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Linux is good at making your 7 year-old 1Ghz computer as fast as your new computer running Windows.

From personal experience, the 1GHz Athlon 512mb RAM computer running FreeBSD is as fast for web-surfing, video watching, e-mailing, etc., as when the computer in my sig is running Windows XP. It was even fast when it ran GNOME in Ubuntu. I'd be able to run Beryl if the fan on the card spun (I should put a hs on it or something....).

My parents ran Ubuntu on this computer (the 1Ghz T-bird) for two years. Now they have an adopted P4 3.0GHz HT w/2GB RAM on Win XP, and the performance difference isn't much, if at all.

... and for as much crap as they gave me about OO.org not working perfectly with MS Word files, I am surprised they don't use MS Word more often.

It was that (.doc in OO.org), flash 9, and the random sites that wanted MS only that made them sometimes want Windows. Now, OO.org is works with .doc much better, flash 9 is supported, and most problems with random sites can be fixed through various methods. So, yes, it can be a good choice for parents as well.

And on that note, the only reason they switched was because the computer was 4 years newer and free.

Take some time to learn it and try not to get too frusterated. You're probably familiar with doing things the Windows way since everything you know is from doing things the Windows way in Windows. Linux isn't like Windows. You have to learn to do things the Linux way. It is different. If you are expecting it to function exactly like Windows, and how you are accustomed to in Windows, then you will be disappointed. If you learn a thing or two, you will start to understand why many people like it. Otherwise, you probably shouldn't even try.

I would make a dual-boot with ubuntu for your first Linux experience. Download 7.04 x86 from ubuntu.com, and install it dual-boot with Windows. Learn the basics of Ubuntu and Linux, commands, etc., for starters.

P.S. The FreeBSD install w/Fluxbox on the old computer (1GHz t-bird, 512mem, uses 62MB of memory, including Fluxbox running.)
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I love linux for servers, but thats it. When you think about it what do you use an OS for? For running software, and unfortunately everything is written for windows. Things such as video editing is IMPOSSIBLE to find a good substitute in linux for. Photo editing is available (gimp shop) but frankly its just not complete replacement for photoshop.

What linux has become is amazing for being completely open source. But it seems to be good for internet, documents, and basic media. Which just in my opinion isn't worth it to dual boot.

On the server side of things linux is the only choice hands down... its rock solid and stable, it works wonders. (I just found out my server had been running for a month without even a reboot and I had not realized it) I have endless praise for linux as a server, my brief dance with Windows server 2003 convinced me it was more confusing than my Cent OS server.
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I love linux for servers, but thats it. When you think about it what do you use an OS for? For running software, and unfortunately everything is written for windows. Things such as video editing is IMPOSSIBLE to find a good substitute in linux for. Photo editing is available (gimp shop) but frankly its just not complete replacement for photoshop.

What linux has become is amazing for being completely open source. But it seems to be good for internet, documents, and basic media. Which just in my opinion isn't worth it to dual boot.

On the server side of things linux is the only choice hands down... its rock solid and stable, it works wonders. (I just found out my server had been running for a month without even a reboot and I had not realized it) I have endless praise for linux as a server, my brief dance with Windows server 2003 convinced me it was more confusing than my Cent OS server.
Didn't someone say something about a bunch of movies being edited on linux, like star wars and shrek?
Oh BTW... currently inside my Gentoo/XORG Links page, on OCN all text based, rofl... god, this is my first try at linux, been about 3 days and 5 or 6 hours of learning, screaming, punching, and talking to Chipp/Tuxey/Hobo about stuff. Oh, and lots and lots of wiki help Anyway, this is too freakin fun. AW crap! Just as I type this... ERROR. Stopped emerging KDE... Damnit I thought I got around this! Seriously this is no joke lol, just happened... "Please reemerge =X11-libs/qt3* with USE="opengl"

Doh. Any ideas? I'll make a thread
    
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Check the reply, and if you go to gentoo.org forums they will help you better since they are all working with gentoo specifically.

It is FRUSTRATING but FUn at the same time.

Stick with it. Once you have KDE up you will have been through a war and won.
Then you are done and all you have to do is emerge beryl.

Another thing, have you done "eselect opengl set nvidia"?
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they think it makes them "non-conformists"


But meh, let them not play counterstrike. We wont miss em
Lol there we go.

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This happened after adding another stick of RAM. That was the only change I made to the hardware.
I hate WGA with a deep burning passion.

On another note, I had no problems passing in Ubuntu with WINE on the separate WGA check exe.
Call Microsoft and ask for another code, thats what i did when Vista was giving me trouble after making some hardware modifications.
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What can a nub like me, do in linux?

Just about anything you wanted... you can double click on icons, and run programs... what else do you want to do?


I already have a drive area partitioned for music, but I will move it and change it for ubuntu- is that doable?

The installer will allow you to use the entire disk... or any other configuration you want...


How easy is it to setup grub? (thats the boot selector right?)

It's setup for you went you install... Ubuntu will even see your windows partitions and give you an option to add them to the bootloader


What can I do easily, that will make it worth playing around with?

What do you do in windows now? chances are you can do everything you do in linux... aside from pay a fortune for your OS...


So really, what makes Linux worthwhile?
I am only asking this as my assumptions lead me to believe gaming is very tough to do... But generally I just use the net, email, and that's the extent unless I want to game.

It's an Operating System that Works...
It's Stable...
It's not a microsoft product...
It's free...
It's a support community... and is updated MUCH faster then bloated commercial products *cough windows cough*
It can run just about every program... even games... (i often BF2 from my linux box)
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And here's a quick image to show why I switched to Linux.




This happened after adding another stick of RAM. That was the only change I made to the hardware.
I hate WGA with a deep burning passion.

On another note, I had no problems passing in Ubuntu with WINE on the separate WGA check exe.
so... you bought the OS... and upgraded your hardware... and rather then clicking on the telephone button, and making a phone call to MS to get this rather common problem fixed in less then 6 minutes... you gave up on windows?

OS license key validation isn't the WGA... and you shouldn't even notice the WGA if you don't have a bogus copy...
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so... you bought the OS... and upgraded your hardware... and rather then clicking on the telephone button, and making a phone call to MS to get this rather common problem fixed in less then 6 minutes... you gave up on windows?

OS license key validation isn't the WGA... and you shouldn't even notice the WGA if you don't have a bogus copy...
I see bad things coming to this thread...
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So... its really just a stable place to make pretty... and not doing anything with.


That's so dissappointing.
The linux desktop will do everything that an XP/Vista machine will do, except game(unless you count Doom3 and Quake). But it's not some black magic panacea of computing heaven, it's just another OS. It's a challenge to setup(I have to use ndiswrapper to use my Linksys wireless card), especially if you're running ATi graphics hardware. But once you get everything setup is doesn't break.
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so... you bought the OS... and upgraded your hardware... and rather then clicking on the telephone button, and making a phone call to MS to get this rather common problem fixed in less then 6 minutes... you gave up on windows?

OS license key validation isn't the WGA... and you shouldn't even notice the WGA if you don't have a bogus copy...
I think that you missed the point. There are NO bogus copies of Linux. There's no WGA on any distro. The software is simply there for you to use, just like the dreamers at the beginning of the computer age thought should be the case.

Just like having your own pilot's license means that you don't have to undress for a gloried security guard with a TSA patch on his arm, Linux means that you don't have to call anybody to be authorized to use the OS.
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