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If some one (Windows User, non-techie) asks you, what is Linux and Why go for it? What would you answer?

Need a technical answer.

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You're asking for a technical answer for a non-technical person? Kind of contradictory isn't it? – heavyd Mar 17 '10 at 17:57
lol, by a technical answer, I didn't mean, it's detailed intricacies, but a high level technical overview of Linux. – zengr Mar 17 '10 at 18:01
Well, my my nontechnical answer to a non-techie asking why to go for Linux would be: Don't – Nicholaz Mar 17 '10 at 19:01
Have you tried Wikipedia? – ceejayoz Mar 17 '10 at 19:04
@zengr No, it wasn't. Wikipedia gives a perfectly good explanation of what Linux is and what its advantages and disadvantages are. – ceejayoz Mar 19 '10 at 12:51
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Linux is a generic term for any distribution running on the Linux Kernel. There are many 'flavours' (distributions) such as Fedora, Ubuntu and Debian. It is an free and open source alternative to Unix.

It is used for servers and desktop PCs alike.

Generally, it is more complex than windows, but runs a 'similar' to Mac OSX (which runs on FreeBSD, essentially.)

If I was to explain WHY they should go for it, it would really depend on what they wanted to use their PC for. Also, Your OS is less of a consideration than the applications you install.

With that in mind, if they wanted it for run-of-the-mill use such as writing documents and surfing the web, I would point them to and Firefox/Chrome then explain that with Linux, they can do practically everything they do on windows, without have to spend hundreds on software.

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Linux is an operating system, like Windows and Mac OS X. Linux is typically used for running servers, but techie users will use it as their main OS.

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