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Thread: Pros and cons of Linux?

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    Ted Leo&Pharmacists
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    Just wondering of someone could explain to me or link me to somewhere than explains the pros and cons of Linux. Thanks.

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    well....one big con was i got ubuntu live cd
    but for some fkd up reason it wouldnt burn
    so...i still havent tried it
    will give knoppix a shot

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99%
    well....one big con was i got ubuntu live cd
    but for some fkd up reason it wouldnt burn
    so...i still havent tried it
    will give knoppix a shot
    I am severely failing to see how this is a con of using Linux. Sheesh...

    Pros:
    * Stable
    * Free
    * Easy to update
    * Secure
    * Gives you valuable experience if you want to pursue a career in computers
    * Has tons of apps, which is more often than not free as well
    * No viruses

    Cons:
    * Can be hard for the one too used to letting Windows guess what you want to do
    * Choose the wrong distro, and face errors that will try your patience to the max
    * Often requires some tampering to get to work
    * Can't run regular games natively, you need emulators.
    * Hella lotta apps designed for Windows cannot run natively, but more often than not can be emulated.
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    Trying to figure out local networking, just to share a folder on XP and Suse 9.3,
    here's a brief summary of my current feelings:
    Fuck Samba.
    Fuck SuseFirewall2
    Fuck Terminals.
    Fuck the manuals.
    Fuck the config files.

    I thought sharing a single folder on suse, to move stuff to XP from suse or XP could be easy as in between 2 XP machines.
    I was wrong about that.

    Well, maybe I'll calm down after nice cup of coffee and start the shit all over again.
    Right now im rather pissed off thought.

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    I've tried two or three Linux distros briefly, very briefly. They don't supporrt my fn WinTel or some sh*t modem. So no internet. And too cheap to buy a new modem & then see if I like & or can understand Linux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by true_neo
    * Often requires some tampering to get to work
    this is the only one i don't understand yet, that makes linux look slightly bad in my eyes. Windows does not need alot of tampering to get things to work right, and linux does. i encountered a few errors using mandrake trying to do simple things like adjust video resolution, ect... so here is my question:

    For what reason, does linux need to be tampered with to get ordinary things to work right? is it a case of windows has more shit that just plain works like it's supposed to? or a case of linux is the more sophisticated OS that needs more input(tampering) from the user because the possibilities are greater, and it(linux) is not set up to "guess" waht you want to do like windows does?


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    its more along the lines of there are so many different options with linux it can become a pain getting it all running together properly. the developers love of flat text files to store config information also makes it impossible to have a nice gui to change setting with is a silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4play
    the developers love of flat text files to store config information also makes it impossible to have a nice gui to change setting with is a silly.
    i don't understand what that means, but i probably don't have to. how bout i ask like this:

    i have used mandrake, and it was sooooo hard to do simple things like use zip disks, install a linux driver for a pci modem that supposedly works under linux, change settings for sound card without hanging linux(frozen hell), ect...

    however, i used red hat and it was worse. so i like mandrake. but would you recommend ubuntu for a beginner?


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