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I've seen it mentioned for years now but never really shown an interest. I tried to read up about it on wikipedia but it seemed very complicated. Can anyone give an idiots guide to it? What are the … Read More
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1d, 4d agoPosted 1 decade, 4 days ago
I've seen it mentioned for years now but never really shown an interest. I tried to read up about it on wikipedia but it seemed very complicated.

Can anyone give an idiots guide to it?

What are the benefits/disadvantages?
Why is it better than windows?

Would be interested to know :thumbsup:
Donleeone Avatar
1d, 4d agoPosted 1 decade, 4 days ago
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#1
Its free!
I use Ubuntu on my laptop, does everything I need and doesn't use as many resources as windows.
It self updates too, so no programming knowledge required like early Linux OS
#2
Ok first things first, it's probably easiet just to have a look and see for yourself: http://www.ubuntu.com/ download the CD ISO, burn it and stick it in your machine. It's a Live CD so the OS can run from CD with out affecting your system, meaning you can try it without messing around with your system.

But the advantages are many:

[LIST]
[*]Not affected by Viruses, that's not to say as some believe, that there aren't Linux Viruses just that the security model used negates the danger. - So no need to run AV software.
[*]The Linux kernel has a built in iptables based firewall, much more effective than the Windows equivalent.
[*]It's (usually) free.
[*]Lots of free software every bit as good as the windows equivalents.
[*]With Beryl Linux can be prettier than Windows Vista.
[*]Unlike Windows Vista there's no built in DRM.
[*]Unlike Windows Vista there's no built in spyware reporting back to Microsoft.
[*]Because of the above two points it's much faster than Windows Vista (Ubuntu's slightly quicker than XP too, that's not true of all distributions but is often the case)
[*]As it's based on UNIX it's generally much more stable that Windows.
[*]+ many more I can't think of off the top of my head.
[/LIST]

The disadvatages:
[LIST]
[*]Rubbish for games.
[/LIST]
#3
One other thing, I would use it on my desktop pc if there was an Autoroute equivalent, but as yet I cant find one.
So if you rely on certain software you may have no choice but to use MS.

Thats the only reason I dont completely ditch Windows.
#4
Also, you may find it useful to check out a local Linux User Group (LUG).

You should be able to find a list of them at: http://www.lug.org.uk/lugs/index.php
#5
If I find I can stream to the 360 with Linux and happily network a Vista laptop, I'll be changing to Linux...

Just can't muster up the ar$edness to look into it yet.
#6
Yeah a live cd is the best option, Its the security benefits to me that makes it better (Most of the windows viruses are created by linux users!), It normally runs quicker to!

Most of the software is freeware to!
#7
Iom-RF
(Most of the windows viruses are created by linux users!)

What's your source for that? As I doubt that very much.
#8
Mattitude
What's your source for that? As I doubt that very much.


Hmm, It was something I read a while ago (i'm sure!), A quick google and it looks like its BS, Moral of the story = don't believe everything you read!! :)

Well spotted :-D
#9
So say for example, I could download linux and do my downloading using linux to avoid virsuses, and windows for everything else?
#10
Donleeone
So say for example, I could download linux and do my downloading using linux to avoid virsuses, and windows for everything else?


Yes and no, you could still download something with a Windows virus in it. While this wouldn't bother Linux in the slightest, as soon as you transferred it to Windows it would cause problems. That's why people running Linux mail servers often run anti-virus programs to pick up Windows viruses.
#11
megalomaniac
Yes and no, you could still download something with a Windows virus in it. While this wouldn't bother Linux in the slightest, as soon as you transferred it to Windows it would cause problems. That's why people running Linux mail servers often run anti-virus programs to pick up Windows viruses.


I think he was meaning downloading films or something and watching them?, That would work (wouldn't it?).
#12
m623d
One other thing, I would use it on my desktop pc if there was an Autoroute equivalent, but as yet I cant find one.
So if you rely on certain software you may have no choice but to use MS.

Thats the only reason I dont completely ditch Windows.


What features of Autoroute do you actually use? The reason I ask is that the RAC and AA have online route planners, then there's Google Maps (my personal favourite), Multimap.com, Streetmap.co.uk etc. all of which may be suitable replacements, depending on how you use Autoroute.
#13
Iom-RF
I think he was meaning downloading films or something and watching them?, That would work (wouldn't it?).


Yeah, still worth running a Windows Virus scanner past them though. Although if you're downloading films in Linux you may as well watch them in Linux :thumbsup:. The only thing worth swapping over OS's mid session for is gaming, as like I said Linux is a bit lacking on that front.
#14
Browni
If I find I can stream to the 360 with Linux and happily network a Vista laptop, I'll be changing to Linux...

Just can't muster up the ar$edness to look into it yet.


Networking to Vista Laptop = piece of cake, SAMBA's what you need lots of tutorials around on this if you get stuck.

Streaming to 360 = bit of a pain but doable, something like this: http://sourceforge.net/projects/x360mediaserve/ should do the trick.
#15
Nice swan. Cheers :thumbsup:
#16
megalomaniac
What features of Autoroute do you actually use? The reason I ask is that the RAC and AA have online route planners, then there's Google Maps (my personal favourite), Multimap.com, Streetmap.co.uk etc. all of which may be suitable replacements, depending on how you use Autoroute.


I just like the stand alone package, I find it quicker and easier to scroll/zoom etc than online alternatives. I use AR on a daily basis for planning routes etc
#17
m623d
I just like the stand alone package, I find it quicker and easier to scroll/zoom etc than online alternatives. I use AR on a daily basis for planning routes etc


If you really did want to switch totally on your desktop I know Autoroute 2005 runs in Linux through Wine, not sure about other versions though.

Then there's always options like VMWare to run Windows (and hence Windows software) completely in Linux.
#18
Turbo lister is one of the reasons I don't use linux and the USB support for my Garmin GPSr and the lack of features for my r200 printer and the sync for my Pocket PC and the......need I go on.
#19
Linux is great :)

Ubuntu is a great first time user distribution

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