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  • Posted April 24, 2013

    Linux is a FREE operating system (Windows - Mac)

    99% of all computer users can find everything they need in Linux. Only a few specialized programs that run only in Windows or Mac, that you may need for work. Would be the only reason for not using Linux 100% of the time.

    Most common Linux to switch from Windows or Mac to Linux, would be Ubuntu.

    Ubuntu
    When you download Ubuntu, there will be different versions. 32bit, 64bit, newest version supported for 18 months, new
    version ( missing some bells & whistles) supported for 5 years.

    Not to worry it will say which version does what.

    You can download Ubuntu, run it off the CD (LIVE CD), to test and see if you like it. Then it will have an option to install it, on the Live CD Desktop. You will also be given the choice to install it next to windows. Then on start
    up you have a choice of which to use.

    It has everything you have in windows plus some:
    internet browsers, firefox, chromium, opera, open office (libre office), video encoders, mp3 - music converters, video players, burning software, games (Steam), disk partitioning tools... Way to many things to write down :)
    And if you don't see it, check for addon's there are thousands!

    Take a Tour of Ubuntu
    http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/take-the-tour
    Ubuntu home http://www.ubuntu.com/

    Now for the downside:
    If you are running raid (multiple hard drives combined for speed or safety)
    99.99% of personal computers (includes mac PC's PC = Personal Computer) DO NOT RUN RAID
    You can still install it, but I would only recommend that if you're a super geek :) The problem is not Linux, the problem is the raid provider not giving the Linux community access to the driver files.

    Next problem is Nvidia video cards, if you are running more then one card. SLI (2 video cards), TRI-SLI (3 video cards) or Quad SLI (4 video cards).
    Again you will have driver problems. I wouldn't do it unless you're a super geek :) Again the problem is Nvidia, not letting the Linux community have access to their drivers. But Nvidia is now offering Linux drivers (they don't work well with any SLI)

    A list of easy to use Linux OS's that are very close to how Windows & Mac work. But of course MUCH better then either Windows or Mac!

    Debian
    The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This operating system that we have created is called Debian.

    An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run. At the core of an operating system is the kernel. The kernel is the most fundamental program on the computer and does all the basic housekeeping and lets you start other programs.

    Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.

    However, work is in progress to provide Debian for other kernels, primarily for the Hurd. The Hurd is a collection of servers that run on top of a microkernel (such as Mach) to implement different features. The Hurd is free software produced by the GNU project.

    A large part of the basic tools that fill out the operating system come from the GNU project; hence the names: GNU/Linux, GNU/kFreeBSD, and GNU/Hurd. These tools are also free.

    Of course, the thing that people want is application software: programs to help them get what they want to do done, from editing documents to running a business to playing games to writing more software. Debian comes with over 51000 packages (precompiled software that is bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine), a package manager (APT), and other utilities that make it possible to manage thousands of packages on thousands of computers as easily as installing a single application. All of it free.

    It's a bit like a tower. At the base is the kernel. On top of that are all the basic tools. Next is all the software that you run on the computer. At the top of the tower is Debian — carefully organizing and fitting everything so it all works together.
    https://www.debian.org 

    Mint based on Ubuntu
    The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is
    both powerful and easy to use.

    Started in 2006, Linux Mint is now the 4th most widely used home operating system behind Microsoft
    Windows, Apple Mac OS and Canonical's Ubuntu.

    Some of the reasons for the success of Linux Mint are:
    It works out of the box, with full multimedia support and is extremely easy to use.
    It's both free of cost and open source.
    It's community-driven. Users are encouraged to send feedback to the project so that their
    ideas can be used to improve Linux Mint.
    Based on Debian and Ubuntu, it provides about 30,000 packages and one of the best software
    managers.
    It's safe and reliable. Thanks to a conservative approach to software updates, a unique
    Update Manager and the robustness of its Linux architecture, Linux Mint requires very
    little maintenance (no regressions, no antivirus, no anti-spyware...etc).
    http://www.linuxmint.com 

    Fedora
    Fedora is a Linux-based operating system, a collection of software that makes your computer run. You can use Fedora in addition to, or instead of, other operating systems such as Microsoft Windows™ or Mac OS X™. The Fedora operating system is completely free of cost for you to enjoy and share.

    The Fedora Project is the name of a worldwide community of people who love, use, and build free software. We want to lead in the creation and spread of free code and content by working together as a community. Fedora is sponsored by Red Hat, the world's most trusted provider of open source technology. Red Hat invests in Fedora to encourage collaboration and incubate innovative new free software technologies.
    http://fedoraproject.org 

    There are many different versions of Linux, most are free, secure and virus free :)

    I guess that over 70% of the web sites you visit daily run on a Linux Server. Most of big businesses run Linux servers. All my websites including the Happy As Is server are running on Linux, The NEW server for Happy As Is will be running Centos 6.4 Linux :)

    Some of the Linux downloads are very slow on their sites so I have added them to mine.
    http://beast-usa.com/downloads/linux/linuxdownloads.html 
    If you use Slimjet "Turbo Download" or a download manager for speed they should download around 9 MB/s!
    Debian for one is a great OS but the download speed on their website is around 130 KB/s. :(

    If you have questions or need help just ask!

