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Use Linux, damnit. [Dec. 7th, 2002|11:52 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Mowed my lawn... the grass was kinda frozen so it was a bit tough with my push mower.

My dad just called and said his hard-drive crashed. He lost "less than a month's worth of pictures" along with other stuff. Pisses me off.... he's always bitching about stupid problems that having a Linux box in the house could easily fix:

He wants to rip CDs without paying for programs or having stupid ads popping up (like in RealJukebox). Okay, use cdparanoia.

He doesn't want to lose data (obviously). Okay, setup software RAID and export it with Samba.

Hell, I can't think of other examples at the moment, but him needing Linux seems to come up whenever he complains about computer stuff.

And it's not unreasonable for me to "force" it on him, either. He knows Unix, after all. Shit, he's the one that taught it to me originally. And it's not like he doesn't have a bunch of spare computers or the money to buy a new machine, especially since computers are so dirt-cheap nowadays.


[User Picture]From: supersat
2002-12-07 03:42 pm (UTC)
There ARE freeware ripping programs out there for Windows, and you can do RAID/file sharing in Windows, ya know...
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[User Picture]From: stephenbooth_uk
2002-12-07 05:10 pm (UTC)
True. But in my experience Linux will tend to stay up longer before it needs rebooting and will run reasonably well on older/lower spec hardware when compared to Windows. I've got Linux boxes doing file sharing, HTTPD and mail/news running on 486 and low end Pentium (133 and 266), mainly kit that has been dumped by other people and donated, that only needs to be rebooted when I power it off to move it or replace a failed hardware part (say reboot once every 8-12 months typically, I think the longest one ever went between reboots (an early SuSe install running without X11 and serving web pages, as I recall) was 27 months and then it was only rebooted cos we were moving it to a new server room). I've yet to meet a Windows (or Netware for that matter) box that will do something useful and stay up for more than 14 days without problems.
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2002-12-08 12:47 pm (UTC)
Heh, ive got an old OS/2 warp cd and boxed set around here somewhere.. Put that on your dads computer.. heh
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