Is Linux right for you?

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Today in Open Source: Should you use Linux? Plus: antiX 13.2 released, and the 2013 developer salary survey results

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Is Linux Right for You?

Many folks using other operating systems sometimes wonder if Linux is right for them. CNet presents the pros and cons of using Linux.

In fact, maybe it's time for Linux.

The open-source operating system offers users a Windows-like alternative with a few key advantages:

1. It's free.

2. Most software for Linux: also free.

3. It runs briskly with less horsepower under the hood, making it a good choice for older PCs.

4. No viruses. No spyware. No adware.

5. You can choose from a variety of user-interface styles, including some that closely resemble Windows (XP, 7, etc.).

Here are some key things to know about Linux before you take the plunge:

1. There may be software incompatibilities

2. There may be hardware incompatibilities

3. There's a learning curve

4. You'll have to give up gaming

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Like anything else, there are positives and minuses about using Linux. But I think the positives vastly outweigh any potential negatives. And even if someone ultimately decides not to use Linux, it's still a great learning experience if they install it in a virtual machine or on a spare computer.

antiX 13.2 Released

antiX13.2 has been released, according to DistroWatch

The antiX team is pleased to announce the second update of antiX-13 full version for 32-bit and 64-bit systems, based on Debian 'Wheezy'. This update includes those made upstream and various bug fixes specific to antiX.

We have also included some new user-requested features for you to enjoy. antiX changes: to fit on a CD, some applications had to go (of course, they can be installing using apt-get or synaptic); upgraded 3.7.10 kernel to include zRAM as requested by users; removed alsa-oss, exoodles, gigolo...; Connectshares - various improvements and fixes; fixed broken persistence with 'toram' option; corrected old antiX repository error in 32-bit full version; fixed various JWM menu bugs; links to Rox manual fixed in menus and documentation.

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