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And here's a quick image to show why I switched to Linux.




This happened after adding another stick of RAM. That was the only change I made to the hardware.
I hate WGA with a deep burning passion.

On another note, I had no problems passing in Ubuntu with WINE on the separate WGA check exe.
Haha, I got that same thing when I accidentally activated running XP in VMWare. It locked me out of the computer too! I reverted to the last snapshot in VMWare, and all was good.

Activation is seriously a pain. I downloaded some Windows Defender Anti-Spyware software on my parents' computer, and I had to install some MS program. Click some button on their website. Then run the program. Copy the output of the program, then enter it in to the website, have the website check the output, then go to a different page once the output checked out, download the software, run the software, have the software verify the authenticity AGAIN!, then, and only then, was I able to actually run the stupid Windows Defender. And they say this is only to let customers know if their Windows is pirated.... It's just too bad false negative happen so often.

If you have a not-the-newest model Nvidia Card you can run most games in Linux using WINE or Cedaga. Counter Strike runs flawlessly for me.


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Linux is great for basic every day computing. Surf the web, watch a few movies every now and then, word processing, presentations, and other stuff like that. Once you get your particular distro set up, it won't "break" unless you keep messing with it. I recently started using Linux on my custom builds and it has been working out perfectly (not to mention the tons of money I save on car ins... er, software). Media editing is not that bad either since there are many good editing programs out there for grabs (and free). Gaming is the only thing that Linux lacks, but for a "work" OS this doesn't really matter. My only beefs with Linux have been (and probably will be for some time) wlan cards and printer support; firmware support for wireless network cards is far from ideal, with ndiswrapper being a lousy fix for the most part, and dammit, there are other printers besides HP , although I recently discovered that Brother printers are in the majority surprisingly compatible with Linux (to bad their inks are a bit on the expensive side).
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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?
it was in response to what linux is BEST for... i believe the best use for linux is server b/c of the stability over long periods of time with NO REBOOTS something windows is not that great at.
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I found Linux very useful for web design, specifically PHP (ever try to get a PHP testing server to run on Windows? GARRGHSPLEEN).

It also is a very customizable and sexy platform, which I've used a lot for media of all sorts. On that note, Amarok FTmfW!
    
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Linux is also big in Hollywood for animation and rendering. Its becoming the professional animator's OS of choice. Their not using a certain distro, they're customized and that for the companies.

Been used in a lot of films though.
All the animation in the Matrix movies, all rendered on a group of FreeBSD machines.
The Shrek movies - linux.

Parts of star wars 2, lord of the rings, harry potter.

Primary OS used in Rendering farms -from Rhythm & Hues to Pixar, from Digital Domain to DreamWorks.
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/5472

http://digitalcontentproducer.com/dc...nux_hollywood/
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Linux has a very mixed reception for a few reasons.

Alot of people have an image in their mind of an OS that was written by teenagers is their parent's basement, but I'd just like to say, ****. Multi-Billion dollar corporations like IBM pour millions of dollars into Linux, so it'd damn well be money well spent.

Secondly, A lot of people have hardware that is hard to support because the manufactures won't release the technical details coders need to write drivers. This can cause a bad taste in peoples mouths' when they try it and their sound (for example) doesn't work. So, coders work blind, which increases the development time ten-fold. Now, PERSONALLY I think Linux has the best damn hardware support anyone could ask for. Compared to Windows, the amount of drivers you need to install your self to get everything up and running is a lot lot less. Usually 0. I will admit, however, that the community does need to concentrate on it's weak points, like wireless drivers and connectivity, resolution detection and getting the fat cat's at hardware corps to sit up and pay attention. Overall, it's pretty good hardware support for an OS that started out as a weekend project.

Linux is good for anything but gaming, (because of market share balance) really. Web browsing = no spyware or viruses, Servers = uber stable, Folding rigs = Higher PPD, Music and Video Editing (albeit little software support) = Realtime kernel.

I'd like to consider my self a Zealot, but certainly not a fanboy. Windows gets one thing right, It's damned easy to use. This may be because it's become the de facto standard of the modern world, or it may be because they have good UI designers. Who knows? I certainly don't. Because of it's massive market share (due to it's easy to use nature) it has a lot of support on the hardware and software side, making it probably the best OS to use, unless you want a challenge.

My two, erratically explained cents.
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Definately. Parent's + Linux = :***::swearing:
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Awesome guys, keep the pros/cons coming!
Glad I am seeing a lot more pros now!
Makes me happy I am finalizing my Gentoo install tonight!
    
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