What do you use Linux for?

Discussion in 'Linux/BSD/Free Systems' started by DaturaX, Mar 27, 2005.

  1. DaturaX

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    What do you guys use Linux for?

    Whereas for me? I'm running FC3 on a PII 233 box running dhcp, samba, wu-ftpd and apache for my home network. Configuration done using webmin. Webmin just find its way into all my box ;)

    And on my main box, running Ubuntu 4.01 for all my work stuff.
     
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  3. abudhu

    abudhu [H]ard|Gawd

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    Hahah.

    I just use Linux for Fun (Hence the Dual Boot). That and when/if Windows ever decides to Die Linux can save me my information. I truely have no use for Linux but it still fun to have.
     
  4. j-rock

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    Other than the obvious chicks :p , I use linux or BSD for everything. Winders free for 3 years now. Servers, gaming, regular desktop use, its all more fun for me with *nix.
     
  5. jaffy

    jaffy [H] Custodian

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    Not much right now, as there are no Emu drivers for linux :( I am using Solaris in my firewall machine though.
     
  6. Flak Pyro

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    I use my FC3 to host Teamspeak/Ventrilo servers for my clan, stream music to my other computers on my network. Browse the web, idle in IRC, talk to people using GAIM. Tux Racer and Armagedtron sure is fun too. I also have uptime wars with friends, i had 51 days till i built a new linux box.
     
  7. TSS Modder

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    thats essentially what i use it for. doesnt work well though... :(

    so i just use it for the geek factor. just to be able to say, 'yea, ive got linux' :rolleyes:
    but then nobody knows WTF youre talkin about, so its basically pointless...
     
  8. Whatsisname

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    software development
     
  9. [H]EMI_426

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    MythTV. Just MythTV...And I wouldn't be using Linux if I had another option. One of MythTV's components requires Video4Linux, and there's no equivalent API under FreeBSD.

    For everything I care about, I use FreeBSD.
     
  10. Bullitt

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    firewall/gateway/mail server/sandbox/encoding machine/fileserver/IDS/game server/web server/email client for my console versions

    GUI linux is for game clients and more sandbox.

    I work in linux, I still play more in windows.
     
  11. unhappy_mage

    unhappy_mage [H]ard|DCer of the Month - October 2005

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    Everything. If I've done it on Windows, I've done it on Linux too.

    Except games, of course... :(
    [​IMG]
     
  12. locutus24

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    Cedega hells yea brotha, i use linux for anything that it can be used for especially for securing my windows home network
    Cedega had Sim City 4, CS, HL2 going then i natively installed Doom3
     
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    Desktop, I play some games, word prossesor(In fact i am typeing up an essay right now, I am just taking a break. boy am i tired) :(
    edit: I do dual boot but only for gamse, and i always seem to log out of windows to do bank transactions. :D
     
  15. piller1999

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    I use Linux for everything except games. Oh and of course.....


     
  16. xXaNaXx

    xXaNaXx Gawd

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    i have Linux installed on the box i'm typing this from, just mainly to learn it....Linux is a hell of a lot cheaper than Windows, and Linux doesn't do the "shady" stuff that Windows does, like forcing you to upgrade, and have to pay a ridiculous price to do so....among other things....

    this site HERE is one of the major influences in pushing me toward Linux, however, i became interested in Linux a while back, when i was still using Win98, and the damn thing would crash on me multiple times a day, for seemingly no reason. WinXP is far better stability-wise, but the link above illustrates the trade-off for that stability.... :( :(

    let's just say i'd like to be Windows-free ASAP. ;)
     
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    My old Dell Laptop has FC3 installed and I use it to surf the web and GAIM.
    I have a PC with SUE 9.1 for Perl development (learning right now)
    My main rig is still WIN XP
    Been using Linux for over 8 years.
     
  18. deuce868

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    Server for serving and laptop for web dev and everything else. Never tried to get games running in linux so I keep my windows desktop up for that.
     
  19. mattjw916

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    cheaper than Windows??? I guess you don't use Redhat... ;)
     
  20. ameoba

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    ...I guess you've never talked to MSFT about a support contract. :p
     
  21. DR_K13

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    I use Linux for everything, from Officework to Folding@home to games.
    I have no windows systems anymore
     
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    Meh, that article that was linked here wasn't that convincing to me...o'well. Dual Boot is still the way to go!
     
  23. locutus24

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    Its alright but if your hard drive is less then 80gb, well then it just isnt worth it cause i did a suse and win xp on my 40gb. That was no fun so after a week i just said forget about it, now im using the full 40 on debian so its been real.
     
  24. mattjw916

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    lol, I have only used MS support on a per-incident basis...

    Yes, I believe that hell has frozen over since Windows doesn't crash anymore and a copy of RHEL WS with set you back $300/year for updates... :eek:
     
  25. xXaNaXx

    xXaNaXx Gawd

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    yeah, screw Red Hat, there's no way i'm paying the price they want for it now.... :(

    that's why i bought me a copy of SuSe Pro 9.2....was $89 with 2 dvd's and 5 cd's, plus user's guide book and administrator's guide book...plus i get tech support, which is handy since i'm still pretty new at Linux.
     
  26. BillLeeLee

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    Work and play coding.
     
