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What everyone's forgetting about Linux is....

By ulrichburke ·
Nothing runs on it! It's got hardly any programs that work on it (yet). It can emulate Windows enough to fool some Windows progs to work on it, for sure. But it doesn't have anything much of its own.

The whole argument's sitting in the early days of Apple vs. Microsoft. If you're a geek who wants to look cool and virtuous and seem One Up on the Rest of the Computing Community, feel free to use Linux. You won't be able to get any work done much but hey, man, you'll look goood. If you want to get SOME work done and spend a WEDGE of cash on a machine that aint that fast, get an Applemac. You'll still look cool but you'll have a few more pieces of software (not counting Bootcamp!)

If you want to get a LOT of work done, on a fast machine that cost as much as an Imac but has higher specs all round, I'm afraid the world's still PC based. Like it or not, the vast majority of software is built to run on Windows. Emulated windows is always going to be slow and clunky and only some things will run on it. That goes for Bootcamp and the Linux equivalent, the name of which escapes me.

The other problem with Linux is it comes in SO many builds, you have to be Ubergeek to install it, let alone use it. It's WAAY back in the Seventies. Then, you had Apples, BBC Micros, Spectrums, Commodores, all similar, all with differences that meant you couldn't use their software on eachothers systems easily. Now, you can find programs that will only run on ONE PARTICULAR FLAVOUR of Linux. And it's not necessarily Red Hat or Ubuntu.

When Linux has got its act together so any Linux program can run on any Linux machine, when it's got at least as much software as there is for Applemacs, doing as many things, when it's got a decent GUI (Gnome 3 DOES look promising, have to say) then it will be worth looking at. Until then, you can bleat all you like about how safe it is, the bottom line is how USABLE an operating system is. And an operating system sans applications is, frankly, a waste of time. (I write computer music. Is there ANYTHING that would let me run Sampletank with Miroslav Orchestra and a decent notation package on a Linux machine? Nope, didn't think so.)

Sorry, Linux guys, the world is PC and will be for a long time to come.

ulrichburke

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If his post isn't entirely true, yours isn't either.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Not Entirely true

Windows doesn't come with viruses.

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Actually...

by Slayer_ In reply to If his post isn't entirel ...

I could swear one of the Windows 98 updates actually has a virus on it. I remember I kept getting reinfected with the same virus over and over after doing an update, so I stopped updating and stopped getting the virus.

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Research more

by koolkid3 In reply to What everyone's forgettin ...

"Nothing runs on it! It's got hardly any programs that work on it (yet). It can
emulate Windows enough to fool some Windows progs to work on it, for sure. But
it doesn't have anything much of its own....... "

40 years worth of open source software will say otherwise.

"The other problem with Linux is it comes in SO many builds, you have to be
Ubergeek to install it, let alone use it. It's WAAY back in the Seventies. Then,
you had Apples, BBC Micros, Spectrums, Commodores, all similar, all with
differences that meant you couldn't use their software on eachothers systems
easily. Now, you can find programs that will only run on ONE PARTICULAR FLAVOUR
of Linux. And it's not necessarily Red Hat or Ubuntu. "

Most Linux distribution fill a niche, I have hundreds of bootable Linux
CD/DVD's tailored for a particular task. If you really have that much trouble
installing Linux, take a look at Wubi, you can install/uninstall it just like
any other Windows application, I'm sure you are used to doing that. It will live
in a file on your windows drive, no disk partitioning necessary.
And don't forget all those machines never had the power to run software of the
modern day and had very primitive operating systems. You can run Linux on
ancient hardware, I still have a Pentium 90 laptop with a modern Debian on it,
try putting a modern Windows on that.


"When Linux has got its act together so any Linux program can run on any Linux
machine, when it's got at least as much software as there is for Applemacs,
doing as many things, when it's got a decent GUI (Gnome 3 DOES look promising,
have to say) then it will be worth looking at. Until then, you can bleat all you
like about how safe it is, the bottom line is how USABLE an operating system is.
And an operating system sans applications is, frankly, a waste of time. (I write
computer music. Is there ANYTHING that would let me run Sampletank with Miroslav
Orchestra and a decent notation package on a Linux machine? Nope, didn't think
so.) "

Linux has had a cutting edge UI and graphics toolkit (X11) for as long as I can
remember, for eye candy KDE4 kicks anything out there on the desktop. If you
like GNOME there is the choice, plus hundreds of other window managers.
I also work with music and have been in numerous recording studios and set up PA rigs, so I can safely
say that when it comes to audio, Linux has a massive amount of software ranging high
quality samplers, notation editors (Rosegarden among others), DAW packages, soft-synths and well, if you
are any good you should have samples of your own to use.

"Sorry, Linux guys, the world is PC and will be for a long time to come."

That gives us guys the advantage who have the best of both worlds.
Cheers

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Have you just woken up from a DEEP sleep ulrichburke?

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to What everyone's forgettin ...

It sounds to me as though you are brain dead.
Now why did i say Brain dead?
People like you who do not use their brains other then look at the screen and just type little letters and a few numbers into Excel or Word or maybe just sitting there in your chair talking to your IM (Instant Messenger, just in case your brain could not translate it).
With people like you in the world there would NOT be any computers, cars, or any advanced technology because your brain can not stretch that far.

Now, ulrichburke, just go back to your deep sleep. :)

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PT,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Have you just woken up fr ...

note that this is ulrichburke's only post to date, after three years of membership. I'd say deep sleep was correct, but would suggest he try a coma instead.

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I go along with that....NT

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to PT,
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Linux seems to be great

by genusync In reply to What everyone's forgettin ...

I've actually used Ubuntu Linux 9.xx for the last six months, and basically only the easy installation of Flash player has been what I missed from Windows. I was surprised how much things have been updated in the penguin world. If you're into 3D graphics, Blender is one thing to check out. Wonderful!

Office calculations; OpenOffice works fine and the format has been amended, plus XML documents bridge the gap. About macros and workbooks, you might have some issues (haven't tried).

Since so much things are on www, the choice of platform is not very big thing. I like Linux a lot. And of course, it doesn't tie to anything - free. Both in price and license.

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Unbelieveable

by WDMilner In reply to What everyone's forgettin ...

There is so much FUD, mis-information, lack of education and sheer ignorance in that post I don't know where to start.

Almost every major web host on the planet uses Linux, Google runs on Linux, national, state and municipal governments run on Linux, movie studios use it, aerospace uses it, many many more industries and businesses run Linux. Our company has run on Linux for over 10 years. Applications are available by the gigabyte and while some few were designed specifically for the particular quirks of one distribution, a little configuration tweaking will let the majority of them run on any - the deciding factor being the kernel not the distribution.

If you don't want choice and need hand-holding then by all means don't use Linux. Because you lack the skill or desire to use something, or it doesn't run your favorite program, doesn't mean it's unusable. As for music software there is lots of software, including commercial products, if you look for it. Google shows 48 million hits for "Linux music software".

Go back to sleep for another hundred years and snuggle up with your abacus.

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~rotflmao~

by Jaqui In reply to Unbelieveable

abacus?
really?
you think he's that advanced technologically?

I was thinking he just used a pile of pebbles to add and subtract.

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Nothing?

by serpentsnare In reply to What everyone's forgettin ...

It's the only OS I use, and has been that way for years.

I don't even have any other operating systems installed, and I don't use wine either.

Go back to your cave, troll.

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