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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2006 5:52 am    Post subject: Kubuntu Reply with quote

Linux, for those of you who don't know, is an operating system - not entirely unlike Windows or Mac - the thing that sets it apart is it's licensing of source code. Linux is distributed under the GNU/GPL (www.gnu.org). Basically it, and all of it's programs, are free - source code and all. You can do with it what you please. You cannot charge for the software.
Companies have sprung up bundling the software free with paid tech support or a book or pay for the cd and shipping. Anyway you can download it, burn it to a cd, and install it yourself all for the cost of a cd.

There are several different "packages" of Linux ( Red Hat, SuSe, Mandrake, Gentoo, etc.) but I have decided to run a newer company distributing a package called Kubuntu (www.kubuntu.org). It is a different version of Ubuntu (www.ubuntu.com) which features an alternative window manager that some may prefer,

I have been running Kubuntu stable on a machine in my room for over 5 months now without rebooting it. That particular machine is a 233Mhz Celeron, 128Mb RAM, 20Gb HD, Dell POS that I had laying around not doing anything productive.

The machine I am currently using features an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ processor, 1Gb RAM (2x512Mb) DDR PC3200, a 256Mb Nvidia Geforce 5200 AGP Video Card, Wireless Internet, Onboard sound, DVD R/W and DVDRom with a 120Gb hard drive.

An improvement to say the least.

I do not recommend the 64 bit version yet, but I do recommend the 32 bit so much that the next time Windows crashes, install Kubuntu instead to see if you like it before reinstalling Windows, if you ever do.

If you are not a gamer, do not pay $200-$300 for Windows, $200 for office, and $50 a year antivirus fees and all the headaches of reinstalling and reformatting and blue screens and on and on with the faults of overly expensive software. Support Open Source and show the man that he doesn't get your dollar, Give your money back to the little guys who do not ask for it.
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2006 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Scott,

I work in the I.T. field and I am presently in the market for a non-MS OS.
I will try this out in the corporate world and see how it works..

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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The_Doctor wrote:
Thanks Scott,

I work in the I.T. field and I am presently in the market for a non-MS OS.
I will try this out in the corporate world and see how it works..

Dean


I cannot be more pleased with the latest Linux rollouts. If you are ultra geeky try kororaa, it will make your jaw drop.

As for most modern Linux systems:

Office programs are built in that can open .doc, .pdf, .xls, basically any Windows document.

Graphics programs are built in to edit photos and gif/jpg/png files.

Firefox web browser

Extensive configuration options

Easy Installation/removal of 100% Free files with the click of a mouse from adept/synaptic.

Windows network browsing through Samba

Works like Windows, but costs nothing. Plays mp3s, prints, usb devices just work. Wow.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're VERY comfortable with Linux and don't mind slightly out of date software (the stable branch still has Firefox 1.0, but other branches have newer versions) you might check out Debian. It's rock solid, even by Linux standards, but it's definately not for Linux newbies.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ubuntu is built from Debian. It is very nice, I have switched to the 32 bit version and I have everything working nicely now. I can do anything Windows machines can do, for free.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it should be mentioned that you don't even have to install it, or even have a harddrive, in order to use LiveCDs.

I think Ubuntu has this feature automatically, but a lot of them do now. Even if you use Windows, a LiveCD comes in incredibly handy as a recovery tool. Can't boot into Windows? Try booting a LiveCD and access and recover your files. Knoppix might be one of the best LiveCD platforms, I believe it may have been the first in fact. I know it was the first one I tried, and I got hooked on Linux after that.

Also, Kororaa is an offshoot of Fedora and Fedora, imo, deserves an honorable mention, especially with the updated Gnome platform. It's especially nice for tablets or touchscreens.

Sadly, the page for Kororaa isn't loading for me, I wanted to check it out.

Found an interesting video on youtube highlighting some of the alternative distros here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gitzJYUtDw
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kubuntu is just ubuntu with the KDE desktop environment, rather then the the GNOME desktop environment.
Actually the biggest competitor of Microsoft is piracy, and Microsoft deserves it, killing poor kids in Africa with vaccines.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CrunchBang is currently my favorite distro

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG3zlmaCAIQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUXi1iWmgxM

It is incredibly fast. Fastest OS I've seen. Very low resource usage.

Love that I could launch five HD movies playing simultaneously with only 512 mb ram on an older Compaq system.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KNOPPIX is my choice , very light and works well from the CD .
so you do not have to install . 7.5 is packed with software !!!!

http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html
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