What is better? Linux or Windows 7

By Dannyk0ed
Jan 23, 2012
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  1. I have windows 7 ultimate and i want to know if linux is better, Please reply
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    please DEFINE "better"

    Results depends upon
    1. your needs
    2. the responders experience

    the question is so vague that there's so little orientation to know/guess 'which way is up'.
  3. Dannyk0ed

    Dannyk0ed TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 63

    Just for performance and tools,
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    OK, that's a start.

    Linux is ~ 1/3 the overhead of Windows and will perform extremely well (apples/apples on the same hardware).

    Tools? As a software developer that grew up without a GUI IDE, the tools on Linux are just great for me, but for those accustom to MSE -- likely to be very frustrating.
  5. Dannyk0ed

    Dannyk0ed TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 63

    Do you use linux?
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    LONG TIME :) I use Redhat (two versions) for Web site development as a triple booted mini-tower system.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    How old are you? I know this sounds like maybe a dbag question, and well maybe it is, but I don't intend it to be.

    If you are pretty young, say under 20, you can probably make a "switch" to linux fairly easily. So if you are that young, I'd suggest you use whatever flavor of linux you want, exclusively, for a month. Then decide.

    If you are older than 20, well, use a VM to play with linux, try to learn as much as you can, but I expect you'll end up staying with what you've 'grown up with' which is probably Windows.
  8. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,181   +411

    Haha - I've got some new terminology to use around here... dbag questions. Thanks SN! Those will go perfectly with all my dbag answers.
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    SNGX1275's answer fits perfectly also as to ones motivation for change:

    * Change for change sake is in the long run just chewing up time.

    * Change for evaluation of 'do I like it; does it feel faster' may be interesting but ultimately frustrating'.
    In such cases, I would recommend a LIVE CD system like Knoppix which boots Linux
    directly from a CD and leaves your HD unmodified - - you can play without risking your Windows install.

    * Those that contemplate 'I need Linux because it will allow me to _ _ _ _' will begin the journey and just
    make it work for them because of the higher motivation.
  10. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,416   +77

    Jobeard's post is one of the most sensible I have ever read concerning how to think about the Linux/Windows dichotomy, and SNGX1275 also gives excellent guidance.

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