Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:35 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Some people hate the idea of adding proprietary software to their desktop Linux. For these people, there are Linux distributions such as gNewSense that use only free software. For the rest of us, who use distributions such as Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu, there are times we either want to, or feel forced to, add proprietary programs such as Adobe Flash or Skype or the ability to play proprietary audio and video formats such as MP3 or commercial DVDs to your Linux desktop. Here's how to do it.
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RE: Shooting yourself in the foot.
by theTSF on Tue 27th Jul 2010 15:57 UTC in reply to "Shooting yourself in the foot."
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So you are saying that Linux is of such poor quality that the only reason people use it, is access to free Open Source Software...

Perhaps I am missing some sarcasm. As an avid Mac, Windows, and Linux user. There are valid reasons to use each OS over the other ones.

Most Linux distributions usually have a rather robust set of command line tools at your beck and call... Far more then OS X. And windows still thinks DOS is an acceptable command line, and power shell is not supported well enough for normal use. Sure you can get most of these tools for the platforms but that is a lot of work and effort... And some may cause some crazy things happen to your normal installs as well dirty up your filesystems. I love using Linux for appliance and server based solutions. Low overhead easy programming and setup, and lets you do things that OS X and WIndows says no I don't think you should do that... No matter how bad you need it.

Windows (7) is a good Middle ground OS. A decent UI to do medium advanced things easily, much easier then with Linux. Also if you have compatibility issues going in Windows fixes them. It is quite good at running desktop applications. And runs much nicer then X11 for Linux. It is well designed for CAD work and Visual Studios is really a nice IDE.

OS X is good for productivity. Its UI is clean and efficient and predictable. Emails, Browsing the Web, Writing Documents, and graphics editing it is quite useful at those jobs. Also with enough Unix command line tools for good connectivity with Linux servers and Windows as well.

Sure they all have their faults too... But really I actually Like all 3 OS's and they all really have a place for their usage

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