Novice Linux User

bought my first computer oct 2003. first ran linux oct 2005. bought second, third, and fourth computers early 2006. started using linux full time mar 2006. all my computers are now mac and microsoft free. i feel free. i feel clean. i love it.

linux ain't so hard to learn. it just takes a little commitment. i wasn't learning linux because i kept booting windows. finally i decided to stay booted in linux and learn what i needed or don't do anything till i learned how to do it with linux. it was easy, really. now it's all i'll use. if you gave me os/x or windows vista i would erase them and install linux.
cybormoron cybormoron
51-55, M
4 Responses Oct 6, 2006

It's the same with me. Windows does have value though, in that there are some proprietary software that can't be loaded on Linux

Install Linux on what? An iMac or a PC? Does it have a GUI? What are the hardware requirements?

hardware requirement same as Windows. On PC definitely. Linux requires far less ram and is a much smaller system which means it doesn't hog a whole lot of space.

I still do not know if there is a GUI, and does it use DOS or something like it? Is it best to buy it preloaded by the original manufacturer? Some versions of Windows loaded some utilities during boot-up like HIMEM.SYS from the CONFIG.SYS or STARTUP files and if they do not load for any reason the start up just crashes with very little explanation. So long as you have a map of upper memory requirements and you're sure your memory configuration complies you can probably work your way through it. Problem is, there's NO documentation and I have never met anybody who seemed to really understand it. I have heard that MS WINDOWS these days is pretty smooth sailing, but us nerds see things at their worst rather than their best. The biggest buyer of desktop computers by far is the corporate sector who buy them by the truckload with a 12 month replacement warranty factored into the price. When things go wrong they just dump it. No one has got time to fix them. The economy of redundancy does not stack up so well for the home user. The home user is really up against it. You're on your own. Either you need to be a genius or you need expert help. I am very happy with my 20" flat screen iMac. Sorry about the rant. I am still curious about Linux and would consider buying a good new dedicated PC in order to find out about it. I want to know, I don't need to.

my sentiments exactly. I think Linux really improved with the wide spread advent of broadband internet. Each new version of Linux got better and better. Now I think (I know) it's better than any version of Windows.

Maybe I should have joined here cause of my lack of experience with linux but, do a lot of reading/watching tech ed videos on the subject.

There's only 2 things to know about Linux for the newby. Everything you need in terms of software like plugins and the like are already installed. However if you have to install anything yourself, you have to go into there software repository. Most of the download and installation programs online are made for Windows. Other tan that just go on Firefox and enjoy it. If say you want to install another browser like opera or Chromium, you have to get it from there repository. It's easy to find. It's in the menu. No disk defrag, disk errors, no utilities necessary or virus programs to install. The near perfect browser