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Sounds like a waste of time for me. I've got Office 2007 (Amazing) and just finished taking a class on it.

I use the computer for pretty much everything. Alot of media editing and production and gaming.

Thanks everyone for your replies. You probably saved me alot of time and frustration.
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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.
You don't even know how to use it WELL. If you know cd, cp, etc, you can pick up on anything else with Google.

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Sounds like a waste of time for me. I've got Office 2007 (Amazing) and just finished taking a class on it.

I use the computer for pretty much everything. Alot of media editing and production and gaming.

Thanks everyone for your replies. You probably saved me alot of time and frustration.
You have to want to learn Linux. You need to put some time into it, or else you're just going to meet frustration.

Until you learn how to use it, you will find windows easier for productivity.
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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)
Perhaps it was a nightmare for you because you picked the absolute most advanced distro to use -- Gentoo. If you're not THOROUGHLY acquainted with Unix/Linux, the shell, compiling software from source, etc. Gentoo (and Slackware) WILL be a nightmare.

Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, Mandriva and a few others are the only route a newb should take. There are a few proprietary "newb" distros out there like Lindows and Xandros, but they suck (because they are too dumbed down and a lot of security issues arise because of it).
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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)
I don't understand why you would use Gentoo as your first choice.

And your line "there are very few real world scenarios where linux is useful" is completely false. Linux can do most of anything a windows computer can do, with a few exceptions. As stated above, specialty functions such as advanced audio and video editing are still in the works. But as far as internet browsing, word processing, music, and video, Linux is just fine.
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Servers = Linux

Gaming Desktops = Windows.

I say no more.
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Servers = Linux

Gaming Desktops = Windows.

I say no more.
A bit of a simplification.

While it's true that in the server dept., Windows can't hold a candle to Linux/BSD, Linux is, in my experience, also better than Windows for just about every desktop application as well. There are a couple of reasons for this: 1) 99% of Linux apps are open source, which usually means more stability, more developers, and regular updates and 2) it's more secure by default, since Unix simply has a superior security model. This means viruses/trojans/malware are useless against it.

If you're going to game, stick with Windows (for now). The reason being is that the game manufacturers will not release Linux ports. Not the fault of Linux. I suspect this will change in the coming years as more and more people switch to Linux after realizing just how awful Windows is and how long they have been ripped off by actually paying hundreds of dollars for each Windows release, when they could have had Linux free.

So, essentially, I am agreeing with you, except I think Linux is better for a lot more than just servers.
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You don't even know how to use it WELL. If you know cd, cp, etc, you can pick up on anything else with Google.



You have to want to learn Linux. You need to put some time into it, or else you're just going to meet frustration.

Until you learn how to use it, you will find windows easier for productivity.
I am already self teaching myself enough for now, lol.

The main purpose of this rig, why I invested so much in it, and why I came to OCN, is a high performance Digital Audio Workstation. I could never justify this for games. Who needs a quadcore for gaming, really . . .

I imagine if I ever have the need to host a server, I'll have the drive and need to learn linux. Until then, I already have 50 million things I use the PC for. I just don't have time to learn a new language.
post #18 of 21
Everyone who has posted in this topic seems like they're stuck in the late 90's.
Every last Source game runs in Wine near flawlessly. COD4 runs in Wine. And we have some true Linux games of our own (Nexuiz is really quite good if you've never played it). Modern distros are so easy to install my grandmother could do it, and she's this || close to leaving this Earth, bless her soul. The number of Windows games that work perfectly in Wine is astounding, especially if you have a good system (Intel graphics... Has some bugs with Wine.) - heck, most people report speed improvements in some games.

I have never had to install anything from source (save Compiz [and related projects], Cairo-Dock, and a patched Nautilus, and as my sig says, I'm a C-F dev, and I also contributed code to Cairo-Dock, and the Nautilus patch was for my own purposes).

More customization, more stability, and most of your games should work fine.
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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 also run a dual boot system. I run openSuSE 10.3 however and i dont have a lick of trouble with it. I fold in linux and game/play music in windows. Folding is so much faster i have totally abandoned windows SMP altogether. I find that i am in linux more than windows more often because i have just recently reinstalled openSuSE and this time the install went flawlessly. Also my ATI card took a crap and I am here to say that i was/am a devout ATI fan and i would rather install an nVidia card any day. My graphics are so much better and more rich than they ever were in windows that im shocked. If i could get WOW to work in linux i dont think that i'e ever use windows again.
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