Monday, January 23, 2006

Why Linux


Linux is an operating system (os) for your computer. It has its own advantages to it than using windows. Over all flexibility to customize what programs you want and don?t want. Its more stable than a few other operating systems (os). Plus the price is better than Mac and windows.


On the down side, some Linux os? are easier to install than others. But the tech support is there to help you in any way to any question you have on it. The best place to get most answers to Linux is http://www.linuxquestions.org or http://www.linuxiso.org or http://www.distrowatch.com. These are also great technical support sites as well.


Take Windows for instance, it is so large and takes up so much system resources and will make your system run so slow. So the advantage to Linux is that you can pick and choose the programs you want to add onto your system.


So you want to use some of your programs you have that is requiring Windows? Well there is ways around that too. You can use wine or a win emulator, but some of them like wine can be a real pain to use, but there are open source / freeware versions of them. Like OpenOffice.


You may ask what is a win emulator? This is program that tricks the program you want to use on Linux versus Windows, to make the program run on Linux rather than Windows. Wine is a program that setups dll links that it needs to run on. But all Linux distributions come with a great selection of programs, an others that can fit to the distribution you have. Some distributions use RPM, Redhat, Fedora, and Mandrake.


Are you still not sure what distribution of Linux you need or want? It?s always good to research things that you are about to do and ask around to others that is using Linux and which distribution they are using. Linux has great programs that can do just about anything you can think of. Plus the install and configuration process is some of the easiest. The best way to find out about this is check into a live version CD like Knoppix. This runs from the cd-rom only and you are not committed to it permanently. Some are harder to setup than others, like Debian is an os that can be difficult to install and setup. But you take Mandrake for instance is a much easier os to install and setup. But in the end your best bet, if you are still not sure, is to try the Knoppix CD to see if this is what you want to do and use.


Some of these distributions depend on the hardware you have. Like Fedora works best on older systems such as i386 and up. So if you have a system that is 3 yrs old or newer, then you may want to use Redhat or Mandrake.


The easiest installs are Fedora, Mandrake and Redhat. The hardest part is partitioning. Most get confused most with this. Some Linux os? will ask if you want it partitioned like root, home, and swap. Root is the main user of your system kind of like Administrator in Windows. The Root is the main account on your system. Swap is used for instance like a kernal swap. Home is where the other files like doc and so on are held. (Ok every os has a kernal, the easiest way to explain a kernal is basically what?s called system command processor, basically its a set of instructions that tells what the rest of the software to do. Oh and its home.)


You must know what hardware you have to run certain distributions of Linux. A good rule of thumb, depending which Linux os you want to run is to check and see if they have a hardware list or finished computer that will support it. Such as one person found out that his Linux os did not support his wireless card and did not support his cd/dvd burner. So do your homework and check everything out before you install. To find out if the version you want to install go to the distribution site. The have a list of computers and parts that is certified that it can support. Some can support and there are some that may need to download other drivers to get it all up and running correctly. Like Fedora is a good one for laptops and support it for the most parts of them.


Bottom line to all things technical is, do your homework and research it totally before committing.


Remember these sites for your research as listed above, here they are once again:


http://www.linuxiso.org


http://www.linuxquestions.org


http://www.distrowatch.com

1 Comments:

Blogger geovolt said...

Does anyone know where I can find a driver for mass storage controller, for a HP Pavillion DV 1000, thanks for the help ahead of time

10:44 PM, January 25, 2006  

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