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    Default What is better operating system?

    Which do you think is better Linux or Windows? Or any other operating systems you know?

    My operating system is WindowsXP but my brother want to change it to Linux because he said its better. And I don't know in what way???

    I always find Windows user friendly and better. Can anybody tell me more about which OS is better and why???

    Thanks

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    This is what I do for a living; my professional opinion is if you've already paid for a legal copy of XP and are comfortable with it, you'd be nuts to switch to Linux. If you're the geeky type who likes to experiment, and are not concerned with being in the mainstream world, Linux is for you. If you're uncertain, you can dual-boot a single piece of hardware, or virtualize the two OSs with VMware. If you don't know what I'm talking about in the preceding sentence, go back to the first sentence.

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    I have no idea what Mikey said. Therefor, I will refer to his first sentence!

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    I would suggests exactly what Mikey said. If you aren't up for the tinkering with linux, stick to XP.
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    There are folks I know who would shoot me for even suggesting it but I would also stay with Windows. The whole idea with windows is it is easy to use, relatively stable, and of course there is a LOT of commercial software available for it. Unless you have a specific need for Linux that Windows just is not meetings OR if unless you have a spare machine and want to just mess around with Linux for S&Gs I would stay with Windows.

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    thanks for the advice... i own a license XP... but my brother need linux because he's doing some sort of programming i guess. Maybe i'll settle for a dual OS... or maybe I suggest that he buys he's own PC to install his Linux! hehehehe But for the meantime that he had no cash, I'll think I'll settle to have the 2 OS install in my PC!

    Thanks everyone!

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    That would be best.

    No disrespect whatsoever, but if you have to ask which OS to go with, then windows is best.

    linux is command based, instead of "windows" GUI based.

    albeit more secure against worms and viri, it is nowhere near as user friendly as windows.

    WAAAAYYYYY less software is compatible with linux also.

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    Been in the business for a while. The question should be refrasied as to what is the best OS for the applications I want to run on it. Best always being relative, not a perfect world yet.

    Paul

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    Windows = for everyone

    Linux = for computer geeks, pros etc

    Bottom line.

    Keep in mind that many people think they are computer literate. In reality, they have not even scratched the surface.

    Loading applications and understanding applications is just USER AWARENESS. That is the BARE minimum + your career requirements, in order to get just an ENTRY level job now adays in the corporate world.

    The best question to pose to someone that wants to know if they should goto linux or not is, have you ever had a problem with your computer that you were not able to resolve yourself in a timely manner (usually within 30 minutes if it did not require parts).

    IF however, you are pretty savy and learn pretty quickly on the fly and have some extra time and possibly an extra computer, GIVE IT A TRY! Why not right?

    more fyi:
    Linux as it stands right now is nothing special in my opinion. But raise the price of windows a bit more, and with more compatibility with linux distros..then it may be to me.
    It was once known as a fast operating system that was FREEEEEEEEEEEEE! That and the DOWN WITH MICROSOFT attitude made it and still holds it as big news. As it is the ONLY new news right? If it were a stock, it would trade at about .25 cents. Definetely not sub penny land but,...

    Now, many distributions are packaged nicely with alllllllllllllllllll these tools you will NEVER use unless you have no life and sit behind a computer day and night, in which case you would have downloaded it anyway. Many linux distributions have so much stuff loaded into them now, there are MANY controversies as to what version of linux is the best. Their names are not like windows (95, 98, 2000, xp) They are usually names with the most popular one being red hat (which is also recently used as a term for someone that uses both nice and not so nice methods of getting a better ranking for their web page on a web site) BUT you don't need to know all of this lol...sorry.

    Had this been windows 95 land vs linux. The answer would be, go for linux if you have some skill because well, windows 95 took some user interaction whenever changing settings at times, none more difficult than setting up some of the out of box linux distros of current day.

    Overall: Linux has come a long way, and it has a LONG way to go. There are MANY out of the box distributions (red hat etc etc) that allow you to setup and go righ to a desktop. Earlier versions had you back to the command prompt land and loading a variety of desktops with browsers etc etc to get the windows 'feel'. It's MUCH easier now, but much more configurable to those that want to 'play around'.

    Oh btw, security on a linux box usually is FAR superior to a windows machine, but I have personally found many issues that go un-resolved on a daily basis with several distributions that cause lax security issues.

    Windows is by far the most insecure operating system, by in large to its popularity and those sheer numbers tinkering around to learn its vulnerbilities.

    Ok sorry, probably more than you EVER will need to know...I'm tired and rambling.

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    ahem...Or...

    You could just get a Mac...

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    Hey Mike50. I am with you. I have been using Mac for over 25 years. Windows is copied from orat least based on Mac OS. It is user friendly for those of us that just want to get our work done without having to learn another complicated program. Also, most of the virus programs affect PC's more than Macs(more PC's/less Macs). The only down side is the cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by revbob
    I have been using Mac for over 25 years.
    Macs first went on the market in January 1984. Maybe they're so hard to use it just seems like >25 years .

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    "but my brother need linux because he's doing some sort of programming i guess. Maybe i'll settle for a dual OS... or maybe I suggest that he buys he's own PC to install his Linux! hehehehe But for the meantime that he had no cash, I'll think I'll settle to have the 2 OS install in my PC! "

    I would consider getting a second hard drive for the Linux. Then he can take the whole thing with him when he gets his own machine.

    Now you will probably get some feedback from someone who knows if that is a good idea. Since I'm not an expert, it just seems like a good idea to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by revbob
    Hey Mike50. I am with you. I have been using Mac for over 25 years. Windows is copied from orat least based on Mac OS. It is user friendly for those of us that just want to get our work done without having to learn another complicated program. Also, most of the virus programs affect PC's more than Macs(more PC's/less Macs). The only down side is the cost.
    revbob
    Macs aren't *in your face* nearly as much.

    I don't encounter nearly as many evangelical MS people as in 3-5 years back. It was almost like people who live in Texas and want you to know they live in the biggest and and most superlative state in the union.
    Can't argue with the size issue...but...somehow the Apple Macintosh G5 is somehow inferior?

    I was an apple guy from the get-go. I don't know anything else.
    When a better product comes along I will check it out--be sure to let me know if you hear anything revbob.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey
    Macs first went on the market in January 1984. Maybe they're so hard to use it just seems like >25 years .
    And Steve Jobs was first to mass market *that mouse thing* along with it. But, Mikey...C'mon it didnt take you 25 years to learn to use it?? lol naw...

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