Skip to comments.Fact or Fiction? Top 8 Linux Myths Debunked
Posted on 09/11/2010 9:24:44 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
If the idea of using Linux in your business is one that makes you nervous, chances are you've fallen prey to one or more of the many myths out there that are frequently disseminated by competing vendors such as Microsoft. After all, each Linux user means one less sale for such companies, so they have a powerful motivation to spread such FUD.
In fact, the ranks of businesses and government organizations using Linux grows every day, and for good reason: it's simply a good business choice. Let's take a look, then, at some of the top anxiety-causing myths and dispel them once and for all.
1. "It's Hard to Install"
Today, installing Linux is actually easier than installing Windows. Of course, most people don't install Windows themselves--rather, it comes preinstalled on their hardware, and that's an option with Linux too, if you're in the market for a new machine anyway.
If not, however, the best thing to do is first try out the distribution you're interested in via a Live CD or Live USB. Then, once you decide you like it, you can either install it in dual-boot fashion, so that both Linux and Windows are available to you all the time, or you can install Linux instead of Windows.
Either way, installation has become extremely simple over the years, particularly on distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint and openSUSE. Most include a step-by-step wizard and very easy-to-understand graphical tools; they also typically offer a way to automate the process. A full installation will probably take no more than 30 minutes, including basic apps.
2. "It's Just for Experts"
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Ubuntu runs great on one of my older dell laptops. It is actually fun to use.
I have a box that runs Linux Ubuntu that I use in the basement. It runs great. Adding things to it just takes too much time.
I heartily endorse Linux distros though. They seem to be pretty stable and run without any real hassle.
Does this mean no more mosque stories for a while?
The author says antivirus software is not needed. Infection does happen so what are linux users doing to rid themselves of viruses/malware?
I have to agree that Linux is finally ready for prime time. Ubuntu and the latest versions of OpenOffice and Gimp have made it possible for normal humans to get work done. Now if Quickbooks Pro was available I would even recommend it to my friends.
[Infection does happen so what are linux users doing to rid themselves of viruses/malware?]
I’ve never had it happen on one of my Linux boxes, so I don’t know. But I guess that’s the point.
Infection does NOT happen because Linux is more secure than Windows. There is a handful of exploits against old software, but they don't work today.
It also helps, of course, that downloaded files are not automatically executable. You can't receive an .exe or .scr in email and accidentally run it.
It is generally a good idea to run an antivirus on a Linux mail server, as a courtesy to Windows users. The Linux box wouldn't care one way or another. There are antivirus packages for Linux. But they mostly watch for Windows viruses.
If you just have a desktop install to browse the Web etc. then you don't need an antivirus.
If you are using linux commands to install your programs you are not using the program correctly, at least if you are using Ubuntu or Mint, the two I have experience with. It's true that you can use commands to do so but there is also an installer that works just fine for that purpose.
Linux makes me insane. I have it on a few virtual machines, and I enjoy it, but whenever there’s a VirtualBox update and I have to reinstall the Guest Additions, I curse Linux for its complexity.
I know this sounds picky but the only reason I don’t use Linux full time is that netflix instant play won’t function on linux, something I wish netflix would rectify but they probably never will since they use MS silverlight as their viewer.
Ubuntu has a “Flaming Mosque” distro.
I haven’t tried this yet, but I have plans to.
IMO, there are only two major obstacles for linux adoption on desktops:
1: No game support. As long as games for the PC are for Windows primarly, Linux will never get any kind of adoption on high/mid-range home PC:s. And as long as Windows is the primary platform on home computers, games will be made primarily for windows...
2: Microsoft Excel. Simply put, Excel and Word are head and sholders above the competition. There are alternatives, sure (open office, google docs etc) but none that really measure up - especially in the spreadsheet market. As long as MS retains that competitive edge, Windows will be the preferred platform on business computers.
Yeah, that's been a huge problem for Apple. :)
PC gaming is fading out, anyway - most serious players prefer consoles.
Only because consoles have become more like PC's. Connectivity, the ability to do more than just play games, etc...
An absolutely foolproof way is to run strictly from a live cd.
Every time you boot, your have a clean install. There is zero possibility of anything other than hardware failure going wrong.
You can save all the files that you want to on your hard drive, as usual.
says safe Online payment system.
Why the virtual Machines?
In its early days Unix had vulnerablity..but it can be pretty hard to hack into NOW.
You have to get into root mode ....(simple explanation leaving out many details).
Those guys are getting rich off of the Windows users.
I installed the newest version of ubuntu on my Dell 1710 XPS.The only problemI had was getting the WiFi system to work and after a few weeks of working on it Without success I reinstalled Windows XP.
As soon as they clear up problems like that it will be worthwhile reinstalling.
Now burn your copies of Windows.
