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[News] GNU/Linux Used for Real Work, Vista 7 Just for Few Programs

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Used for Real Work, Vista 7 Just for Few Programs
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 06 Dec 2009 12:05:07 +0000
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Successfully completing a school semester with Linux

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| After a long, gruelling term, I can 
| confidently say that I benefitted 
| academically from using Linux Mint. Along 
| with everything Iâve mentioned, Linux has 
| provided less direct benefits, such as faster 
| load times and fewer restarts, which make 
| getting started on an assignment or project 
| easier. Despite having a few bugs ranging 
| from annoying (I really wish Do would load on 
| startup consistently) to catastrophic (oh my 
| god why did my desktop shift what is going 
| on), I will probably have some distribution 
| of Linux running on my machine when I switch 
| to Windows 7, if only to run R and some other 
| math programs. If you like to do any sort of 
| math on your computer, I recommend you give 
| it a go too.



One reason why Linux fits in the real world better

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| Now, imagine this problem on a Windows based system which is assigned to an
| important task. Lets for instance take something simple, a supermarket crash
| register (A system simple enough to build on any platform). You have three
| cash registers working in a medium sized supermarket. There is a constant
| flow of customers, usually taking up all three registers. One of the
| registers has a RAM problem one morning and the register needs to be sent to
| repair. This leaves 2 cash registers working, making up the flow of customers
| for the malfunctioning register. The two lines get bigger and bigger as the
| two remaining registers struggle to keep up with the constant flow. Customer
| satisfaction goes down, the business suffers. The broken register may only
| arrive a few days later, or the crew that comes to repair might not have
| extra ram with them. The business continues to suffer for the next few days.
| Now, imagine this situation, only running on Linux. The register has a
| problem with the RAM, but the Linux kernel simply ignores the problem. The
| register stays working, the lines don't get long, and customer satisfaction
| stays up.

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