So, what *is* Linux anyways?

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So, what *is* Linux anyways?

Posted 11 March 2008 - 07:03 PM

I'm wondering --- what's the big deal about Linux? I know it's an OS, but nothing else.

Almost every webhost I see, along with my own, provide Linux hosting. So what are Linux's advantages and disadvantages? What type of work is it best for?

I'm also wondering, how should I decide if Linux is right for me, and how much it costs.

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Re: So, what *is* Linux anyways?

Posted 11 March 2008 - 07:28 PM

View Postspearfish, on 11 Mar, 2008 - 07:03 PM, said:

I'm wondering --- what's the big deal about Linux? I know it's an OS, but nothing else.

...? I'm not sure what you mean by nothing else? Are you looking for more?

View Postspearfish, on 11 Mar, 2008 - 07:03 PM, said:

Almost every webhost I see, along with my own, provide Linux hosting. So what are Linux's advantages and disadvantages? What type of work is it best for?

You can adapt Linux to your needs, so it's best for anything that you feel like using it for.

View Postspearfish, on 11 Mar, 2008 - 07:03 PM, said:

I'm also wondering, how should I decide if Linux is right for me, and how much it costs.

If you need something more from your current OS, or if you feel limited to it's functionality (or security). If you have to ask, then I'd assume not. Linux is free. You can pay for support, (not to Linux, but to companies that provide it).
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Re: So, what *is* Linux anyways?

Posted 11 March 2008 - 08:02 PM

Linux is an open source operating system. It is kind of a variation on Unix. If that's what you're looking for....
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Re: So, what *is* Linux anyways?

Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:23 AM

Linux is a kernel, the OS is called GNU/Linux :P
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Re: So, what *is* Linux anyways?

Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:49 AM

View Post1lacca, on 12 Mar, 2008 - 01:23 AM, said:

Linux is a kernel, the OS is called GNU/Linux :P

Dang it, I should have remembered that.... That's why flavors of Unix can't use the Linux kernel. Linux is a kernel, Unix is an OS.

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 06:49 AM

So for the computer novice.... e.g., me, that raises more questions.

What is a "kernel"?
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Re: So, what *is* Linux anyways?

Posted 12 March 2008 - 07:01 AM

It's the basic part of the OS. The kernel is the program that runs all the other programs.
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Re: So, what *is* Linux anyways?

Posted 12 March 2008 - 07:24 AM

Oh I gotcha. So if I were to just install Linux I would have basically a command line and nothing else?
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 07:36 AM

essentially yeah and a bunch of other crap
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Posted 12 March 2008 - 07:51 AM

Don't get me wrong, Linux is commonly used as a substitute for GNU/Linux, and it usually means the whole distribution, that holds all the goodies (much more programs than a Windows + Office install together )
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Re: So, what *is* Linux anyways?

Posted 12 March 2008 - 08:56 AM

View Postspearfish, on 12 Mar, 2008 - 10:24 AM, said:

Oh I gotcha. So if I were to just install Linux I would have basically a command line and nothing else?


No that is not true, you could download and install the Ubuntu Linux distro and have a fully functional desktop environment like windows or mac. Which I personally find better than either of the later named OS's.
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Re: So, what *is* Linux anyways?

Posted 12 March 2008 - 10:20 AM

I'd love to learn more if it's better, or at least different, from Mac and Windows.

So....
1) How hard would installing it be
2) How hard would reverting back to my old OS be if it didn't work
3) What hardware requirements are there
4) Are there software programs covering the 'essentials' (Code editor, Internet Browser, Word Processer, Instant Messenger) available through Linux
5) What would the best Linux pacakge be?

Sorry I have so many questions, I'm just curious
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Re: So, what *is* Linux anyways?

Posted 12 March 2008 - 10:24 AM

1. Easy as Click, Click, answer questions, click.
2. Set up a dual boot or better yet use the Live CD and play with it realtime via disk (no install) to get a good feel for the OS.
3. Linux works fine even on older machines.
4. There are more options available through Linux repositories than offered on Mac and Windows Combined. to name a few (Gimp, OpenOffice.org, Celtx, scITE, Python Idle, Code::Blocks, Pidgon) there is something for every need.
5. Ubuntu would be best for you if you are just learning. There is good support on the Ubuntu forums as well.
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Re: So, what *is* Linux anyways?

Posted 12 March 2008 - 10:28 AM

How likely would it be to need support with Ubuntu? Do games generally play on it (though I haven't played a computer game that's not browser based in years.... I'm looking forward to Star Craft 2)?

And.... where can I download it from?
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Re: So, what *is* Linux anyways?

Posted 12 March 2008 - 10:37 AM

depends, I referred to it a few times for answers. You will be able to play some games on it through Wine. If you want a OS for gaming, you are better off sticking with Windows. I just recently started using Linux and to be honest. I am glad to have converted. I use Ubuntu 7.10 on a dual boot with Vista. I work in Ubuntu as often as possible. I do have to use windows at times, but would be completely content using Linux 24-7 if needed.
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