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Linux's nature is very stable, reliable and secure and opensource, so its easily configurable to suite the needs of the user/organiSation.

Due to these natures linux is best for productive, technical, work.

This includes;

*Serving
*Programming
*Hacking

Linux is not meant for the "average Joe" that just wants to check his hotmail or someone that wants to see his friends over msn webcam.

However, because of the nature of most (all) linux distros developers have made many different kinds of apps and games available to linux.

A technical user that understands linux can do the same things you can do on windows (even run windows apps with wine).

People that don't understand linux, and have negative comments usually refer to linux distros as versions. They are used to microsoft windows having good and bad versions. Whilst linux is an os kernel developed by people in their free time and not a huge company that decides to release their software for free, with different sites for each version and lots of http and ftp downloads on .edu servers.
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I COULDN'T INSTALL LINUX. WTF IS A KERNEL IMAGE, BARRE.I !??!?.

HMMMMM...I'M GOING TO FORUMS AND URBANDICTIONARY AND USE CAPITAL LETTERS AND SWEAR WORDS TO TELL EVERYONE HOW STUPID THE LINUX COMPANY IS.
by DemonStudios May 28, 2005
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The only free Kernel that can be used frequently and is consistantly updated and used by many very good universities and colleges. It is very good for word prosessing, server maintenance and will never crash unless there is a serious problem.
It is often considered 'Shit' but is one of the most stable O/S or Kernals around.
Windows user: (snort) Windows XP with the media addition aswell as Windows Media Player with a fuckload of spyware is better than the smooth running, user friendly linux.
linux User: Did you just contradict yourself?

Windows: Error #20983746251837: Cannot find file that is existant on Hard disc that was working one minute ago but now I've acidently fucked it up.

Linux: Cannot find file. Please remount hard disc.
by Anonymous October 12, 2003
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A monolithic kernel designed by Linus Torvalds Torvalds which is now maintained by hundreds of developers worldwide. Software is used around the kernel to form a Linux distribution.

Linux is designed for intelligent beings who can read. Often, Linux is used by morons who think after mastering the Windows XP control panel they are capabl e of using an operating system that requires one to think; this does not include morons who couldn't administrate themselves out of a brown paper bag, they then proceed to complain endlessly after getting nowhere randomly clicking around KDE.
I dont want to read the manual, cant you just tell me what I have to double click?
by Tux August 28, 2003
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Linux is a free (as in libre, not always as in gratis) kernel that, together with tools from the GNU project, forms a stable, high-performance, multi-user operating system.

Its advantages over Windows are mainly ideological; it's free, usually in both of the above senses of the word, and the license, the GNU GPL, prevents proprietary implementations from screwing you over (Linux "companies" sell support, not Linux itself, for this reason).

It's also much more stable than Windows, owing to its stricter memory management, access controls, and hardware abstraction policy, and its networking performance is better since it's really meant more for servers than for desktop usage. Linux has finer-grained access control at the user and device level, though to be fair, Windows has had Unix-style file permissions since NT. Reboot times for Linux, however, are measured in months, and the only reason you should ever need to reboot Linux is if you installed a new kernel.

The disadvantages of Linux compared to Windows are mainly issues of ease of use. Linux is hard compared to Windows, mostly because it tends not to detect certain devices. This is a circular problem, because the drivers tend to be written only for Windows to begin with. It also, despite what the makers claim, *does* require some work at the terminal in most cases, and this will scare away most Windows users who never worked with Dos and the 9x series. It shouldn't, because the terminal is much more powerful and easier to use than Dos ever was, but it does.

The other main issue is that, while there are a few hundred different flavors, referred to as "distros," most of them suck. There are a few big, well-supported distros, and many are based on them: RedHat, which is popular in the corporate world, Debian, which is minimalistic and tough by itself but forms the base for the popular Ubuntu, and Slackware, which is the oldest maintained distro and is closest to the "original" Linux philosophy. There are also a few oddballs like Gentoo, which is for experts only (forces you to compile *everything* but does the annoying work for you and gives you incredible performance), and Arch, which is a minimalist hybrid of Gentoo and Slackware.

Save yourself headaches: newbies should use Ubuntu, experts should use Gentoo or Slackware, purists should use Debian, and no one should use RedHat or any RedHat based distro unless you're corporate and need it, in which case you want CentOS (RedHat for free with no tech support). Just be prepared to get your hands a little dirty, and to search the web and your distro's forums for help. There is always, always an issue that pops up that will never be in the manual or installation docs.

Most of all, remember that Linux won't insult your intelligence, but it won't hold your hand either. You can't always breeze through a Linux install like you can with Windows (though Ubuntu and friends are changing that), but you will get a solid, stable, and working system. Linux rewards effort and inquisitiveness, and punishes laziness.
Linux is about choice. That means you're free to use it, or not to use it, but it will always be here for you.
by Hazuki April 22, 2007
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An amazing OS that installs flawlessly on most of today's hardware and runs faster while doing it. People who complain about it are too used to windows and to lazy to give something different a chance. People who tell you it won't work with your hardware have lied to you, with the exception of some WiFi cards all your hardware WILL work.
I installed SuSE Linux 10.0 on my desktop computer:

Nvidia GeForce FX5500 - autodetected and installed
Soundblaster Audigy LS - autodetected and installed
CD Drive and DVD drive/CD burner - autodetected and installed
Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor - autodetected and installed
Belkin WiFi card - autodetected and installed

Installed Counter-Strike: Source with Transgaming's Cedega through Point2Play and it works perfectly. I also get better FPS in game than I ever did on Windows. When I install new programs or games to my PC, I no longer need to "reboot for changes ot take effect" - thank God.

"I am proud to be 100% Microsoft free!"

by vendetta red October 19, 2005
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An overblown "Wal-Mart" OS written by programmers who lack the balls and social skills to walk their own dog. How many of these fucks actually own a house, anyway? Suppossed to be an alternative to Windows but is way overrated, has shit for features and a lousy, cryptic GUI. This is how fucked up Linux is: Novell bought SuSE. That's the kiss-of-death. Ask them what their installed base is? BTW...hackers prefer Windows only because it's more prevalent. If Linux's installed base hits decent numbers in maybe the next 20 years, that turdball OS will be picked apart like a dead dog in the desert.
The calculator froze up again. Oh, that runs on a Linux kernel.

He just started developing Linux apps and is already asking me to borrow money.

I took the IP chains off my laptop and now I can't access my dick.

John from Novell emailed again. Just redirect his emails to the Salvation Army, thanks.
by s6 June 28, 2005
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n. An example of a freeware operating system. Idealogically beautiful, but practically a bit of a hassle, this fast-growing operating system is often used by computer programmers. In fact, almost all programmers that work for Microsoft do all their work on Linux boxes...hmm...

My impression of Linux is that it's vastly improved but still not as user-friendly as Windows. I continue to hope that it completely overthrows the "evil Microsoft empire" as a large triumph for the free software movement, but it's not going to do that anytime soon unless it cleans up (from a non-programmer standpoint) some of the difficulties of installing programs.

Keep on, brave penguin!
I know Linux has something to do with GNU, but I can't remember the exact relationship...
by Bad Grammar Must Die April 16, 2003
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