Just recently discovered Linux, and was wondering before i go and take
time to install Linux on my computer, is Linux faster than Windows?,
is it easy to use? and what would be a good version/company to start
Thank you in adavance.
Thank you in adavance.
I believe it is. I don't believe it's easy to learn, though. SomeQuote:> is it easy to use?
My general rule: use what your friends use. You should then be able toQuote:> and what would be a good version/company to start
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> Just recently discovered Linux, and was wondering before i go and take
> time to install Linux on my computer,
> is Linux faster than Windows?,
Your Mileage May Vary.
Caldera is supposed to have the easiest install procedure. RedHat isQuote:> is it easy to use? and what would be a good version/company to start
Short answer: pick Caldera or RedHat. Spring for the $50 shrink-wrapped
package, as the included manual(s) will help you out a lot. Consider
buying O'Reilly's "Running Linux" book, as it can help out even
medium-advanced users as well as newbies.
1) If you can, get another hdd and install linux on it. or if you have a
spare computer to experiment with, all the better.
I still remember the chill I felt when the installer was unable to set
up the partitions properly because of 'overlapping partitions'.
And I'd just nuked the boot partition.
( The problem turned out to be dos's use of hdd params from BIOS,while
Linux was bypassing the BIOS altogether. Fix : delete all partitions. That
was a spare hdd anyway.)
2) Read up on some basic unix commands, and locate a quick-reference or
something for vi, the Unix editor. nothing fancy; just know how to exit from
vi, scroll, insert, append, delete ... the basic operations.
3) Read the installation howto's.
4) Familirize yourself with 'irq' ( Interrupt request ) numbers , and IO
input-output) ports and notations like 0x300 ( meaning hexadecimal, 300) .
You'll need those to setup the ethernet card.
5) I'm guessing you use a telephone to connect to the internet : so read the
PPP howto, and the ISP howto. If not, there are appropriate howto's for
cable modems, dsl and isdn.
>is it easy to use? and what would be a good version/company to start
GUI is simple to use. If you caught on to the windows GUI, you will catch
on to which ever windowing system you use.
No problem there. I'm not an authority on the GUI since my setup did not
need it, so I did not install it.
I started with Redhat . Played with 5.0, upgraded, then changed to rh6.0Quote:>with?
By the way, the admin account on Linux is called "root", and not "admin" .
Something to watch out for.
Quote:>Thank you in adavance.
>> and what would be a good version/company to start
>My general rule: use what your friends use.
The good news is that geeks aren't very picky about theirQuote:>You should then be able to borrow their CDs and even get them
>to install it for you. If you don't have friends, go find new
>ones at http://www.linux.com/lug/. You then get a free install
>and support (though you may have to periodically buy pizza to
>get advanced support).
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It will come with a manual and it is relatively easy to install.
You will need to partition your harddrive, which will all be explained
in the book.
You must accept that there will be a learning curve and you will likely
run into frustrations. But also recognize the same thing happens with Windows.
Also, there are relatively easy to use windows managers such as KDE. KDE is
about as easy to use as Windows 9* though there is a learning curve and you
need to get used to it.
The bottom line is you have some learning ahead but it is interesting and you'll
enjoy the process.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Quote:>Caldera is supposed to have the easiest install procedure. RedHat is
>used by the most people. SuSE includes damn near everything in their
>distro, but isn't as friendly to new installers. Debian and Slackware
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Quote:>are great for advanced users.
I'm not sure that this is true for Debian. Admittedly the initialQuote:>Short answer: pick Caldera or RedHat. Spring for the $50 shrink-wrapped
>package, as the included manual(s) will help you out a lot. Consider
>buying O'Reilly's "Running Linux" book, as it can help out even
>medium-advanced users as well as newbies.
Also, the text-based scripts for setting up PPP, printer etc. do work;
and I think it's better to have them in this form.
Debian takes its time in putting out a stable system; this means that
when it does come out thr system really is stable, which is more than
you can say for some of the others.
I'd say the main thing about moving to Linux from Windows is that you
need to accept that there are other ways of doing things than MS
prescribes. This takes some getting used to but is worth it in the end.
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