Windows vs. Linux - Just wondering if any Covers use or have tried Linux

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QualityJedi

#1
Just curious.....


After a few months of reading about the latest and greatest security updates coming out of Redmond, WA, which were promptly shot full of holes by the hacking community, I have recently begun the transition to Linux.

I was just wondering if any Covers use or have tried Linux.


Mike

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Marc

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#2
Nope, the site here runs on FreeBSD and I'm a Macintosh person.

For home use I would think the biggest issue would be applications.
 
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chergh - 2008

#3
I have a Linux box sitting at home. I use it mainly for banking and online shopping, also have it sitting between the rest of my (windows) computers on my home network and my router.

If you want your computer to be able to play games then Linux will be of little use. If you want to surf the web, send emails, play DVD/music then Linux should suit you nicely.

Setting up takes a bit of time as you need to set up different accounts etc. and get everything working correctly (make sure there are linux drivers available for you graphics card and sounds card) but its much better these days than in the past when you had to use a CLI to set things up. The GUI is fine and easy to use and there is an excellent support community where you can ask questions.

Give it a try and see what you think is the best advice.
 
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JerryStem

#4
I've been interested in Linux for awhile but w/ so much M$ software, I couldn't really do it.

There are plenty of app's that are comparable (Firefox, email, image editors, etc...) and there are a few emulators that let you run Windows programs, to a point...

Also, there are a couple of Linux distributions that run ENTIRELY off of CD! Knoppix is the one I know best, search online & you'll read more about it. You can see if Linux might work for you, but remember there are ALOT of different distributions that are available. Some more tech oriented, some more newby oriented, and different interfaces available for all.

Give it a try, you might like...

Jerry
 

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nickh - 2011

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I have two systems set up with it. One has SUSE installed, and it is very user friendly. I've also heard that Gentoo and Knoppix (mentioned previously) are good for first time users.

chergh said:
Setting up takes a bit of time as you need to set up different accounts etc.
Actually, you should do this for Windows too - especially if you have kids. Setting up an account with User-level permissions prevents a lot of security risks.
 

Jen Kirley

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#7
My husband has set up a little network in our home. He used Linux in the Internet interface computer because it's more durable (doesn't freeze up or crash) and he can make nearly impenetrable firewalls with it.

He has tried to bring Linux into his workplace and succeeded in replacing most servers and desktops, and those costly Office desktop programs with Linux and OpenOffice. I tried OpenOffice but there were certain aspects in its spreadsheet program that I prefered Excel over, so I have remained with Excel for my work.

His workplace managers use Outlook extensively and he says the open source e-mail versions have not yet become comprehensive enough to satisfy those people to the degree they'd be willing to change over.

Without question there are various M$ compatible programs in his company that won't work with Linux, so he has developed quite a mix. Since there are over 300 desktops there, the savings he has achieved are substantial and daily firefighting has been replaced with strategic network management with the occasional emergency.

For most casual users, I would recommend the later Linux products because they are less prone to getting clogged to the point of freezing with Internet junk--they are more secure.
 
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