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Some of my readers today will be aware of a beautiful operating system that goes by the name of Linux. For those who are not already familiar, here is a brief introduction: Linux is a free open-source alternative to Windows and Macintosh. Based off of Unix, Linus Torvalds laid the framework for the kernel many years ago and then made the source code open to all. He still works on the kernel today, but he's not alone; millions of programmers around the world work to improve Linux with their free time. They've worked hard to bring Linux to maturity, and as of the past couple years, it has reached a mature stage where the average computer user is more than capable of using it. In other words, you no longer need to know how a computer works or how to program in order for Linux to be useful to you.

So why am I bringing up this topic? Quite frankly, there aren't enough Linux users accessing TechwareLabs, and I believe this needs to change.

Whether it's because you've never heard of Linux, have an interest, or tried it years ago when it was still young and was disappointed, one thing is certain: you're missing out. I'll be elaborating further into Linux in future articles, but for now, here is a nice introduction.


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Unfortunately I fail to see how this constitutes news...
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Re-posted it in the OS Thread.
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I felt so useless when I first tried Linux, all I could do was click around and surf the web, no cool command lines to install stuff or get the most from it. It is difficult to get into it if you have a XP install just a reboot away...

If anyone knows where I can get a list of commands etc I am willing to give it a retry.
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I hear the Linux fanboys stampeding towards this thread...
    
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I felt so useless when I first tried Linux, all I could do was click around and surf the web, no cool command lines to install stuff or get the most from it. It is difficult to get into it if you have a XP install just a reboot away...

If anyone knows where I can get a list of commands etc I am willing to give it a retry.
Some distros have come to the point where you don't need a command line to configure stuff.
PCLinuxOS comes with a lot of useful stuff, including a shortcut on the desktop to install GPU drivers (something I don't know how to do in, say, Ubuntu) or configuring the internet connection.

Unfortunately, I still can't use because I too lazy to configure some of my stuff, like internet through USB or Bluetooth from my handphone, adequate battery management... note that all this can be done thanks to walkthroughs and forums, the resources are ALL there.
It's just that configuring an internet connection like mine REQUIRES the internet...

edit: and installing stuff no longer requires command lines... there's often a package manager in the distro (although you can still use sudo apt get if you want)
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I really like ubuntu. I'm a GUI kind of guy, but even I found that interface much easier to work with than XP's, and I even replaced the drivers on my video card with a little help from Google and Envy (a FOSS program).

Now if only it could game...
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Some distros have come to the point where you don't need a command line to configure stuff.
PCLinuxOS comes with a lot of useful stuff, including a shortcut on the desktop to install GPU drivers (something I don't know how to do in, say, Ubuntu) or configuring the internet connection.

Unfortunately, I still can't use because I too lazy to configure some of my stuff, like internet through USB or Bluetooth from my handphone, adequate battery management... note that all this can be done thanks to walkthroughs and forums, the resources are ALL there.
It's just that configuring an internet connection like mine REQUIRES the internet...

edit: and installing stuff no longer requires command lines... there's often a package manager in the distro (although you can still use sudo apt get if you want)
Yeah I saw that when I tried Ubuntu. I suppose it good and bad. I thinks its a good way of encouraging more people to get onto the Linux bandwagon.
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I really like ubuntu. I'm a GUI kind of guy, but even I found that interface much easier to work with than XP's, and I even replaced the drivers on my video card with a little help from Google and Envy (a FOSS program).

Now if only it could game...
exactly, running games in wine under ubuntu is not the same as running games in xp, I been on and off with ubuntu since 6.06, teh gaming is stopping me from completely switching over.
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Originally Posted by Flower View Post
I felt so useless when I first tried Linux, all I could do was click around and surf the web, no cool command lines to install stuff or get the most from it. It is difficult to get into it if you have a XP install just a reboot away...

If anyone knows where I can get a list of commands etc I am willing to give it a retry.
http://www.linux.org/lessons/beginner/toc.html

http://www.linux-tutorial.info/toc

I'm starting these myownself. And Ubuntu CAN game, if the game uses OpenGL instead of directX(id Software games being a good example).
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