/ Linux, Unix, and Open Source in Poland
there's only one linux kernel; )
there's only one windows, in those terms. XP would be a distribution of windows (or the desktop environment, not actually sure on that one)
There's matlab for Linux ; )
I work for a lab doing neuroimaging research and we do all our stats on that program. This is at the University of California, and the neurologist heading the program has mentioned needing to learn command prompt due to his past superiors wanting research done on linux because it had greater computing power and could come out with specialized medical programs sooner. We also use FSL (adapted to work in windows, but natively a linux program) to work on our images as well.
Linux in research is a reality, whoever said open source programs can't be used for research.
Linux would be probably much more popular if it supported more games that it actually supports
Actually, according to my friend (gamer + programmer by profession, with siblings working in MS and HP), the only reason MS is still afloat (for the most part) is that the graphics libraries used by most high-end comp games aren't available on linux and because on a whole Apple sux for serious games. If all three sys had the same games MS would have nothing to offer.
That's the problem with Linux, it's hard to approach, you can spend hours on installing it, if you don't have another pc plugged into internet, it can be really hard to go through the installation process.
well, you should always install when you have another comp that already has int access in case something goes wrong. It was one of the first things my friend told me. However, Ubuntu ran internet out of the box, while the XP required tons of drivers we had to scout on the net to work (my laptop came with vista), so actually I had linux on there in under 1/2hour, another couple hours were spent figuring out why xp hated my comp and making it accept the dual boot.
It depends really, I remember that there are types of packet flood attacks that can end as a DoS that only Linux is prone to
Linux doesn't open any file automatically. you have to run it (or a program you run needs to run it). The only time it would open it automatically is if you installed a program (gave a program permission) to open a certain type of file automatically... and even then it usually still asks. It's always that it DL's something, then a window pops up (this is if you click to install something, even official) asking if you okay its installation and so on.