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The way forward for linux
Member Name: welshmikey
Date: 19/02/09, updated on 22/02/09 (87 review reads)
Advantages: Very clean design, very stable and fast, more user friendly that some other distributions
Disadvantages: Problems with usb harddrives, have to learn some linux language
The Ubuntu (an African word meaning humanity to others) distribution of Linux is a highly popular operating system which can be easily download off the net for free and installed onto any computer. I have been using this distribution for a few months now and have used a few other forms of Linux before that as well as MAC and windows operating systems. My favorite competitor to Ubuntu linux is Xandros which came pre-installed on my eeepc, reasons for this shall be given later.
Ease of obtaining:
Very easy just type in Ubuntu into google and you will get a mass of download links for the iso image and help forums.
This is as simple as putting your burnt iso image (search for iso burner software, there are plenty of free ones) and booting up your pc from the CD drive (see your computer manual).
You will be asked a series of questions such as what do you want to call you computer and what time zone are you in etc. The computer will then spend some time doing all the necessary installation procedures before asking you to restart the computer and eject the disk. You are now ready to start using Ubuntu. Make sure you remember the root password you gave the operating system as you will need this a lot to install programs etc.
The layout is a nice clean screen with your main menus etc in the top hand corner. These Menus are Applications, Places and System. Under applications is well, you guessed it all the applications, for most users the most useful applications are Wine which allows you to install software meant for windows (doesn't work for everything but works pretty well) and the office programs, the office programs called open office which are available for pc, mac and linux operating systems and in my opinion much better than Microsoft office though they are very similar, I just love the fact that on open office you can highlight text, right click it and change it to and from capitals, change font size, sup script or superscript etc making it very easy to use.
Other applications include some basic games, media players and scientific software.
The places menu is how you access your harddrive, cd drive etc, it is essentially the linux equivalent of windows "my computer".
System this menu allows you to play about with your display and install new programs.
Ubuntu comes with synaptic package manager meaning you can simply click on the program you want to download and install and it does it all for you, there is a very large list of programs ranging from free games (particularly ones based on quake), DNA analysis tools for scientists and different media players.
Programs that you download rather than using synaptic can be a little trickier as you may have to learn how to use linux command lines.
Speed and stability:
I find the operating system much more stable and faster than windows which is why I chose it in the first place. Essentially Linux is far far superior to windows but it is not as user friendly, you have to learn at least some command lines at some point.
Of the linux distributions I find this OS very user friendly, but still not as simple as windows by any means simply because setting it up to work with your hardware in the first place can be very difficult especially when it comes to usb storage - Xandros is the only linux distribution I have had no problems with usb storage devices hence my reasoning for seeing it as a good competitor. Xandros is also heavily based on the look of windows making it easy for Windows people to switch over - but lets face it Windows is ugly except vista which is majorly power hungry. You can do far more visual effects with linux (using compiz fusion program) than vista can do and it uses less power, windows really baffles me when it comes to power consumption.
This will be different depending on your hardware, but for me on one computer I cant get usb hard drives to link up, and on the other I cant get the graphics driver to function properly. Since my laptop has SD card I kept ubuntu on it as the lack of usb storage was less of an issue. You can always buy linux friendly USB drives in the first place though.
There is none, all linux distributions (Except red hat enterprise) are based on communities helping each other. However the community support is very high. With millions and millions of people world wide using linux and trying to develop it. If you didn't know the entire Internet and most web servers are all based on linux/unix not windows.
If Internet, free gaming and word processing is what you want then linux and especially ubuntu is brilliant. However expect setting it up on newer hardware to be a little painful at first and expect to have to learn some of the linux language.
Summary: A very good os, far better than windows and many other linux distobutions but not for the non techno
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