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Old 06-30-2009, 09:26 PM   #1
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Loving Linux!!


I've been trying to learn more about Linux since I got the email server up at work. It was running FC5. I have since built another server to take its place with Ubuntu Server v.9 and I am typing this on my laptop which has been reimaged with Ubuntu Desktop v.9.
I absolutely love it! Ubuntu has truly breathed new life into this laptop. I am using this as an evaluation to potentially replace my Windows boxes all together.
Its nice having a place to come and talk about Linux!
 
Old 06-30-2009, 10:30 PM   #2
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You may want to configure your personal computer(s) as dual boot with Windows and Linux. I find that there are some times that Windows comes in handy such as when I updated the maps in my Garmin navigator. Their map update software only runs on Windows and you can't depend on WINE to run every Windows application that you may need.

The fact that there are numerous business grade applications in the open source world is nice too. While many now run on Windows and Linux it's nice to use a great operating system to run these excellent applications.

Have fun. I've been loving Linux since 1995.

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Old 06-30-2009, 10:55 PM   #3
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I don't do dual boot because I have a Windows box, which my son uses, primarily for gaming.

But Windows can come in handy for IE-only websites (and they are often banking sites), certain software that is only available for Windows (iTunes--which I don't use--and the most recent versions of windows media files spring to mind, since Microsoft keeps tinkering with the codecs to try to keep them proprietary). and games, if you are a gamer.

Implementations of hjsplit in Linux are often a little quirky.

Other than those examples, I have found native Linux applications to do anything that I want to do.

Welcome.

There is a learning curve to Linux, but it's no worse than the learning curve for learning Windows; it's just that most of us learned Windows gradually. In some ways, Linux is a lot easier, once you get the hang of the vocabulary.

It's like when you go from one grocery store to another.

They both have ribeyes. They just hide them in different aisles. And the Linux store has free-range grass-fed organic lean ribeyes.
 
Old 07-01-2009, 12:46 AM   #4
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While frankbell is certainly correct that Linux does have its limitations in my six years in Linux I have found that support has gotten better and better as time goes on, and if you are willing to look there is usually a program that can do everything that a Windows program does i.e. iTunes replaced by gtkpod. As a case in point, I just got a new laptop, (it came with Vista, when I booted it up for the first time with no network connection it crashed). I installed Windows XP on a small partition and Ubuntu- I am yet to boot into Windows.

Looking forward to chatting with/helping you/being helped by you in the forums trekgirl
 
Old 07-01-2009, 01:24 PM   #5
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While frankbell is certainly correct that Linux does have its limitations in my six years in Linux I have found that support has gotten better and better as time goes on, and if you are willing to look there is usually a program that can do everything that a Windows program does i.e. iTunes replaced by gtkpod.
True.

In fact, as I was booting up my new laptop yesterday and remembering some of my early threads on LQ (if I couldn't find the answer with Google, LQ was always my next stop), I found myself thinking "Linux has come a long way--this is really slick!"

Also, KJSplit, which is a KDE thing, is excellent at doing what HJSplit does. It's HJSplit for Linux itself that I have never been able to get to work right or reliably. There's a KJSplit dependency issue I need to resolve in Ubuntu/Gnome, but I'll get there.

About the only time I ever fire up a Windows box (unless I have a client who wants stuff in native MS or Adobe formats) is when I go to some broken webpage that works only in IE. Like the "Transfer Funds" page at my bank (grumble.)
 
Old 07-01-2009, 02:04 PM   #6
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It's always nice to hear kind words towards Linux instead of the usual complaints about how "it's not ready and it never will be". Good luck with further delving into the Linux world. Don't give up, I've found that there's always a solution ... and usually it's posted somewhere on this forum

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Implementations of hjsplit in Linux are often a little quirky.
Whatever happened to that ancient old and yet much more versatile predecessor of this knockoff proprietary clone ? You know 'cat' ?!!

cat file.001 file.002 file.003 > file
 
Old 07-01-2009, 03:18 PM   #7
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Yes you all welcome to the world of linux.
There is a lot of fun and excitement about linux.
With Linux can can go beyond the imagination and can do great thinks.


Hope we all make the linux proud. And do the best thinks what we can do.

Once again best of luck to all. Enjoy it play it. It yours.
 
Old 07-01-2009, 04:46 PM   #8
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Hi trekgirl! Welcome to Linux Forums! I've been using Linux for about 3 years now and I love it since day 1! To me, it wasn't that hard to get used to it.
Good Luck! :=)
 
Old 07-01-2009, 05:23 PM   #9
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Okay, someone's gotta say it...

As always if you have questions, post them here. If someone knows the answer, they are usually very willing to post it. But, if you know an answer, please post that also. The "better" the Linux community grows, the easier it will be to get others to join.

*shameless plug to help out LQ*

EDIT: I have Linux on all of my computers, though I also dual-boot to Windows when I "have to".

Last edited by nuwen52; 07-01-2009 at 05:25 PM.
 
Old 07-01-2009, 05:28 PM   #10
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Thanks for all of the kind responses guys! My weekend project has already been set. Back up vista just in case I bugger it up then install Ubuntu to dual boot. It should be happy...that box has a 2.2 GHz dual core with 4GB of ram. Then I'll have it on desktop and laptop.
 
Old 07-01-2009, 07:26 PM   #11
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Hi,

I would add that a 'VM' would be a great way to use alternate OS on a host OS instead of emulation (WINE). I like to use 'VirtualBox' to provide the means to utilize other OS on the same machine.

This link and others are available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 07-01-2009, 09:47 PM   #12
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In fact, I would go ahead and say that I don't understand much of Linux, but I understand nothing of Windows. So, long live Linux!
 
  


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