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Does anyone here us Linux OS?

my son got it installed on his PC, and he has been showing me some of the incredible things he can do with it. I am more than impressed.

I'm thinking about having him put it on mine, too, only thing is the learning curve for me.

But I am very tempted.
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On 2009-05-05 20:56, daffydoug wrote:
Does anyone here us Linux OS?

my son got it installed on his PC, and he has been showing me some of the incredible things he can do with it. I am more than impressed. It's like a 3D world.

I'm thinking about having him put it on mine, too, only thing is the learning curve for me.

But I am very tempted.
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Oops! I don't know how I just ingeminated myself in that post.

D'oh!
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I run a Debian Linux box.

You can experiment with *** Small Linux (DSL) ... it is a scaled down KNOPPIX Linux that fits on a USB drive. At only 50 megabytes, it can boot off a USB drive, a LiveCD, or you can even run it under Windows with QEMU.

In other words, you don't need to install anything or mess up your Windows harddrive. It is a little slow when running it under Windows, but if you boot from USB or LiveCD it runs rather well.

http://damnsmalllinux.org/



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I used to run Red Hat (later Fedora Core) linux. Generally, I was very happy with it. I ran into problems at the time because I was collaborating on a number of writing projects using Microsoft Office products. The conversions between the Linux OpenOffice (which is fabulous, BTW) and Office were good but not perfect, causing a certain amount of annoyance for my collaborators. I switched back to the Dark Side just for social, not computing, reasons.

Bottom line: If it runs the applications you want and you don't mind a bit of head-scratching Linux is fab.

John
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Jon updated me that it is possible to having both OS's at the same time. He said I could have the option of running windows inside Linux or Linux inside windows.
Sounds like a great compromise to me.

And he also informs me that Linux is virtually virus free. Fantabulus!

I'll also bring up to him the ideas you guys have just proffered.
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I have never used Linux. Linux Ubuntu was on my old school's computers (along with Windows) and everyone bagged it so I didn't even bother trying it.

Does Linux have an good user interface?
How much space is it to download the OS (and run through Windows as well)?
Linux is an open source, right? So you can just download many good programs for free?
Are most new games compatable with it?
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On 2009-05-06 04:23, Xaethia wrote:
I have never used Linux. Linux Ubuntu was on my old school's computers (along with Windows) and everyone bagged it so I didn't even bother trying it.

Does Linux have an good user interface?
How much space is it to download the OS (and run through Windows as well)?
Linux is an open source, right? So you can just download many good programs for free?
Are most new games compatable with it?


1. The graphical interface continues to improve. It is good, but it is subtly different from either Windows or the Mac interface.

2. Each Linux version occupies a different amount. It's an operating system, so it's a lot. But it's much less than Windows. Check the distribution before using.

3. Linux is open source. Just download and go. Add OpenOffice and a Mozilla browser and you've got a ton of value for free. There is s tonne of fair to good to great software available, but not everything you might want. You'll have to snoop around a bit.

4. I've been off linux for a couple of years, but my experience is that most games run poorly or not at all outside of their intended OS.

Linux is free and powerful but it requires a certain amount of do-it-yourself-ness. Don't install it if you aren't prepared to spend a fair bit of time learning your way around.

John
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The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
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Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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My experience went something like this. I set up a computer at home to run Linux. Then I got used to linux and when my Windows XP install died (like it always does) I quit using Windows at home all together.

I then discovered that Mac is based on free BSD which is basically linux, and as a consequence I was able to work proficiently on a Mac.

I purchased an IMac two years ago and it still runs like the first time I took it out of the box. After the pc rotted in the bottom of my closet for two years I reformatted it and installed Ubuntu linux and gave it to my Dad.

My father is 65 years old and requested the linux box. He finds linux much easier to work with than Windows.

Windows day came and went. Install Ubuntu or grab a Mac. Mac may be more expensive initially, but there is ZERO maintenance. If you can't do the work yourself, the maintenance fees on a Windows machine will tear you a new one over the course of a year.

Besides, wouldn't it be nice to see your RAM used for something other than the operating system?
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Are most new games compatable with it?

No. My solution to this was to use a linux or Mac any time that I needed a computer, and to use a video game console ie XBox or Playstation, when I wanted to play video games.

The truth is, computers make crap video game consoles. The reason being, is that the architecture is lack luster for the application. Consider the demand for high bandwidth parallel processing. Video game consoles are engineered with specially tailored RISC chips to get the job done.

Try using your computer as a computer. I think you'll be amazed what a nice computer a computer makes...
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