Linux appeal?

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  1. historyb

    historyb Puritan Board Junior

    I never use command line to get my scanner to work in Linux, never.
     
  2. Reformed Musings

    Reformed Musings Puritan Board Freshman

    Brother Fred,

    I can because I did (and still do) Windows maintenance and upgrades for my friends, family, and colleagues, as well as ran a series of IT shops for many years. This includes extensive registry repair, something far more tedious and potentially dangerous to the operating system than typing a few lines a command line.

    Those Windows users that don't have friends like me who work for food pay outfits like Geek Squad hundreds of bucks for the privilege. To install a scanner, for this instance, Geek Squad charges $149 (see here). Makes a few minutes on the command line seem like a bargain. To rid insecure Windows boxes of virii and spyware (a problem foreign to the Linux community) starts at $299.99. For several hundred dollars a year, you can buy Windows utility software - e.g., Norton System Works, anti-virus, anti-spyware, disk defraggers, registry cleaners, et al (all foreign, BTW, to the Linux experience) - that will pretend to fix these issues for you. That is, until things get so bad that it's time to call the Geek Squad. I could relate true stories for hours about Windows disasters that I've fixed, and Mac ones that nobody could fix. Who says that you can't put a price on friendship?

    I might also add that the legions of Vista adopters wished they had a simple command-line fix to their hardware not working anymore after leaving XP. Unfortunately for them, they had to wait for their masters in Redmond to get around to fixing the issues at their leisure. I will gladly work on XP, 2000, or even Win98 boxes for folks, but I won't touch Vista.

    Neither Windows, Mac, or Linux is for everyone. But only one of the three is free, and "freedom tastes of reality."
     
  3. historyb

    historyb Puritan Board Junior

    Wow, I'm under charging at 30 bucks an hour for all that. [​IMG]
     
  4. Reformed Musings

    Reformed Musings Puritan Board Freshman

    I'm sometimes working for mere peanuts...
     
  5. BJClark

    BJClark Puritan Board Doctor

    I met someone the other day who runs both Linux and Windows on his computer; He partitioned his drive in a way that he can run both. He mentioned some websites that one can down load comparable windows programs from..

    Maybe these will be helpful

    Linux Software [ IceWalkers.com ]

    http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Linux_software_equivalent_to_Windows_software

    http://linux.softpedia.com/

    Duel boot computers

    http://www.reallylinux.com/docs/toptip4.shtml

    I have another computer sitting out in the garage I've been considering changing to Linux and trying it out..just so I can see if I like it..

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    Last edited: Dec 13, 2008
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