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  1. #11
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    Re: Why use Ubuntu Linux

    Only a few thoughts. From a few brief trials with BSD distros, I think there may be some more software packages available in the Ubuntu/Mint repositories than for FreeBSD. And some packages may be more up-to-date. This may not be an issue if you compile packages from source, though. And it's moot if you have the software you use already.

    It might be true of device drivers too? But again, if FreeBSD works fine on your hardware and you're not planning on new devices, this may not be an issue.

    In general, as others have written, use what works and what you like.

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    Re: Why use Ubuntu Linux

    my 2 small compact home built systems were built to run Linux
    i did not get/buy/build my systems hoping Linux would work on them

    i did my research, built the systems and then installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    plus the fact that my chosen operating system is fully supported for 5 years
    both home built systems work flawlessly with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

    i also have 2 apple macs which my daughters use, their choice, which also work flawlessly ...
    Hope this helps . . . Steve ...
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    Re: Why use Ubuntu Linux

    I test as many different Linux OS and Ubuntu is my main. It's always good to see what's on the other side of the fence.

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    Re: Why use Ubuntu Linux

    I've been a (mostly) full-time linux user for 7 years now, and it just struck a chord with me. Meaning, it does everything I need. Multimedia, photo-editing, email, surfing, social stuff, Steam, and other a lot of other things. And it does it with much lower "overhead" than other OS's. And I've tried them all.

    But the bottom line is, use what works for you. Be it BSD, Mac, Windows, or Linux. But it doesn't hurt to try everything, then make your decision. Something the average person won't do. Or, multi-boot and enjoy a lot of things.

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    Re: Why use Ubuntu Linux

    BSD (specifically PC-BSD)
    + program package management - why can't Linux have it like that?!?!?!?


    - lack of precompiled programs
    - hardware support (drivers!)
    - higher ram usage

    Linux
    + better hardware support, still a bit problematic (no accountability)
    + lower ram usage
    + software support

    - "complications" about additional software due to licensing

    Windows
    + excelent hardware support
    + excelent software support
    + good user support due to it's presence
    + descent backwards compatibility for software

    - closed source
    - the UI could be better but with 8.1 it's not that terrible for desktop (kind of like homerun kicker or whatever that one in KDE is)
    - prone to malware attacks and slowdown over time due to file system and registry system
    - higher ram usage and system resources needed than in linux

    an OS that had only the plusses mentioned would be ideal.
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    Re: Why use Ubuntu Linux

    I moved from Windows to Debian (Debiand based whatsoever distributions you want) for security. On Windows, you have absolutly NO control over your security. With Linux, you can learn, test, improve, and so on. I already thought about installing openBSD (as I really care about security !), but it was too high challenging for me at that time. Maybe later. I would also like to try PC-BSD.

  7. #17
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    Re: Why use Ubuntu Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by nessie2 View Post
    On Windows, you have absolutly NO control over your security.

    Stop spreading nonsense like this.

    You can harden a Windows box fairly securely and out of the box, it's not too bad.

  8. #18
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    Re: Why use Ubuntu Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by MartyBuntu View Post
    Stop spreading nonsense like this.

    You can harden a Windows box fairly securely and out of the box, it's not too bad.
    I'd agree with respect to an updated Win7 or Win8 system.

    Security issues have little or nothing to do with why I don't use Windows. Ugly font rendering keeps me away.

  9. #19
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    Re: Why use Ubuntu Linux

    Not wanting to be held hostage by MS and proprietary vendors. I am not a gamer so I don't miss anything. For scientific computing and development Linux is actually the platform of choice, software support is actually better than Windows. I also find Linux faster and cleaner than Windows in the way things are organized. Haven't used Windows for a while except for one program that I occasionally use in VB, don't miss it at all.
    Last edited by monkeybrain20122; June 19th, 2014 at 02:26 AM.

  10. #20
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    Re: Why use Ubuntu Linux

    I Linux because this.

    It's a paper I wrote for English Composition class, my first college course since I was a kid. I've been a 'nix user for about 3 years, and the more I use it, even for college course work, the more I believe in it.

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