Originally Posted by Viviox
Hello everyone. Been reading this topic for about 2 hours now, there are 141 pages.....that's alot of reading. Anyway, I got something i want to ask about Linux since i am very very new at command line and linux.
I've been using windows since Win95 and I can say that i have a good amount of knowledge about Windows to help me customized it and tweaked it in certain ways that i like, some with the help of additional programs. What worries me the most is Viruses and Adwares, and potential hackers. My Win95 had over 50,000 viruses (that i had no knowledge of). This was back when i was 10 years old
I can protect my computer better now with NOD32, firewall, peerblock, and other wonderful windows programs. I stopped getting virus since 2003.
Now, my question is, can linux protect my computers? Not only from viruses, but from hackers, and unwanted individuals that trying to pry into my private computer.
I've been running Ubuntu 9.0 for about 2 weeks on my 8 years old P4 laptop, and i can say that it is a good looking OS. It might be better than XP and Vista, and at least on par with the new Windows 7. What bothers me the most when i was using Ubuntu is that, i have no idea what is going on in the background. Some of you guys said that Linux gives the Users better control of his/her computer than Windows, but as far as i see, i am loosing control over a lot of things. One example would be the downloading and installing programs through package manager. It just download and install automatically once i clicked on Install Program. I can't tell where is it installing the program. For windows, sometimes i like to test a program so i installed it inside a designated folder with Sandboxie protection, incase it has viruses or something that could messed up my windows. Everything is automatic (or at least i think it is in Ubutun), since it does everything for me, except for when it asked me for password when connecting to the internet. Maybe im not setting it up right...is it UAC setting like Windows 7, that turned off? O_o
I'll continue to use Linux and try to learn more about it, because i am sure that it would take more than a month to learn it. It is not as easy as Windows (which is a piece of cake) compare to how Linux is
1) Can someone recommends a good version of Linux that would work well with an 8 years old Sony Laptop, Pentium 4, 512MB of ram, 40gb of hard drive, and im not sure what's the graphic card memory is but its between 32-64MB. Ubutun 9.0 is too much for my lappy to handle
2) On another note, not being able to run any games on Linux is a pain. I have to settle for Linux version of solitary and chess, rather than high end graphic games. Anyone know any good games that can run with Linux that is on par with today modern windows games?
3) lastly, is there any good reading i can start off to learn more about Linux, like about root and command line?
OK, let me begin with the first part. Linux is very secure, as it's open source, the second anyone finds a bug, it gets patched very quickly, as anyone can do it. It's also been designed with more security in mind than windows. The general agreed thought is Linux is more secure, one of the many reasons so many servers run Linux. Viruses are pretty much unheard of, besides a few proof-of-concept bits of code.
As to knowing more about your system, that's entirely up to you. Ubuntu, trying to be user friendly, hides a lot of stuff. If you want to know the ins and outs of your system, you can compile all of your software yourself, then move the executables into your path. This is possible, but a pain as it would take a lot of time. Package managers handle it for you, so you don't have to bother. This said, Linux is always about choice, and I'm sure if you look into the package manager, you can get a list of what the package will install.
I can't say exactly, as I don't run Ubuntu, but you can view it online, e.g. for rhythmbox
there is a list of all files included in the package.
Of course, it's a matter of the lengths you want to go through. Heck, you could even browse the source for everything you install with the wonders of an open source operating system. Of course, the time required to do so is insane, so no one does, but you can if you want to.
The advantage of the package manager is also the fact the repositories are trusted - package maintainers check the install works, check the software to make sure it's not malicious, etc... So it's another defence layer.
As to the latter questions, just google light distributions. If you like Ubuntu, try Xubuntu, as XFCE is lighter than gnome, and very similar in feel.
As to games, there are some you can run under wine, a few native (UT2k4, Defcon, World Of Goo, etc...) and Valve have said Steam is coming soon, and we presume native versions of Source-based games.
As to reading, the best way to learn is to try stuff, look up guides and remember over time, just accumulate knowledge, just like you did with windows. After a while you get the same level of knowing as windows, it's just the initial step.