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  1. #181
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    control, freedom.

    I had to learn HP-UX in order to complete my engineering course and so I was exposed to UNIX in the days before I had my own computer.

    When I finally got my own computer (after university, once I had a job) I was keen to put something non-windows on it, having seen the difference between the well-set-up, secure, powerful, HP-UX system I used for working on engineering projects, and the rag-tag bunch of Windows NT boxes my college had in its computer room. (at Cambridge, you live in a college, and are taught in a separate department).

    Anyway, one of my friends from Uni already used Debian and so had roughly explained to me that it was a UNIX-a-like, but free, so I gave it a go. I used Turbolinux, Debian, SuSE, Debian again, Ubuntu when I got myself a Mac Mini, and now back to Debian (Ubuntu have dropped official support for PPC).

    I started with GNU/Linux and carry on using it because I want freedom and control and I don't mind a temporary sacrifice of ease-of-use if necessary. I like the fact that I can generally expect things not necessarily to "work-out-of-the-box", but more importantly, to BE POSSIBLE. Nowadays more things really are working "out-of-the-box", and that's great, but the best thing is that we are free to try stuff out for no charge. Things taken for granted in Linux that you can't get easily in windows:

    * decent shell language comparable to bash and the other GNU tools
    * remote log-in with ssh and all the tricks you can play with it
    * ability to just act as a server for as many or few services as you like, no need to buy a special "server" edition or pay anything extra.
    * a fine-grained method for installing exactly what you want and nothing more
    * ability to back up and copy however the hell you like.

    Anyway, freedom and control of what I do, that's why.

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    I have a passion towards unix when I was taught my course-co ordinator for my pg diploma course.

    At that time windows (1995) windows was not available (though windows 95 released most systems were using dos). He told that while learning OS never compare with DOS as an operating system. He taught in detail what the operating system should be and the concepts.

    From that time onwards, I am eagre to master(learn) unix. But unix was not available though windows pireted copies of 95 were available. Also perfect UPS system was mandatory for unix.

    Years passed and I continued to use windows OS and concetned activities.

    And now a days linux has come to the desktop world with the full features of OS - those like of Large Mainframe and super computers. And plenty of softwares.

    Another success story

    In my small office internet was supplied through (ADSL) modem through a windows xp gateway (a dual network card pc with internet sharing). Even though virus scanners were installed, it required that system was affected by viruses and other malwares and it negetively affected the system which caused interruption of inter net in the network. 6 months ago, I replaced the system with an old PIII system with debian installed. Till date, the internet is like a rock. It this gate way is on internet is ok. I have installed bind9 and it again increased some performance. which was not the case with a pentidum dual core machine with xp installed

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    Great job!

    Wow! Great job Sunils! I am sure that everyone else who works with you is happy that they have someone like you that can solve many of their problems with linux! Keep up the good work!

    I have been using linux for a long time (since about 1997), but just as an end-user. I used other unix accounts on dummy terminals, then NeXT computers (very nice and powerful for the low hardware specifications!), and later Red Hat 5 linux boxes through one of my university departments. I remember feeling good when I could do simple things like adding a driver for my winmodem or working with kernel headers to get a wireless card driver working under linux. Other than some gaming that Wine has trouble with, linux is just so great!

    I also admit that the "free as in beer" aspect of linux was a big motivation for a poor grad student LOL.

    I have also noticed many of my friends run into problems with keyloggers and trojan problems on their window boxes, even though a good antivirus/anti-malware/spyware setup seems to catch pretty much everything (I think) on one windows box I use (again principally for gaming). It seems that linux's permissions/multi-user heritage and construction seems to render most of these non-problems by default, and that unfortunately, many windows aren't aware of how to fix these shortcomings on their computers.

