View Full Version : Why did you install Linux?

29th November 2004, 10:54 PM
Poll choices are a little limited I know - but choose the one that fits closest.

I want to know why other people chose to install Linux on their machines, and perhaps what version they are using.
No real reason - I'm just nosey. :p

I have tried to use Linux perhaps 20 times in the last 5 years, I nearly always get sick of trying to get things to work and go back to Windows.
I installed Linux this time because I was a little bored AND because I thought I might have a crack at some C++ programming - I used to use Linux & Unix at whilst at uni for Java programming and with Linux - I felt it was easier to get the compliler etc to actually work than it was in Windows. Also I did not want to have to buy some overpriced MS product for something I might get bored with in a few weeks.
Anyway the C++ programming idea is becomming a distant memory - I am really liking the latest versions of Linux and I am enjoying tinkering with them even if FC3 has given me a few too many headaches (nearly replaced it with windows the other day)

SO enough about my life - :D - Why did YOU choose to install Linux?


29th November 2004, 10:59 PM
OOPS - could have done with an option to say None of the above - Don't know how to change a poll - Never mind


29th November 2004, 11:14 PM
im curious by nature, and i get bored easily. to put a long story short linux has so far kept me entertained and interested

29th November 2004, 11:25 PM
A few years ago, I got interested in Red Hat Linux 9. I also talked a lot with a friend whose brother used linux. I was very surprised when I installed RHL9. All my hardware worked without installing additional drivers etc.! But, unfortunately, I somehow caused to Gnome to crash and with no linux experience at all, I decided to remove it and continue with Windows...
Untill last year summer, I discovered Mandrake. I experienced with Mandrake also a nice out-of-the-box experience. Full multimedia and networking support. It just worked. At that time, Fedora was becoming really popular and so I decided to download it. It looked a lot like RHL9 and suddenly I began to admire the simplicity of Gnome. Since it was about 3 months after the release of FC2, I was able to install lots of updates so that I wouldn't have the same issues the users had before me. I got more and more interested in linux and... this was my story... bit summarized :)

29th November 2004, 11:33 PM
Becuase I can customize EVERYTHING. Also I really like that stuff is easy to fix, in windows if something breaks, reinstall it or find someone else with the exact same issue + hardware.

29th November 2004, 11:45 PM
I switched to linux because windows was getting too expensive & troublesome. You have to pay for quality software, but not 200$ for a word processing program... I was sick of searching for keygen and crks... o.@ Everything was a huge hastle. Even to get a different window decoration, you were hastled with shareware, spyware, adware etc... One big hack!

Linux is highly customizable, open source and new things keep it interesting... And I especially love the community! :)

30th November 2004, 12:02 AM
The short answer: cos it is free.
The long answer: because it has a TCO (total cost of ownership) of zero!

Plus the community makes using linux worth the effort. A BIG thank you to all those who have helped me and also to those who haven't but have helped others. Good to see the positive side of the human spirit.

Cheers ws

30th November 2004, 01:00 AM
I wanted a change...dos, 95, 98, 2000....why there's no other stuff...?
untill I found linux 2 years ago.
free, everytime esier to use..and I learned how to USE the the pc....instead od them USING us..XD

30th November 2004, 01:52 AM
I switched to Linux after getting some hands on experience with it in one of the computer labs when I was in school. I thought it was the coolest thing and wanted to run it on my pc. I didn't actually install Linux for another couple of months, but once I did, I have used Linux almost 100% on my personal pc. I started with Red Hat 7.2, went to 7.3, skipped 8.0, installed 9.0 and all three Fedora releases. I have Debian unstable and Arch installed on my laptop, but I haven't updated those in quite some time since I rarely use my laptop.

I also became rather sick of Windows. Everything is so overpriced and unnecessarily complicated. You have to have antivirus, a firewall, spam blocker, pop-up blocker, stay 100% up to date on patches and you still aren't safe. Plus, when something breaks on my system, it is because I caused it to break, not Windows decay or some unknown phenomenon that usually plagues Windows installs.


30th November 2004, 02:30 AM
Win98SE was working fine on my PIII pc for 3 years, then I started getting the infamous blue screen of death all the time which would freeze up my computer. All I could do was hit the power button and watch a scandisk went over my harddrive for a while. These blue screens of death got more and more frequent. It was probably due to my now antiquated hardware. It was like Microsoft was forcing me to upgrade my pc so I could keep up with them. A friend of mine recommended trying out Linux. I dual booted Win98SE and Red Hat 8 for a while. RH8 didn't like my WinModem, though. I then tried Lycoris Linux-I liked it more then RH8, but the WinModem was still not recognized. Finally, I changed modems to something Linux friendly and then wound up going with DSL.

