Originally Posted by DaverJ
I'm trying to figure out what Linux has that a Win7/8 64-bit machine with 16gigs of RAM doesn't?
Not trying to be snarky, I just want to understand the appeal of Linux.
It's open source which, by allows people to publicly own and modify the software, unlike windows or MAC, which are closed source. The Linux OS is free to own, whereas you need to pay money to own a license to use Windows or OSX, and the software they offer is free to use. However, Windows and OSX do allow people to use free open source software and modify it, which kind of makes the use of Linux more of an ethical philosophy than Linux being the better OS.
I would love to use Linux, as I think it is ethically better to have open source software, but the limited software available for Linux for it doesn't seem worth it for me, at least not now.