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Dell now has option of installing Ubuntu Linux on it's

May 7, 2007 12:58AM PDT

machines as an alternative to Vista.

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Dont Know Linux
May 10, 2007 10:35AM PDT

I dont know about Linux at all. I know it is open source but what does that mean and what are it's advantages/disadvantages. Thanks

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Biggest advantage is
May 10, 2007 8:51PM PDT

cheaper software. Open Office which is free is the linux vesion of MS Office. Another advantage is there are less viruses in Linux. Ubuntu has many of the new features of Vista

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Open source
May 11, 2007 10:53AM PDT

What does open source mean?

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Open Office works for Windows also
May 11, 2007 12:29PM PDT

It's not just a Linux program.

Did you ever try Linux?

Before you dig in too deep, make a live Linux CD

http://www.ubuntulinux.org/getubuntu/download

It's not as easy as it sounds. If you're used to Windows, you're in for a shock.


Rick

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Open source means
May 12, 2007 3:27AM PDT

that the application code is open to be edited by the public.

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Safety?
May 12, 2007 3:12PM PDT

Wouldnt that mean that it would be very vulnerable to viruses?

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Actually Linux and Apple have far less
May 12, 2007 10:48PM PDT

viruses than Windows. Linux developers are I guess you could call them more humanitarian and get more out of writing software that helps people than financial gain. Windows viruses start usually as attacks against people and companies. Linux users are loyal and some of them became linus users because they can't stand Microsoft.

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Interesting article on the topic.
May 13, 2007 11:42AM PDT

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