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  • Merlot_1 Merlot_1 May 8, 2009 9:34 AM Flag

    Why I use Linux - 3

    There are compelling reasons to use Linux on a consumer PC but for many using Linux alone won't be a complete solution for the near term because of a need to run specific software not available for Linux.

    That being said, most households have multiple PC's and laptops both new and old. However it is often the case that only one PC in the household really needs Windows for legacy applications while the other PC's could easily run Linux. The new release of Ubuntu is a superb platform for Internet access, web based apps and general purpose use.

    Will I buy Windows 7 when it comes out? Sure, but it will be done selectively but not for every PC purchase. The time has finally arrived where buying a new PC with no OS installed, or Linux pre-installed is a viable substitute. It no longer makes sense for people to spend several hundred dollars each to equip every home PC with a feature-rich OS when cost effective solutions like today's Linux exist.

    Note, this is not an anti-Microsoft view, its simply a practical approach which is important today.

    As the number of Linux installations increase it will bring the involvement of application developers that have lived largely in Windows world. Some of these applications may be free, others will be fee-based but what seems to be occuring is a long term trend and the early stage of a fundamental change in the industry.

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    • "However it is often the case that only one PC in the household really needs Windows for legacy applications while the other PC's could easily run Linux."

      In fact it is the other way around. Windows is generally useful to people, there are only a few applications that Linux should even be considered for.

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      • <In fact it is the other way around. Windows is generally useful to people, there are only a few applications that Linux should even be considered for. >

        That is completely silly and backwards. Any distro will load a PC with 99% of all application types anyone normally uses. For basic email/web/office aps Linux should always be used, to avoid viruses.

        The only real need for a windows machine is to run Autocad or other windows-only programs and there are very that do not have Linux equivalent.

      • The informed public knows otherwise. Any effort to resist the trend is like trying to sweep back the tide.

        A few popular Linux uses;

        1. Web access, multimedia, streaming multimedia and access to all popular video distribution sites

        2. Email/texting

        3. Word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. Includes ODF format, and international standard, plus compatible with Windows Office Suite. PDF document creation and editing tools

        4. Graphics creation & editing.

        These applications alone, particularly web access represents the majority of uses of many home PC's, particularly 2nd & 3rd one's that function largely as web access terminals.

 
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