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[vox] Non-Geek Linux Advantages

The geeks on this list know why Linux is better than Windows.  But here are 
three reasons why Linux is better for the non-geek.  Reason #3 is the one 
that is both little talked about and very important.  

1)  Stability- 

Non-geeks need stability as well as geeks.  I've not tried XP, but I've heard 
that it is very stable.  But at least until XP, stability is a reason 
non-geeks should use Linux.

2)  Full Hard Disk- 

I posted on this before.  Most people don't know about this one because they 
never fill up their hard disks.  When the had disk gets full Windows goes 
south in a very big way.  With 200 megs left on a 4.5 partition, Windows 
becomes more unstable.  With 150 megs left is becomes virtually unusable.  
Linux on the other had runs flawlessly until the point that you get error 
messages that the disk is full and can't be written to.

3)  Printing Multitasking-

I'm really surprised that I haven't heard people talking about this one.  
Windows may multitask, but it sure doesn't like to.  If I have a big print 
job in Windows, my computer effectively shuts down for all other purposes.  
If I give up trying to work while it is printing, I can barely play Solitaire 
waiting for the print job to end.  So, I don't play.  Linux multitasks 
flawlessly when I have a large print job running.  

When I first noticed this difference  two and a half years ago I didn't think 
much of it because I had a winprinter and a linux compatible printer both 
hooked up to a dual boot.  Since the winprinter, by design, runs more off of 
the computer's cpu I figured that it was natural that it would drain off more 
computer resources so that I couldn't do anything else while the print job 
was on.  But on my new Sunset Systems (Rod Roark built) dual boot, I've got 
the same printer for both Windows and Linux.  And still I can't work in 
Windows when I'm printing, but I can in Linux.


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