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[Fsfe-uk] Advantages of Linux over Windows for the home user?

From: Tristan Roddis
Subject: [Fsfe-uk] Advantages of Linux over Windows for the home user?
Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 14:36:29 +0100 (BST)

I've just read a recent Gruaniad article that perturbed me:


It compares Linux features with Windows and concludes "Although most of us
will continue using Windows on our desktops for the time being, Linux is
slowly moving in the right direction."

I was going to write to correct some of the glaring errors ("Windows is
better at [...] protecting itself against the user who accidentally
presses the wrong button and deletes crucial files", "open source software
[...] is achieving some success, thanks largely to champions such as IBM")
but I also wanted to point out that Linux provides some features
unavailable to Windows users. What are these? I could think of:

* ability to have several people using the machine at the same time
* ability to display programs on remote computers
* ability to control all aspects of the machine remotely
* included webserver, databases, programming languages
* um
* er
* that's it.

Can anyone think of other things I should mention (specific features for
the home user, rather than just generalities such as stability,
flexibility, etc.)



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