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But will Linux be compatible with my everyday devices????? For example, will it be able to detect, install, and run my digital cameras, printers, etc.????? From what I have read Linux lacks on the gaming field (sucks right??), but is it capable of running windows software/programs???? Or is Linux incompatible.... like Mac and windows???
Linux cannot naitivly run Windows-based programs, but there are emulators such as WineHQ for most desktop programs and Cedega for many games.

You shouldn't have a problem configuring your devices, especialy with a complete distro like SuSe, Fedore, or Ubuntu to name a few. They autodetect most everything without a problem.

A few games (most notably the Unreal Engine based games) will install naitivly in Linux, but sadly, most mainstream (DirectX) games do not.
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Linux can run Windows apps through emulators like Wine. Depending on the distro you can expect a high compatibility for your devices or a low compatibility. Gaming is growing everyday for Linux, sure it sucks a bit but more and more games are being ported or emulated to run on Linux just like they would in Windows.

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Its Free...Open source..More secure..Etc...Theres rather a few reasons. However Windows holds the title for hardware and software compatibility.
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Linux can run Windows apps through emulators like Wine. Depending on the distro you can expect a high compatibility for your devices or a low compatibility. Gaming is growing everyday for Linux, sure it sucks a bit but more and more games are being ported or emulated to run on Linux just like they would in Windows.

EDIT:Wow Chipp just owned me. lol
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Nice response Chipp.....But regarding the "Codenames" like SuSe, Fedore, Ubuntu, etc. are they different versions of Linux??.....Like saying windows 95, 98 , 2000, XP, etc.??? Or are they different "Homebrews" of the Operating System?? If so which would you guys recommend??

I'm thinking of using Linux on my spare PC (lol...lucky for me) and experimenting with it.....but would like to receive recomendations first.

Does Linux lack on Security (anti-virus, spyware, etc.)??? Windows the worst O/S when considering viruses, good thing i use Kaspersky (Yippppiiieee!!!!) but before i used this software windows would 100% be infected with many viruses....sucks


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post #16 of 24
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Nice response Chipp.....But regarding the "Codenames" like SuSe, Fedore, Ubuntu, etc. are they different versions of Linux??.....Like saying windows 95, 98 , 2000, XP, etc.??? Or are they different "Homebrews" of the Operating System?? If so which would you guys recommend??

I'm thinking of using Linux on my spare PC (lol...lucky for me) and experimenting with it.....but would like to receive recomendations first.

Does Linux lack on Security (anti-virus, spyware, etc.)??? Windows the worst O/S when considering viruses, good thing i use Kaspersky (Yippppiiieee!!!!) but before i used this software windows would 100% be infected with many viruses....sucks


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Suse, Ubuntu, fedora, etc, are different distributions of Linux. They all offer some differences, like type of package manager, desktop environment, apps, etc. But one distro can be made to resemble another.

Anyway I like Ubuntu and its a popular distro with 16,000+ apps.
Since Linux is Unix based it kicks Windows rear in the security department. Plus all those windows virii and ad-ware and that don't do anything to a linux machine.
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i just spent a crap load on building a heavy duty machine. i have windows XP on it. is it worth the upgrade to linux (ubuntu) and will it see and be able to run my video, sound, and other devices to their full capabilities? also i have a harddrive containing alot of music but also the windows kernal. can i perform the swap but keep the files? thanks
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i just spent a crap load on building a heavy duty machine. i have windows XP on it. is it worth the upgrade to linux (ubuntu) and will it see and be able to run my video, sound, and other devices to their full capabilities? also i have a harddrive containing alot of music but also the windows kernal. can i perform the swap but keep the files? thanks
Instead of switching totaly from Windows to Linux, what I'd do is dual-boot, or have both Linux and Windows on your hard drive. That way, you won't loose any of your music or other important files, but you can stil have a fully functional Linux system to play with. Most distrobutions (types) of linux will offer very good support for all your hardware, and Ubuntu is one of the better options out there for hardware support. It should recognize and work with almost anything you have with no problems.

Welcome to the forums, and happy new year to you, too.
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I always keep a linux distro on my comp. Main reason I use it is for folding its much more stable within linux and it crunches numbers a lot faster. In Ubuntu which technically by linux standards has a lot of additional crap in it only uses about 100mb of ram while somehow a stripped winxp uses almost 400mb of ram.

Linux is fun to play around with which is what a lot of people do including myself. However as of late I plan on really getting into the OS as you would be suprised on how it could actually further your career (command line).

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