How I define "elegant" ...
Running a file system that is journaled so that your data is protected from
power outages for example.
Running a file system that doesn't require defragging.
Running a file system where it doesn't matter how many drives you have they
are all mounted under the root file system. Even drives on other computers
on your LAN or across the Internet.
Being able to run a GUI application remotely across your LAN or across the
Having access to over 20,000 software packages at the click of a mouse,
downloaded and installed from the Internet. All free.
Being able to completely remove a software package without fear that bits
have been left behind.
Having all your system configuration stored in plain text documents so you
can edit them locally or from across the Net.
Having detailed logs of just about everything your computer is doing.
Being able to run an operating system on a wide variety of platforms, not
just Intel hardware.
Running a true multi-user operating system and being able to access user
accounts from anywhere in the world.
Being able to run an operating system on something as simple as a standalone
router all the way to a cluster of super computers and most anything in
Being able to run a computer connected to the Net and not worry about any
Being able to mount a directory that exists on some other computer across
the world and have the directory look and act like it was on your own hard
Having up to 16 independent desktops, each running applications and with a
mouse wheel switch between them.
Being able to jump between an assortment of different window
managers/desktops, all running concurrently with a simple CTL-ALT-Fx.
Being able to mount an ISO, so that it looks like a CD/DVD.
Having access to a command prompt that makes one line commands do everything
from ripping DVDs to changing video files from mpeg, avi, flash, quicktime.
Being able to run the most advanced 3d desktop with very little resource
Having 175 processes running and no slowdown in any app one is running.
Having the ability to devote virtual memory to a drive partition.
Being able to run a complete GUI operating system from a CD or a flash
Being able to clone a hard drive, move it to another machine and have your
whole operating system and data up and running on another computer, even
with a different chipset.
Being able to run the operating system on all your computers in your home or
business and even give away copies to friends, all for free.
Being able to listen to your media without being encumbered with DRM.
Being able to build an SQL based database of all your music on your local
computer or across your LAN for instant playback.
Being able to stay on the leading edge of operating system innovations with
upgrades available every 6 months rather than every 6 years.
Being able to control *all* aspects of a remote computer using a common web
The list goes on and on. Man, is Linux ever great and "elegant".
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