Now Doze is a thing of the past and I triple boot 3 versions of Linux-Fedora Core 3, Slackware 10, and Lycoris Linux 1.4

I'm forced to use XP at work and hate it-too slow on a P4 when it comes to surfing the net....and then all those pop up ads are annoying in Windoze. My P3 is faster on the net with Linux and no pop up ads!

Oh, and of course Linux runs smoothly on my same 5 year old computer that Windose freezes up on-no more blue screens of death!

30th November 2004, 02:41 AM
My answer is simple that I love to have absolute control of my machine.

30th November 2004, 03:43 AM
I have to be an outcast because I never hated Windows. Started with it in 3.1, through 95, 98, ME & XP and never had serious problems with any aspect of it. However, as I was retiring at the end of 2003, I reaized that I was going to have a lot more time to enjoy 'puters. Sadly, unless you're hung up on online gaming or cards, Windows doesn't give you a whole lot to do. Linux seemed like a good way to keep the neurons firing a bit longer and when I found Fedora, I realized I'd found a distro that nobody could keep ahead of the learning curve with - new stuff every day and a forum that has to be the best out there.

30th November 2004, 03:49 AM
I started 4 or 5 years ago dual-booting RH7 and Windows. I use Linux heavily in several of my courses at school (Comp. Eng.). This year I wiped Windows XP off my primary system for good - I will do the same for my other system when time permits (after exams).

I prefer Linux mostly because it's free and powerful. And it comes packaged with a huge library of software. And its programming tools are second to none (yeah, I said it, I'm not a big fan of MS bloat-ware) -- especially considering their price. Every conceivable piece of Windows software has a Linux equivelant, and those that don't probably run under Wine.

I enjoy not worrying about viruses, spam, pop-ups, adware and BSOD.

There's really too many reasons to list. For me, it's just better in every way that matters.


30th November 2004, 04:27 AM
I started using Linux with some of the very early versions of Slackware, but never had much luck getting it set up right. About 7 years ago I took a class on Unix and learned about SCO Unix. After getting it installed on my computer and actually getting it to work as a file server for Windows, I realized it was way to complicated to set things up. For the next few years I tried various versions of Red Hat, never could get Debian or Slackware to install right. Now I'm using FC3 after a couple years of Mandrake 8 - 10.

My main computer and my laptop are both running XP, and I don't see any reason to change that. It's nice to have so much software to choose from as well as excellent hardware support. I have a linux box I use for a file server for backups and Slimserver for MP3's. It's still running Mandrake 10, but I plan to change it to FC3. I just bought a little iDeq system with an Athlon XP 3200+, just to install FC3 on and play with. If I screw it up, I can just re-install and no big deal. I was always a little worried about doing too much weirdness with my file server, because I didn't want to lose anything. I'm thinking about turning the file server into a 2 cord box (power and ethernet), which works pretty neat and really blows people away.

30th November 2004, 04:43 AM
It's all about open source to me...A global community working together to create freely available, extensible, powerful software and an unparalleled operating system...the democratization of technology...as opposed to a closed global monopoly tied to big money and big politics.

Stanton Finley

Fedora Core 3 Installation Notes (http://stanton-finley.net/fedora_core_3_installation_notes.html)

Software wants to be free!

30th November 2004, 06:31 AM
It does what I need it to and doesn't hold me back.

30th November 2004, 10:34 AM
I just got sick of having to reinstall windows to make everything work properly. Or applications or drivers or whatever. Now I can just check the logs and FIX the problem instead of reinstall and hope really really hard that it works now.

30th November 2004, 10:45 AM
A long time ago, running Informix on Vax/VMS, the VMS licensing fees were a killer, linux was free...

'nough said.....

30th November 2004, 02:15 PM
these are all excellent reasons but there is right wrong ang reality...

the reality is until I get that Linux job that i've been dreaming of the use of Microslop (in a work environment) pays the bills simply put.

