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I've spent quite alot of time to read all the definitions gave by one or another. I'm both a linux & windows user and in the same time admin. I'm so much afraid i'll start to do devil's advocacy here for linux, but from my point of view i'm pretty much entitled to.
I'm in charge for about 400 workstations and something like 170 servers. Both types (wks & srv) runs either linux or windows. Do you folks have any ideea which is the % of the wks's suffering from sudden death like about 2 or 3 months of intensive work on them? Take a wild guess!. So, as i'm sure you already guessed what i'm talking about, i come and say: "Why in the name of God i would waste my time and my nerves on reinstalling friggin MS stuff like every 2 - 3 months", when i could just simply just check them once in a while and have them running for 1 year +. Of course it's not my call. Just as some of you like MS and some of you Linux, my users have their preferences too, therefore i got Norton Ghost to work for those bloody Windows wks's. But then again, happy people coming to work are those working on linux workstation. Debian or Gentoo powered (dont remind me of RedHat/Fedora/CentOS as they are Windows's cousins lately), my workstations are rocking from simple text files editing (OpenOffice rules by the way) to Multimedia rich applications (if you dont know there is SDL - Simple DirectMedia Layer linux alternative of DirectX as well as TransGaming's new DirectX 8 API's support in linux for latest Remedy Enterprise's Max Payne with 3D acceleration). However .. going to the server side of my story all my servers are running Linux or various flavours of BSD. I used to have some NT and 2000 or 2003 servers that i got rid off due to their instability and inconsistency plus extremely bad memory management. Benchmarking the systems it came up that on two hardware identical servers, one with linux and the other with windows 2000 advanced server, each of them with two processors and 4 GB DDR2 memory, under a stress test with 300 simultaneous clients each of them sending 1000 (one thousand) simultaneous queries to their respective localhost databases (mysql for linux and msql for windows) the windows machine bent over kneeling in front of linux. I'm sorry to dissapoint you Windows fans but Linux is better, or you would prefere to say GNU/Linux since it's widely accepted as a name for this awsome OS. And Yes, it's an OS even if at origins Linux was the name of a MINIX based free OS with a monolithic kernel, created by Linus Torvalds. Do you even know that the name "Linux" was a mistake?. By the time Linus Torvalds finished his first version of what we know today as Linux he named it Freax, but when he asked his friend Ari Lemmke (at that time the FTP admin at funet.fi) to put the new OS online for public access, his friend gave him a directory on ftp with the name Linux. And for you ignorants i repeat: Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system. It's not the name of the kernel. And also i saw many of you stating Linux is an OS accepted by geeks and nerds. Righty .. then IBM, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Novell are all some cheap-azz companies ran by nerds and geeks. If you say so ...
Also news for you cool guys from geeks like us .. Sony Playstation 3 will be running Linux too as confirmed by Sony's CEO Ken Kutaragi. So judging by this news Linux still not being a proper gaming environment right?.. Duh!. Take care with what you wish as the OS for your computer.

Over & Out
Andy
...Linux, MS-DOS, and Windows NT (also known as the Good, the Bad, and
the Ugly).
by tespio August 17, 2006
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
The Operating System that POWERS urbandictionary you assholes.

Go on to www.netcraft.com
Then look up "www.urbandictionary.com" 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.
Me:: Dumbass, AIM FOR LINUX, GAIM, KOPETE, LICQ, and NAIM!
by tsphan December 02, 2004
 
11.
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
 
12.
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
 
13.
(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
 
14.
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