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Old 27. Mar 2015, 01:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Anupam View Post
Good question. Many people will have different views on it though .

Pros of using Linux:
Free OS.

Many choices and variety to choose from. No need to install before using. Just download the live CD, boot from it, and experience the OS. If you like it, install it on the hard drive. If not, next to another.

A very secure OS. Does not even require installing an antivirus. Therefore, less tension about security.

Can be customized easily.

Fast boot and shutdown.

More points can be added by those who have been using Linux.

Cons of using Linux:
Being a different OS from Windows, many things will be different, and therefore, a learning curve will be involved, right from installation. Although, the basic operations remain the same. So, if you want to use Linux, you will have to have patience, and give time to learn it.

The many choices and variety to choose from can be a disadvantage in itself, as for a newbie, and even for some old ones, the sheer number of choices can be confusing.

Lack of drivers for Linux means that it will be trouble getting some hardware to work.

You might have trouble finding software for some purpose, for which it was easily available in Windows. You might have to search around.

If you run into problems, it might take a while to search for solutions. Depending on the problem, you may find the solution easily, or have to search around a lot.
Actually, that's a great point. Booting from a CD or USB doesn't require a lot of time or energy investment, and would be an easy way to test it. Less security worries seem good too, and i stick to fairly basic software in most cases, which i assume linux would also have.

Originally Posted by Remah View Post
Software written primarily for Linux often works differently than software written primarily for Windows. There are different conventions, defaults and "standards" used by developers on each platform.

If you run Linux-sourced programs on Windows you can see some of the advantages and disadvantages of shifting to Linux such as:
- Some people struggle with the differences in the user interface. It was a major issue with applications like GIMP which has since improved its Windows features.
+ Some people prefer programs that don't store configuration information in the Windows registry.

A pro of Linux is that the transition to it from Windows can be gradual and you don't have to get rid of Windows unless you no longer have any need for it. For example:
  • As a first step towards Linux, it could be worthwhile running software written primarily for Linux that also runs on Windows. You can see if the applications suit you and do what you want.
  • A second step, which is a pro of using Linux, could be to dual boot your Windows computer by installing Linux as well. Then you can run both.
Dual booting sounds doable as well, something to bear in mind. I'll have a look at GIMP as well and see how i like it.

Originally Posted by MaikL View Post
I'm not a fanboy who likes to hype one up and bash the other, I happily used XP until it's demise, then I tried several Linux distributions before settling on Linux Mint.

If you've got an up-to-date version of Windows and are happy with it then why not stick with it?

One area where Windows may be the better choice is gaming, although Linux is coming on strong in that field.

If you're into video editing, or image editing, and are accustomed to using e.g. Power Director or PaintShopPro then what's available for Linux may seem a little disappointing in comparison.

Otherwise, you might find that pretty much what you use on Windows is available for and works pretty much the same in Linux.

So, if you're not a power user in any particular field but just an average user (whatever one of those is) you'll probably find there's a version of Linux that suits you just fine. You'll still need to protect your browser with Ad-Block Plus, NoScript, etc, but you can forget all those endless security programs you need on Windows.

If you want to sample Linux then, as Anupam says, try some LiveCDs. You can do most things from a LiveCD, just bear in mind an installed version will be quicker.
First major issue i see that might be a problem. I'm not a huge gamer, but i do like games and usually have a few on the go at any time. Something to think about i guess.

Originally Posted by MidnightCowboy View Post
There are already plenty of threads here and in other places with opinions as to which Linux is "best". I would advise first to browse our screenshot threads (working from the last page forwards for examples of the latest releases) to see which you like the look of and then try out a few using a live session first. Bear in mid that some of those featured in the screenshots have already been customized but it only takes a matter of minutes to radically change the default look.
Thanks for the links, i'll have a look.

What i'm hearing from all these is, apart from the different interface and usage, linux is faster and more secure, but has less software options and isn't as good for games. Sound about right?
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