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Old 08-03-2003, 02:00 PM   #1
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Week 1 Complete.


Well I did it. I made it one whole week using linux. I have to admit I love the OS. Some of the things I need to do require a larger learning curve, but most things that I have done are pretty simple. The main reason I picked the distribution Slackware for my first linux install was that everyone said it was the hardest to learn. Figure if I'm going to learn anything might as well jump in with both feet. I still have a lot to learn, and a lot to do as far as setting up my hardware, but I'm going to take it one day at a time.

So why did I feel the need to convert over to linux? Windows XP. There are so many restrictions on that thing than you can shake a stick at. I've never installed it, but from the sound of things I don't want to. Having to purchase the software (technically you aren't purchasing it, it's more of a lease or something) then activate it, and can't use it like this or that or this or that. Way to many restrictions on what I (as a man who wants to feel like he has actually bought it) can do with it. So I never did purchase the OS. I do have a burned copy of windows 98. I did not receive one with my PC, but it was on there when I got it, I feel like I'm entitled to have it. I'm quite sure that most people break the liscense Microsoft gives out without even knowing it. I know my relitives do. Good Christian people who would never ever steal even a stick of bubble gum are piraters stealing from companies like Microsoft.

And now I'm just rambling. (Like I wasn't before. ) But I don't understand one thing. Opensource. How does linux not get hacked with opensource? Could you imagine if windows was opensource?

Anyway thanks for helping people like me out.
 
Old 08-03-2003, 02:32 PM   #2
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Opensource is an advantage when it comes to security. While its easier for hackers to find flaws, its just as easy for good people to find them.

So the changes are, some nice person will find it first, report it, and solve it before a hacker finds out.

Where with MS, if they dont fix the flaw, you've got problens.
 
Old 08-03-2003, 02:47 PM   #3
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While I am not one to suggest anyone make a "cold turkey" switch to Linux (and Slackware besides), I think I should give kudos to someone who does, and is sucessful and happy with their decision.
Good Luck.
 
Old 08-03-2003, 03:02 PM   #4
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Re: Week 1 Complete.

Kudos goes to At0mic_PC!

My start with GNU/Linux was a horrible one. I got a copy of Corel's Version (no laughing at the back there) which took about 3 hours to just show anything on the install screen, and that was the one time it actually got there in the dozen or so attempts I had at installing it. The next was Red Hat 6, which I got in a discount book store along with the manual. A lot more promising this was, a nice easy install, sound card A-OK (I was reading in the documentation about how hard it was to get your sound card working), lots of nice cool 'free' programs, no crashing!!! Unfortunately the program that compiled C on my particular version of Red Hat was broken, so we parted rather quickly. I went online to have a look at the distributions on offer, and there were a number of lengthy paragraphs on Mandrake, Red Hat, SuSE, and Debian. There was one line for Slackware. It said:-

"Slackware isn't so much a distribution, more of a hobby."

The next week I saw a magazine with Slackware 8.1 on it an needless to say I've never been back to windoze (except for the odd game of CounterStrike... not cracked that one yet!). Luckily for me at the time I was working in a place which disposed of old computer equipment, and I've seen Slackware breathe life into many an old dinosaur :-)

Well now I am ranting. I shall just mention the excellent Dropline site, which allows you to update a large number of Gnome and other related packages (including XFree86) easily with the default Slackware package format. Keep on Slacking!

munkeh
 
Old 08-03-2003, 03:49 PM   #5
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Well I'm not cold turkey, but I find it rather disappointing booting into windows. Now I love games, and have several. So I'm going to get winex or the other one working for that. But like I said I still have a bit of hardware to set up like I want. Video, cdrom cdrw and the like.
 
  


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