Is anyone using Linux here?

nuke0063

New User
i have ubuntu, kubuntu, xubuntu, and edubuntu. ( i am an ubuntu fan). Its an alright operating system with many cool features, including thousands of game installers already on it (synaptic package manager). To really heighten your experience, Beryl makes everything better. Beryl has the 3D rotating cube desktop changer, desktop effects, etc...

here is a video of a comparison of windows vista and ubuntu with beryl:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC5uEe5OzNQ

be sure to have AT LEAST 512MB of RAM. or it will be laggy

another cool thing is that it is FREE.
you can order as many installers of linux with free shipping off of their website, or you can download the .ISO file (very confusing process)
 

WBF

Hall of Fame
No.

Long story short, I tried many distributions. All were based on kernels that were not friendly with my motherboard. Most didn't install. Several required wrangling to get through the install, followed by random hard crashing once installed.

Now I run it on my laptop, which required much effort to get the wireless NIC up and running (Dell laptop, Broadcom NIC)... but only for necessary assignments in school.

It's a powerful environment, but I am familiar with Windows and don't have the time to completely familiarize myself and spend the time working things out. And I like to game.

What sort of user are you? What do you use your computer for? Are you familiar with Linux? Are you familiar with computer hardware? Are you familiar with the command line or BASH? Does your job or school require using certain products such as powerpoint or another such limitation? If you are young and willing to learn, and are interested in doing something in the field of computing as your career, you might consider doing a dual boot and familiarizing yourself with Linux, perhaps Ubuntu, Fedora, or Debian? (but keep on top of Windows as well obviously, it isn't going away).
 

nuke0063

New User
I forgot to mention that linux is VERY hard to get used to.

Everything is catergorized different
(ex: there is no C: local disk drive)
Mostly everything is hidden from you,
you are not the administrator (good in most cases for linux)

on the up side, it is extremely customizable
 

Hokiez

Rookie
Yes, running Ubuntu here. Love it really, free, integrated everything, it doesn't crash and is much faster on my 3yo Dell than XP was and forget about Vista.
 

f1 tech

Semi-Pro
So I assume it would really take some time to learn how to use it. I've never used it before. I've heard many good things and I am not too crazy about windows right now. I do run some games, but I use it mostly for movies and internet.
 

WBF

Hall of Fame
f1 tech: If I remember correctly, you can run the Ubuntu install and create a dual boot setup through the install, allowing you to experiment with Ubuntu while having Windows as a backup. If you decide to go all the way, just back up and reformat everything, installing only Linux. Once it's up and running, it's really not very difficult to use, it just takes a little while to get used to.

If you aren't comfortable, ask your neighborhood geek. Perhaps offer them a six pack or something around $10-$20 if they aren't a friend.
 

nuke0063

New User
if you are just using it for movies, you should be fine. But just so you know, there is so much more you can do.

amazing idea:
-delete that task bar thing at the top
-add panels with arrows on them and set them to the edge of the screen
-organize your programs into them
-They are hidden on the side and when you click the arrow, they slide out.

looks cooler than sounds :)


oh and BTW you are not limited to a cube with beryl:
http://www.linuxjournal.com/files/linuxjournal.com/linuxjournal/articles/078/7889/7889f5.inline.png
 
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swimntennis

Guest
Have you looked into getting a Mac yet? It's another alternative to Windows which I use and prefer. I can see if you do not want to buy another computer, though.
 

Mad iX

Semi-Pro
Ubuntu here as well.
Tried SUSE and Fedora before and nothing wrong with them either.
If you're running Windows already, then google Wubi. Easiest way to try it.
 

equinox

Hall of Fame
Dual boot XP / Kubuntu 7.04. Linux rarely gets booted since i game to much.

I mainly use backtrack linux on EEEpc running of an SD card for the security tools. :)

Some use of Chaos cluster for speeding up certain programs.
 

Hokiez

Rookie
You can run Ubuntu on a LiveCD to play around with it, or install it on a USB stick to run it and save (persistent mode) your settings as you play.
 

nickb

Banned
No.

Long story short, I tried many distributions. All were based on kernels that were not friendly with my motherboard. Most didn't install. Several required wrangling to get through the install, followed by random hard crashing once installed.

Now I run it on my laptop, which required much effort to get the wireless NIC up and running (Dell laptop, Broadcom NIC)... but only for necessary assignments in school.

It's a powerful environment, but I am familiar with Windows and don't have the time to completely familiarize myself and spend the time working things out. And I like to game.

What sort of user are you? What do you use your computer for? Are you familiar with Linux? Are you familiar with computer hardware? Are you familiar with the command line or BASH? Does your job or school require using certain products such as powerpoint or another such limitation? If you are young and willing to learn, and are interested in doing something in the field of computing as your career, you might consider doing a dual boot and familiarizing yourself with Linux, perhaps Ubuntu, Fedora, or Debian? (but keep on top of Windows as well obviously, it isn't going away).
Yep I have tried many times with Linux and there are still big issues with compatibility. Its always just one thing that wont work. I dont have the time to mess around all day tweaking my OS but when they sort the issues out I will switch. Until then its Windows Vista...I actually really like it.

Nick
 

TenniseaWilliams

Professional
Linux is more of a dump truck than it is a passenger car. If you want to setup a home server, Linux is the way to go. Flavors are personal preference. (I still like Fedora)

For a workstation, there are better alternatives unless your time is worth nothing or you are after an education. The most sophisticated Linux user I personally know uses an apple as a workstation. I prefer XP Pro, because I don't want to fool around with it, but enjoy the stability and usefulness of having Fedora servers heating the basement. It does seem like it is getting closer to the desktop all the time though.
 
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