What do you all think of Linux?

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  1. #1 Captain_Jack, Oct 29, 2014
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    Hey all this is the first time I've ventured into the more techy realm of GC since I'm not a big tech person myself.

    Basically, I've had it with Windows and its bullshit. So, I've decided to try out Linux. I've done a good bit of reading on the and people seem to have mixed opinions about it. What do YOU a think about Linux? Have you tried it? Would you recommend it?
    As I said, I'm not a big tech savvy guru, but I'm a very quick learner once something is explained to me, and my roommate is getting his masters in web development. He's actually the one who turned me in to the idea of installing Linux. Sitting down for a few hours over the weekend to learn the OS wouldn't be a problem. The only major concern I have with Linux is that I have an iPhone and have no intentions of getting an android device any time soon (still got a year on that contract). BUT I've heard there are some workarounds for making an iOS device usable on Linux, such as the Wine compatibility tool

    EDIT: I only use my computer for basic things. Word docs, PDFs, basic internet browsing, netflix, and the occasional movie. I don't play games, edit software or videos, or any of that stuff

    So tell me what you think! And, as always, happy toking :)

    Sent from four score and seven years ago
  2. Depends how you use it.
    I had my machine dual booted but now I just run Windows 7, I can't be bothered finding work arounds for things and running WINE all the time.
  3. Guess I should've mentioned that. I only use my computer for basic things. Word docs, PDFs, basic internet browsing, netflix, and the occasional movie. I don't play games, edit software or videos, or any of that fancy schmancy stuff

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  4. #4 Broseph Radson, Oct 29, 2014
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    I'd try it in a virtual machine first. Theres a steep learning curve to linux. You'll want to learn the ins and outs before replacing windows because you might find it more of a pain in the ass than windows. 
  5. I installed it :D there's definitely a learning curve, but memorizing the commands isn't too bad. The only thing I'm having difficultly with is getting BIOS to recognize the bootable partition instead of me having to go into BIOS and select Ubuntu every time.

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  6. I would, but my windows rwas so fucked that it literally anything I installed could not have been any worse. There was literally nowhere to go but up. The TCPIP driver in my windows was completely screwed, and attempting to do an sfc /scannow crashed the system every time when it got to 33% of the scan

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  7. #7 Infinite Experience, Oct 30, 2014
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    I love Linux, I'm currently dual booting Kali Linux and Windows 8 at the moment. I mainly use it for programming and network security testing, pretty much all the good stuff that Kali Linux comes with. And Windows I use for gaming. Which distro did you install?
  8. #8 Captain_Jack, Oct 31, 2014
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    Just the standard Ubuntu. I've had it for a few days and it's great. It's speedy, doesn't get hung up, it's so much faster to do things once you learn how to use the terminal. I should've done this ages ago

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  9. Ubuntu is great for beginners. I really enjoyed using it on my backup computers, but I just don't do enough IT stuff to justify it on my daily driver.
  10. I recommend you try out Linux Mint!
    Runs much lighter than Ubuntu imo.
  11. Isn't Linux for nerds who know how to program?
    I hate the command line.
  12. I've been using Linux as my main operating system for the past couple of years. I never really thought there was that steep of a learning curve for it. I grew up using Apple computers before I switched to Linux. I mostly use it for browsing the internet and reading PDFs for school, but I also use it for research in an astronomy lab. I use Arch. I like systemd.

    Personally, I think that certain distributions of Linux are user-friendly enough for people that don't want to touch the command line (the GNOME3 desktop is awesome), although I've always loved the command line and I think it makes life much easier.
  13. It's really good if you want to run a server or do penetration testing (hacking)
  14. I love it, though I'd like to get more experience with more sophisticated distros. Ubuntu is great, offering freedom and customization while remaining approachable,at least to those with patience (tweaking and troubleshooting aspects of WINE isn't hard,but its tedious if you're not a computer nerd and geek)

    Viruses and Malware aren't nearly as prevalent,file management is better,and there is a shitton of useful programs that are better than their official counterparts (Chromium is still my favorite browser), and other things.

    I'd like yo check out some new ones, like redhat comes to mind. What's a good distro that's a bit more sophisticated and challenging? I'd rather something that has more function than accessibility.
  15. i dont use linux but i am learning how to program, im working towards my software engineering certificate and then degree. is it worth it for me to learn how to use linux now? from this thread it seems that its programmer friendly. 
    Debian is one step removed from Ubuntu and Mint. I recommend to read the FSF ethos before you make a partition.
    The Internet as we know it was built on BSD/UNIX, as with a lot of the infrastructure around today. Open source is the future and an integral part to optimally bringing the world online. Accessible single board computers all run distros of Linux well. As do the most powerful supercomputers and SpaceX internet satellites..  
  17. Ah, I've heard of that one, thanks

    I hadn't considered the correlation between Unix and Linux in some time, it was in a lecture, but I was in denial of my nerdiness back then lol.Id been stuck in the idea that Linux was obscure due to its actual worth, hadn't thought it out. That makes it a higher priority in projects in the future.

  18. #18 benchwarrior, Nov 23, 2014
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    Open source and free software are simple concepts but have profound and disruptive effects. When the Internet came along, assessing what the 'worth' of the Internet involved metrics of how many fax machines it might replace. The woefully sceptical could have never foreseen the underlying wave of technology that was about to be unleashed into the world. When a network allows a drone to stream an activist's actions on the ground, relayed onto a mass of servers for the world to see, record and store, that concept is no longer a fax machine. It is a world unto itself.
    Yet that period ushered in a monopolistic force of proprietary software. Linux had only emerged from a dorm room around this time and was far too inaccessible for the average user. If you thought it is obscure now, try sourcing an early distro..
    The head toll-collector for Microsoft, has since taken his talents into the domain of agricultural development in the third world. Although he draws in huge amounts of charity, much of the funds are distributed to his partners in America. The great hypocrisy is that he stakes a proprietary claim on the usage of seeds his charity distributes to impoverished farmers.
    The priority is to create marginally small barriers of entry into computing, if any. The value lies in the computational activity the accessibility will allow for. What this will produce is anyone's guess.
  19. Linux is a rock solid is, runs well for servers or desktops.

    However, application development is horrible. You can find apps to do 99% of what you need but honestly most of them have a very unpolished and generic feel.

    Hardware support is hit and miss. Some things work fine, but it isn't odd to have to find proper drivers or tweak settings for them to function properly.

    Linux is cool if you want something to play with, but I don't like it beyond a novelty. Microsoft and apple have 100x the application and hardware support. I like knowing that my computer will just work and do what I need it to do without having to jump through hoops.
  20. Pretty much agree 100% with the above post. Linux is cool and having an understanding of Unix/linux is incredibly useful in the IT field but its just to much of a hassle to run as your only OS. I just dual boot with windows or run a virtual box. Running in vmware or virtual box is the way to go if you want to learn, play around all you want and you can't kill your system, just reload the fresh iso image and back to brand new.

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