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What exactly is Linux useful for?

#1jamieyello3Posted 8/21/2014 11:02:53 AM
It's like the interface of windows with the usefulness of Mac. It's like a pipe dream to get rid of our Microsoft overlords.
#2beautifuldreamsPosted 8/21/2014 11:04:04 AM
choice. there are tons of excellent window managers to choose from
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#3SinisterSlayPosted 8/21/2014 11:04:13 AM
Servers, small consumer electronics, that sort of thing.
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#4Bellum_SacrumPosted 8/21/2014 11:05:29 AM
Being in actual control of your computer.
It's not meant for people who aren't hobbyists or professionals.
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#5Orestes417Posted 8/21/2014 11:05:29 AM
Most folks tend to like to base OSes on it. Beyond that a kernel by itself ain't too useful.
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#6SinisterSlayPosted 8/21/2014 11:07:53 AM
TC made a topic with a question then answered it himself.
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#7KaiserWarriorPosted 8/21/2014 11:13:53 AM
Good for running servers, small electronics with limited function, and not much else.

Basically useless if you like to game on your PC. If you're running Wine, you're running a Windows machine with nothing but a layer of smug pretentiousness slathered on top of it.

Decent solution for limited HTPC applications where the only things you plan to do with your PC are browse the internet and watch movies or listen to music. Still way more of a pain than it should be to get those things done, though.

Will never be mainstream because the average PC consumer has no need or desire to waste tons of time on compiling and dependencies. There's enough Windows-friendly open-source software available to handle all of your SOFTWARE JUST WANTS TO BE FREE, MAN needs.
#8Digital StormPosted 8/21/2014 11:17:23 AM
Pretty much what you'd use your Windows installation for without the massive library of games available.
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#9Orestes417Posted 8/21/2014 11:22:56 AM
Digital Storm posted...
Pretty much what you'd use your Windows installation for without the massive library of games available.


Which, if he's asking the question, probably amounts to more or less nothing.
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#10I_Heart_EeveePosted 8/21/2014 11:27:07 AM
Best feature of Linux OSes is workspaces. I don't understand why Windows doesn't have that. Other than that, Linux OSes are generally smaller and waste less space than Windows, are more secure, give you more control, and depending on which OS you go with, are more user friendly. And it's free.

Cons are gamez, and new updates are more likely to break something than a Windows update. And hardware compatibility is not as solid as Windows, mostly due to hardware manufacturers not considering Linux something they should waste resources on.