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I first came across Red Hat when I was at Uni (10 years ago) and found it less than user friendly, after that poor introduction I vowed never to touch Linux again. Just yesterday I thought I'd give it another go having used and found Vista & 7 just another dressed up version of the same old Windows, I could never have been so wrong about my past feeling for Linux.
I d/l'd Fedora 19 and found it 'almost' a breeze to install on my old Dell 745 (dual boot to XP pro sp3) and it was very user friendly, no sound problems, it connected to my Samsung tablet (USB tethering) for wireless access to my ADSL and I'm having no major problems so far and there are so many application programs out there (way more than when I first tried RH).
For no more than some spare time it hasn't cost me the small fortune that MS has (just a CD to burn the ISO on), as for booting up it thrashes the bejeezus out of my XP (takes > 3 mins to boot up, Fedora < 1min) even after removing as much as I could from the startup XP is still as slow as a long wet Sunday.
I'm converted and to those naysayers who prefer MS, give Fedora a go and if it's not to your liking you'll find it a very inexpensive exercise.
It's EVEN WORSE if you want to use the latest version of Windows - Windows 8.1 -- first of all unless you know the work around you have to have a Ms ACCOUNT even to INSTALL the wretched thing - Note though a get around is don't have an Internet connection when installing-, and then everything is pushing you to The Cloud and Subscription services -- even the latest version of Ms Office (Office 365) is now subscription based -- as is Adobe Photoshop -- and those are the only TWO products that I need Windows for.
Windows is just PAY, PAY and yet PAY again now. I'm glad you reverted back to a SENSIBLE OS. As for those wretched apps in that crazy Windows Store !!!!.
Even Windows diehards don't like the direction Windows is going in -- and look at the tools they use to get out of troble --things like Free Partition Wizard / Free Macrium etc --which are all essentially Linux based. !!
I suggest you read some of the comments about Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 on a Windows 7 Forum -- possibly the last "proper" version of Windows before the whole thing falls apart.
Welcome to Linux Questions Seth68. My main distro is Debian Wheezy. I've used several versions of several distros however; the main three being Debian, Slackware and Opensuse. Ubunutu was my first distro. I've only tried fedora a couple of times, and while i never had any issues with it in my temporary usage, i personally was repelled by it's release schedule; like Ubuntu. (I am attracted to distros that do not change their software for long periods of time; even if it inevitably ends up old).
In my experience Fedora is a fine distro, but just out of interest, why is it that you chose Fedora amongst all the other distros?
.....just out of interest, why is it that you chose Fedora amongst all the other distros?
Hi Knightron, in answer to your question: I originally used RH at Uni studying a unit on O/S's and RH was the preferred O/S at the time for my studies.
When I decided to look back at Linux I searched for RH not knowing that it had become 'commercial' (RHEL) and I had briefly looked into the Fedora Core project a few years back and it was the 'flavour' that I knew at least something about.
I admit I was pleasantly surprised to find Fedora 19 so easy to deal with (it's like riding a bike, a little shaky at first but it's all slowly coming back).
It's sparked my interest in PC's again after becoming a bit jaded slowly becoming a MS based gamer only and not the enthusiast I once was.
'1kyle': I read the forum link and IMHO I think MS is only jumping on the bandwagon with 8 trying to push an outdated product (touchscreens, cellphones etc).
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She is a Windows user. She doesn't use Gnu/Linux, or know the slightest thing about it. she was spelling it after i said it to her. She'd never heard of Ubuntu before and quite frankly it's an unusual word.
I didn't know that. Difference in where we live I guess (I did not realize you are in Europe). In the US, the correct spelling would be "spelled", and "spelt" is more considered how someone would spell "spelled" if they didn't know how to spell. I just had to say that sentence, because it sounds so idiotic!
So, I have learned a new word today. Spelt. I think this is similar to how I might call the middle of something the "center" and you might call it the "centre". I knew about that one, but not about "spelt".
when you spend almost two weeks trying to follow the instructions then nothing happens something must be wrong . ...
What is wrong here is that you are on the steep end of the learning curve, which is never fun. You can learn to use Linux if you want to. I did, and I have no technical background at all. Nobody taught me how to do this either. I learned it all from reading a lot and hanging out here on LQ. I am not a Linux guru either, but I know enough to maintain and upgrade my system and how to troubleshoot any problems that may arise.
Originally Posted by cassuk11
Especially as i need an os for my work.
You will need to get up to speed on Linux first before you can use it for mission critical tasks like your work.
I would suggest using Debian stable or Slackware for work, since those distros are rock solid stable and have long term support built into every release.
The only reason that uptime is so low is because I had to power down the box and physically move it to a different lab once. Other than that, the box has been up nonstop since I installed Sarge right after its release as the newest stable version of Debian. I can't even remember how long ago that was. Many years.