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Old 14. Nov 2014, 05:30 AM   #33 (permalink)
MidnightCowboy
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We seem well departed now from the original topic here but I'm still lovin' the discussion.

Yes there is a lot of choice with Linux, but it is common sense to be selective and do some research beforehand. The same applies to cars. Would you buy one blind without looking at some reviews first? Also, you wouldn't test drive a Ferrari if you only wanted something to drive to the shops.

Looking at the most popular comments on our site, speed and security are right at the top. With Linux you can have a system that is many times faster than Windows and (ex. servers) totally secure unless users run 24/7 as root or install stuff outside of the official repositories.

Going back to speed, and having just done it, I know how long it takes to update a Windows 7 system and all its programs using a Secunia scan. All of this happens in the background with Linux and the only choices users need to make is when and how often, unless they want to be real picky and deselect some components for whatever reason.

Bottom line:
  • Excluding download time it takes about 5 minutes to burn an average live Linux ISO.
  • Three minutes later this will be booted on your Windows machine.
  • It takes less than five minutes to try out the favorite functions for identifying the most common of the possible system incompatibilities such as network settings, changing themes and playing a video.

NVIDIA will be top of the incompatibility list but anything relative here is often visible from the plain desktop without needing to run a program. The down side to these is you can't try out the driver(s) recommended by the built in tool in a live session. No matter, just move to another distro.

Excluding the minimalistic distros, all of the programs required for every day use are included so you can run through the full range of office, audio and image functions during a live session without having to install anything else, although you can also do this too if you want.

Personally, I don't find 15 minutes per live session of Linux is time wasted when compared to that users spend in Faceblog, Twooter, Likemyding and YesTube. You might be pleasantly surprised by the results and if not, dear old Windows will still be on your machine waiting for the next Nigerian email scam and drive-by download.
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