Why did u switch to linux?

Malaysia
February 19, 2007 12:06am CST
I would like to know why u linux users switched to linux? share it with us? for i always hated maintance work on windows , defragementation , virus scaning, getting firewalls and lots of programs to protect my PC , it was annoying , now most windows user do it naturaly as part of using windows ( well it shouldn't be like that other OSs that i have tried aren't like that) anyway one day i lost some important design files around 3 GB info gone ,cause after running scandisk my windows kept crashing and than after all i did it got virus infected and it was too slow, nobody recognizes that windows are very slow systems anyway i was tired of it. I had enough, I found this ubuntu CD which i have gotten free from my college ,there was a booth and they were giving it for free , so that was the moment when i saw the light and i convereted to linux for good, it was hard at the begining but by visiting the forums and help from online friends i managed to learn,and i was so excitied there were so many free softwares available and i went crazy installled everything that there was eventhough if i had no use for it but than later i had to delete all again, but linux is great, it is free, and it is easy ,and the freedom that u get is unbelieveable if u are coming from windows or OSX. now i use linux on every comp that i found i install linux on it , even on my own mac which has a great OS (OSX), i even installed on my Mum's computer and my Dad's laptop , they duno well how to use it to full but these new enviroemnts that they have developed for linux are great they are like windows. I use KDE most of the time. so what about u what is your story?
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@hiretto (64)
• Italy
19 Feb 07
Gnu\Linux is free. Is OpenSource. Isnt Windows or OSX. I have switched to Linux 3 years ago and I dont use Windows anymore. I do a "wow" when I install Compiz on my Box with Gnome. Compiz is the VERY Eyecandy desktop.
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@Dano11 (173)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I just checked out the video of Compiz, that just looks too awesome. I accidently shut down the tab that one was on or I would have put a link in here. They have an 11 minute demo of Compiz open xgl
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• Malaysia
20 Feb 07
they is compiz , beryl, Emerlad , and afew more that i cannot recall, but compiz from what i know is the most stable one , btw if u use ATI graphic card u mite run into probelms installing compize and others, linux friend is Nvidiea , but u can manage with ATI too but it is going to be harder.
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@Dano11 (173)
• United States
21 Feb 07
Ohhhh that could be tough. My new laptop is ATI graphics driven. Hmm
@dynaweb (168)
• United States
19 Feb 07
I use Linux because I know with Linux there is not someone like Bill Gates who is scheming to squeeze every last dime out of my pocket by using unethical tactics like: 1) Intentionally not fixing know security loopholes to encourage upgrade to new OS version. 2) Charging for new OS's serial codes after someone has lost their code. 3) Breaking US anti-monopoly laws. 4) Destroying small businesses. 5) The list goes on... Also I like the Linux community and find it very helpful and encouraging. I am active on sites like http://www.linuxboards.org and happily help others too. I am coming out with my own Open Source releases soon to give back to the community that has given me so much :)
• Malaysia
19 Feb 07
You are gona do your own distro !! that is great , what are u gona call it ? what are the features are gona be like ? make sure u let me know when u release it . Is it hard to make your own distro ?
@Dano11 (173)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I agree, There are a lot of us that would be interested in your distro. BG doesn't get it, when you copy someone else it is suppose to inspire you to take what you've found and improve on it. I have been given the very distinct impression that the linux community lives with that standard in mind.
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• Malaysia
20 Feb 07
oh yea i would agree on that, they take ideas from other OSs and gradually improve they dun go fast they make sure the stability of the system is never jeapordized, but at the end u can see most linux systems advance togethere sometimes it is hard to say which one is better than the others, too many similar features among all of them.
@hinocki (670)
• Italy
19 Feb 07
Faster, easyer, better. There are reason bigger that this? Windows vista demonstrate that microsoft is trying to copy linux and this is a sign of the power of linux. If you have a pc and you have only to go on internet or some other simple things linux is much better.
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• Malaysia
19 Feb 07
Vista copy linux ? in what way? I didn know that/
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@cruzades (661)
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
The style of Vista being distributed was an original concept of Linux way of distribution. Vista launches several packages e.g. Vista Lite, Vista Full (or whatever), don't know exactly the list of them, but they pre-compile different distros like Linux are doing several year ago. How odd isn't. M$ is really benefiting from Open Source community.
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• Malaysia
22 Feb 07
i c, quite interesting , never knew.
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@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
19 Feb 07
I always wanted to try linux. Right now I'm dowloading kubuntu live cd. I read I can try the o.s. running it on a cd without installation. It is a cool opportunity for linux beginner like me to give a try. I don't know which distribution choose, there are a lot! I have two hard discs, in one there is winxp, in the other there's win98. I think I will delete win98 to install linux in the second hard disc. before I've to do a backup and I think the best way is doing a partition of the second hard disc. Right now I don't know which is the best way to organize partitions for linux.
