well lots of ppl answered, thought id throw in my 2cents
Originally posted by pyrotechnik
hey all, i'm new to the forum. I may download linux, but before I do, i have a bunch of questions about it.
1)Ive never used an operating system aside form windows. is it possible, on start up, to choose which OS i will be using?
are these programs linux-compatible:
4)Microsift office?(word, frontpage, outlook express, etc.) - that ones a big factor.
6)is linux really hard to use? i hear that people take whole courses and seminars just to learn the basics on it.
7)Part A: what is the newest version of linux? Part B: does it look sleek and cool?
if you have time and such, i'd like the whole spiel about how linux is better than windows. try to convert me.
1) yes you choose which OS you will use, the program that lets you choose will be installed with ur linux installation
2)the google desktop version is only for windows, but firefox has a gmail plugin
3)yes, firefox has a linux version
4)openoffice.org but outlook express doesnt work, though you can use kmail (similar to outlook) or thunderbird(the mozilla email client)
5)gaim, kopete - all replacements for aim...gaim is almost exactly the same (and it lets you set ur idle time
), but no ads as in aim...aim also has a linux version though its REALLY old and outdated
6)linux is as hard as you want it to be. you can do everything with a console or just like in windows.
kde is very windows like.
plus i think in some ways its a lot easier... in mandrake to install something ,, gaim for instance all you need to do is type "urpmi gaim" and it installs it for you, then to run gaim you type "gaim" or choose gaim from the "start menu"/kicker
ok.. linux is a kernel.
the kernel is the engine of a car, linux is not an OS it is a kernel
linux has many different OSs, called distros, for someone installing it the first time i would suggest, mandrake or suse, though all the rest are awesome too. (I personally don't like the liveCD idea, only because if you install it, you are in a way commited to it and are forced to learn more about linux, while with the liveCD if you get frustrated you simply take the CD out and byebye linux) [[but i guess that can also be a good thing]]
the window manager is like the type of steering wheel, the color, 2door or 4door, stuff like that...u should really use KDE because its very simple and very windows like. (though there are others, GNOME, blackbox, xfce4, fluxbox, windowmaker, iceWM, enlightenment, and lots of others)
and yes it is VERY sleek and cool, i actually switched to linux just because i saw the cool screenshots and wanted to make my pc look like that
(i think i have screenshots in my signature, also check out kde-look.org for some screenshots)
why you should install and use linux:
1) all software is free + the full version (no the demo)
2) it looks awesome, you can impress and awe ur friends
3) for me its A LOT faster then windows
4) no viruses
5) no spyware
and the installation was very easy (in mandrake), the linux install CDs will partition your PC for you, if you defrag windows vefore you defrag its very low risk