It is right to make software available for everyone to use it is wrong to (attempt to) monopolize software industry as a whole to ensure that anyone or entity requiring software should depend on you (M$) as the sole proprietor for software or the platform on which to use it.

jale2ice sums up the same sentiment

I switched to linux because windows was getting too expensive & troublesome. You have to pay for quality software, but not 200$ for a word processing program... I was sick of searching for keygen and crks... o.@ Everything was a huge hastle. Even to get a different window decoration, you were hastled with shareware, spyware, adware etc... One big hack!

Linux is highly customizable, open source and new things keep it interesting... And I especially love the community! :)

Final note: dissatisfaction is what usually brings about change ask Linus...

my $0.02

30th November 2004, 04:13 PM
WOW 54 votes in less than 24 hours.....

I decided to keep track of my Linux experiences so that the next time I install it (assuming I would give up and return to windows) I will hopefully have some notes to help me get my system in a working state.
This evolved into a blog type website so that I could share my experiences with other people.
THIS evolved into a full blown web site dedicated to my Linux experiences - with articles from me and other users (I hope) and a forum to ask for help and to respond to my articles.
I decided to go with a website before I had actually chosen Fedora - AND before I had come across communities as huge, helpful and friendly as this one.

To make my point, I set a poll on my website asking what people thought of the site (including the idea) I have had about 15 votes in 2 weeks :( (Although I only have about 40 members so 50+ votes would be an acheivment in itself)


PS: I was actually quite surprised at the number of I Hate M$ votes :D - although I guess I thought there would be few people who would select that one, but then again - perhaps I would expect it to be a higher percentage of the vote :p :confused:

30th November 2004, 04:19 PM
For me, the reality was explorer.exe crashing and not being able to restore it.

Among the PLETHORA of reasons to choose *nix over Microsoft:

- No spyware.
- No malware.
- No (relatively) viruses.
- No registry.
- No ActiveX controls.
- No licensing costs.
- No Blue Screens or lockups (and if there are, X crashes itself and restarts leaving my uptime undamaged) :D

And the best reason of all, to choose Linux over M$:

- I don't have to deal with that godforsaken explorer.exe file. :P

Y'know what? Come to think of it, Linux is the People's Application. So it's only fair we call it: VolksAnwendung

Can you tell? I drive a VW! :P


30th November 2004, 05:28 PM
I like to try different OSes on different architectures. Why not give the *BSD familiy a chance?
NetBSD ran smoothly on my Sparcstation IPX until the NVRAM battery decided to conk out.
Guess I'll have to spend a few bucks for VMWare soon ;)

3rd December 2004, 02:04 AM
I installed FC3 only a week or so ago (first Linux Dist.), and i have got to say that up to this point, it is WAY better that any other version of Windows.

Unfortunately, do to my laptop being used at school, i have to keep windows on my machine to run all the school's programs and network (they run Novell, which seems to run at snails pace on windows). But, for home use, I use FC3 for everything from word processing to programing.

(PS - If anyone knows where to get a Novell client for Linux that would run on a Novell windows based network, it would be much appreciated).

3rd December 2004, 02:21 AM
I've looked at linux periodically over the last ten years, but being a Linux/Unix Dummy, never found a distro I could work with untill the last time XP crashed. The last time that happened I swore to learn Linux -- period. I swore I would never fix another crashed windows.

I'm still a Linux dummy, but the distro's are way better and more user friendly than they were 5 to 10 years ago. I looked at a bunch of distro's this time around and was supprised to see how much improvement there has been. :D

3rd December 2004, 02:45 AM
Installed Linux (enterprise based only) for the following:

Gateway our old Enterprise Software (SCO 5.06 & SCO System V 3.2v42)
My SQL Server
Unify Accell/SQL
File Server
Firewall Server
and other stuff...

3rd December 2004, 03:07 AM
I like Linux because i feel i have more control over what is going on. In windows...i feel as if sevral programs just take over my computer, my arch enemy is norton!!! god i hate how those programs just take over everything.

guess that doesnt really answer as to why i switched, but i voted cause i hate M$ =)

3rd December 2004, 03:10 AM
at first i just wanted to try it and honestly my impression of it wasn't very good
but i forced myself to learn it as a new system and i have to say earlier incarnations of mandrake and redhat were lacklustre but these days they are great operating systems

i didn't like linux at all at the beginning so i decided to really know what all the fuss is about i'd have to learn to use it as i realised its because it was a whole new world compared to windows, so i went about finding equivelent applications to my previous favourites in windows

but today the opposite is true , i went back to windows to see how it was a few months back and i found it quite difficult to use
when installing applications i wish i could have just done yum <program>
i was trying to find windows ports of linux applications like kaffeine/totem because to me there is no better media player on any platform yet

