In ascending order of ignorance:

Computer Science Professor/Student:
"That cool computer thing I helped make."


High-end user:
"The system I haven't rebooted for three years which automatically manages my entire life. Also my life configuration isn't forwards incompatible with Life Vista."

Low-end user:
"Not only does the (good) software I used to use on Windows come free with it, but when you get used to everything else (or configure it to your tastes) it's actually far better than Windows. I've switched."

"I can check my email, watch my DVDs and listen to my music without "Illegal Operations" or worrying about configuring my "firewall""

"What? Can I eat it?"

Windows advocate (who does not know what a file is without a cryptic three letter code at the end. How does MP3 stand for the third (audio) layer of the Motion Picture Expert Group's first codec?!):
"That pile of crap "recompile your kernel" thing where you have to type everything and my favourite 'Yet Another First Person Shooter Which Is Just Quake 3 With Different Guns' doesn't even work on it because a) It is obviously the OS developer's fault if third party software works on it or not and b) I haven't even been on Now I'm going to go to as many public message posting systems as possible and contradict myself at least three times per sentence as I rave about how it doesn't even have graphics (which microsoft obviously invented), it doesn't have any software to stop my personal information from being sent to the developers which shouldn't happen anyway, you get all of these technical system options to choose without a decent option like just resetting anything you choose to give you a US keyboard when you reboot (after a nice BSOD) and all of it's graphics are a rip off of windows. Especially all of the stuff windows ripped off from Apple. It's even used on crap "Power PC" and "ARM" and stuff which is crap because windows can't use them."

Of course this neglects the people who use/d other systems (yes, there are alterantives to UNIX and windows!) who lie just above the middle and say things like "Wow, this has loads of really good features. Pretty much like my old OS." and "I think it's good, but it's pretty much like my current OS." Or the Mac users who lie above the beetles and say things like "Aaaagh! It gives me a choice!" and "Why the hell am I using this when my computer came with virtually identical MacOSX?"

Oh yeah, and I don't count "Blue, silver or green" as a customisable interface. 'Skins' were invented by people who thought their own OS looks crap. Oh wait, windows isn't your own, you cannot change or sell it!
I had to change the configuration files on Linux, but that's OK considering I couldn't change anything at all on windows without decompiling and recompiling an executable and it's dynamically linked libraries, resulting in a changed picture and a lawsuit. God Linux is SOOOO complicated!
by Chris Warburton September 17, 2005
A free, stable OS that will do the job of $1200 worth of Windows Server.
People who run Linux are doing the world a favour by giving Microsoft a reason to get their head out of their ass and actually write code.
by Joe Montmatre August 25, 2003
The Operating System that POWERS urbandictionary you assholes.

Go on to
Then look up "" on the web server search. I see SEVEN linux servers, and 2 netbsd/openbsd servers.

I was able to install Mandrake Linux on my computer without any help, BECAUSE I RTFM! Like when I first installed WINDOWS!!

All the people who said shit about linux either:
1) Heard about it from Microsoft
2) Heard about it from SCO
3) Heard about it from some anti-linux group.
4) Saw a friend use Slackware
5) Saw a friend use the terminal.
6) Tried using Slackware as their first distro.

Linux is a great computer for all uses except crashing on you.

Ubuntu, Suse, Mandrake, and MEPIS are great linux distros that offer excellent user friendliness WITH GRAPHICAL TOOLS. So you don't even HAVE TO USE THE FUCKING TERMINAL!!

Only thing you can't do is run Windows stuff, like WINDOWS AIM, and WINDOWS EXPLORER, so don't even try doing stupid ass stuff.
Dumbass:: Linux sucks because there's no aim client.
by tsphan December 02, 2004
This thread really needs to be fucking sorted out. Linux is an operating system that some people use as an alternative to Windows. When I was at university I used it and it never crashed on me, and it could perform operations that Windows heads could only wet dream of. That is, operations that you'd have to perform if you were using a computer on a "professional" level. It's good for the techie stuff but Windows is best for general things, IMHO. I run XP on my computer at home and it works good enough for me... the previous versions didn't though.

Both systems have their good and bad points so stop acting like five year olds with your dumb little one upmanship. You'll be saying "my dad could have your dad" next. Or maybe that was last week.

And the pronunciation is "lin-uhckz", not "linn-ix".
Linux is an operating system
by saucy August 17, 2003
A kernel (NOT an operating system in and of itself) used to power the GNU operating system components. This makes up a relatively stable, free operating system known as GNU-Linux.
Linux, free as in speech (and hopefully beer!)
by NoOneSpecial January 11, 2004
An extremely stable Operating system, and drives server/networks like a dream, due to hardly ever going down, or having to reboot, can stay up for years due to its rock solid code.

Also, the only thing which stands between Microsoft and World Domination.

Microsoft programmers also make their programs/OS's on Linux boxes....
Microsoft tried to dominate the world, but Linux jumped up and stabbed them in the face.
by Cloud July 20, 2004
(1) An operating system created and used by literate people with functioning brains.
(2) An operating system subject to bashing by people who dont fit in the above category.
Wow, Doom 3 Alpha runs even faster on my Linux box! What? You're rebooting your XP machine to install the game? Oh thats a shame...
by howey July 03, 2003
An OS that rarely crashes, runs on most hardware (yes, even that 486 you can get cheap from a blowout sale), and is the thing the Beast of Redmond (Microsoft) fears most. It's also the cheapest OS you'll ever buy.
Once switching to Linux, I never looked back.
by Derleth September 05, 2002

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