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• Malaysia
19 Feb 07
There are lots of linux OS out there, Kubuntu is a good choice i use it and i like it very much. But there are many Linux os for different ppl with different needs and personality ,so u got to choose the best one that suites your need there is this test that u can take online which would recommand which os u should use , visit http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/index.php?firsttime=true
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@jamz82 (1861)
• Italy
19 Feb 07
thank you very much. I did the test and the result was mandriva, kubuntu, ubuntu, freespire, fedora. I think I will still try kubuntu with live cd so I haven't to install it.
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@avs189 (1031)
• India
19 Feb 07
Windows really sucks...it has problems one cant ever imagine...for professional users its really weird...linux is more flexible and even gr8 to work with at...
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• Malaysia
19 Feb 07
yea totaly agree, crazy old windows. i wonder with all the money that they earn how come they cann't come up with anything better. visit my blog at lifemaximum.blogspot.com and look for the article called " why i hate windows?" it is an article about why windows sux .
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@Biodrome (89)
• India
20 Feb 07
well...........many may be unaware of this fact, but Windows uses juzz 70-80% of ur processor power n throws away the rest.......... but Linux uses 100% processor powern gives u the maximum output frm ur PC........ also, no bundled spyware comes with Linux.....as Alexa in case of Windoze.... btw, it's very difficult to code viruses with Unix core(Linux).........so better be secure freely than pay a ton for all antiviruses n still then suffer..... if u need any help on PCs juzz post ur query in 'PC Tweaking' discussion.....I'll be glad to help.............
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@pemobg (5)
• Bulgaria
19 Feb 07
Well. In my office (where I post this message) I use windows xp. My work demands working with this operating system 2 months ago I switched at home to linux (ubuntu 6.06) because I've heard only good things for it. And it was free. I'm pleased for the present - it's fast and secure system
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@asturmas (251)
• Portugal
19 Feb 07
I switch to linux because linux is a very nice open source operative sytem. I like open source and free software. I use ubntu 6.10 - gnome
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@Dano11 (173)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Hi LifeM and all, OK, i'm already convinced, the stability, security, and the list of programs available for it are huge, and last but not least is the economics of it. i'm full of questions through the process, and before i get started. I know there are forums out there, and I've found some good information out there, but I do have a few questions to ask before I toss what I've just finished installing. My laptop w/win XPMCE, its hard drive is partitioned in half, (with a hidden partition containing the original set up) and it is formatted in FAT32. When Linux sets up it's partition, will it erase anything on the existing partition, (there is lots of free space there to begin with), or am I going to have to reboot everything again? (not that it is that difficult, but I need to conserve my time as much as possible). Will I have the opportunity to select which partition will be sliced? My data is on my D but if I can allocate some of that drive space it would be better for me, less of a problem to back up that drive than the OS drive. **BG Does not copy Jobs - Apple has always been stable and secure, MS has never been either.
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• Malaysia
20 Feb 07
it is not necessary to creat partitions if u already have 2 u should be fine without formating u can install linux ,however if u want to resize your partition or create new ones what i understand is u have no choice but to format your system.Try to get 20 GB for Linux that would be nice if u can that would be ideal but less will do too , and the rest for windows, keep in mind windows and windows applications take too much space so u will need to give the biggest slice of the harddisk to windows, if i were u i would make a back up of my data , and format the whole thing ,install linux and than windows,by the way it would be good for u if u become part of linuxboard.com it is general linux forum,
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@Dano11 (173)
• United States
22 Feb 07
Hey LifeM, I am making progress. I did a search for linux drivers for my laptop make & model number, and came up with a forum, someone asking the same question I needed an answer for, Has anyone installed linux on this model and which Distro works best. The answer is good news and bad news. From what I heard, the people that have installed this one version for amd64, just about everything works, the down side is, the version of Linux I guess is somewhat complicated of a version to install. It is Gentoo amd64. Before I start downloading everything, I'm reading the installation manuals to get ideas, but I'm still making forward progress. I figure extra time now will actually save more time later. I don't know if Compiz is compatible with all versions of Linux, but I'm hoping, because the video they have of that program is too Sweeeet!
