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What is the coolest thing you can do using Linux?

What is the coolest thing you can do using Linux?

What is the coolest thing you can do using Linux that you can’t do with Windows or on a Mac?
Windows and Mac users... check this list. am sure u will change your mind at the end.
1. Upgrade to the newest version legally and without paying money
2. Have the latest version of the operating system run faster than the previous version on the same hardware
3. Easily install and run different graphical interfaces if I don’t like the default setup
4. Install twenty programs with one command
5. Have the system automatically update all my installed programs for me.
6. Install the same copy of my OS (Ubuntu) on multiple computers without worrying about license restrictions or activation keys
7. Give away copies of the operating system and other programs that run on it without breaking any laws, governmental or ethical or moral, because it was all intended to be used this way
8. Have full control over my computer hardware and know that there are no secret back doors in my software, put there by malicious software companies or governments
9. Run without using a virus scanner, adware/spyware protection, and not reboot my computer for months, even when I do keep up with all of the latest security updates
10. Run my computer without needing to defragment my hard drive, ever
11. Try out software, decide I don’t like it, uninstall it, and know that it didn’t leave little bits of stuff in a registry that can build up and slow down my machine
12. Make a major mistake that requires a complete reinstallation and be able to do it in less than an hour, because I put all of my data on a separate partition from the operating system and program files
13. Boot into a desktop with flash and effects as cool as Windows 7 on a three year old computer…in less than 40 seconds, including the time it takes me to type my username and password to login
14. Customize anything I want, legally, including my favorite programs. I can even track down the software developers to ask them questions, contribute ideas, and get involved in the actual design/software writing process if I want to
15. Use the command “dpkg –get-selections > pkg.list” to make a full, detailed list of all software I have installed, backup my /etc and /home directories on a separate partition, and you are able to recover your system any time, easily
16. Run multiple desktops simultaneously, or even allow multiple users to log in and use the computer simultaneously
17. Resize a hard disk partition without having to delete it and without losing the data on it
18. Use the same hardware for more than 5 years before it really needs to be replaced.
19. Browse the web while the OS is being installed!
20. Use almost any hardware and have a driver for it included with the operating system…eliminating the need to scour the internet to find the hardware manufacturer’s website to locate one
21. Get the source code for almost anything, including the OS kernel and most of my applications
**from matthewhelmke.net

Edited By: los
Jun-23-10 19:48:48

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Re: What is the coolest thing you can do using Linux?

I have a bone to pick with you sir. Most of these features are also available on mac. This is a little misleading for newbies - Linux is not god of all operating systems. I love Linux and been using it for some time; although i prefer it over other operating systems, i do get issues from it every now and then. If you take for example new devices, it is very difficult to find drivers for it unless you decide to write one yourself - which is something no one wants to go through if s/he is not a fan of coding.

So correct me if i am wrong, but over half this list shouldn't be there because they can be done on Mac and actually some of them on Windows too (esp Windows 7)

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Intrepid wrote:

over half this list shouldn't be there because they can be done on Mac and actually some of them on Windows too (esp Windows 7)

@  intrepid most of the list shows open-source behaviors and as you know both WIN and Mac are not part of that group.
and  i think it will be helpful for windows n mac user if u can mention those features.About the driver problem when u get such problem and if u won't touch a code + can't find any. please post it on the forums, like this one or any open-source/linux forums.Because open-source community is more than willing to help each other .
So personally i recommend linux because of the points  mentioned above and many many more other  reasons.

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