    Even on my windows computer, I have found myself going to the GNU windows ports for many nice "linux" apps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldAstrologer View Post
    I'm one of the rare users who didn't switch from Windows. At work I went straight from MSDOS to Linux.
    Cool beans. I've never felt like I switched from Windows, since I've never used it by choice, but work requires it to this day. My story's already been told on this site, and my one regret is that I installed Windows 3.11 on the DOS partition of my first PC. I didn't use it, or replace it when I accidentally hosed the partition a few days later, but it means I can't quite claim never to have owned a box with Windows on it.
    We are free to think. We are free to plan. And we are free to do. But once an action has been taken, we are never free from its consequences.
    --Russel M. Nelson, apostle.

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    Windows has helped me a lot by using applications like Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, FL Studio, Cubase, AutoCAD, 3DS Max, etc... But you can never trust Windows for storing all you work into it, there will always be some problem like system crashing or BSOD.
    So I choose Linux operating systems for storing all my work cause its very stable and sometimes for minor tasks its a lot simpler to use than Windows.

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    I started out with Mandrake Linux(it was given to me by a friend, he told me to try it). After I mastered Mandrake, I graduated to RedHat. Redhat lacked something, so i switched to SUSE. Now that was cool. When SUSE made an agreement with Microsoft, I dumped SUSE.

    I WAS MAD!


    Then I found Ubuntu! I thought Wow, this is cool. Then, to my dismay Ubuntu went with the Unity desktop. A friend of mine from New Zealand gave me the URL for LinuxMint. I was in heaven............Mint is the coolest I have ever seen. I now run Linux Mint 15,Debian Edition, 64 bit.

    I'm happy with Mint. but I have been experimenting with Knoppix 7.2. I like it, but i have to do a little more experimenting.

    Anyway, Any Linux Distro is better than MS Windows.

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    Speaking as someone who works in IT, I can tell you that 99% of my users have no idea what an operating system is. This includes the young ones. They've heard of Macs, but by and large nobody even grasps the concept of an operating system. The whole idea that they could run something that's not Windows is completely unknown to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suha52 View Post
    Speaking as someone who works in IT, I can tell you that 99% of my users have no idea what an operating system is. This includes the young ones. They've heard of Macs, but by and large nobody even grasps the concept of an operating system. The whole idea that they could run something that's not Windows is completely unknown to them.
    Most people think of (MS)Windows when they think of computers because that's all they have ever known. Not many places where you can buy a Linux computers pre-configured, but this is starting to change.
    Last edited by Zandak; 06-10-2014 at 07:21 AM. Reason: spelling

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    Unix tools work logically in my opinion -- I just get things done faster in unix
    Linux lets me do things other operating systems do not.
    Ethics:
    3a) The current software monoculture is a Bad Thing and I want it to end -- so Microsoft is never high on my "preferred suppliers"-list
    3b) I believe free software is a really Good Thing that'll be a boon for all of us -- my first choice is always free.
    Last edited by bestellen; 09-22-2015 at 01:33 PM.

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    If you want to buy Linux Desktop Pre installed, there are a number of of good place you can buy one. ie, Sears and Wal-Mart sell them on their websites, HP and Del;l also sell them on their websites, plus there is System76,Penguin computing. And you can also u Chromebooks just about Anywhere(granted it's not Linux, but it is Linux based.)

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    I've always had better luck building my own boxes (Linux of course) from quality components. I'm typing this on an opteron box I build back in 2002. It's plenty powerful and looks to have a long way to go. *knock on wood*
    Need help in realtime? Visit us at #linuxnewbie on irc.libera.chat

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    Quote Originally Posted by je_fro View Post
    I've always had better luck building my own boxes (Linux of course) from quality components. I'm typing this on an opteron box I build back in 2002. It's plenty powerful and looks to have a long way to go. *knock on wood*

    I always build my own boxes(since 1998) I got tired of all the bull from pre-configured boxes, especially Windoze. This way, I know I get the best Hardware and always run Linux and Linux software.

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    Amen brother!
    These days I use Supermicro boards and hot graphics cards
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    Few of us will do as much for our fellow man as he has done.
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    I escaped hell when I dumped windwoes..

