Originally Posted by bert88
Thanks for your replies.
Problem is --- turn round once and you will find someone that can give you hands on with windows. With Linux all the IT People and people at computer fairs etc tell you how good linux is, then you say " do you use it "-- NO is the answer
Back to the point My son and I have been given Linspire and Nero for Linux from a IT gent that worked in a factory (he has now left) he could not get the thinks to run.
These programs will not boot, and have TAR.GZ files how do we boot and unzip the files, at the moment we have MINT installed, but we can change to another LINUX if it is easier, we have worked out the PACKAGE MANAGE in MINT, can we load NERO and LINSPIRE thro that?
Has any one come across a dvd that guides you thro any LINUX program?
Sometimes what you are given might not be the best thing for you.
I heard all the talk of Ubuntu and tried it out. I was disappointed. To me, it tried to hide the Unix part of the OS and simulated windows as much as it could. I hated it.
For a beginner I recommend going with one of the Linux's that have been around awhile. Plenty of info already online to help you get it up and running. Fedora / Red Hat is my preference. It works, and there is plenty of info on most aspects of the OS. Installing it could not be much easier.
For a filesystem all you need is:
swap equal to the size of your memory
/ For everything else.
As far as the people at conventions who tell you they love Linux but when you ask say they do not use it, I am at a loss. Sure sounds like you are talking to the wrong people. From the knowledge and posts here on LQ I do believe the majority here at least use Linux daily.
One HUGE step for Linux happened last year. Oracle said that Linux is it's default platform. This might have had something to do with Sun buying MySql, but none the less, it sure shocked me. We know that IBM has Linux built into their UNIX OS (AIX) and now with the largest mid tier database company saying Linux is their default that is HUGE for the entire Linux following.