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Like what utility could Ubuntu have and so on...
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Security is the big issue for me. Linux is so much better on that end. There is no need to run AV software or bulky "security suites." Linux has a built in software firewall (iptables) that is second to none. However, if you have a router, this shouldn't be necessary.

A second one is performance. Linux, in my and others' experience, uses less resources. I rarely use over 300 MB of RAM and that is with full composting, 3d effects, compiz-fusion, browser running, music playing, etc.. It's just very efficient. Further, try running a benchmark in Linux then compare it with Windows times. You will see Linux usually benches faster (for instance, my cpu clocks a 30 second super pi in Windows, but on Linux it is 24 seconds). This is why lots of people use Linux for folding.

The only reason NOT to use Linux is if you are a hardcore gamer. If that's the case, it would probably be better just to try Ubuntu in a VM or maybe play around with the LiveCD.
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post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by thiussat View Post
Security is the big issue for me. Linux is so much better on that end. There is no need to run AV software or bulky "security suites."
Cop-out. Linux does not have "better" security. The lack of needing AV software is not because linux is superior, but because it's less popular.

The rest of your points are valid though.
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Cop-out. Linux does not have "better" security. The lack of needing AV software is not because linux is superior, but because it's less popular.

The rest of your points are valid though.
Not quite. Linux doesn't get viruses because the architecture makes them pretty much impossible to propagate. It's been tried several times over the years. There are about 5 or 6 native Linux viruses in existence, but none of them actually work.

Longer explanation here.
Edited by error10 - 12/21/08 at 5:05pm
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So basically, I shouldn't dual-boot, seeing as most of the time that I am on my PC I'm gaming, correct?
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Cop-out. Linux does not have "better" security. The lack of needing AV software is not because linux is superior, but because it's less popular.

The rest of your points are valid though.
This post would have made sense if Linux was replaced with OS X.

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So basically, I shouldn't dual-boot, seeing as most of the time that I am on my PC I'm gaming, correct?
Probably not.
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Windows does the majority of the things that Linux does, as far as what I use. I used to dual boot, now I just use VMs for when I need linux. I'm not a fan of rebooting my machine.
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So basically, I shouldn't dual-boot, seeing as most of the time that I am on my PC I'm gaming, correct?
Doubtful. See the link in my sig.

Unless of course you want to try running your games in Linux, though that's an adventure at best and a nightmare at worst. Much like games.
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Originally Posted by Liability View Post
This post would have made sense if Linux was replaced with OS X.
Actually, not quite for OSX either. OSX's "base/core" is similar to that of Linux's, and like Linux, there are virtually zero viruses for OSX, and none in the wild.
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I have a dual boot Vista/Ubuntu 8.10 system and I find that I mostly use Ubuntu for when Vista gets messed up and I don't have time to troubleshoot the problem or restore from a saved image. I probably go into Ubuntu maybe 10% of the time but I find it extremely valuable when something goes wrong and I absolutely need to work on something. I also have found that by having ubuntu installed on a different hard drive, if Vista crashes and I need to reformat or need to RMA that hard drive, I'm not SOL. This actually happened recently with my Raptor that had Vista on it and having Ubuntu saved my life.

I find Ubuntu is far more valuable on my 1.6 ghz Celeron laptop and my HP Mini 1000 since it uses less resources, is more responsive than XP, and starts up much quicker. Security is just a perk for me. However, I still dual boot XP and Ubuntu just in case. You never know when something might be incompatible with Ubuntu. Even with Wine, there are still a few hiccups.
    
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