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I have run it in the past, can do various simple things, nothing fancy.

Now I have no use or need for linux over windows, but I want to really learn it inside and out, problem being I wont do that unless I can really find a good valid reason to do it for my own good.

Now that being said, give me some hard core reasons to use it over windows for any of my uses.

I want to setup a file server for my music, not for media sharing just for holding it mainly, but that can be done under windows just fine.

I am also considering setting a system up for media serving, mainly a HD TV card to output to numerous TV's *not going to use a video card, a professional setup much more like hotels and your cable company use for things like on-demand *comcast*.

I have heard Myth TV is one of the best for this, but still not sure if that's enough to push me over from Server '03.

I also do lots of music and move encoding/transcoding. Have been considering setting up a mail server with dyndns.

That all being said, anyone have any solid reason why to use linux vs Server '03?
Besides cost as it doesn't matter I already have Server '03.
 

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problem being I wont do that unless I can really find a good valid reason to do it for my own good.
If you're satisfied with Windows-world, why put yourself through a big learning experience just to run Linux? In other words, if the reason to use Linux isn't obvious, then don't inconvenience yourself -- just keep on paying for your software! :)
 
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Well personally I see no reason to "learn the ins and outs" BUT, it's always a good idea to try out other OS's, bits of software etc. just in case you learn something new, or find you prefer something over another.

Sometimes trying a different distro of Linux can provide an entirely different experience.
 

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mythTV is great but if you dont know about linux basics or mysql i wouldnt mess with it. you can just install mythbuntu or another mythTV prebuild but there is still alot of things you must know to get it to all run smoothly.
 
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I know some linux basics and have worked with mysql but not a lot.
 
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Well personally I see no reason to "learn the ins and outs" BUT, it's always a good idea to try out other OS's, bits of software etc. just in case you learn something new, or find you prefer something over another.

Sometimes trying a different distro of Linux can provide an entirely different experience.
Fedora seems to be a more pleasant experience than Ubuntu, in my opinion. :p
 
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mythTV is great but if you dont know about linux basics or mysql i wouldnt mess with it. you can just install mythbuntu or another mythTV prebuild but there is still alot of things you must know to get it to all run smoothly.
I wouldn't say that that's exactly true -- I've run a mythbuntu box, and never had to configure anything more complicated than what I wanted to watch on TV. :p

But, anyway, to the original poster -- if you don't need Linux, you don't really need to use it. It's always good to learn more things -- if you want to, get a copy of VirtualBox and run Ubuntu or something in a virtual machine inside your Windows host.

Personally, I started using Ubuntu on my main computers because I was tired of having to pay for software. For instance -- did you really pay full price for your copy of Windows Server? :D
 
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For instance -- did you really pay full price for your copy of Windows Server? :D
No but it was given to me by a guy who did, he had an extra license.
 
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No but it was given to me by a guy who did, he had an extra license.
...and did he pay for it? Did you see the receipt? :D

Just joking -- though, use whatever you like. Microsoft doesn't even really care that their stuff is pirated -- they've said so themselves.
 
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...and did he pay for it? Did you see the receipt? :D

Just joking -- though, use whatever you like. Microsoft doesn't even really care that their stuff is pirated -- they've said so themselves.
Lol, yes it was really paid for, he runs off site backup servers and vservers for numerous businesses, he just over paid for a license thinking he would need it and didn't end up using it, just sat around for about a year.
 
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Lol, yes it was really paid for, he runs off site backup servers and vservers for numerous businesses, he just over paid for a license thinking he would need it and didn't end up using it, just sat around for about a year.
Ah, but did whatever contract he bought that license under allow him to transfer it to someone for non business purposes? Have you read through the EULA completely? ;)
 
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Ah, but did whatever contract he bought that license under allow him to transfer it to someone for non business purposes? Have you read through the EULA completely? ;)
Who cares?

I just got out of a Linux class that was teaching on the basis of Fedora. From my experience with Fedora, it was a pleasant one. However, I only learned the basics of the basics and I could not run it full time. I dont have the time to learn it in and out and I dont have the patience for the OS itself. I cant even install a program on Linux. I would like to run linux, but my patience and its lack of game support keeps me at bay.
 
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Ah, but did whatever contract he bought that license under allow him to transfer it to someone for non business purposes? Have you read through the EULA completely? ;)
Yes, and its an Retail Server Standard, so yes it is perfectly within the rights, including my changing systems. :toast:
 
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Who cares?

I just got out of a Linux class that was teaching on the basis of Fedora. From my experience with Fedora, it was a pleasant one. However, I only learned the basics of the basics and I could not run it full time. I dont have the time to learn it in and out and I dont have the patience for the OS itself. I cant even install a program on Linux. I would like to run linux, but my patience and its lack of game support keeps me at bay.
Who cares? Not Microsoft, like I said. :laugh:

But I do, and I eventually got tired of that niggling feeling I guess people of conscience get when they use software acquired through dubious means. Using Linux allows me not to worry about that kind of thing. ;)

Never really used Fedora, but I know that in Ubuntu to install a program you just double-click on a .DEB file, just like in Windows with a .EXE.

I can't vouch for whoever taught the Fedora class you took, but if they didn't even cover installing an application in a useful way, try a different teacher next time. ;)

Yes, and its an Retail Server Standard, so yes it is perfectly within the rights, including my changing systems. :toast:
Well, you're in the clear, then. :toast: The few times I've used Windows Server, it hasn't seemed that bad, especially the new 2008 version. I just prefer Linux to get around any licensing hassles, especially since I don't have any friends who run servers professionally. ;)
 
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Never really used Fedora, but I know that in Ubuntu to install a program you just double-click on a .DEB file, just like in Windows with a .EXE.

I can't vouch for whoever taught the Fedora class you took, but if they didn't even cover installing an application in a useful way, try a different teacher next time. ;)
I take online classes. Its not like I can choose my teacher.

Like I said, the class was basics of the basics. I learned how to install a printer, add and remove users, navigate through text in the terminal, things of that nature.
 
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Do you consider terminal functions and user management to be basic functions of using Linux? :confused: I tell everyone I know that, just like on Windows, if you have to open the terminal up in Linux, the designers have failed. :laugh:

You should try finding a class on Ubuntu -- all Linux distros are definitely not the same. I can't even remember the last time I had to open a terminal window on Ubuntu.