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If Operating Systems Ran The Airlines...

UNIX Airways

Everyone brings one piece of the plane along when they come to the airport. They all go out on the runway and put the plane together piece by piece, arguing non-stop about what kind of plane they are supposed to be building.

Air DOS

Everybody pushes the airplane until it glides, then they jump on and let the plane coast until it hits the ground again. Then they push again, jump on again, and so on...

Mac Airlines

All the stewards, captains, baggage handlers, and ticket agents look and act exactly the same. Every time you ask questions about details, you are gently but firmly told that you don't need to know, don't want to know, and everything will be done for you without your ever having to know, so just shut up.

Windows Air

The terminal is pretty and colourful, with friendly stewards, easy baggage check and boarding, and a smooth take-off. After about 10 minutes in the air, the plane explodes with no warning whatsoever.

Windows NT Air

Just like Windows Air, but costs more, uses much bigger planes, and takes out all the other aircraft within a 40-mile radius when it explodes.

Windows XP Air

You turn up at the airport,which is under contract to only allow XP Air planes. All the aircraft are identical, brightly coloured and three times as big as they need to be. The signs are huge and all point the same way. Whichever way you go, someone pops up dressed in a cloak and pointed hat insisting you follow him. Your luggage and clothes are taken off you and replaced with an XP Air suit and suitcase identical to everyone around you as this is included in the exorbitant ticket cost. The aircraft will not take off until you have signed a contract. The inflight entertainment promised turns out to be the same Mickey Mouse cartoon repeated over and over again. You have to phone your travel agent before you can have a meal or drink. You are searched regularly throughout the flight. If you go to the toilet twice or more you get charged for a new ticket. No matter what destination you booked you will always end up crash landing at Whistler in Canada.

Linux Air

Disgruntled employees of all the other OS airlines decide to start their own airline. They build the planes, ticket counters, and pave the runways themselves. They charge a small fee to cover the cost of printing the ticket, but you can also download and print the ticket yourself.

When you board the plane, you are given a seat, four bolts, a wrench and a copy of the seat-HOWTO.html. Once settled, the fully adjustable seat is very comfortable, the plane leaves and arrives on time without a single problem, the in-flight meal is wonderful. You try to tell customers of the other airlines about the great trip, but all they can say is, "You had to do what with the seat?"
Sorry, this is the best analogy on the subject of linux, has been around for a long time, and is anonymous.

BTW, linux is the kernel, GNU/GPL software make up the rest of the OS and apps. GNU/Linux is the way lawyers will say it in court.
by danw December 22, 2003
 
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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.

Live free or die!
by chilaxin August 13, 2004
 
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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
Woot! Look at that penguin go!
by Phil April 06, 2003
 
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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.
by linux July 11, 2003
 
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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..
by Son of Jorel January 03, 2004
 
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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.
by Rubik August 30, 2003
 
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See the future.
Linux is the future of operating systems. Watch out Windows!!
by blue_nova* June 13, 2004
 
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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