The final nail in the coffin was when i was using windows i had to keep updating but thing was the updates never really fixed anything because i still have the same problem of having to run a virus scanner all the time i mean i uninstalled the virus scanner once because my evaluation period ran out and i had decided to go with another company and just in the gap that it takes to uninstall an application and reinstall a new virus scanner i had 4000+ virus's on my system.
i thought this is ridiculous so i just went and decided linux was the way for me as at the time i had already spent a year playing with linux

4th December 2004, 06:58 AM
ivīe tried linux a few times before (mandrake/redhat/suse/debian) and never really got along with itīs complicaticy. so, now, a bit before FC3īs release, i decided i wanna try it AGAiN, and well, hereīs the consenquenses :)
i find linux (FC3..) very cormftable, user(n00b)-friendly,powerfull (im sure i dont know even 20% of itīs capabilities heh) and above all i got a good feeling about it as future OS since it has GOOD community & itīs an open-source FREE OS.

4th December 2004, 07:33 AM
I have been tried of scanning my windows machine every other day with Adware and Spyware to clear out all those junks that Xp had download from the internet without my permission. Now, with fedora3 I will worry less about this and spend more time to enjoy the world wide web. Besides that, I really find that my linux machine is a lot more stable than my windows machine which both of them were built with similiar components.

4th December 2004, 07:59 AM
I like different things. And linux was different and more diffucult to learn. I took as challange to master it and use. Now I love and use all the time.

4th December 2004, 01:11 PM
i had windows 98 running on my boxes, but soon found out that 98 was somehow even more unstable than win95. constant crashes while working with e.g. word 6/7 were driving me nuts. furthermore, updatin the system caused more than one time the explorer to crash. it was impossible to get the box running again. the only thing that helped was partitioning with complete reinstall. now imagine how many important data i have lost. (secondary harddrives were still very expensive those days). a "friend" of mine (he lives far away) told me that he never experienced my problems... because he uses linux. i got curious and started my search for linux-distros. i started with red-hat valhalla and soon switched to suse 8.1 and 8.2, then back to redhat 9 and i was impressed. although my networking and text-scanning was very very problematic (had to buy new hardware), i loved the customizing options, the freedom of choice in my de (before, i couldn't think of one os using several totally different de's like enlightenment, gnome, kde or blackbox). and it was much more stable. no viruses, no spam, no trojans.
i was still able to wreck my systems. but only if i really tweaked them without knowing what i was doing. slowly i read, tweaked, broke and learned. after i was somehow "fit", i started my distro-hopping. at least some 20 distros have been used on my boxes and currently, i use ubuntu and fedora and i am quite pleased. the best thing i did was erasing windows from my boxes at the beginning of this year. i felt unsafe in windows... :D

6th December 2004, 03:38 PM
hey, I'm kinda new here, just wondering if anyone can help me out with RHL9. I really like the OS but feel like i'm somewhat neglecting it. If anyone can give me a few tips it would be much appreciated.

6th December 2004, 05:14 PM
Primary reason was I had XP locked down pretty tight - antivirus, antispam, firewall etc. but somehow I still managed to get "malware". I just got totally sick of updating XP constantly and removing garbage. Also I stopped playing PC games recently, feel like Im getting too old for it so I wanted to learn something new :) Ive installed Linux before but gave up the first few times. Now I am extremely impressed with Fedora 3 compared to past versions of RH Ive installed, Im considering ditching windows completely.

6th December 2004, 06:02 PM
hey, I'm kinda new here, just wondering if anyone can help me out with RHL9. I really like the OS but feel like i'm somewhat neglecting it. If anyone can give me a few tips it would be much appreciated.

Best tip I can give is to clean-install Fedora Core 3.

Or, if you really must stay with RH9, then try to get up2date working (I remember it being uncooperative back then), then use it to update all the packages installed on your system.

Other than that, Linux usually handles neglect in stride. No need to defrag or scandisk or adaware... just let it run.

21st December 2004, 04:41 PM
I got sick of having to worry about new vulns every day. I'm a Windows Server admin for my day job (luckily we're starting to impliment SUNos and some Fedora for particular tasks). It seemed that almost every day for a while we would be scrambling to get the latest patch onto our servers. It just gets old. When I got home I didn't want to have to worry about that crap.

