McBeese, on 25 April 2012 - 06:43 PM, said:
Isn't this question equivalent to which turd is the best in the steaming pile?
Yes, yes, that's a little rude but I think it's fair. I get Linux as a cost-reduced server alternative but I sure don't get the appeal of Linux on the desktop unless trouble-shooting and CLI is what turns you on.
Somebody explain it to me.
Have you checked out a Linux distro lately that was designed for desktop use? If not, maybe you should, since that will lead to an understanding that no amount of conversation can supplant.
To put it all into perspective, I've used computers since 1985. In that time, I've used every release of Windows, and several different breeds of Linux. At first, I preferred Red Hat, then Debian, now, I prefer Ubuntu.
When I started Using Linux (Debian 1.2) in 1997, it was raw and really, wasn't ready for anyone desktop beyond a developer or computer science major. But, like all things, this has changed over the past 15 years... tremendously in fact. When the KDE 3.5.10 & Gnome 2.2x desktop environments became available, both were matured desktops that were ready for day to day use. Some would argue against that, but I say it all depended on how much experience one had with computers in general. Now, several years later, Linux *is* ready for the desktop, and I personally began replacing Windows on my (many) systems around 3 years ago. So much so that now, I have very few Windows based systems left. During the last 3 years, starting with the release of Ubuntu 10.04, I came to like the graphical capability and immunity to Windows malware so much that it no longer made sense to me to keep using Windows where it's otherwise unnecessary. Sure, I use Windows at work, but I also engineer Linux systems (servers and workstations) for use there as well. My personal laptop is loaded with Ubuntu 11.10, and will be upgraded this coming weekend to the 12.04 release. For my work laptop, since I'm required to keep Windows 7 Enterprise on it for things that ultimately require it due to proprietary Microsoft libraries and servers in use at my work, I use a 16GB high-speed flash drive loaded with Ubuntu. I had been using v11.10 with it, until last week when I picked up a newer, faster flash drive and loaded it out with Ubuntu 12.04-Beta2. I'll be upgrading that one to 12.04-final tonight. I've put a lot of work into learning to use Linux to a degree that convinces most people that see my desktops and systems to switch from Windows and in several cases, to even drop Apple (OSX) in favor of Ubuntu.
So, I hope I've put this out there in a way that doesn't come off as much of a poorly thought out comment as your own, and hopefully this has opened your mind a bit. but if not, at least open your eyes and investigate Ubuntu for yourself, rather than relying on FUD to guide you.
Good day sir.