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I want to install a dual boot setup of Ubuntu with my existing XP.
I have played with ubuntu VERY slightly in VMWare.

What is linux truly good for in everyday situations, like, what generally makes it better and for what?

Honestly, I know I am very new.
I like the idea of a new OS, something clean.

So the basic questions are:
  • What can a nub like me, do in linux?
  • I already have a drive area partitioned for music, but I will move it and change it for ubuntu- is that doable?
  • How easy is it to setup grub? (thats the boot selector right?)
  • What can I do easily, that will make it worth playing around with?
I understand I have the right distro, that ubuntu seems to be the most popular especially with the nubs

So really, what makes Linux worthwhile?
I am only asking this as my assumptions lead me to believe gaming is very tough to do... But generally I just use the net, email, and that's the extent unless I want to game.

Thanks for any input I hope you aren't angry with me for being a nub and not researching this, I just don't know where to start.
    
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servers
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DaRkLoRd65535 View Post
servers
That seems wrong in my eyes, as there are a TON of OCN'ers using it, and I don't think they are all running them as servers....
I did know that it is very stable for servers though, but I want to know what else... why does everyone seem to use it, and what for, other than servers?
    
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they think it makes them "non-conformists"


But meh, let them not play counterstrike. We wont miss em
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From my experience, Linux is better at frustrating me. After problems with video card setup and dual monitor support, the lack of support for my wireless adapter put the final nail in the coffin. Mind you, all those problems stem from my laziness and lack of determination in actually learning how to operate at an expert level in a Linux-based OS.

The OS itself, I believe, prides itself on security and efficiency in a robust package. In many cases you can say good bye to resource hogging and crashes, but as in my case, you often get introduced to configuration troubles and support issues. Mind you those can both be overcome by a little hard work and research. In short, it's a better performer in terms of reliability and performance.
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it's better for not screwing up the thing and being stable...lol. I once had my desktop on for like 6 months running linux without a restart...(power went out)

Anyways...there's no real reason to switch from Windows XP...mostly it's just fun to tool around with, or if you're broke and need an OS that can do the basics.
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post #7 of 62
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So... its really just a stable place to make pretty... and not doing anything with.


That's so dissappointing.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sideburns View Post
it's better for not screwing up the thing and being stable...lol. I once had my desktop on for like 6 months running linux without a restart...(power went out)

Anyways...there's no real reason to switch from Windows XP...mostly it's just fun to tool around with, or if you're broke and need an OS that can do the basics.
Holy mackerel. 6 months?
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Linux ftw!

If you don't game...
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A few reasons for a home user to use linux are, Having a very stable system, Safer surfing, Running servers from Game servers to web server, They run alot smoother on a linux operating system, Programming is great, Multimedia isn't that bad but could be better. Using eye candy without stealing loads of resources. Gaming wise, I will not recommend it at all. I'll tell you, your not really missing out on much, truth be told.
    
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