Giving Linux a free spin...

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  1. Trotter

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    Now, while I may bash Micro$loth on occassion, I am a Windows man at heart.

    I mean, what's not to love? 99.5% of the software on the planet has been written to work in Windows. 99.5% of all th ecomputers on the planet run Windows. 99.5% of all the games in existance will only work in Windows. (49.83% of all statistics are made up on the spot [​IMG] )

    Anyway, I am experimenting with Linux. Why? Because I want to learn. And I can. Without having to install Linux on my computer. And without having to worry abot messing up my Windows and other programs.

    How? :confused: Glad you asked.

    It's called a "live CD". Basically, you can download a version of Linux (which free, and legal) and burn the image onto a CD, which you can boot your computer from.

    So, what does that do for you? It gives you an operating system that is running from the RAM in your computer and off of the CD. NOT your hard drive. Cool, huh?

    Anyway, if anyone else is interested, here's a couple of links to two verisons of Linux that have bootable versions.
    http://www.ubuntulinux.org/
    http://www.knoppix.org/ - click the American/English flag for English

    There are several others, but I have used both of these. In fact, I'm running Ubuntu right now, with comes with Firefox as the browser and OpenOffice as part of the distro.

    It's nice to know that there are choices out there... even if we don't really want to use them. :cool:

    In Christ,
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  2. preacher

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    I went to the ubuntu site last week & ordered a set of the cd's. They send them out free & even pay the postage. It also is supposed to have other versions of Windows products like "Office Suite" & Money..etc. I believe you can download those too.
    I was looking at a tutoral on the site & it looks like it's a lot of command-line operation, or am I under the wrong impression?
     
  3. Trotter

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    It gave me the option for command line or GUI (graphic user interface, or desktop).

    The operation worked a lot like Windows does. The options were listed on a toolbar at the top of the desktop in drop-down menus. The bottom of the desktop was like Windows, but without the clock (it was at the top) or Start button.

    Something different, and something I plan on learning more about.

    In Christ,
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  4. sovgrace79

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    One other way to give operating systems a test drive is to use Microsoft Virtual PC or VMWare Workstation. Both cost some money, but they allow you to create "virtual" disks and do full installs of most operating systems (Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, etc.)

    I've used Knoppix before and I was impressed at how well it worked on a variety of computers.

    My favorite Linux distribution is Debian, because its package management seems to be close to FreeBSD, which is another operating system that is free.
     
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    I just got done installing CentOS on one of our servers here at the office today! I run RedHat on three other servers I manage.
     
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    My son loves Linux. I'm an old Windows guy, don't want to learn anthing else.
     
  7. Trotter

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    I've downloaded the live CD of Kubuntu 5.10, but I haven't gotten around to booting it yet.

    Basically, it is the KDE version of Ubuntu (I think). [​IMG]

    In Christ,
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    We are running the new version on Ubuntu on our sound board computer to record and convert sermons to mp3's. It runs flawlessly and I am very pleased with it. I have been a RedHat guy in the past, but Ubuntu is a much 'lighter' install than RedHat.
     

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