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    Common Misconceptions About Linux

    A link to Wikipedia's List of Common Misconceptions came across the front page of reddit.com yesterday, and looking it over (particularly the computing section) I felt that there should be at least a couple mentions about Linux. Just thought I'd give everybody a little heads up about this opportunity to write something useful into the article that would help Linux's image.

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    Re: Common Misconceptions About Linux

    Most high end servers use unix/linux, the linux os needs better marketing I agree, but linux as a whole is an awsome system.

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    Re: Common Misconceptions About Linux

    I can think of a few.
    Linux is a hacking tool.
    Linux is illegal/pirated.
    Linux is difficult to use (of course, that's all subject to opinion and distribution).

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    Re: Common Misconceptions About Linux

    The biggest misconception of them all is that Linux is an OS. It is not, Linux is a kernel.

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    Linux is for nerds/geeks.
    Linux software is made by people in their basement.



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    Re: Common Misconceptions About Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by Chame_Wizard View Post
    Linux is for nerds/geeks.
    Linux software is made by people in their basement.



    old article
    Of course, the problem is that programmers in my state don't have basements. Surely you can appreciate how that makes the situation even harder for them.
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    Talking Re: Common Misconceptions About Linux

    Linux's package management system can install, uninstall, and update software from one interface. Everything installed from Apache to OpenOffice and Quake 4 may be updated with one press. Windows has nothing like this on the road map.
    Long Live Adept package manager.

    To top it all off the installation is world class. The Ubuntu installation is done from within a fully functioning environment allowing web browsing, game playing, or or even the writing of a report all as the installation wizard ensures the install goes off not just without a hitch, but in a manor where the user doesn't need to know anything beyond how to click next, unless they want to.
    Live CD all the way.

    It's true Linux started at the hands of a single college student, but that's not true today. Linux is now a multi-billion dollar global technology. The vast majority of code is now contributed by professional programmers [26]. Over the last year major code modifications have been submitted by IBM, Intel, Novell, VMware, and countless other big tech players. Beyond actively developing code others, such as Dell, have begun pushing vendors to develop higher quality Linux software [27]. And this isn't even going into the academic or government development, such as the security patch set developed and deployed by the U.S. National Security Agency for internal use, but available to anyone who wishes to use it, SELinux.
    Security for sure.
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    Re: Common Misconceptions About Linux

    +1 What Chame_Wizard quoted and said...
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