Linux VS Windows

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Hey

I am a php programmer, and I am thinking of deleting windows (WOhoo) and installing Linux OS

I want to know the advantages and disadvantages

For example, Advnatage - Its not Microsoft



I need MS Outlook (Or something simular)

I need Internet, Dreamweaver, Flash. All of them should run on Linux shouldn't they.

Thanks for your advice.
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mozilla has a similar app to outlook for linux. as for dreamweaver and flash equivalent check the sticky about common windows apps for linux.

to learn more about linux try going here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux
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A disadvantage would be that you would have to run emulation software to run Windows apps or games although if you have enough RAM it shouldn't be much of a problem.

Another disadvantage would be taht it can be a pain to install... Especially boot loaders......
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The whole point of changin OS is to get away from microsoft.

It may be best if I buy a second machine for linux
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installation difficulty differs from distro to distro. and bootloaders are extremely simple wether it be done automatically or manually. making a dual boot machine with windows and linux on a single machine isnt hard either. many distributions detect a windows partition and will include it in the boot loader without any configuration and even if it doesnt simple text editing can fix that. purchasing another pc for linux is up to you but it runs just fine together with windows on the same hard drive. since you are new to linux you might want to check out some of these distros

suse
http://www.opensuse.org/
mandriva
http://www.mandriva.com/
fedora
http://fedora.redhat.com/
ubuntu
http://www.ubuntu.com/

these are a few really great distros for beginners. now note that if you plan to have both windows and linux on the same HD make sure windows is installed first and leave some free space for a linux distro. also if you plan on sharing info between both OS i recommend a FAT32 partition so both OS can read and write to it since linux writing to ntfs is expiramental. and also id like to add that there are a good variety of different apps native to linux that do the exact same thing as window apps made only for windows.
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Enjoi_Panda_Man wrote:
suse
http://www.novell.com/linux/

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Introducing SUSE Linux Enterprise 10


uhm...i dont think he wants SLES ;)
http://www.opensuse.org
that should be more to your preferance.
but i do recommend giving suse 10.1 a shot. i installed it a few days ago and i like what they've done with the place. the disadvantage being that it takes about an hour to install..its a nice ride.

the alternatives to outlook would be Thunderbird (from mozilla), which is also available for windows, Kontact, or Evolution. Kontact is installed with the KDE desktop, Evolution with GNOME. They can all be installed / used interchangeably. internet browsing has more choices, which again a few are also available for windows. i would have thought you'd know that..
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All of them should run on Linux shouldn't they.
well, no. they were written and made for windows. lol the OS they were intended to run on is windows. since linux isn't windows.. ;) you get the picture.
dreamweaver (and possibly flash) can be installed with a little program called Crossover Office. http://www.codeweavers.com it has a free trial or you can buy it. otherwise there are many alternatives to dreamweaver, my favorite being blue fish :D as for flash i'm not aware of an alternative, but theres a very likely chance that there is one or are a few.
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thanks for pointing out the wrong link for suse. i myself decided to give suse 10.1 a shot. once again tried the net install and once again it failed. i was able to connect to an ftp server this time though (with 10 it wouldnt connect to anything) but it would freeze on a certain part of the installation. and using the iso's gave me toruble too, it froze about 3 times on partitioning and formating my HD. but once i got passed all that its an ok distro. got xgl to work and i love it. my only real complaint other than a terrible installation is the fact that YaST is so slow.

onlyican i highly recommend ubuntu not sure how easy the installation is but it shouldnt be too hard. its based off of debian so you have the nifty apt to take care of all your downloading and installing apps and the community and support for ubuntu is awesome. and it is quite user friendly (or so i hear i havent used it too much i mostly use debian)
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its a pretty easy installer. all text based tho.
i like gui. :preferance: lol
i got kubuntu running on an old 266Mhz iMac. i like adept :]

yeaa..YaST is slow. so is the suse installer. lol
mm...i'm going to have to install xgl.
but you and your network installs.. :-P i swear.
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they are more convenient. debians net install is so simple and gets the job done way quicker than suse. i just wish debian was more up to date. by default it installs kernel 2.4 you have to set it to install 2.6 and even then its not an up to date one. im thinking of trying out ubuntu thoroughly since it takes all the great things i love about debian and improves on everything. perhaps i can get xgl working on that too. i would rather that than continue using suse.
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I am totally a newby when it comes to linux systems, so I am a little confusded about all this.

So I am taking your words for it.
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hey i just remembered that ubuntu has a live cd that you can use to install with so you wouldnt have to go through what anarchy considers the ugly text based installer. what you do is boot off the live cd and it lets you run linux without it touching your harddrive. it runs strictly off of your ram and the cd and if you like it there is an option to install it to your hardrive while the live cd is running. just be aware it will run a bit slower depending on how much ram you have and what not. you can toy with it and if you like it you can choose to install it.

http://mirror.cs.umn.edu/ubuntu-releases/6.06/

your going to want the one that says Desktop cd. i must say its a lot better if you install it but this method will provide a good idea as to what to expect. have fun : )
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I have done what you want to do. I have deleted windows and run my laptop exclusively on Linux. I love Linux, I wish more people would use it and drop Window. However, there is a big "but." I don't not recomend you delete Windows right away. Install Linux on a seperate partiction of your hard drive and start using it. When you think you need Windows you can still use it. When you get to the point when your never booting into Windows, then delete Windows.

I want you to be a Linux user, but I want you to be a happy Linux user. So keep in mind some things:

1) Linux does things different. Be ready to learn some new things

2) There are software compatibility issues. You wont be able to just grab software off the shelf at Best Buy and expect it to work out of the box.

3) There are hardware compatibility issues. You may have a wireless card with windows only drivers and have to jump through hoops to get it to run under Linux.

4) There are legal issues. You may have to bend the law to play DVDs on your computer.

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