An official slightly off topic anouncement
i.am.farhan at gmail.com
Fri Feb 23 11:14:50 EST 2007
Hello, I see your points about using linux as a server, and a mediabox, but the stuff I want to do like voice chat for example can't be done on LInux, well it could if I installed vmplayer and windows.
On 2/23/2007 at 10:13 John Heim said
From: "Gregory Nowak" <greg at romuald.net.eu.org>
> on this list, are
> anti-microsoft. After all, having been a user of windblows, and
> gnu/linux for a few years now, I can't honestly say that I think
> people are switching from windblows to gnu/linux, because gnu/linux is
> easier to use than windows is.
I made this same point on the blinux list a while ago and sparked quite a
controversy. I believe anyone getting into linux should prepare themselves
for a steep learning curve. But it pays off in the end. In fact, I've been
advising my blind computer nerd friends to get into linux as a form of job
> For anybody else who has used both
> operating systems for a good while, and is tempted to disagree with
> that, think back on your first time compiling a customized linux
> kernel, or on the steps one has to go through to build a piece of
> software from source , or better yet, on how involved building a
> gentoo, or a linux-from-scratch system is.
Yeah, but you can't compile a custom kernel at all for Windows. Mostly, you
can't compile software either. You get what you get.
So this is really the #1 difference between linux and Windows. In linux,
you can do just about anything you can do with a computer but you're
expected to learn how. With Windows, the ideal situation is for you to never
have to read the documentation. Windows users want to just install and go.
With linux, we give up intuitiveness for being able to make the thing do
exactly what we want.
Actually, I think the combination of both works really well. I use Windows
as my desktop environment. But i do all my actual work on linux. For
example, I have this elaborate system for recording the sound track of TV
shows. I have a script that checks the schedule of my local PBS affiliate
searching for my favorite shows, Nova, American Experience, etc. If it finds
them, it writes the show and time it will be on to a file. Then there is a
cron job that runs sox to record each show . I then listen to them on my
Windows machine by double clicking on them on my network drive.
Here at the Math Department of the U of Wisconsin, we have dhcp, dns,
ldaphttp mysql, , and imap servers all running on linux. I manage all
these things via my Windows desktop.
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