>>7772068 The terminal is an incredibly powerful and flexible tool but it has a big learning curve. Installing and managing the software on your system is easier on most linux distributions through cli package managers than it is on Windows or OS X.
I dualboot Windows 10 and Fedora on my laptop. Once I find a way to make Fedora have better battery life than Windows, I'm gonna switch to just Fedora with Windows in a VM.
I have Debian on my laptop. It has all the functionality I need, and tons of scientific software available for free.
Programming is also much, much easier. You don't need an 8GB VS installation or a compiler like MinGW or Visual C++ to write software easily, because GNU/Linux is integrated well with the GNU Compiler Collection. Making a program is easy as:
(application to open in) hello.cpp (type program and save) make hello ./hello
And you just ran your first executable program. You can move it to your bin to execute it like any other program without specifying the directory.
There are also far more options for customization and hardware compatibility than Windows.
I don't see a reason NOT to use Linux unless required by an employer or you play computer games that are incompatible.
>>7772024 I've been using linux for over 10 years now. I have a laptop with Windows 7 on it but all I use it for is Steam games which is another way of saying I never use it because I never have time for games any more.
The biggest benefits are that LaTeX is easier to use and manage. It's easier to maintain and keep software updated. Programming is also far easier on linux (I'm not even sure if it's possible to program in theorem provers and academic languages on Windows or OSX).
I use Arch linux. For package management I handle most things through Pacman (arch's package manager) but for anything Haskell, GHC, or Agda related I use the Nix package manager (It's a functional package manager, it pretty much makes Cabal hell in-existent and everything just werks). My window manager is XFCE4 with Compton for compositing.
If NixOS (a linux variant built around the Nix package manager) had a larger community I would consider switching to it. However I like how simple everything is in Arch (don't listen to the pretentious douchebags from /g/ who say Arch is harder).
>>7772024 Started with Xubuntu, used Debian and Ubuntu for a while and recently switched to Arch Linux. There are various reason that led me to use GNU/Linux instead of Windows or MacOS, for example: - it's free (both as in free beer and free speech) - it's much more customizable - it lets me actually decide what I want to do with my machine - it has a much more usable cli and it's easier to automate tasks - it takes up less disk space for the same functionalities - etc.
All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective parties. Images uploaded are the responsibility of the Poster. Comments are owned by the Poster.
This is a 4chan archive - all of the shown content originated from that site. This means that 4Archive shows their content, archived. If you need information for a Poster - contact them.
If a post contains personal/copyrighted/illegal content, then use the post's [Report] link! If a post is not removed within 24h contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the post's information.