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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-27-10 05:41 PM
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Ubuntu's two big advantages over Windows and Mac
1. Comprehensive software updates
2. Integrated app store

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/ubuntus-two-big-advantage...
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-28-10 01:15 PM
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1. you left out FREE as in OS cost
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-13-10 02:26 AM
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2. Windows and Mac's advantages over Ubuntu
People who treat computers like toasters can buy one anywhere, open the box, and in minutes be up and running.


And that's 75% or more of the population.


The same percentage of people who don't even know how to check their own oil and don't wish to learn how to rebuild their engine to do so.
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-13-10 03:26 PM
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3. Same with Ubuntu ...

...if the OS comes pre-installed.

Don't pretend that the advantage of market share actually equates to a better product.

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canetoad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-13-10 05:08 PM
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4. That may be fine for the 75%
...and we DO need to check that figure.

What exactly is the purpose of your post? That the 25% should behave like the 75%?

Followed through to its logical conclusion, your statement seems to suggest that no one should ever paint a picture, hand-craft a piece of furniture, write a book, build their own computer, .... After all, these things are available 'out of the box' and it's a healthy sign of a big, fat, lazy, uncurious society to take the path of instant consumer gratification.

I also fail to see the point of your infrequent and rude statements in the DU computer groups. Maybe you can't help it; in this case, my sympathies.

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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-10 08:47 AM
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5. Ubuntu seems to me to install easier than Windows, to update more reliably than Windows,
and to handle a lot of hardware better than Windows or OSX

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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-10 06:46 AM
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7. I'll never go back to winblows
it took a while to get over the fear of the unknown but once I crossed that line I'll never look at a windows machine again. Ubuntu is my fav flavor but there is many different flavors of linux to choose from and all of them that I've tried seem to work fine. I like the way you install ubuntu, for instance, and start using your computer, no drivers to worry with no anti-anything to worry with, just start using the damn thing. Thats the way it should be.

I plan to send the ubuntu crew a christmas gift this year as I know now that I'll be using their OS from now on out.
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 11:40 PM
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10. I find Ubuntu works quite well. I've always had UNIX, Linux, Solaris X86, SuSE and Ubuntu, I've
found for a distro Ubuntu to be best. The only Win OS I've had was Win95. i find Ubuntu very stable.
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lbrtbell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-11-11 06:11 PM
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9. Until the first virus hits you in Windoze
Then that 75% is having just as many headaches as if they'd taken some time to learn, like the other 25% of people did.
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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-10 02:02 AM
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6. A third would be security.
There are three reasons.

Unless the user is informed enough and suicidal enough to override the defaults, any change to the OS requires entering a password first. This was designed in at the beginning since as derivative of Unix it was a networked world it was created for, long before the Web, and allowing any of the networked machines to take down whole or part of the system was not acceptable.

Linux is rarely targeted, partly because it is a small portion of potential targets, but also because it is much harder to design attacks against. The last big new really nasty targeting Siemens devices controlled within a Windows OS relied on known vulnerabilities that had not been fixed.

Linux Mint 10 at least uses both a firewall and an iptables blacklist, and although the firewall is not on by default the interface for Firewall configuration is presented to every user as part of the "Control Center" and basic menu. When set to On and Deny, it means that the probes used by Gibson Research https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 do not even find a machine, much less an opening. (If I'm a bit off on any of this, always glad to learn more.)

I assume other distros intended to be usable by novices offer the same security.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-21-10 07:44 PM
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8. Yeah, except that's less of an advantage over Macs
though Apple achieves some of that via the walled-garden approach. When it comes to Linux over Windows, I can think of a bunch of reasons:

Security
Quality
Cost
Flexibility
Minimal hardware requirements
Stability
Interoperability
Superior file management
Updates without reboots
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