Loving Linux More And More

The more I use Mint Linux the less inclined I am to go back to Windows.
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1 Response Nov 28, 2012

Is Linux anything like Apple's OSX? Does it run on a regular PC or something else? I have heard people say that it is good but I know next to nothing about it. I know that Apple OSX and Linux are both based on UNIX which has inbuilt resilience and security features that are very hard to beat. I struggled with PC's for years but since my first Macintosh I have never looked back. It never gets a virus, and has no need for Norton or McAffee maintenance software. The hardware is very good too. You have to take it to Apple for maintenance but seldom need to. It is a bit pricey but worth every penny. Of course that is just my opinion. There are plenty of others who disagree.

Does it have a GUI? And what hardware does it run on? Does the disk management system use MS-DOS or something else? Do you get it OEM or install it on a PC. I don't understand the implementation basics.

It is installed just like any other operating system. You have a desktop, files, programs, etc. Nearly all of it is a community-based project. Made by users, for users. All the code is open-source, so anyone can write, modify or create from scratch their own version of an operating system or program.

In the beginning there was a very high learning curve with Linux-based operating systems, but they've come a long way and are accessible to even the most novice users now.

Most users start with Ubuntu because it is easy to use and is app-based. Most eventually move on to more flexible platforms like Mint or Debian.

All you have to do is go to one of the websites, download the operating system, make a bootable CD or Flash Drive and you're off and running. The nice thing about nearly all versions is that you can run it from the boot disk rather than installing it directly so that you can take it for a test drive without committing yourself to it.

Added bonus. No viruses. Most viruses are written for Windows, so they simply won't function on a Linux system.

Thanks for your reply Horcus. Will it run on Apple hardware? Does the processor matter ie. G4 or Intel?