Ok, I have had windows for a very long number of years. My old computer ran Windows 95. It was very very old. But lately, I've grown tired of it. I used to really love Windows 2000, til it crashed, and that was the day my mom got pissed at me and threw my computer stuff out, anf I couldn't find my CD. So I broke down and got XP Professional, then later got the BETA Version of Windows 64 bit etc etc. Anyway, enough squabbling. What I want to know is, Should I get Linux or someother operating system? I've grown tired of Windows and Microsoft. I'm just wanting, and willing to Try something new. Please read below before posting. Please include:
-Yes or No (Poll) -Why (Or why not) -Features -What is the Specs for running Linux? -Costs, gear, etc.
Thanks for [COLOR="Blue"]ALL[/COLOR] of your help a nd comments.
I think you should try out Linux for sure. I use it I love it, but there is a learning curve. it is not as user friendly as windoze, and obviously your games wil not work, unless you use wine. If you are courious about Linux, I suggest trying out a Live CD verson of it. It runs right off a cd or DVD, and you can do most basic stuff you can with windows, email, chat, surf, etc. for a List of Live Cd's go here and check them out. I suggest Knoppix. I use it on my GF's pc when i need Linux for whatever reason. have fun!
I use Windows along with SuSE 10.0 and, until recently, Red Hat 9.1. I found the Linux boxes to be more stable, and to run applications faster than the XP box. Features and minimum specifications vary with each distro, but it will certainly include at least the following:
- Office Suite. (Spreadsheet, Word Processor, Presentation, e-Mail...)
- At least two or three different internet browsers. (FireFox and Konqueror are both commonly found, along with Mozilla.)
- Games...lots of games. Far more than your average Windows pack of Freecell, Minesweeper and Solitaire. Plus, with the help of CeDega, you can run around 95% of your Windows games on Linux quite happily.
- Lots of system configuration utilities. This is the most useful feature of Linux, you can customize just about anything about it.
- BASH. - The command line. IMO, it's one of the most powerful command line utilities out there, bar UNIX or BSD of course.
- Media Player. (Be warned though, some distros force you to download your own DVD or mp3 codecs for them, due to copyright issues.)
- Educational utilites. (Star charts, periodic tables, dictionaries, encylopaedias...)
There really are far too many to list.
Linux also makes much better use of your Hard Drive - Defragmenting will no longer be necessary, the filesystem does not get "out of order" as easily as the Windows filesystem (FAT or NTFS) does. As for memory usage, Linux doesn't need to run 10,000 background processes to let it run, unlike Windows. Hence, you can expect better performance in this area as well.
And on top of all that, it's licensed under the GNU License Agreement, which essentially means two things:
- It's free.
- You can do whatever the hell you want to it (alter the code, reverse-engineer it), and you won't get sued for copyright infringement or whatever. Hell, you could even redistribute your own version of it. This is part of the reason why it's so popular.
There is a learning curve to it, but it's not hard to pick up. I've been using Linux for about 6 months now, and I'm nowhere near finding out all it's hidden secrets. But for everyday use (word processing, gaming, browsing the Intenet), it's one of the most user-friendly operating systems out there.
As for specifications, the latest versions of Linux will usually require at least the following to get them running smoothly:
- 1GHz Processor.
- 512MB of RAM.
- Around 8GB of HDD space. (Depending on the distro, and how many packages you choose to install.)
- If you plan on gaming, a compatible video card. (nVidia make excellent drivers for Linux, the ATI offerings are a little more questionable though.)
If your going to use Cedega for gaming you better have a Nvidia card if not don't even try. Make sure you have 1GB of ram also if your gonna game.
Then you have 0 virus and spyware. No need for a firewall or anything with Linux. No Anti-virus, no Spyware protector, nothing like that no more.
You have full control over your OS. You can do what ever the fack you want to it. You can take Suse linux and slap a name on it and change somethings and sell it to people. All you have to say is its based off of Suse. Its 100% your own. You can change what ever, theres nothing holding you back. You have the same rights to it as the person who made it. You can mess around with the kernel and change anything in it.
But you are a n00bie and the one that would be best to start out with is Suse really. Its easy to use and to install. Only downside to it is that you will have to get Multimedia packs for it, AKA MP3 codecs, Mpeg. Not hard at all to get them. Ask Rookie or me if you do try Suse and we be glad to help yeah.