Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

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.

share|improve this question

closed as not constructive by fretje, Nifle, ldigas, Sathya, Phoshi Mar 17 '10 at 19:28

As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, visit the help center for guidance.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

4  
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
    
@ceejayoz That was a joke right? –  zengr Mar 18 '10 at 1:14
show 1 more comment

2 Answers 2

up vote 6 down vote accepted

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 OpenOffice.org and Firefox/Chrome then explain that with Linux, they can do practically everything they do on windows, without have to spend hundreds on software.

share|improve this answer
add comment

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.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.