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Offline strangely madeTopic starter

« on: January 07, 2008, 06:29:19 AM »
I have a problem, a problem that only the wonderful people on Elliquiy can help with.

Seriously thinking about going over to Linux on the PC's, but having a look around the web for info I just can't make any headway on deciding which version is right for me. Or even if I would actually be able to use it.

All the info I can find is written for computer geeks (No offence to computers out there) , and is it bit to specific for me to understand.

So in plain English.....Is Linux easy to use, does it have pretty screens and clicky bits, does it use a lot of memory like Windows and is it easy to use ?

Offline Mia

Re: Linux
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2008, 07:02:12 AM »
I use Ubuntu at home... although I wasn't the one that installed it, but it seemed easy enough to install :)

From an amateur standpoint I think it is easy to use... as long as I don't need to add things or when I find files I can play or similar. Then I'm in the dark and I have to shout at my Helpdesk :)

It is very pretty... all pink :)

Offline Velph

Re: Linux
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2008, 07:04:58 AM »
It's Dutch better/easy than English? no, these were two different language, way to comunicate through people. The same thing may apply to OS, they were used to comunicate/repuire some duties to a tool (the pc).
Switch from your native language lead *ever* some difficulties, no matter which one you are going to learn.
I switch to linux from win for two main reason:1. like to choice 2 trustd computing (chinese law invading the west).
For me wasn't much hard the switch...but consider I had experience with many previous SO ( MS-BASIC and DR-DOS include).
Ubuntu it's the must choice if you are absolutely new to linux...then, dare! mandriva, suse, sabayon...linux distro came in so much dialect (hope it's say so) you can't imagine.
if you get problem all you need is just google for solution, one more common is make work some odd hardware made to works only through dll stuff (ie. winmodems).
last: do not use ati cards: their driver for linux were really sh- (opt for nvidia instead)

Offline Hannibal

Re: Linux
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2008, 11:56:50 AM »
I installed Ubuntu on a laptop I picked up cheaply from work. My research suggested it was the most user-friendly version and that has proved to be true. Everything I have needed to do can be done with menus and windows. Not that I need to do much with it as it is not my primary computer. The best thing is that you can test whether it will work with the install CD. It can boot from CD so you don't have to install it to a hard drive first to test. Then you can see for yourself if it will meet your needs :)

Offline Sakujo

Re: Linux
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2008, 01:15:03 PM »
My issue with Linux is that any system I've used has always lacked programs. Sure, Linux can now run some of the newer games, but movie, graphics, and other editor software just didn't cut ti for me on Linux.

Offline strangely madeTopic starter

Re: Linux
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2008, 02:53:09 PM »
Went onto the Ubuntu  site today and ordered the install disk.
It looks an easy one to use, the screens are nice and best of all it comes with firefox which is what I use now and I much prefer to to IE.

I'll let you all know how it's turns out, as long as I don't have to download all my music again I'll be happy.

Offline Stevej101

Re: Linux
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2008, 03:37:29 PM »
I have 3 Linux systems at home, working on my LPI certificate, Red Hat is the most widely used in business and has the best tools.

For some one new I would say mandriva (mandrake) or umbuntu.

Mandrake has a little more functionality, umbuntu does not have a root account which can make it more secure.

All three came with Firefox and if you have to have windoze functionality there is always a software package called wine that will run about 75% with no problem, 95% with some tweaking which can be found at the forums.

PM me if you have any specfic questions, I'm not a guru (yet) but I know a lot of the resources.

Offline Kradorex Xeron

Re: Linux
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2008, 09:51:02 PM »
I've used many distros and overall, some are better for desktops, others, serving, others low-end systems (Think: 486es/Pentium 1s turned into routers), others embedded systems (think of those boxes with blinking lights)

Generally the best way to determine is start somewhere and see which one serves you best.

Offline ZK

Re: Linux
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2008, 12:39:14 PM »
Coolest thing I found Yellow Dog Linux for? Installing it on my PS3 and playing SNES games on it. Booyah. ^.^

Offline Keiro

Re: Linux
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2008, 04:54:30 PM »
The best suggestion is to start with Ubuntu.

Highest usability for new people.

And as you get more experience, check out the other distros.

Offline strangely madeTopic starter

Re: Linux
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2008, 05:09:43 PM »
Got the Ubuntu disk through the post yesterday, so once I get a chance I'm going to try it out a see if it's right for me, and more importantly see if it works with my new rendering package.

Of course I'll have to get a new media player but replacing Windows Media won't be any problem as long as I can get my collection to transfer over to the new one OK.

Offline Keiro

Re: Linux
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2008, 11:47:47 AM »
That's not hard...but the best suggestion when transferring your media collection, if they're in .wma, you'd best transcode it to mp3. Trying to do it in Linux will drive you nuts.

Another thing...DISABLE copy-right protection when transcoding.

And please do use the LiveCD first. That should give you the best idea of whether or not the Ubuntu distro is right for you.

Offline Lovelynice

Re: Linux
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2008, 11:20:24 PM »
I've been using Ubuntu since a few months ago. I found it easy to download all the software that I needed, or to find it elsewhere.

I watch movies and TV shows on my PC everyday, but I don't play games on it.

Just wish that I had changed earlier, because Windows caused me so many problems.
« Last Edit: January 28, 2008, 11:23:17 PM by Lovelynice »

Offline Keiro

Re: Linux
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2008, 04:13:02 AM »
Yes it is, Lovely.

Though I'm using Windows right now. >_>

Universities for the win.