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I'm a musician, gamer, and businessman. I the most programming I know is how to make a link in this post. I have XPx62,x64, and Vistax64 Business, so it wouldn't be to save money.

I would like to know what the advantages may be for me to use it. Are there any advantages in audio production? Or should I wait until I need to host servers?

What are the + and - for folding with linux, I will be getting that going soon and like to do things right.
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No.
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Due to the gaming...none.
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If you game then absolutly none.
    
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Hey,

I have a dual boot system with ubuntu and vista. I can honestly say that my vista is faster, more stable, and more compatible than ubuntu. It may be that I don't know anything about linux aside from it's pretty (IMO). I found everything in Linux to be quite a chore. If you are proffecient with linux maybe give it a try. There are a lot of free open source programs out there. But, i will stick with Microsoft.....for now. Just my opinion though. Hope this helps!

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I'm a musician, gamer, and businessman. I the most programming I know is how to make a link in this post. I have XPx62,x64, and Vistax64 Business, so it wouldn't be to save money.

I would like to know what the advantages may be for me to use it. Are there any advantages in audio production? Or should I wait until I need to host servers?

What are the + and - for folding with linux, I will be getting that going soon and like to do things right.
I recently installed linux because i wanted to take up programming and network security. I hear that linux has everything that windows has in terms of audio production. In my personal opinion its absolutely retarded to use it for conventional things. Linux is an os for people who want to do specific things, hence why there are distros. I use ubuntu for programming and backtrack for security. I am fairly sure that there is a music-based distro out there w/heaps of audio editing tools pre loaded.

You cannot game on linux (seriously as in COD4 or whatever). Period. This is a good thing though, as i find it makes me more productive when i have to reboot to play games.
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Linux is mostly about productivity. You can do almost anything that you can in Windows with 1) little to no monetary investment and 2) better use of your hardware.
Don't use Linux for sound. It's just not there yet. If you're an audiophile and are heavy into sound editing/production, best stick to Windows. It's not that sound in Linux is bad, but it's more of a "sound is a big mess" type of thing. Sound quality is meh at best (compared to the high end stuff in Windows) and dealing with the countless sound servers can be a nightmare (this is getting better with Pulsaudio).
You can use Linux for gaming. ATI and nvidia drivers are really good at the moment, with very good stability and support (bugs are always there of course). Just don't expect to be able to use Windows games, so if you already invested heavily on Windows gaming or have a Windows game that you absolutely must play, stay with Windows in this regard.
I use Linux 24/7. It's perfect for my uses, which is mostly gaming, music, and office type productivity.
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Once you get into the command line and learn how to use it well, you'll love it. I find it faster and more responsive than windows.
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Linux is really good at anything a casual computer user needs to do. Which is ironic, since I can't get anyone except power users interested in Linux.

It's great at office, at basic photo editing (gimp/draw), at music library management (amarok), and at video (totem/VLC/Media Player Classic). It's when you start specializing in what you want your computer to do that issues start popping up.

It's bad at niche parts, such as gaming (don't kid yourself, PC gaming is still a niche market), heavy audio editing/creation (audacity will serve most general purposes), or heavy video editing (not many good open source video programs atm).

I'd say ubuntu linux is probably the most compatible operating system out there (windows included), but if you want it to work flawlessly, you should buy open source friendly hardware. For example, ATI linux drivers fail miserably -- Nvidia drivers work much better for the most part. Logitech and linux don't get along at all, mostly because their drivers are bloated pieces of crap (I own an mx518 and a g15, and they give me nothing but headaches when it comes to working with any linux or even KVM devices).

So yes, if you want to do a whole bunch of office work, listening to music and watching videos, linux is perfect for you. If you want to fine tune your $5,000 computer to play top notch games perfectly, you're gonna have to look somewhere else until wine is perfected (which will probably be decades away).
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It would be a rough and painful transition for you. You will be able to play zero games, drivers are a nightmare, and there are very few real world scenarios where linux is useful on the home pc.

I speak from experience (gentoo)
    
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