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Reasons to use Linux?

I have ubuntu installed on my desktop and I love it but I can't really find a reason to use it instead of windows 7. I'm saying that because hardly anything is made for Linux and hardly anything runs on Linux. I'm more than likely wrong about that last statement. Can someone tell me a few reasons people use Linux and Linux only. And don't tell me something like "because it can't get viruses", because guess what if you're not an idiot you won't get them in windows 7 either. I'm not trying to find an excuse to use it because I really don't care, but I want to know why people use it.

Asked By: - 11/11/2010
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I use it to make Windows run faster. I have this Dell Workstation T7500 with Xeon processors on which Windows boots in 1 minute 20 seconds. I converted the Windows partition to a VMWare virtual machine and when I run it from Linux it boots in less then 20 seconds... More
Answered By: AgronCAS - 11/11/2010
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OS & Programming languages are like religions... More
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Answered By: TaZ - 11/11/2010
 
I use windows for desktop stuff and linux for internet servers (no GUI). If you like to program or customize code then being able to alter the source code on linux is a bonus. Viruses aside, if you prefer it to windows then what other reason do you need? If you can't get or write the software to do what you want to do... More
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Answered By: Vidivici - 11/11/2010
 
Other than price, I can't see any compelling reason to use Ubuntu over Win7. Ubuntu vs. Vista would be different, but I think Win7 fixes that... More
Answered By: Ratchetr - 11/11/2010
 
I've got Win7 and Ubuntu. Win7 has big-time problems with sharing and keeping correct computer time. Win7 was made to sell more hardware. Period... More
Answered By: deonejuan - 11/11/2010
 
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