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).
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A highly stable OS designed for the most elite of computer users. Apparantly it is often dissed on by computer newbies and gamers who think that is is an inferior operating system. There aren't many games for it, hence the reason computer gamers dislike it. And lazy bums don't like it because you actually have to do some work to install something. Or even read a readme file god-forbid! Newbies hate it because it helps eliminate 'clicky-clicky-clicky', the repetitive disease most windows users suffer (which is also apparantly addictive). Linux machines take up a very good portion of all network servers, and due to their stability - companies that use these systems rarely suffer from downtime. Because of these features, Linux is perfect for both businesses and geeks alike. It is also much more cost effiecient, see below.

Price comparision:
Windoze XP - $100-200
Windoze 2000 Pro - $180
Windoze 2000 server - $900 +
Windoze 2000 Advanced server - $1200+
Linux box set with documentation and official CDs - $20 - $70
Linux (any distro) - Free download
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Incredibly stable OS which is completly free and can be changed in anyway and distributed freely. Often insulted by newbies or people with not enought patience to figure it out. Many different flavors of Linux.
Linux almost never crashes and works fast.
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GNU/Linux is about empowering users to a choice. Linux is a kernel (guts of an OS). GNU/Linux is the kernel with GNU tools to form a complete OS.

GNU is a software revolution that is open and free in every since of the word. The code (software) is open to anybody to download and/or modify as long as you share the modifications with others. This is an open concept like university research. Everybody benifeits from the colaboration of others. In a closed enviornment inovation and quality are stifiled.
heep://www.urbandictionary.com uses Linux and very glad to see they know what they are doing by using php.

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Linux is an OS. For those that don't know it does have a gui. Gnome and KDE have icons. It's not just about code. Most of the people on this page just need something that doesn't require you to know about computers. Windows is for people that need to use E-mail and surf the web without knowing about computers. It's made with the users in mind, while Linux is made with operation in mind.
Linux runs the most servers, while Windows runs the most games and E-mail clients.
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See the future.
Linux is the future of operating systems. Watch out Windows!!
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An open source operating system that tends to get more secure and desktop ready everyday!!
To break a Linux box, you will have to work at it..
To break a Windows box, you just have to work on it..
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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.
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