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Fortune Quote "By golly.."

"By golly, I'm beginning to think Linux really *is* the best thing since
sliced bread."
(By Vance Petree, Virginia Power)

Isn't it? I use it so much and it is the only OS that I completely stand behind. I would stand behind Windows but it gives me the BSOD too frequently. Perhaps ReactOS will be better. Perhaps it is better. The open source BSD's that I have used are also quite usable and practical and lean towards not failing. So I might even stand behind those if I needed to, but from personal experience I support Linux 100%. What do you all think?

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I run both, much though I would like to switch completely to Linux. I'm probably typical of a fairly large group who are, to some extent, tied-into Windows, albeit unwillingly. If you are in education then the simple question is which do you teach on. For FE and HE then a strong case can be made for Linux, since they tend to have UNIX on the 'serious' computer platforms. In secondary and primary, however, it is a sea of Wintel platforms - for the simple and persuasive reason that IT and tech support budgets are tiny - where they exist at all - and the 'safe' spend of scarce money is Wintel, in terms of on-going costs, even allowing for the original cost of Windows.
Bikerman on Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:22 pm
I agree, that some are tied, unnecessarily or unwantedly to Windows. I run Linux almost 100%, only when I must will I run or work on a Windows machine. Which, to my disgruntlement at times is more than I would like. However, I do not try to persuade my clients or others that use Windows over to Linux. In time, they might as I only use FOSS tools as much as I can to correct any problems they get. I would like to see Linux get more use in schools but it just not happened on a grand scale yet. I know of a few schools that use it, even elementary schools, but nothing wide-spread and most of them still have a few computers running Windows.
pauline123 on Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:34 pm
To get best use, in terms of numbers, is always in tension with other factors. With Linux then one of the virtues - non proprietary restriction on use - can also be a vice - in that you can run various windowing systems on top of the base Lnnux 'kernel', which is great for consumer choice, but not for help-line operators or the trainers Smile
Bikerman on Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:53 pm
Given budget restrictions, I really don't understand why more educational and small institutions don't opt to use Linux, rather than pay for various Microsoft, etc. licenses. There are almost zero reasons to use Windows these days with the flexibility and cross-platform compatibility of most Linux distros and software. User friendliness isn't even an issue anymore.

That said, I'm an OSX kind of guy. It gives me everything I want, outside of DirectX gaming... but the OS is designed to allow easy integration/dual boot of Windows if it's needed. OSX has been incredibly stable for me the past 6 years I've been using it; I think I've had maybe 4 crashes in that time... the same cannot be said for my Windows, not Ubuntu systems. It's very easy to use, and the front end is handsome and functional without any real need for tweaking... again, I find I need to customize the hell out of Windows and Linux to get a layout that really works for me (and this has been the case for the years before I switched to Mac too, it's not just a "you're used to Mac" issue). The whole "behind closed doors" aspect of OSX isn't always cool, but, it has very little impact on my computing experience, other than maintaining slightly better quality/compatibility control, though it doesn't always get it right neither.
Ankhanu on Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:18 pm
I would agree, that Mac mostly gets things right and the vast amount of choice for the user interface on Linux can be overwhelming. It however, in my opinion is a pro. I know some people would disagree, and I respect that. Also, I have yet to find a program or interface that Mac or Windows have put out that is as nice as the ones I create on my Linux box. Distro-wise, I abhor Ubuntu and descendents of it due to its heavy customization to make it "work" better. Closed door tactics can be helpful or harmful it all depends on whose doing it, in my opinion.
pauline123 on Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:03 pm

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