The Power of LinuxSubmitted by dwalters on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 18:00
I have only recently began using Linux. My entire computing life, up until a few months ago, was spent on boxes using various Windows releases. I was content. I thought of Linux as a downgrade. After all, how the hell could something free be better than what I had paid $129.99 to purchase? I was wrong. Linux is much more powerful than Windows.
By trade, I am a scientist. After moving to a new research group, I found it necessary to compute efficiently. I am not sure how one would go about scheduling 100,000+ single-processor calculations on a Windows box to be submitted to a supercomputer (without downloading CygWin - a Linux terminal emulator). By the way, over 90% of the world's supercomputers run on Linux. I estimated that my particular computation job would take over 4 YEARS if handled only one at a time. With Linux, I was able to get them done in ~10 days. Windows who?
Now, I understand that the great majority of people aren't dealing with the same problems that I encounter. However, after using Linux at work, I felt obliged to install a version on my home box as well. I have not been disappointed.
I have a fancy desktop that I built myself, and I must admit that I ran into problems setting up my graphics card driver. But, that's water under the bridge now, and I have that knowledge to share if anyone else encounters similar problems. It was only a minor setback.
Linux will NOT disappoint you. There are a multitude of different versions that you can install for FREE. Updating is easy. There is no waiting 30 minutes (or more) for Windows Update to finish doing its thing. Viruses, what viruses? No one writes viruses for Linux. It would be a horrible mistake to do so. Why? The majority of servers use Linux. Hackers would be cutting off their noses to spite their faces by writing such viruses. So, no need for the fancy antivirus software that you use now.
In addition, us Freedom Fighters are no strangers to the internet. The internet has a plethora of information on troubleshooting any problems that you may encounter. Help is only a search away.
Currently, in the background, my box is running a script that downloads my favorite YouTube videos. Can Windows do that?
If you decide to deal a blow to tyranny and switch to Linux, I will do my best to help you. To hell with Bill Gates.
Linux is the heat.