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Old 08-06-02, 04:47 AM   #1
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I've posted here since I havn't got it but it doesn't matter if it has to be moved.
What advantages are there over Windows? I have XP and have had no problems so far. My system:
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Is it easy to install and how much does it usually cost?
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Old 08-06-02, 07:16 AM   #2
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I have no idea

but I hope it is the future. If Linux becomes the (edit:[r] OC[/r] not oc- but OS - it seems that my hand defaults to OC [/edit]) OS of choice that will mean that finally all aspects of a PC will become "commoditised" and we will get some HELTHY competition in that area, - better prices - more choice - and all the rest that is associated with nice free market economy/ as opposed to a monopoly.

As far as I know (and I don't know too much). Linuks can be used for normal office biz/ but the lack of entertainment - read GAMES- and optimal hardware drivers for the platform is the main problem. -

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Old 08-06-02, 07:40 AM   #3
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The only one I see is customizability and bloat-free-ness.

You can compile the kernel with whatever options you want, so it's possible to have a very streamlined OS. You can also change the UI however you want.

Also, the stability is a little higher than XP, but it's pretty much the same as win2k.

It's a good OS for slower computers
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Old 08-06-02, 08:56 AM   #4
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General Linux discussions I won't move...
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Old 08-06-02, 09:12 AM   #6
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If you've never touched operating systems running Unix you'll have a very steep learning curve ahead of you, especially if you want to have all your hardware working properly.

Linux is not easy, nor are there nearly as many games available (unless you strictly play Q3A and UT).

It has the obvious advantage of being able to streamline the OS for your hardware and your hardware only. It's also fast and very secure. If you want to get your hands dirty in Linux, try it on a separate machine from your main box. Then once you're comfortable with it, you can dual-boot your main machine.
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Old 08-06-02, 01:19 PM   #7
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Couldn't you in theory have a stable setup on a set of hardware and use it for business purposes only without knowing any fancy Unix commands, etc. (if someone else installed it for you), and not change the hardaware - just use the programs that you need.

- Question - does Linux based machine give any better FPS compared to Win 2000/XP on the same hardware?
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FPS is usually worse due to either emulation of Windows (WineX) or less polished drivers... but it's getting there.

Basically, you run Linux if you're running a server. It's not great for desktops, I'll be honest. But if you need a machine that absolutely positively CANNOT GO DOWN, Linux is the only way to go.
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Thanks Matthyahuw for not moving. As far as FPS goes it would seem as though Linux is slightly faster. But I am sure either system could win with proper tuning.
Mosty its a matter of page flipping and in which resolutions the Linux drivers support it. Also its coupled with the fact that the Linux kernel is very small tight and efficient so background tasks do not detract from performance like they do under windows.

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I've got a spare HD so I might put it in and try Linux.
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Linux gives you an option to use somthing other than Windows. Linux is better the only problem is most software is made for windows. If the government gets mircosoft to make office avaliable to other OS's I think Linux could realy take off.
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-its free, no more paying $300 or upgrading to newer version of os's

-its customizable, if u are pateint and have experience with C or even better Assembly u can compile ur own Kernel core, u can change it to cooperative layered threading etc U can twig it without being litigated by MS

-its opensource, "for the ppl, by the ppl" so ppl who are passionate about it program it, not some Joe bob who has done a MSCE course who gets hired by MS

-its very reliable, probably due to the layered nature in which the OS is set up. If one component fails it still manages while the same is not true for winx based systems

-its robust, can cope with extensive simulations and makes full use of ur underlying native hardware Not something which MS says u have to have etc.

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-u need to know unix based systems their operation procedures etc.
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