    I remember when I first tried Linux.. It was because I Had to.. I was running a pirated version of W-98.. WhooH! that registry crap was a nightmare.. I tried going into reg-edit, and deleting all the "@'s".. Cleaners weren't cleaners, they were messerupers and OS killers, and everything wanted all your money to pretend to make the OS safe and secure... Weird things happened to the OS from the internet.. There was this one time the OS got nuked, and ten weird icons showed up on the start page.. Ten viruses I presumed.. I took a photo of it..

    I switched to Linux after the W-98 got slammed by a powerful multi-virus.. I was in the hotmail login page.. I scrolled down, and came upon a link that promised a guaranteed quick easy $1200.. I clicked link after link, and came upon a message box.. I typed in "This looks like an evolved illegal pyramid scam"..
    Suddenly the screen flashed bright white, then blue, then red, then white again, then black, then soft purple, then the computer totally crashed...
    I didn't lose much data because I had a good CD backup.. but I did lose the hard drive.. It got totally destroyed, but hard drives were cheap from garage sales... Got it up and going again.. A week later the OS got hit by the same thing, but this time I was ready for it.. I ripped out the power cord, and ran the antivirus.. It showed three nasty viruses in every file opened.. Two weeks later the new hard drive and OS got hit again.. I gave the three wrecked hard drives to a university lab.. They told me that the criminal signed its crime, but they weren't at liberty to tell me any more..
    I switched to Fedora.. I gave them hundreds of new ideas to help them make Linux a public item.. Linux is built my way... The last fun idea I gave them was "Hey guys: Lets have a real time list of what's happening in the OS when it's installing and updating, for us to see what's happening in real time... They had it up'n running in a few months.. then out came Scientific Linux...

    The third time that storm virus hit my W-98 I was ready for the demon.. When its attack starts, the screen loads with duplicates of the firewall's front page till the RAM runs out, thus the 'storm'.. Then the OS goes blue screen, and that's the end of the OS.. It's called 'Storm'.. There is no recovery from a storm hit... When someone who is real bad dies, its special secret computer will send Storm out onto the Internet, thereby destroying every net-connected windwoes computer that hour, plus all the forums, plus the internet.. It will destroy millions of business records, thereby crashing the poor peoples global economy, and will destroy millions of peoples private files.. Will be like 'kicking humanity in the nuts with a steel-toe boot with steel points on it'.. is why the whole world needs to switch to Linux ASAP... Dump that bludy windwoes before it erases all your private data.. Everyone running a windwoes OS should make a backup of everything tomorrow, and buy an old computer or secondary hard drive at a cheap store or a garage sale, and turn it into a Linux computer, and load all their files to it as a running backup before Storm kicks you in dee balz... A nice gesture for your good friends running windwoes would be to provide them with a hard drive with a Linux OS on it, and have them put all their files in it so they won't lose everything when the crappola hits the fan...
    The third time the devil hit my W-98, he quickly opened several of my word files on the screen like its mouse was actually connected to my computer.. I quickly deleted a file's contents, and keyed-in 'GET PAMPERS!'.. The OS instantly crashed.. Reboot was blue screen.. I didn't lose anything but a hard drive, a copy of a sent note, and two downloaded nudie pix of purdy young ladies proudly displaying their lovely kichykitchycoo's, waggaboo's, and sasquatch's...

    I saw 'Storm' evolving.. 15-years ago that devil tried to damage my Linux OS with a Linux version of its Storm bug.. but a reboot cleared it all... I can't run a windwoes OS on the net without it destroying it in a week.. It's still grumpy at me for me saying its pyramid scam looked like a pyramid scam.. I wonder if it ever got pampers..? Life for it must be a living hell nightmare to be existing with so much churning burning hate.. was probably the coke.. Coke melts ones brain, mind, spirit, soul, and love.. That deadly cocoa-leaf crap turns some people into cannibal zombies.. They even have their private elitist cannibal restaurants now... I wonder if they ever have nightmares of human babies screaming and crying, trying to crawl out of their mouths..? WhooH! Wouldn't want to them... Duh devil owns them...
    Last edited by Demanding Truth; 03-16-2024 at 07:32 AM.

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