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Posted by LostInColorado (Member # 862) on September 11, 2002, 21:49:
I freed my Windows XP from the tyranny of the Internet Explorer icon on the desktop and the start menu!

Similar thing with Outlook Express....

Now, if only I could afford a Mac...
Posted by SpikeSpiegel (Member # 1452) on September 12, 2002, 03:01:
Halleluah! Praise the LORD!

Posted by Oz, the Wizard of (Member # 1454) on September 12, 2002, 13:24:
No shock there. I'm a hardcore 'Win-Doze' user and I always do that.

Posted by Zwilnik (Member # 615) on September 12, 2002, 15:45:
Lost (and other XP users) have a read of this interesting Register article. It gives tips on how to remove/avoid a rather nasty exploit in XP.
Posted by TheAnnoyedCockroach (Member # 1115) on September 12, 2002, 17:48:
People! Abandon your sinful Windoze ways! Come into the light of the holiest Tux, and he shalt set thy soul free!
Posted by Syntax Error (Member # 1658) on September 13, 2002, 00:19:
All my critical things are Linux right now, and this machine will be Linux as soon as Slackware 9 is released... OOooooh, can't wait for that day. [Eek!]
Posted by Spiderman (Member # 1609) on September 17, 2002, 09:11:
Originally posted by TheAnnoyedCockroach:
People! Abandon your sinful Windoze ways! Come into the light of the holiest Tux, and he shalt set thy soul free!

True o true my brother in linuxism. Thou hast said well!

Posted by Anthony C Fielding (Member # 1490) on October 11, 2002, 05:48:
The almighty Tux is lord over all operaing systems(debatable). To become enlightened (lol, Linux users will understand) is to install one of the following...

Slackware Linux
Red Hat Linux
BSD Unix
Suse Linux
Mandrake Linux...
(not in order of coolness)

-By the way which is the best Linux to use, I want you're oppinions here please ppl.
Thanks -My fav is ummm Slackware/BSD
Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on October 11, 2002, 06:36:
BSD is NOT Linux. They are two entirely different code bases. A lot of the user level software they run is the same, but the philosophy is different.

Linux has a zillion contributers and lots of support for current hardware and a lot of varience between different distributions. It always trys to be cutting edge. New things get tried out and they sometimes work, sometimes don't. A major feature can entirely change between releases. It also adopted many System V'isms for administration (particularly the /etc/rc.d subsystem)

FreeBSD is built on the original BSD code base that gave birth to SunOS (up to 4.x, 5.x and beyond is system V). It's kernel is totally rock solid. It's networking is probably more stable than Linux. The firewall capabilities are more flexible. My experience is that it makes better use of the hardware.

There are also other BSDs. NetBSD tries to be really cutting edge. It's great for people who like that. It's generally unsafe for server applications. You can find the others with a google search.

The choice depends of the application. For your desktop you want a Linux distro. Either redhad or slackware will do. I recommend those not from any comparison, but because they won the market wars. My company sells software that runs on many Unix and Linux distributions. The only requests we get for Linux are redhat and slackware.

On the other hand, if you are running a mission critical server, go with FreeBSD. You'll thank yourself in the morning.
Posted by dajt (Member # 627) on October 11, 2002, 11:25:
No, if you're running a mission-critical server, run OpenBSD, because security matters. So what if the install feels like putting 4.3BSD on a VAX, and nothing feels "cutting-edge" about it. You don't want whizz-bang, you want your box to still *be* yours tomorrow. And you can't stop there. Keep the patchlevel up to date.

On the other hand, my desktop machines are Linux, and my game machine is Windows 98. Use the right tool for the job.
Posted by graphicrevolution (Member # 1748) on October 29, 2002, 09:54:
Yeah, I was gonna say, maybe you should free your machine from Windows XP, and move on to some Linux, or FreeBSD..That's right! I said Linux OR FreeBSD...maybe I swing both got a problem with that? Yeah, anyway, I don't believe to be breakin' down any walls there, just having a laugh.
Posted by Charisma (Member # 1164) on October 29, 2002, 18:39:
I was going to install Linux, donno which flavor, on my beige G3 just to fool around with it, but I never did. Now I've got OS X and I'm playing with Perl, PHP and MySQL. Maybe some day...

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