What are the benefits of a Linux operating system?

I’ve used Windows and and Mac operating systems, but never Linux. Are there any benefits to having a Linux operating system? Are there any disadvantages? Are they more likely to contract a virus?

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4 Responses to What are the benefits of a Linux operating system?

  1. Beryl 0.2.1/Linux Mint 7 says:


    I thoroughly recommend Linux Mint 7 Main Edition which is built upon Ubuntu 9.04 Its easy to install and easy to use plus it comes with much of the software you are likely to need preinstalled

    Linux Mint 7 Download

    Linux Mint 7 User Guide

    The Perfect Desktop – Linux Mint 7 (Gloria)

    You download the ISO. image of Linux Mint 7 then you need to create a Bootable LiveCD for installation

    Linux Mint 7 can also be run direct from the LiveCD from Booting up without touching your Hard Drive


    Linux Mint has a feature called mint4win based on the Wubi installer (Ubuntu) http://wubi-installer.org/ which enables you to install Linux Mint within windows (Windows 7 run mint4win in vista compatability mode)

    You keep Windows as it is, mint4win only adds an extra option to boot into Linux Mint. mint4win does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader, and does not install special drivers. It works just like any other application.

    mint4win like Wubi keeps most of the files in one folder, and if you do not like it, you can simply uninstall it as any other application.

    Boot in to windows insert the LiveCD you have just created and you will offered the option of installing inside windows which is where mint4win comes in, you will be asked how many gigabytes you wish to allocate to Linux Mint (I recommend 8gb) then you set a password for your installation then click install and thats it.

    Once Linux Mint is fully installed upon starting your PC you will be given a choice of which operating system you want to use Windows or Linux Mint.


    Linux Mint 6 ext3 with switchable Compiz 0.7.8 and Beryl 0.2.1*
    *Beryl 0.2.1 sourced from Ubuntu 7.04 repositories


  2. TBRMInsanity says:

    The biggest advantage that Linux has over Windows and Mac OS X is customizability and choice. Even with Windows you get at most 3-6 different versions (Win 7 has 3 versions) and they are functionally all the same (your just paying extra for stuff you should have in the base version). As a result with Linux you are more likely to find a Linux distro that does exactly what you want. If a distro doesn’t do everything you want it to do, you are free to make it do what you want it to do (with no legal reprecutions like with Mac OS X and Windows).

    Linux’s greatest disadvantage is the lack of commercial software available. While you do have access to millions of FLOSS (Free Libre Open Source Software) programs, there is a shortage of commercial titles for Linux. If you rely on certain commercial software to function or do business then Linux isn’t for you.

  3. The Truth is out There & so am I says:

    A more informed user primary benefit.

    Quicker more efficient system with less overhead and shit loads of free software. other beni

    It won’t make you a sandwich disadvantange.

    Much less likely to get a virus, and if it does odds are it won’t affect your machine but if you do get one you install Linux with a seperate home partition.

    so when you have to format you just format your root partition.

    Just for the record a Java/Flash/pdf buffer overflow attack can do just as much damage as a virus or more and is cross platform.

    Typically these types of crap is put in pron and stuff people like to steal ie P2P over vuze or utorrent and stuff like that.

    Most Linux users still Dual boot, just like allot of mac users boot camp.

    Best place to start with Linux is to get Ubuntu and run the live Cd and see if you like it, you can also test your drivers running the live cd.

    If you use Ubuntu you will probably need Ubuntu restricted extras from synaptic and a bunch of other stuff

    You might run into problems with wireless drivers

  4. d4m4s74 says:

    1: it has better security then windows and mac (windows is just f*ing insecure. mac depends on not having enough users to get viruses, linux depends on users not being total idiots who put their password on a post it)
    2: it’s free (in every sense of the word; free as in beer and free as in freedom)
    3: if it’s broken, fix it yourself. (If a problem is found you don’t have to wait for the company to fix it, usually another user fixes it within hours and spreads the fix trough repositories* and sites)
    4: it works everywhere! (normal pcs, macs, how bout a router or cellphone? no problem)
    5: central software download and update point (need software? no need to google, just look in the repositories* and download it from there. One or two clicks and you got what you need)

    1: Almost all professional is made for windows. Sure, you could use (free) linux alternatives or wine but that doesn’t always work as good.
    2: It’s possible that you have to go into the terminal to fix a problem once in a while (though usually it’s not necessary)
    3: Lots of updates (though they are automatically installed with usually no reboot needed)

    difficult words:
    repositories: database of software and updates

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