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  • Started 2 years ago by Raffyb
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Raffyb
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Well its pretty obvious that most geeks prefer Linux but I was wondering why they prefer it.
I'm a Kubuntu fan but I'm always willing to try new distributions, which is the geekiest operating system (something that common computer users can't understand) and why?


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warlock
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Check out this. http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....o-you-use/ you will probably get more on this subject now that Windows 8 is on scene. Check back.

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whs
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Linux is too messy. Windows 7 is probably the one that most geeks use.

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Raffyb
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>Thanks for replying quick warlock but that post doesn't really answer my questions.
>Well whs I don't think that most geeks use windows since linux is completely free and has more capabilities than windows but I'm not saying that your wrong it's just my point of view.

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whs
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Just look at the market shares - Windows 92%, Linux 2%

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Raffyb
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I know but that 2% are most likely development geeks that think that human advancement should be free not paid for (e.g. windows). My prediction is that Linux will completely take over the operating system battle firstly and foremost because Linux is open source, secondly Linux community is increasing quiet fast and maturing and finally it comes in so many different flavors!
>Did you know Android iOS and Chromium OS is Linux based?

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whs
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Listen, I have been around Linux (foremost Unix) since over 25 years. It has never beaten the 2% bar and I predict it will not do that in the next 25 years. In e.g. the mobile world it has disappeared completely after some initial inroads.

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Raffyb
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Even though you might have more experience than me I will debate about this topic until I'm proven wrong I know windows have the lead (for now) but Linux users are increasing daily eventually Linux and windows will be paired. The main reason why users don's use Linux is because its not too user friendly but the latest updated versions of Linux kind of resolve these issues for example since Ubuntu unity update its popularity increased quiet a bit. And what do you mean by "In e.g. the mobile world it has disappeared completely after some initial inroads."? Android is Linux based, Android is completely taking over the smartphone battle.
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raphoenix
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One problem Linux has always faced is Unavailable Machine Device Drivers for many Hardware components.

It has gotten better over the years but still is a problem with pre-built machines.

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whs
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Yes Android is originally Linux based. But there is very little left of Linux. And Ubuntu Unity - what a disaster.

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Raffyb
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>Yes that's completely true raphoenix computer hardware companies such as Nvidia are making their graphic processing units completely compatible with Linux so the machine drives wont be a problem in the future. I'm so glad that Linux is advancing before windows had a big advantage over the number of applications but winehq has clearly fixed that issue.
>Well whs its all up to the users' preference, I'm very interested in complicated operating systems that normal users can't manage. If you ever change your mind and want to try Linux I suggest going for Linux Mint 13 KDE. I'm into all-around development so I don't mind tweaking a few things to get the tasks I want to perform finalized and in that process I get a great feeling of accomplishment.

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nosparks
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Think this discussion is in the wrong category. Should be moved to ZDnet .

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jmeeks49
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Raffyb,

debate on, i am a 51 year old disabled man who has low vision and cerebral palsy to boot i am a avid windows user why? because i have ran all of the Linux distributions that's out there and none of them come close to doing what win 7 does as far as accessibility goes the only one that does is zorin. So, all of this hogwash about the development side of things should be left out in my opinion and to be left up to the end user. I am not here to promote disability rights or anything but just stating the facts from my point of view. WHS is a friend of mine and he can agree with me or not but i think that this thread is to broad of a range for the end user here.

John

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ronniesonora
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jmeeks49, excellence point of view!

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jmeeks49
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Thanks Ronnie,

it just amazes me how these Linux "people" think that they have a cure for the common cold but yet they want to boast about what they can or can't do it's a shame that they can't see beyond the limited limitations of what they actually can do i guess whatever floats your boat..

John

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whs
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John you are right. Linux is for the specialist who loves to spread himself/herself on the command line.

I have tried a few distros but eventually I always got stuck when I wanted to do something a bit out of the ordinary which was easy to do in Windows. I think that explains the fact that their market share never got much above 1%. The big news in 2009 was that they passed the 1% and I think now they are around 1.25% - and those are PC numbers, not mobile.

In mobile, some people now count Android in. But Android has become another cat; only some of the Linux kernel is left. The Linux proper has quasi vanished in mobile - below 0.1%.

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jmeeks49
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Wolfgang,

i didn't mean to single you out but the OP mention your name and a around about way was going to start a fight thread involving you over and the distros but i am not having any part of it you can't make chicken salad out of chicken sh** like my dad said LOL LOL LOL and the distros are no exceptions. i will stand up for my friends, friendship is important to me and i consider you as a friend you can even ask mike i am just that way.

John

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whs
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John, we are of the same opinion. But other people are entitled to their opinion. If they are happy with it, so be it.

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jmeeks49
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true..

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Hermitt
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This half-fast geek prefers Windows 7 'cause It's Gr-r-reat!


Jim

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