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Hello
i was just wounding why do you guys use Linux, Unix? and what do you guys use it for?
as far as i know there is little or no software for it, same goes for the games.

I just want to know whats all the fuzz is about?
    
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I just use it to try something new whenever I am bored of Windows 7. Also it is free, lightweight OS.
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post #3 of 39
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Hello
i was just wounding why do you guys use Linux, Unix? and what do you guys use it for?
as far as i know there is little or no software for it, same goes for the games.
I just want to know whats all the fuzz is about?

Free, safe, lightweight, and modular. As far as software and game goes, this is mainly due to Windows being mainstream and Microsoft paying developers to release programs under Windows exclusively.
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I use Linux because overall it is much easier to use than Windows. This has more to do with background tasks like networking, virtualization, any sort of automation, troubleshooting, backing up, etc. In addition there are enough good browser, media player and other common app choices on Linux to keep me satisfied as a general desktop OS too.
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Take a look at the same thread I started here. It has 98 high quality replies wink.gif
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Hello
i was just wounding why do you guys use Linux, Unix? and what do you guys use it for?
as far as i know there is little or no software for it, same goes for the games.
I just want to know whats all the fuzz is about?

I use it for everything, from being a media centre, to office work (letters, spreadsheets, etc) to high availability server rigs.
Also, your comment about little or no software is completely wrong - they're just as much available for Linux as there is for Windows (and in some areas more software on Linux)

for me, the question is more, "Why would I want to pay expensive licenses for substandard software (ie windows)" smile.gif
post #7 of 39
I first tried it out of curiosity. Then I started using it because I loved how you can customize it, and change it in so many ways (really, Windows is quite hard to play around with). Now I use it because I want to be in complete control of my operating system.

Despite what you may think, there is a lot of software for it. In terms of normal computing, you can do basically anything in Linux that you can do in Windows. For games, most of the mainstream games don't have Linux binaries so WINE is required to play them, and many of them play quite well.
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Your statement of lack of software is entirely wrong. Linux uses a modular form for applications and OS inter-connectivity and because of this whole applications rarely exist. The point is you get the functions you need and put them together how you want to receive the result you want. In nearly all aspects of an OS, other than gaming, Linux has just as much functionality, if not more, than any windows/mac os.

Understanding the modular form of *nix is the key to understanding "software and applications" for *nix.
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post #9 of 39
I think the more appropriate question would be; why don't people use Linux. For me, it's because I'm a gamer, and until they have the same support for linux, it's just not viable for me.

Tho I use it on my little laptop. I'm a big fan of open source non-proprietary software and their developers.
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Oh, forgot to mention the REAL reason I started using *nix.

Spyfiles
Open source you can check or have a community check. Usually it is checked by default when posted on major websites. Proprietary software leads to companies and individuals taking liberties with your trustful self. Never good to be ignorant.
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