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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!
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.
Last edited by stress_junkie; 06-30-2009 at 10:31 PM.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.)
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
Originally Posted by frankbell
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' ?!!
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.
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EDIT: I have Linux on all of my computers, though I also dual-boot to Windows when I "have to".
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.