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Is Linux Only For Techies?

  1. #11

    Cheshire, UK
    Posts : 66
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64x /Windows 8 Professional 64x

    Quote Originally Posted by Windows 8 View Post
    I want to eventually roll my own Linux Distro. If I ever get around to learning how to do this, a few things I already know it would have:

    - KDE
    - OpenOffice (or similar)
    - VirtualBox (or similar)
    - WINE (or similar)
    - Mono
    - Moonlight
    - Some package manager (preferably similar to Ubuntu's)

    Of course, the packages used would depend largely on the license terms of distribution, etc., but that's the general idea.
    That's why every program that runs on Linux out of the box(internet box in this case) is open source, no payments needed!

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  2. #12

    I like Linux but I confess that I'm a noob. Now I have Ubuntu 11.10 in a VM, but used to dual-boot 11.04 along with W7.
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  3. #13

    Posts : 502
    Vanilla 8 Pro x64

    The closest I have to linux atm, is an inaccessible Mint 10.

    I use it so little these days I haven't bothered fixing it yet.

    Finding a new distro is also bit of chore now - none of them really seem to be much chop out of the box these days

    At least metro feels superior to gnome3 / unity at this stage, if a little restrictive.
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  4. #14

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,374
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there
    Lots of "Stand alone" applications based on Linux are used by Windows users -- typical apps such as the boot from CD versions of GPARTED / Partition Manager / Acronis Backup / restore etc.

    The GUI is usually pretty similar to Windows and a lot of Windows users probably wouldn't even know that the application is actually running on a stripped down Linux version.

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  5. #15

    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    I think linux probably is mostly for techies as stated above by the techies.
    The mac os is essentially a version of linux, but that's for the ignorants.
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  6. #16

    Posts : 68
    XP64, W7x64, W8x64, 2k8r2, Lucid(server) + a few others

    I find it a bit ironic that this thread is on W8 forums...

    I don't k now what's funnier... the uber-elite computer nerds of the Windows community talking about "other computer nerds"

    Or the fact that so few people have messed with Linux.
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  7. #17

    Not so ironic, winston. It is, after all, in the "Chillout" room. There are a ton of posts, in all rooms, which have little, or nothing in many cases, to do with Window 8
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  8. #18

    Linux is not just for techies. I love Ubuntu distribuitions, but I confess that I'm a noob
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  9. #19

    Posts : 993
    Windows 8 pro Retail

    I've been an avid Debian fan for years, and prefer it as my Linux flavor, with wine nowadays you can basically have
    any version of windowblinds you want, and having a CNE & CNA it is quite a bit easier than AIX Unix to run.
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  10. #20

    Posts : 79
    Win8.1 Pro 64bit

    I have to disagree that Linux and all it's versions are not just for techies. While Ubuntu and Linux Mint are certainly more user friendly there are still a lot of software that's not installable through the gui and requires the command line. Not to mention driver compatibility issues that can arise on older hardware.
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