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    Default what would you say you can do on linux, that you can't on windows or mac?

    Just out of curiosity, what do you guys find you can do on a linux machine, that you have yet to find possible on a windows or mac machine? why do you use linux instead of either of those OSes?

    thanks

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    Default Re: what would you say you can do on linux, that you can't on windows or mac?

    first of all simple things:

    1. keeping my whole system up to date. Not just the operating system itself, but also the applications. I for sure would forget some apps and I dont know if this is dangerous or not

    2. getting my webcam to work. I have thrown away the driver CD because I dont need it for openSUSE

    3. getting my USB 3.0 to work. Same reason as #2

    4. setting up Internetradio. Seriously, I really do not know which program or application for Windows can do Internetradio like Amarok or Rhythmbox. And I dont know how to set it up.

    5. working with my pictures. If I had no Linux, I would not know the Gimp. So I would not know which Application can do picture work


    more sophisticated:

    1. getting my network printer to work. I have no clue how to do that in Windows

    2. setting up my SSH Server so that my friends from the other side of the world can access it and down- and upload files, like pictures and stuff. I have no trace of a clue how to do that in Windows.


    so as the most points under "simple" require searching for them on Google, I would say that they are solvable. But: why? Why should I invest my time in that? I know nothing about how to set things in Windows. And I have no reason to learn it. At work I call the IT guys to fix things and at home I dont need it.

    the things under "sophisticated" would stay a dream under Windows, I guess.

    The same goes for a Mac. My sister has one and I fiddled around with it some time. I think I would make it with a Mac too, because there are similarities to Gnome somehow. But my "sophisticated" points would also stay a dream with a Mac, I guess.
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    Default Re: what would you say you can do on linux, that you can't on windows or mac?

    Understand how things work and when they don't, how to fix it.

    Have peace of mind.

    Save money.

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    Default Re: what would you say you can do on linux, that you can't on windows or mac?

    The lot. I haven't even tried on Windows or Mac. Why should I?
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: what would you say you can do on linux, that you can't on windowsor mac?

    On 05/04/2011 03:36 PM, thestig wrote:
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    > Just out of curiosity, what do you guys find you can do on a linux
    > machine, that you have yet to find possible on a windows or mac
    > machine? why do you use linux instead of either of those OSes?


    everything i can do in Linux, i can do without putting any money into
    the pockets of Bill Gates, Steve Balmer, Steve Jobs or any of the other
    b/millionaires in their employ (including tons of lawyers hired to
    protect their revenue stream)--what more do you need to know?

    ok, so you want more:

    everything i do in Linux i have the freedom to make choices in layout,
    style, themes, colors and etc..

    everything i do in Linux i most often have several different ways to
    accomplish the same task...a freedom not always (or often) available to
    the users of proprietary software..

    everything i do in Linux is without paying money to anyone (i do
    contribute both time and money--and, so should all who can...but those
    who can not should have *full* access despite their economical
    situation...and, that access should _not_ require
    stealing/"borrowing"/"sharing"/etc or cracking software

    most everything i do in Linux i can actually track down and make a
    direct input to the maker..

    all of the above are some of the things i have yet to find possible on a
    windows *or* mac machine, below are things i have yet to find possible
    on a windows machine:

    everything i do in Linux i do without fear of the millions of windows
    viruses, worms, keyloggers and and other malware invading my machine..

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    Default Re: what would you say you can do on linux, that you can't on windowsor mac?

    thanks guys

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    Default Re: what would you say you can do on linux, that you can't on windowsor mac?

    Understand what is happening, not worry (too much) about what the OS is doing out of my sight...

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    Default Re: what would you say you can do on linux, that you can't on windows or mac?

    Also having full control of the system, no ET-phone-home stuff.

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    Default Re: what would you say you can do on linux, that you can't on windows or mac?

    This summarizes it: have fun, do work, learn new things, feel free to do what I want, without being confronted even once with a "we want your money" statement.
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    Default Re: what would you say you can do on linux, that you can't on windowsor mac?

    On 05/04/2011 10:36 PM, Knurpht wrote:
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    > without being confronted even once with a "we want your
    > money" statement.


    wait a second: i want _your_ money!

    you can deposit it directly to my account:

    Bank of the West <http://www.bankofthewest.com/>
    acct #: 4573-66578-36482

    oh, i guess you will need this:

    log in ID: DenverD3792
    pass: GD.vAm#2x-kEb*4 (i like STRONG passwords)

    just deposit all your money, honey!

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