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Stupid unpaid volunteers, they can't even reverse engineer the broken windows api's properly
I lol'd. Well put. I really think people expect too much out of open source programming. It's all free...give it time and it will work, but for now, if you want windows games, just play them in windows. Boot to linux for all your other needs.
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Linux is unstable? Perhaps you meant Windows games within WINE are unstable?

skydeaner,

The main reasons I personally prefer Linux are:

A) open-source software
B) it doesn't cost anything
C) It is more secure by default than Windows
D) It's much lighter on resources and also faster (try running SuperPi on Linux sometime. I gained 7 seconds compared to my Windows time).
E) No viruses, spyware or malware to contend with, which means no AV software to eat up processor cycles and memory.
F) Much more tweakable than Windows since it is open-source.
G) Choice -- a lot of distros to choose from.
This is as true as saying that MACs have no virus, the day that Linux gains a bigger share in the operating systems, it will be a target just like how OS X is starting to get a few security issues recently.
    
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This is as true as saying that MACs have no virus, the day that Linux gains a bigger share in the operating systems, it will be a target just like how OS X is starting to get a few security issues recently.
In server space Linux/Apache has a much larger market share than windows does. Even so, the vast majority of exploits are targeted towards windows because it is an easier target. While it may be true that social engineering malware (that has nothing to do with the underlying system) is targeted towards the large, less computer savvy windows base, malware is almost universally targeted towards windows because the system itself is inherently less secure.

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Perhaps the most oft-repeated myth regarding Windows vs. Linux security is the claim that Windows has more incidents of viruses, worms, Trojans and other problems because malicious hackers tend to confine their activities to breaking into the software with the largest installed base. This reasoning is applied to defend Windows and Windows applications. Windows dominates the desktop; therefore Windows and Windows applications are the focus of the most attacks, which is why you don’t see viruses, worms and Trojans for Linux. While this may be true, at least in part, the intentional implication is not necessarily true: That Linux and Linux applications are no more secure than Windows and Windows applications, but Linux is simply too trifling a target to bother attacking.

This reasoning backfires when one considers that Apache is by far the most popular web server software on the Internet. According to the September 2004 Netcraft web site survey, [1] 68% of web sites run the Apache web server. Only 21% of web sites run Microsoft IIS. If security problems boil down to the simple fact that malicious hackers target the largest installed base, it follows that we should see more worms, viruses, and other malware targeting Apache and the underlying operating systems for Apache than for Windows and IIS. Furthermore, we should see more successful attacks against Apache than against IIS, since the implication of the myth is that the problem is one of numbers, not vulnerabilities.

Yet this is precisely the opposite of what we find, historically. IIS has long been the primary target for worms and other attacks, and these attacks have been largely successful. The Code Red worm that exploited a buffer overrun in an IIS service to gain control of the web servers infected some 300,000 servers, and the number of infections only stopped because the worm was deliberately written to stop spreading. Code Red.A had an even faster rate of infection, although it too self-terminated after three weeks. Another worm, IISWorm, had a limited impact only because the worm was badly written, not because IIS successfully protected itself.
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The article is getting a bit aged, but the principle still holds.
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This is as true as saying that MACs have no virus, the day that Linux gains a bigger share in the operating systems, it will be a target just like how OS X is starting to get a few security issues recently.
So what? There aren't many problems plaguing the market, and that's the point. We're talking what is, not "what if."
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Not sure if this is the right place for this or not but i have a question. I am running Windows xp 32bit right now but i want to dual boot for ubuntu as well. How do i go about creating another partition on my secondary HDD for ubuntu? I have about 40 gigs free on it that i want to make a partition just for ubuntu 64bit. Any help is well appreciated!
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For a basic linux setup you need a swap partition, that is usually twice as the amount of your ram and a root partition (the rest). This can be done using the partition manager during setup, or with some partition manager in windows.
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Not sure if this is the right place for this or not but i have a question. I am running Windows xp 32bit right now but i want to dual boot for ubuntu as well. How do i go about creating another partition on my secondary HDD for ubuntu? I have about 40 gigs free on it that i want to make a partition just for ubuntu 64bit. Any help is well appreciated!
I would suggest making a new thread rather than hijacking this one, even as sad as the current one is.
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Not sure if this is the right place for this or not but i have a question. I am running Windows xp 32bit right now but i want to dual boot for ubuntu as well. How do i go about creating another partition on my secondary HDD for ubuntu? I have about 40 gigs free on it that i want to make a partition just for ubuntu 64bit. Any help is well appreciated!
For simplicity, just make a 2GB swap (you don't need more than that really) and use the rest as your main partition. There is a great partitioning FAQ over at the Linux FAQ directory (sticky) if you want to do a more fancy partition setup, but for regular home use it's enough to just have the two I mentioned.
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okay well. back on topic now. so.. i dont need people to bash me about my OP. I was just saying. It was the first time I ever used Ubuntu or any other Linux Distro as a matter of fact. Im just saying... once linux becomes compatible with windows games... i will become a full blown linux user.
    
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Have you considered trying Cedega instead of Wine? It's not free, but will probably give you a better experience than Wine will for games (note: never used it and don't plan to as my Ubuntu machine only has integrated graphics anyway, just thought I'd throw it out there)
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