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Submission + - Will Linux save the planet? ( 6

00_NOP writes: Acoording to a report on Softpedia, citing a UK government study, Linux PCs are likely to be used for 6 — 8 years instead of the typical 3 — 4 years of a Windows-based PC. With the price of copper and other commodities rocketing, seems like it is good news for the bank balance as well as, errr, the penguins. My oldest Linux box is from 2001 — what's yours?
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Will Linux save the planet?

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  • or because of the users?

    The average linux users know how to deal with their machines' failures, while the average Windows user will just think "it's broken" and go for a new one.
    • that's a very good point. I have a machine from 1996 that is running Windows XP at home. I set it up to do some side projects that had to be done with IIS/ASP (requirements from the client).
    • The average linux users know how to deal with their machines' failures, while the average Windows user will just think "it's broken" and go for a new one.

      This is not really a factor. The average Windows user takes their machine to the local computer store where they must present their original CDs or be told the machine is obsolete because it won't run current M$ software. If it's easier for you and me, it will be easier for local repair shops and more people will be able to keep their computers longer

  • ...but Linux is more stable. The reason many people get new computers is because the newest operating system comes out (except for Vista, apparently) and they either want or think the need the extra features/security/benefits/etc. Also, they may feel their hardware is obsolete because it is slow, or has only one core, or what have you. The same Linux kernel, however, can be used for any machine with the proper type processor: I am running Linux kernel 2.6 on a modern computer with a dual-core processor a
  • A 233 MHz PII is a little slow, but it runs the latest from Debian well enough. The Thinkpad 600's bright screen and solidity is why it's still one of my favorites. Vista that, M$ fanboys.

    • I have a machine like that, but it's an old Toshiba from ca. 1999. Doesn't even have a built-in NIC, so it uses an old 3Com CardBus deal with a weird dongle that works pretty well. I've changed the battery on that about three times, and it's still going strong. It has Windows 2000 with GeoShell and a lot of very useful tools I need. I even run AbiWord on it for light stuff.

      It won't run Eclipse though, or Visual Studio. Just like your ThinkPad doesn't run Eclipse or KDevelop or a bunch of other software. P

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