posted on May, 3 2011 @ 09:35 PM
Anyone stating that linux takes less memory to run than windows doesn't have much experience with computers.
It's true, you CAN run linux in 64mb of RAM - what does that give you? One of the crappiest desktop operating systems imaginable.
Linux Mint MAY run fine at first - but it is not without it's quirks. I have done nearly 200 installs of linux since 1/1/11 and since then have had
to revert nearly all of them back to windows.
Linux will do odd things for no apparent reason, such as forget what video driver you have OR be unable to use it. When that happens, you get a
command line. Try contacting your online support for help then.
Linux has a problem using certain wireless cards...some that is does use only works partially as good as it does in windows. For example, where in
windows you can connect and get 5 bars - in linux you get three bars. I've done the distance test on them to make sure it wasn't just a difference
in the OS measuring the signal strength.
Your user profile can become corrupt. What happens when you can't log on? Ah, you can't get to your online support then.
The best desktop in Linux is Gnome - KDE became.....bloated when they switched to version 4. XFCE is a lightweight contender that sometimes works
If you're installing Linux with no prior knowledge of linux (this is not recommended), take the following note. In the event that your computer
won't boot (or says something about a maintenance shell) whereas windows will automatically try to at least run chkdsk for you to rectify the
solution - linux will not. It will not tell you what is wrong, nor give you any clue what to type to regain usability of your system. To 9 out of 10
people (approx) it sounds really good. When the reality hits only 2 out of 10 still want it. If that.
If you think you will be forever immune to system failures....you're wrong.
If you think that your browser won't become smitten by adware, you're wrong. (It's easily fixed though)
(To those who are fuming about this comment stating that I'm wrong, what happens is that a toolbar (forget the name) is installed into firefox and
causes browser redirects - pop ups - and rogue virus software/registry warnings..which we all know is bogus)
If parsing through command lines and editing text files in a cheesy program is your idea of a great time - forge ahead.
The software for Ipods, works sometimes - other times doesn't. The cd burning programs work - then they don't, then they start
My advice, and I wouldn't be saying this if I hadn't seen it hundreds of times, is that if you are wanting to do anything other than basic net
surfing, office work....this isn't going to be the software for you.
Mandriva 2009 / 2010
Linux Mint 6/7/8/9/10 (32 & 64bit) XFCE & KDE editions
Knoppix (still use this for rescue purposes)
To contradict what I've just stated, I installed LM 8 on my mother's PC and it has ran without a hitch for a whole year. There are probably 7 or 8
others that have ran for as long, but this is out of HUNDREDS. It's your computer, your gamble.