Control Four PCs via One Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse Share one monitor, keyboard, mouse and a set of speakers between four USB-compatible computers using the IOGEAR GCS634U KVM switch. The built-in VGA connector supports monitors with resolutions of up to 2048 x 1536.
Then you can have a machine with Linux set up for
Use the other one for something else like running the Windows applications that so many of us have!
It is a small box....
Since that is a gaming laptop , probably don't think there is any need to...damn high price for a laptop.
Do I have this right?
Wireless Card: Intel 3945 (802.11b/g)
That might have a solution...see this thread...he is trying to get it working on an encrypted network...so he must have drivers....:
Yea!It’s a gaming laptop with Broadcom WiFi chipset.It was expensive when I bought it and since it’s not upgradeable I will NOT be buying one again.
Desktops are more economical.
I remeber someone having Broadcom on a portable...not sure who.
Ubuntu was the easiest install I had ever done, but I must say that Windows 7 install is superb. Really, since Ubuntu, Linux has been “there”. It is as easy to use as Windows and Mac. The only thing keeping me from it at the moment is that.. I have no reason to switch. Windows serves me fine at the moment, but if needed, I will not be hesitant to switch.
That is what got to me.
That said, I recently helped my sister rid herself of a real SOB rootkit virus. What a pain.. Funny enough, I used a Linux CD distro with AV on it it get rid of the thing..
#5 is Linux’s biggest shortcoming. The Linux community can pump up OpenOffice as much as they want - but it will never replace MS Office. Microsoft will also never release a Linux version, for obvious reasons.
>>Why the virtual Machines?
Our clients run 100% Windows systems. So that’s what I run. But I’ve always liked to have my hand in different operating systems. 4DOS, DR DOS, MS DOS, FreeDOS, Desqview, OS/2, Win 3.1, W4WG, Win95/98/NT/XP/Vista/7, Ubuntu, Jolicloud, Redhat, Netware, etc... It’s fun to tinker. And most of those I’ve got ready to run in VMs.
OK, so I finally remembered what I needed earlier when I was actually in the process of updating some VMs, and needed to install the Guest Additions. My frustration was showing through. :)
The sudo commandline was escaping me. :)
it really wasn't ready for prime time though.
I got scars.
That problem is mainly due to US government regulation which inhibits release of wireless drivers as Open Source. However, the temperature in Hell dropped to 30 degrees and stayed there recently and Broadcom announced that it is going to release Open Source drivers.
What kind of wireless card is in that system?
I understand your concern. I feel just the opposite. I got converted into a zsh user (zsh is one of the common login shells) in the early 1990s and my login scripts have been more or less unchanged since around 1996. I use Solaris and RHEL desktop and servers at work, Mac OS X at home now.
Coming up in a couple of months, I'll be celebrating my first quarter century of running Unix at home.
PC gaming is fading out, anyway - most serious players prefer consoles.
The #1 PC game maker is Blizzard (World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, Warcraft) and they have first class support for Apple Macs.
Gaming is a classic chicken or egg problem. My strategery is to avoid anything Microsoft Windows only. It works out fine. I really only have time for one game and World of Warcraft has first class support for Mac OS X, and unofficial support for Linux under Wine. (The Blizzard developers worked with the Wine developers so that the Warden, their anti-cheat subsystem, recognizes Wine as a valid platform).
I think I started playing with it after 2003.
Not quite ... I got my first home Unix machine (it ran a beta Unix System V/R2) around Thanksgiving 1985. I've been a Unix user since September 1981.
Modern Linux is something is something I worked much of my adult life to see happen (I've contributed code to dozens of different Open Source software packages, from glibc and the Linux kernel to sendmail to PostgreSQL), I signed on to the Open Source movement when I got introduced to Emacs in 1987, which of course, was before Open Source got its proper name.
I think I started playing with it after 2003.
That's a pretty good time, actually. Linux distros started picking up polish 2001/2002.
Of course, the burning question is ... Emacs or VI?
This is the one reason why I keep bringing my Mac Book Pro to work every day. I'm the only person in my organization who uses linux (Ubuntu on a desktop) and Openoffice.
Openoffice usually mangles a word or excel document I try to open, so I have to use my mac version of MS word/excel. But this isn't because MS word/excel is better (at least for a casual user like myself...I find that creating documents with OO and converting them to PDF to send to my colleagues works great), it's because MS probably works at keeping the two incompatible.
“It’s not compatible”
This varies by distro. Ubuntu installs perfectly in VMWare Fusion. Mint has a problem with the mouse.
> I wonder if that is a record for longest user of Unix around here....sure beats mine.
I obtained my first AT&T 3B2/300 32-bit Unix SysV minicomputer in mid-1985 -- that's the same year as altair. I don't recall the month, though, so I'll yield. :)
That box changed my life. I had started programming in C a few years before, but the Unix environment and I immediately got along like old buddies, and it's still my favorite OS.
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