• Malaysia
22 Feb 07
Glad to hear that u are making progress. However i would agree that Gentoo is not the easiest around , i personally never used it but i have heard of it not being as easy as others to use, i would personally recommand that u use Ubuntu 6.10 or if u want the stable relase 6.06 , it is best for beginers,and forum support is the best that i have seen ,and downloading and setting up program are very easy.Or if u want a good looking system try Kubuntu it is ubuntu with KDE looks. read up on that before u go to gentoo U should be able to run compiz on almost all versions of linux, but in case it doesn't support your distro no worries, u can always get the source code and compile it yourself on the comp and it would work. Source Code is the way to many softwares in linux eventhough it say it doesn't support your version of os. Anyway the problem that u mite have with Compiz will be from your graphic card , in order to install compiz u first need to install the graphic card driver to enable the 3D actions. And ATI doesn't quite support linux,anyway no worries there many ppl with ATI cards managed to get Compiz working,there are many howtos, and one more thing that will be nice to know for u is a program that some distro of linux are using and it is called automatix, it is a very nice handy soft which helps u set up your system by installing the esssential visit the http://www.getautomatix.com/, to see if they support your OS of choice. dun get me wrong , Gentoo is a very good linux distro ,but it is like advance level, u could probably manage to learn Gentoo by helps from forums,I heard someone's story on a ubuntuforum that he started with Gentoo but again for your children. i strongly recommand that u use ubuntu or Kubuntu. Kubuntu looks good, but u can manage Gentoo u seem like a computer guy.
@cruzades (661)
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
I change to linux for one main reason, just to break my bondage with BG's monopolic strategy. I personally use PCLinuxOS on my computers and infact, I'm using it to my kiosk pc, it is too stable (as long as you know how to configure it well), I can leave it overnight without any crash or something compared to windows. Yes, I do agree with you, at first, it is kinda hard to shift from Windows, but online forum is available to help noobs like me. Another thing, there's a new Operating System with is NOT a linux based, made by open source community which intended to run M$ application in a breeze, it is called ReactOS, an operating system which intended for those who hate to shift into Linux. ^^
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• Malaysia
19 Feb 07
Thanks, react OS , never heard of it before better check it out , interesting ,
@cruzades (661)
• Philippines
19 Feb 07
@lifemaximum Be aware that ReactOS is still in alpha stage, it is not "yet" suitable for everyday use, I constantly checking their site for further development, man, I can't wait for release 0.3.1 release and see how good it was from 0.3.0, though it is still alpha. Better yet, just visit the site constantly and wait for their beta release. Good luck. btw, I'm also a member of their forum, same handle. ^^
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• Malaysia
22 Feb 07
thanks for the heads up.
@Asylum (47321)
• Manchester, England
19 Feb 07
I doubt if I will ever change entirely to the extent of not using Windows at all, but I do appreciate the value of Linux. I have used several different distributions and have developed a great fondness for Linux, but I also have a lot of programs that are designed for the Windows platform. I use Windows on my desktop and Linux on my laptop. My current distribution is Xandros, which is ideal for me because it will support Microsoft Office, which is one program that I would definitely miss.
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• Malaysia
19 Feb 07
Xandros wow never heard of it before, it is like there are unlimited versions of linux out there. thanks for your input.
@Asylum (47321)
• Manchester, England
20 Feb 07
I have to agree with you on that, there are so many distributions of Linux that I have not heard of a great deal of them.
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@andben (1078)
• Italy
19 Feb 07
I started using Linux about two years ago. I started using Linux beacause I had an exam at university and I immediately understood the advantages of Linux comparing to Windos and they are a lot: as you said in Linux there aren't viruses, no defragmentation and other programs to protect and maintain the operating system alive. Also Linux is free and it is free the most software for it. Last but not the least Linux crashes quite rarely than windows.
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• Malaysia
20 Feb 07
and it is faster, i am running Ubuntu on Pentium II and it runs okie.and it doesn't need super good hardware old ones will do.
• Nigeria
19 Feb 07
a lot of people and site this day prefer to us linux than widow i really dont see the differnce which ever one you use
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@Dano11 (173)
• United States
20 Feb 07
The Difference? About $250...
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• India
19 Feb 07
Cause it is open source. And I like to try expermenting with systems programings.. Many more advantage are there..
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• India
19 Feb 07
everybody cant access it.. It is more secure than windows..
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@philabox (287)
• Indonesia
19 Feb 07
So can you give me more information about your free linux..and how can we get it..
• Malaysia
19 Feb 07
oh there are many , for the list of them u can visit , distrowatch.com or if it is not the correct link try searching for distro watch and u get the complete lis , i personaly use Kubuntu, i have used Freespire, Ubuntu , and Red hat, rite now i am using Kubuntu pretty happy with it.
@jkpaid (99)
• Uganda
19 Feb 07
any way i did switch to linux bse it is secure and small kids cant play with your pc simply they dont understand the whole thing
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@newtopwin (103)
• China
19 Feb 07
i had try linux for a preiods of time .but i found i had used to windows ,so i use windows again.
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@shyam221 (519)
• India
19 Feb 07
linux is freeware software you don't have to pruchase it from any distributer it is totally free if yuo want to customize it according to your business needs then yuo have to hire on expert linux to do that or otherwise there are distributer which do this work for you but they take some bogs for the customization of the linux but that will be customized accoeding to you......
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• India
19 Feb 07
After switching to Linux, i switched back to Windows within a few days. The user friendliness (read GUI) of Windows is just unmatchable. You just cant compare the two. Linux is good for servers though, owing to its robust architecture.