Why we like Linux desktops

Summary:In this week's Patch Monday podcast, ZDNet.com.au staffers Renai LeMay and Chris Duckett discuss why they use Linux full time where they can and what they like and don't like about it.

In this week's Patch Monday podcast, ZDNet.com.au staffers Renai LeMay and Chris Duckett discuss why they use Linux full time where they can and what they like and don't like about it.

They both like Linux because it's more secure and currently has a graphical user interface that puts it out ahead of Windows and Mac OS X. Additional great features include better security and the ability to tinker at a more basic level with the guts of the operating system.

However, while it is nice to not have to pay for anti-virus software, minor annoyances do exist, such as when playing full-screen Flash videos — which in true Linux geek fashion is summed up by xkcd below. With the exception of computer games, is there an activity that can be done inside of Windows or OS X that cannot be done equally well on a Linux machine?

The horrible reality of Linux
(Supported features image by xkcd, CC2.5)

If you are a user of Linux and have some benefits and/or problems that we have missed in this episode, let us know in the talkback below.

Topics: Open Source, Hardware, Linux, Software Development

About

Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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