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August 24, 2006

Why Linux over XP? How Ubuntu Users Respond

Filed under: Uncategorized — ubuntudemon @ 9:12 am

In the Ubuntu forums, a question was posed that I imagine has been asked again and again now probably on 100s of different forums. It is the age-old question, posed by a Windows user who doesn’t quite get all the excitement about Linux or a particular distro, ‘why?’. Why Linux over Windows? What’s the big deal?

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the forum thread he links to

6 Comments »

  1. Hi!
    I’m trying to install Ubuntu in my machine but I must confess that I have some doubts. How can I run Windows programs in Ubuntu desktop or do I have to split the disk into two partitions and use them with different OS?

    Comment by Carlos Almeida — August 28, 2006 @ 7:28 pm

  2. I blogged about my recent experience in disinfecting XP installs. There are two primary issues with XP: stupid computing by users and the fundamental flaws in Windows.

    Windows is still a single-user OS from an era where the Internet was still a dream about an ‘information superhighway.’ By default, the user is granted access to all areas of the system. Although XP does employ multiple user support, more often than not one will find that many apps still require full access privileges to run.

    Then there is the filesystem. It has to be defragmented from time to time.

    Linux on the other hand, like UNIX, was built from the ground up with multiple users and security in mind. Although it is still recommended to do day-to-day computing from a limited account, it is much harder to screw up an install even as an admin user because of the privilege hierarchy.

    Comment by mackdieselx27 — August 28, 2006 @ 10:43 pm

  3. >> “How can I run Windows programs in Ubuntu desktop”

    There are 4 ways:

    1) You will find that for common tasks native equivalent products are available (for free), so in most cases you simply do not need to run windows programs.

    2) You can dual boot. Ubuntu can be installed in dual boot mode. It will take care of repartitioning the hard disk for you if needed (the process is safe but a backup is in order).

    3) You can run some windows applications directly within Ubuntu using wine (http://www.winehq.com/). Your mileage may vary, check in wine website what software is supported. Check also codeweavers for a similar commercial product.

    4) You can run Windows within Ubuntu in an emulator (qemu or vmware). There will be a performance penalty but you will be able to run almost any application (except for 3d games).

    Normally people start with a dual boot configuration. Some then decide that they can just use Ubuntu and some come back to XP, others just keep both. If you want to play restricted formats (like mp3…) you will need to use a special tool like easyubuntu or automatix. If you have old hardware laying around, you can use that to try ubuntu.

    Have fun

    Comment by ago — August 30, 2006 @ 12:19 am

  4. hi i’ve newly installed ubuntu 5.10 in my computer i can’t play mp3 file and dat vedios and exe programes will u help me and please tell me the procedure of installing, while installing a msg comes error no acceptable c compiler found how can i enable c compiler reply me on my emails thanks. online4everyline@gmail.com

    Comment by Javed — September 1, 2006 @ 7:07 am

  5. Carlos Almeida :

    A dual boot will be created by default. In most cases without problems. You should make a backup of all your important data (especially personal files) before beginning the installation.

    regarding partitioning :
    You should make some room on a partition (or delete a partition) before booting into the Ubuntu livecd.

    In the live-cd installer you can choose either to use free (unpartitioned) space or to resize a partition (to make unpartitioned space). You can also do it by hand. But I don’t recommend you to do that unless you have at least seen it before (and understand it).

    One you are prepared just boot the live-cd, click on install and follow the steps. It’s relative easy to install Ubuntu🙂.

    Here are some good places to start learning about Ubuntu :

    I advice you to take a look in the Absolute Beginner talk of ubuntuforums :
    http://www.ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=73

    You should also read the README FIRST there :
    http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=232059

    If you need more help just start a thread in the absolute beginners section.

    Comment by ubuntudemon — September 1, 2006 @ 10:41 am

  6. Javed :

    The package build-essential is something everyone needs who wants to compile. Here’s how to install it :

    $sudo aptitude install build-essential

    You can use Ubuntu Customization Guide to install mp3 support and other important things :
    http://www.ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=159

    There are also alternative ways to do it.

    Here are some good places to start learning about Ubuntu :

    I advice you to take a look in the Absolute Beginner talk of ubuntuforums :
    http://www.ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=73

    You should also read the README FIRST there :
    http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=232059

    If you need more help just start a thread in the absolute beginners section.

    good luck🙂

    Comment by ubuntudemon — September 1, 2006 @ 10:45 am


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