yet im using ubuntu...?
i wanted to use Solaris or Slackware.
what are the good points of those?
Well I'm not putting it on my main PC until I have learned it, and since I only plan on using my Laptop for college work I can use that time to get to learn it. I'm a pretty fast study when it comes to something I want to learn, but my old computer was so slow it wasnt even worth bothering to do much with it then surf the web and talk on AIM.Originally Posted by shautieh
gvaz : ubuntu is the same than kubuntu... just that kubuntu uses kde and ubuntu uses gnome as their graphical environnement....
plus maybe minor changes....
and solaris or slackware... why not, but be prepared to cry
rurrouni : you can try it, but linux on a laptop is not an easy thing to make it work....
if you still want it, you should look here : http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/
don't expect everything to work though ^^"
I guess I should tell you what I get.
Basicly everything under the sun. Guess I'm versitile.
To make it short, Linux is a free altunative, has better security, has a better design (as it is based off of unix, which means that library and programs are self-contained and that they are written to do one thing and do it well) that increases system stability, and is generally less bloated (which means it runs faster). Thats a few arguments for I can think of off the top of my head.
As far as games go, not a lot of mainstream games are written for Linux. Valve (I think), for example, refuses to write games towards Linux. Otherwise, you can get Doom3 and such as a linux port. The games generally run faster on Linux as well. You can try to play windows games on Wine (a windows emulator), but its a bit of a pain I hear. Personally, I say if you have that copy of Windows laying around and want to play games, dual boot both Linux and Windows.
Linux is rarely a pick-up-and-go experience. You will have a learning curve to deal with. If you don't have the time to work with it a bit and learn it, then you probably shouldn't bother (unless all you do is word-process and surf the internet, and have no need to install stuff and maintain the system further than the auto updates.
thanks to Silverwmoon!
If games are your thing, and your only thing you really want out of your computer, then stick with windows. I'm not going to lie to you, your better off for mainstream games using windows. There are some pretty good games made for Linux, but probably not enough to keep you happy.Originally Posted by Aikido
Also, there are other processor/memory intense applications and tasks besides games. Video encoding is a good example. Also, it means you can have more programs running from memory instead of from SWAP (page files on Windows). This is where things on your memory are put on the hard disk when they arn't used and are put back into the RAM when they are needed. Slows things down. Less of this is better. Linux SWAP is supposedly more efficient then Windows page files when it has to be used as well.
I like it. A serious computer gamer... probably not.
thanks to Silverwmoon!
actually im trying to learn linux and basicly programming in general, but im such a procrastinator...im also supposed to learn german and japanese too...oh well...
"Grapes and grapes!"
I have been using Fedora for a while now, just as a secondary OS. I really like some of the features, but the lack of compatability and my incomplete knowledge of how it works holds me back.
My laptop is for porn. And thus, Linux wins.
Enjoy all new half assed effort power coupled with insane clutter.