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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
 
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Short term for GNU/Linux. This operating system is created to be stable, fast, and secure. It comes in different flavors "distros" to suit everybody's needs. Help is available everywhere except from the Windows idiot. Linux is a made as open-source to allow people to edit linux itself to suit their own needs. Linux will only crash if you are too attach to windows to let go of it.

Windows in the other hand is EXPENSIVE! Windows comes with little good software, and extra applications will cost you big time. That nice noise they have when you boot is important, cause you'll have to hear that alot in one day.

Has different window managers and different desktops for different people to use. You could even make you're own window manager or desktop.

When I installed Mandrake Linux. It was easy and simple to use. I had it barely configured and used it only to help me on my homework. Then I got Nvidia drivers for my video card, and started gaming and other stuff. Now, Linux is the only thing I ever need.

Windows is a piece of crap and some nice alternatives are BSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris. These are UNIX based and are some of the best operating systems.
I can play Unreal Tournament with 1024x768 highest quality with a stable 15 fps on my Intel Celeron 500mhz, 196 mbs of ram, geforce 2 420 computer while on Linux. Windows, I can only run it with 640x480, lowest quality, with only about 8 fps.

Linux is the perfect machine for games! Nintendo and Sony, make a new console with Linux and you'll school any X-Box 2!
by Linux!!! September 24, 2004
 
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A very stable operating system for people who want to run a server also fine for the average user. Is harder to use than windows but its worth it. Yes linux is behind when it comes to games, software and drivers. That is due to people not knowing what Linux is, also due to the fact that linux is free therefore the company does not make much money and due to lack of software developers. Simply imagine this, a operating system that doesnt crash and that preforms very well. If we piad for our Linux distrobutions and more software developer made programs, games and drivers for linux then we would acheive this. Alot of windows power users or complete morons have choosen to "bash" linux, please do not believe them, you have to be a moron to believe such crap.
Windows is a decent operating system with alot of software and alot of drivers for hardware but LINUX is more stable and preforms better and costs much less.
by A_C April 24, 2003
 
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A very stable operating system that was created as an experiment by Linus Benedict Torvalds. He created it because he wanted to learn the inner workings of an operating system. He posted the code on the Internet for others to modify and share, and it spread like wildfire. It grew and grew and is growing every day. Although it is not as simple to use as Windows or Mac OS, it does have rock solid stability and is not uncommon to hear of systems running for many years without reboots. Many people who hate it do it to act cool, or because they dont understand it. Those who love it, love it because they understand that it may take a little while to get something working. Not those other impatient little bastards who want everyday on the double. It just needs time to get more user friendly.
Linux outperforms Windows in terms of stability.
by Giuseppe June 18, 2003
 
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Most Linux users understand the ups and downs of all OS possibilities. Linux is lacking in some areas (ie. gaming and ease), but is slowly making it's way into the home. It has the potential to be more stable and secure if you know what you are doing with it. I have found a happy medium. I use Slackware Linux 9.1 for servers and web browsing, MacOS 9.1 for graphics, and Windows XP for gaming.
The closed minded spend too much time hating those that oppose them.
by Matt January 18, 2004
 
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Possibly the best OS ever.
1.)Linux
2.)BeOS
3.)Unix
943.)Windows

Why would you rather have a window than a penguin?
I installed Linux on my computer.
by kamo December 14, 2003
 
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A UNIX operating system that will run on basically any computer hardware out there (even alpha). LINUX is one of the most stable operating systems ever created and has been known to run for years before needing a reboot.
The only thing that will kill a linux system is hardware or power failure.
by root@localhost August 23, 2003
 
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An open source operating system that is for more stable than windows. The only time I use windows is to play a few games. I dual boot linix and windows on the same computer. And linux connects DSL about three times faster than windows. Linux plays my TV card without crashing. Linux does not let me change system settings without being logged in as root. While in windows, I accidentally changed the name of a system file and wasn't able to fix it for hours. Windows and Linux both have their pros and cons. Weigh them both and choose for yourself. Don't dis someone if they choose one over the other.
Linux is for those who choose not to use windows
Windows is for those who don't know they have a choice
by krypton knight December 31, 2003