  27. Josh_B

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    I code in Linux, (GTK+/Gnome/GDK/Glib/Glibc/ hoping to start some ncurses stuff...), but I still have one Windows machine.

    As much as I like Linux, games and my gf's webdev application work better in Windows. Mind you, I have her on WinXP x64, so it's all good.
     
  28. Carlosinfl

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    everything...even at work I SSH to my home server and do work that way. My job is all about MS right now for some reason and they wont listen to any other solution :mad:
     
  29. locutus24

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    People are afraid of text based worked, cause it scared me for a while. After going through mdk, debian, sme, ipcop, monowall, and smoothwall it doesnt bother me that much anymore (i was trying all the server distros sme is my personal favorite) I tried to setup my home server using no desktop environment but that failed, so now im setting up the gdm hoping 3.2gb is enough for the root folder. Well yes i use linux for as much as i can get it to do, which i find to be everything and more.
    Srry if my grammar/puncuation is bad :)
     
  30. GreNME

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    That link is full of FUD and is so far from the actual facts, I would urge you to not take a thing that article says as a reason to switch to, from or between versions of anything. That guy is not giving an informed opinion in any way, and is collecting common myths (secret connections, secret APIs, etc) from around the internet and using them as some sort of case against Windows. In the end, he sounds more like people who argue we've never been to the moon or that there is a statue and a city on Mars being covered up by NASA¬ópeople who take information that at first glance seems to be factual data used to make the case, but closer inspection uncovers that the original person did not really know what they were using to make the false claims. If you want to start a thread asking where and how that article is wrong in so many ways, I would be happy to explain more.

    That said, Linux is used as a workstation where I started working not long ago. It's also used as a web server there. I use it as a web server and a remote client (VNC) at home. Though I have more issues with X than I do with Explorer (in Windows), under the hood I would rate Win and Lin about equal in the "nice" factor. And considering *nix window managers like BlackBox and Enlightenment, I'd say that there are plenty of WMs out there to please most people (as the two mentioned do me).
     
  31. Giturar

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    the only think i use windows for anymore is games

    linux is far more stable (although i will admit xp is pretty dam stable) and better suites what i do on a day to day basis (which is school work and web programming)
     
  32. HHunt

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    Not that X and explorer overlap in any meaningful way.
    X provides a place to draw, rudimentary clipboard services, and mouse handling, mostly. Explorer is probably closer to a DE. I assume you know this and meant "the GUI experience in X on linux" or something like it, but let's not confuse anyone reading this more than neccesary. :)
     
  33. GreNME

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    I stand corrected. You are correct, the GUI experience in X is what I meant.

    It's a different way of looking at things, and I should have thought of that before I made the comparison to Explorer and X, and even then my little issues with the GUI experience are easily mitigated by some tweaking of some config files. All in all, nothing worth actually bitching about. :)
     
  34. HHunt

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    Yeah. X is ... different, for good and bad. :)
    Powerful, impressively flexible, fast (with the right drivers), but also really sparse by itself, more than a bit arcane, and sometimes very finicky.

    I'm personally very fond of the socket communication and the tings it offers, especially combined with ssh -X -C . Too bad there doesn't look like there's any currently active projects making something like GNU screen for X. I guess that's why you use VNC instead of just forwarding whatever you're using remotely?
     
  35. GreNME

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    Yeah, pretty much like the comparable popular operating systems out there, huh? ;)

    I have a confession: I do it because it's the closest to RDP I can get, and I'm fond of remoting in that way. However, I do like to use just a terminal session as well through ssh, and for some things (i.e. - almost everything CLI) terminal-ing in is better.
     
  36. HHunt

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    Heh, well. Compared to the matching part of windows (the GUI subsystem, mostly), X is a bigger, stranger, and definitely more arcane thing. (What's the windows version of running two X-servers, one of them forwarding the WM and a few programs, but not all, from a different computer? What about Xnest? The extention system?)

    The graphical part of windows is OTOH quite a lot easier to set up. (Autodetections, fallbacks and big friendly buttons for the most used parts.)


    As for ssh / vnc, vnc has its advantages. The big one is that things remain open when you disconnect, while they'll close if you forward them over ssh (or directly).
    My personal favourite if I need a few graphical things is to start kicker (or xfce4-panel) over ssh, and then just use that to start the remote programs I need.
     
  37. Jake

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    Just use it for work here. Apache, Tomcat (soon to be JBoss), and Oracle servers.

    Suse 9.2 (and some 9.1 desktops) in our db/app team, and a whole slew of Redhat boxes (AS2.1,majority ES3, a few AS3, and one test ES4). We've got a subscription thang going on here, RH Proxy and all. It is pretty nice for keeping track of stuff with RHN.
     
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    Fun...Linux is a blast. Getting it installed, making things work...any idiot can use WinXP...but there is a certain power and satisfaction in using Linux that just makes my day :)
     
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    A headless web/file/print server with occasional game server use (UT/UT2k4).

    If the latest pam upgrade hadn't broken virtual users in vsftpd, i'd be running an ftp server too.
     
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    apache/mysql/php server (seperate box).. firewall/router (iptables rocks, seperate box).. then I dual boot my main box for coding/games.