  • Posted October 29, 2013
    What is Ultimate Edition 3.6?
    Ultimate Edition 3.6 was built from the ground up debootstrapped from the Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal tree. This was the first time I have done this. I have discovered in doing so that it makes for a tighter release as can be seen in the Lite version a CD in size and fairly loaded considering the size. The release boots in under 6 secs on my PC.

    Ultimate Edition 3.6 (not the lite version) has a comprehensive set of software packages. Mate 1.6.0 is the default desktop environment (DE).

    Best over all for most software, games, running windows programs inside linux.
    http://ultimateedition.info/ultimate-edition/ultimate_edition_3-6

    To test on a live cd, just boot to any Linux disc, choose Live CD or Test.

    Ubuntu regular can know be installed inside windows just like any other program.
    So it's like running Office, Photo Shop and can be uninstalled from Control Panel.

    http://www.ubuntu.com
  • Posted October 29, 2013
    Woah... I downloaded Unbutu to try it out, before doing so I went to download Ultimate Edition. Ultimate Edition was going to take 2 hours. I downloaded Unbutu to see if I like Linux... Unbutu is taking less than 7 minutes to download the Ultimate. I think I'm going to like ultimate.
  • Posted October 29, 2013
    @Richie
    So did you get it going?
    How do you like it?
  • Posted October 29, 2013

    beast-usa said:



    @Richie
    So did you get it going?
    How do you like it?


    Actually, Ultimate wouldn't work correctly. It downloaded and was put on a disc, but it wouldn't download to my computer. I read the reviews, and the 2 (I believe they were most recent), also had trouble. I am working on Linux Unbuntu though, and I really like that I can switch between it and Windows 7 on each restart if I ever wanted to. Especially if there are Windows applications I may need to use that do not work on Linux.
  • Posted October 29, 2013

    Richie (Mod) said:





    Actually, Ultimate wouldn't work correctly. It downloaded and was put on a disc, but it wouldn't download to my computer. I read the reviews, and the 2 (I believe they were most recent), also had trouble. I am working on Linux Unbuntu though, and I really like that I can switch between it and Windows 7 on each restart if I ever wanted to. Especially if there are Windows applications I may need to use that do not work on Linux.


    Ultimate is good, but harder to install.

    But Ubuntu is great :)
    The new install, inside windows works great.
    Now to get Tammy to do it!
  • Posted October 29, 2013
    Unbutu is so easy, a caveman could do it!

    It's just a matter of getting used to the change. After only using Windows for all of these years, everything is in different places. I enjoy the look though, it looks cooler.
  • Posted October 30, 2013

    Richie (Mod) said:



    Unbutu is so easy, a caveman could do it!

    It's just a matter of getting used to the change. After only using Windows for all of these years, everything is in different places. I enjoy the look though, it looks cooler.


    I like the fact that everything works on the install. Sound, video, network, then it goes and gets all the updates it needs. Not to mention all the FREE stuff you can add :)
  • Posted July 28, 2015
    Back on dual boot :jump: Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS & Windows 8 Pro.

    It took sometime to get Linux to boot LOL The Windows 8, 8.1 & 10 boot loaders don't want to play nice with Linux!

    But with the mess they have made of Windows 8.1 & Windows 10 :( When they drop support for Windows 8 and if they haven't dumped all the forced logged into MS, METRO HUGE START MENU, SLOW PERFORMANCE... I'm pretty much done with Windows.

    I have most of the stuff I use daily-hourly LOL installed on Ubuntu x64. The Nvidia drivers were a little harder this time. :( The drivers that come with 14.04.2 LTS are before my Video card was released (300). You can install up to 333 pretty easy, but any 700 series or higher won't run on those either. :(

    But I did get 352's installed :) with a little sudo here and sudo there!
    Slimjet x64 with FVD speed dial, Privacy Badger, Adblocker :) VLC, TeamViewer, dual monitors lol see's my 32 inch monitors as 7 inch LOLOLOL

    So far all is good looking for FREE graphics software :) GIMP image editor comes installed and it's OK but not as good as MS PUB! :D (Just for Anne)

    Still working out a few bugs :( My mouse on the slowest setting IS INSANE if I look at it it jumps of the desk and runs out the door!
  • Posted July 29, 2015
    Well once I got rid of the Unity mess :) just more mobile junk. I'm using Gnome so much nicer! Uninstalled Libre Office and installed Apache Open Office, added a few more things :) I'm really liking Ubuntu 14!
    Very very FAST! VLC movies look 200% sharper in Linux.

    I have almost all my stuff working no MS PUB :( but I do have dual boot if I need to use windows LOL.

    Steam is setup :) on to TeamSpeak :)

    One thing that is bad :( When you're searching for software to replace it's windows counter part 98.9% of the software is all FREE! :D