Twenty Reasons Why Linux Is Great

November 18, 2008

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November 18th, 2008 at 5:32pm

I spend some time at Starbucks doing homework during the week and from time to time I'll have people ask me what kind of odd Windows theme I'm running on KAYLEE (my laptop). They see me using Firefox and Thunderbird, assume Windows and the reaction is entertaining when I tell them she is running Ubuntu Linux.

"But isn't that a server thing?"
I tell them that it definitely is great server side but it can work just fine client side as well. I can do my Java and C++ homework just fine out it while checking e-mail or popping into my bank's website to queue up a bill. I'll show them Pidgin and how I use it just like they use Trillian. Microsoft Office comes up so I'll show them OpenOffice.

"But what about thing , say a website that depends on IE?"
When this question comes up I flip to another virtual desktop (which seems to floor people) and fire up my Windows XP virtual machine running in VirtualBox.

"Well if you have a Windows copy anyway, why go to the trouble?"
What trouble.. I dropped in the installation CD, selected to use the encrypted hard drive mode and when the install was done the OS saw everything on the box.. sound, wireless, touchpad. It hit the power button and a little menu comes up to ask me if I want to shutdown, restart, etc. When the battery gets low, I get warnings.. just like Windows.

This is usually the point where I will pop open the Terminal window profile with the picture background on it, fire off some greps and show them my rsync scripts while talking about syncing with my file server at home. I'll fire up tcpdump, open a translucent Terminal session, cause some traffic and show them how I can watch the two things at once. I tell them that I could think of ways to do pretty much everything I do on Windows but the laptop running Ubuntu works just fine.

"So you don't have any Windows machine?"
Sure I do.. my gaming machine for World of Warcraft is a Windows XP system. This is when you see them forming the gotcha.. oh, so Linux can't play games and then I'll mention WINE to them and how there are people who play WoW under Linux.

November 20th, 2008 at 12:05pm

Ditto!
I have recently converted from a Windows based desktop to a Linux based one. It finally dawned on me that I could find a better Linux alternative for all the software which I was running.

It didn't go painlessly though, there were a few niggles, which involved terminal access. However all running fine now!

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I often get asked why I started using Linux as my core desktop OS and server OS over 10 years ago. And why I continue to use it today. Linux has come a long way since its early days as a free OS and I am thankful for that. Here are a few reasons that I choose Linux:

  1. It is free - no license fee or maintenance associated with it
  2. Spyware / Viruses are very rare
  3. Requires few reboots
  4. It can read most any file system that has been made
  5. Open source, so you can see what you’re running!
  6. It’ll run on just about anything (WiiLi.org)
  7. Built in virtualization that is also free
  8. The shell environment is much better than any type of DOS
  9. Lack of a registry, most configurations is stored in standard text files
  10. It has more documentation than any other open source O/S
  11. It will still run fine as a proxy on my Pentium II
  12. Most distributions now come bundled with an awesome desktop environment
  13. Saves on bandwidth due to not having to update virus dat files and windows updates every night
  14. The Linux kernel comes shipped with an enormous load of hardware drivers, already installed, making most PNP friendly things available after you plug them into the machine
  15. Easy to build into a home media center
  16. Most server distributions come bundled with a database program, so you don’t need to purchase an expensive database service
  17. It can scale to 1024 processors on a single computer
  18. Easy to setup in a dual boot configuration
  19. Linux is easy to updated, most distributions make it quick and easy to upgrade from on version to the next
  20. The Linux community is very helpful out here on the internet
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November 18th, 2008 at 5:32pm

I spend some time at Starbucks doing homework during the week and from time to time I'll have people ask me what kind of odd Windows theme I'm running on KAYLEE (my laptop). They see me using Firefox and Thunderbird, assume Windows and the reaction is entertaining when I tell them she is running Ubuntu Linux.

"But isn't that a server thing?"
I tell them that it definitely is great server side but it can work just fine client side as well. I can do my Java and C++ homework just fine out it while checking e-mail or popping into my bank's website to queue up a bill. I'll show them Pidgin and how I use it just like they use Trillian. Microsoft Office comes up so I'll show them OpenOffice.

"But what about thing , say a website that depends on IE?"
When this question comes up I flip to another virtual desktop (which seems to floor people) and fire up my Windows XP virtual machine running in VirtualBox.

"Well if you have a Windows copy anyway, why go to the trouble?"
What trouble.. I dropped in the installation CD, selected to use the encrypted hard drive mode and when the install was done the OS saw everything on the box.. sound, wireless, touchpad. It hit the power button and a little menu comes up to ask me if I want to shutdown, restart, etc. When the battery gets low, I get warnings.. just like Windows.

This is usually the point where I will pop open the Terminal window profile with the picture background on it, fire off some greps and show them my rsync scripts while talking about syncing with my file server at home. I'll fire up tcpdump, open a translucent Terminal session, cause some traffic and show them how I can watch the two things at once. I tell them that I could think of ways to do pretty much everything I do on Windows but the laptop running Ubuntu works just fine.

"So you don't have any Windows machine?"
Sure I do.. my gaming machine for World of Warcraft is a Windows XP system. This is when you see them forming the gotcha.. oh, so Linux can't play games and then I'll mention WINE to them and how there are people who play WoW under Linux.

November 20th, 2008 at 12:05pm

Ditto!
I have recently converted from a Windows based desktop to a Linux based one. It finally dawned on me that I could find a better Linux alternative for all the software which I was running.

It didn't go painlessly though, there were a few niggles, which involved terminal access. However all running fine now!

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