The Best Operating System

What say you?

Hey Chris, this is Gnimsh from #lg, just writing in my two cents on the subject of OSes. I have been using windows all my life, and in the past year have started using linux (ubuntu) off and on between my desktop and my laptop. I first installed linux on my desktop due to some issues with windows (my keyboard was not initializing properly so I had to disable and then reenable the keyboard after windows started) and I thought “hey, I bet I won’t have this problem in linux” and I actually did, but only once. Then I somehow broke linux and it wouldn’t boot into the X server, so I just went back to windows for a while. I tried again with every new version of linux, and it did make my system faster. At times I was even running it as my main OS, but I always felt a few things lacking. For instance, my music provider of choice is Ruckus, which needs its own program to download the music files via ruckus.com. I’ve googled this and it seems that running the program under WINE works up until you have to login and then it just freezes.

What I like about linux, for the most part, is that not only does it “just work” but it works out of the box. I can install it and have a fully functional operating system and need to install only a minimum of programs, instead of searching for and downloading and reinstalling everything each time I install. I really do love that feature. Free is a good price too. When I first got this laptop, it had Windows Vista installed (which I didn’t want) and after using it I ran into a few annoying problems…the hibernating didn’t work, and shutting the system down seemed to take 10 minutes or more to complete, which was annoying when I wanted to restart as quickly as possible. So I installed ubuntu on my laptop, only to run into different problems. The cd drive wasn’t recognized in 7.04 (this is fixed in 7.10) and also whenever I would put the computer into hibernate the sound driver would no longer work, and I would have to restart. So that annoyed me, but I also found uses for linux. At a cafe one time windows would not log on to their wireless, so I booted into ubuntu and it connected the very first time.

Lately though, I’ve been needing windows more and more. I am studying abroad and skype is very limited in ubuntu, no webcam support. Also I now have a device called magicjack for my phone service to make and receive calls in the US, and right now it only runs in windows. I tried a VM of XP in ubuntu, but there was some USB driver issue not switching it to the VM, and I couldn’t get the fixes to work. My webcam also doesn’t work in linux, and although there are driver issues out there for it, I don’t know how to install something without an installer, or how to do the make scripts and all that jazz.

One of the things that I like about using linux that I don’t normally get using windows is a sense of accomplishment. I find that when I’m in linux I’m constantly googling on how to fix problems or install things (how to install opera on 64 bit ubuntu, for example, before 9.5 came out…this required a lot of workaround). I just really like the problem solving involved in using linux, though sometimes I do think its a huge pain.

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  2. Ok, some part of my post was deleted. I was responding to this part:
    ‘One of the things that I like about using linux that I don’t normally get using windows is a sense of accomplishment. I find that when I’m in linux I’m constantly googling on how to fix problems or install things (how to install opera on 64 bit ubuntu, for example, before 9.5 came out…this required a lot of workaround).’

  3. People get so hung up about OS features and how it makes you feel and whatever eye candy it has…

    Frankly, I couldn’t care less if we were still using DOS if it could still run the apps I want… I don’t spend my days browsing through my files with the glass/transparent GUI came with the OS. I spend my time running apps.

    If the OS run all my apps, then that’s the best OS for me.

  4. Chris, I agree more with the video you shot on this.

    Mac fans are claiming that OS X is best ever. I will give it it’s props. It’s awsome. However, it’s not easy to game on it.

    Windows fans can really claim that it’s familiar and that the gamers are there.

    Linux can boast that it is Open Source. However, unless you are a programmer, if a driver isn’t there for a piece of hardware, you are boned.

    I mean, I do plan to get a mac to use, because I want to use it myself. I love all the neat features with Leopard that you, Bwana, and Lenny show. Well, that and I want to get away from Windows crashing around me lots of times.

  5. For the basic computer functions, Windows offers more than enough for the average user. The *nix flavors offer more controls and precision usually demanded by a power user. For a long time there appeared to be a large gap between these two categories. In my opinion, Apple has filled this gap with OS X. It has the simplicity and ease of use for new users. And the stability and functionality for those with more specific needs.

  6. Chris i agree with you. ubuntu 7.10 is best os. i m using it with my laptop (hp 5112dv) even when the windows vista is bundled with it. the only problem i am facing is that nokia pc suite is not avilable for ubuntu. if anyone knows how to connect gprs (with nokia 6300) with ubuntu 7.10 plese tell me.
    Sachin Garg
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  7. I would have to agree with most of the posts on here that Ubuntu and its derivatives are some of the best Linux and/or OS distributions out as of yet. Ubuntu has all sorts of applications, Kubuntu has a novice-friendly interface, and Xubuntu is the snappiest of the three…take your pick!

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