly is the amount of documentation; often over abundantly and outdated. The point is if you want to know, the info is available.

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    Re: Make Me A Believer

    I have both Linux and Windows installed on my laptop.
    And I've been dualbooting for the past 6-7 years.
    If I had access to a stationary gaming rig (which I did before that) it would run Windows - simply because the games I play aren't capable of running native in Linux.

    On the laptop however.. I always keep a linux distro. Why? Well ironically, linux has always been my "if all else fails" option. I can't begin to count the countless times when Windows randomly messes up or when some hardware is refusing to play nice in Windows (ironic right?). So in those situations I feel confident knowing that linux will sort me out.

    For day to day use... since my current laptop is also my gaming laptop and work laptop. I run Windows, mostly. But I do boot into linux as well.
    If tables were turned and this laptop wasn't needed to run windows specific applications then I wouldn't be booting into Windows at all.

    As for you... it completely depends on what you want to do. Personally, I think Linux is far more stable than Windows and a way better OS to use for day to day stuff. It's only when you come down to specifics that either one will shine.
    My only quarrel with Windows is that you _have_ to reinstall it now and then or you're pc turns to crap by default. Whereas Linux is just stable and runs until death~
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    Make Me A Believer

    I'm a Computer Science major with interest in Operating Systems and audio/video technology. My first taste of Linux was Ubuntu 10.04. Since then, I have played around with a few other distros, but I have never really "caught on" to Linux.

    Can you explain why I should use Linux? Can you go into detail?

    Thank you for your time.
    xArcticGx.

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    Re: Make Me A Believer

    For me I love linux as it offers many options and variants and gives me both something to play with and something to use as my regular OS.
    Windows is just boring and static, and while I think Windows 2000 and 7 are the best ones Microsoft has made I still think they can be better.
    But thats the key here, as win2000 is dead and win7 needs third party software with a pricetag to make it customizable.
    Linux is always growing and improving, windows on the other hand cant make up its mind.
    Last edited by MadmanRB; January 24th, 2013 at 10:40 PM.

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    Re: Make Me A Believer

    The more I think about it, the more I realize that I honestly don't actually think of Windows as a credible option. I actually use Linux because Apple computers are expensive and because Apple products limit consumer choices in ways that seem to me self-interested. I actually don't mind benevolent dictatorship (I. e., you can't use this app or service because it's insecure, or for UX reasons,) but vertical integration is not benevolent. (Nor is selling advertising space on my computer screen.) Windows isn't a consideration - too flaky, ugly, and irritating to bother with more than is necessary. (While the OSX experience, by comparison, is really what I wish Linux was.)

    If Linux is not working for you, seriously, play with it to learn and set it aside when you're finished. As a CS major, you need experience with all the major platforms, but your personal choice for what you use on your own time is entirely yours.

    Oh, and I don't honestly see the stability argument. Linux, the kernel, is stable. Linux, the operating system running a desktop environment, isn't really any more stable than Windows. It does handle crashes differently and more gracefully, but that's small consolation.

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    Re: Make Me A Believer

    Hi,

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    Re: Make Me A Believer

    The biggest thing I have noticed, is that I setup my main home computer with Ubuntu 3 years ago, and it runs just as fast today as it did then.

    Both Windows, and Mac seem to get sluggish over time for no reason.

    I still use Windows Media Center in my living room, but otherwise I am done with windows.

    took some time to get used to Ubuntu, and there was a small learning curve, but I am SO glad I stuck with it.

    I even erased OS X off my Mac at work, and put Ubuntu on it.

    My boss was not thrilled, because he is a bit of an Apple fanboy, but it was worth the stern talking to I got, because now I can work without the constant fear of...

    "Finder unexpectedly crashed".

    "Um, actually it happens all the time, I was absolutely expecting it." LOL

    Oh, and no more rainbow pin-wheels trying to brainwash me.

    The only downside with Ubuntu in my experience, has been the lack of mainstream software support.

    However, there is a large amount of applications in the Ubuntu Software Center.
    Most of them are at least comparable to their mainstream counterparts.

    Also, WINE is getting better all the time.

    There is a very large amount of common Windows apps that run flawlessly in Ubuntu through WINE.

    Including most of the latest games, Versions of Adobe Photo Shop, Microsoft Office, etc.

    I also setup Ubuntu on my wife's laptop, and her parents desktop.

    Everyone seems to love it. (Once I get everything working anyway)

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    Re: Make Me A Believer

    Quote Originally Posted by xArcticGx View Post
    Can you explain why I should use Linux?
    No, because there is no "should".

    Use it if you want. Don't if you don't.

    You can use Android (Linux), Apple OSX (Unix), Windows, and many others. Just pick the ones you want; experiment with others if you are curious; and leave the rest alone.
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