I also decided that I should either start paying for the OS that I use (I've used every MS os since Windows 3.1 and never paid for any of them), or switch to F/OSS. I switched... and never looked back.

23rd December 2004, 09:43 PM
About 2 months ago I heard we were getting a Linux cluster in for some purpose or another (we still haven't decided... don't you just love companies with more money than they know what to do with) anyways... I decided I wanted to be able to play around with it, which I'm doubtful they'd let me do being a windows side infrastructure guy knowing next to nothing about Linux ;)

2 months on and i've come through debian -> redhat 9 and now FC 3 which I just installed last Friday. I love Fedora, what's more is I love the community, everyone is so willing to help out.

Anyways, now here we are and I've installed FC3 on my main PC and the server, and am about to setup a dual boot with WinXP on a games/power apps PC tomorrow. Eventually when i can't be bothered to play games any more (I've not done so in years anyways... I'll completely wipe windows and have my entire setup windows free.

Why do I love it, even in the short amount of time I've been using it I've learnt so much about how computers work... windows just doesn't let you into the nitty-gritty of the system. If I mess up fair enough, I messed up, I generally know what I did wrong and learn from it... in windows it was usually a completely random issue that I did nothing to contribute towards. I like being able to tinker with things and I'm always up for a challenge, which Linux certainly is... I know I've barely scraped the surface. Now when I'm at work i feel a bit ... bored. There isn't really much to do, with windows i seem to be waiting around all the time, with Linux I'm setting things all over the place, tweaking this or tweaking that.

What's more the resource management is far superior... or it could just be the software wasn't designed to suck your system dry in seconds ;)

23rd December 2004, 10:07 PM
I always like OS. I decided first time to use Linux with RH 4.1 that a friend gave me (6 cds of Infomagic). After this I tried Conectiva 3-5 (great OS), RH 6-7.1, Mandrake, Fedora Core 1-3, Debian 3, Ubuntu. Well testing this flavours I like too much Fedora because it' s simple to put up servers in few minutes and have a great look with new versions of desktop environments.

26th December 2004, 12:37 AM
My first Linux distribution was MKLinux DR3 (a RH 5.1 clone, but running on PPC with a Mach 3 Mikrokernel that the Linux kernel ran on top of)

I had bought a brand new $2,000 beige G3 - and even upped the ram from stock 32 MB to 96 MB (a decent amount back then) - and the damn thing crashed at least once a day.

Someone gave me a C++ for Mac, but it didn't work in OS 8 - only 7.x
So I started looking for a free compiler, I wanted to learn programming.

After googling (well, Yahooing at the time ;)) I found out about Linux - but I thought it was a program for Windows. So I looked for a Mac port.

Never looked back - it was very rough back then, but IT DID NOT CRASH.
Some of the apps did - kmail 0.8 beta was horrid - but the OS did not.

Darrell Lawrenc
27th December 2004, 06:37 PM
I installed Linux for a couple of reasons. I'm a graduate student working on a Masters Degree in Information Technology. One of my courses will be a study of modern operating systems, including Windows, Unix, and Linux. So, I installed FC3 to get a "feel" for Linux. I must say, I'm quite impressed. I have FC3 installed on a laptop as a dual boot with Windows XP. So far FC3 is running flawlessly.

My coursework is done online, so I've been using FC3 to connect to my virtual courseroom to submit assignments and participate in discussions. I'll be writing a whitepaper on Agile Software Development in the near future, and the paper will be written using Writer from OpenOffice. Since installing FC3, I've been using it almost exclusively, except when I have to run Windows software for some programming assignments.

Some of the things that really impress me about Linux: I don't have to spend time running programs to clean out spyware, update virus definitions, scan for viruses, cleanup the Window registry, and defragment the hard drive.

The Fedora Team has done a great job with this distribution, and the Fedora Forum is the best I've seen. It looks like I'm a Linux convert. I'm starting to think about becoming a Linux developer after I graduate.

Darrell Lawrence

27th December 2004, 07:33 PM
I do not need no software the requires windows to survive.. I work with java, web developer, or integration, IBM Message Queue etc .. so I have no problems to use linux. It works. It's free. It's candy. It's sexy ;) ... hehehehe
I am in love with linux .. since 09/2003 that I am back to free world.
Before I tried to install sometimes ... but since 09/2003 I really use linux full time at home.