linux operating system?
linux operating system any good
- Linux Mint 11Lv 710 years agoFavorite Answer
Lets begin with Ubuntu which is the most popular Linux distro. (Distribution)
Reasons to use Ubuntu instead of Windows
Reasons to use Ubuntu
Reasons not to Use Ubuntu (sarcasm at its best)
What is Ubuntu
Ubuntu is a community developed operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work Ubuntu contains all the applications you'll ever need, from word processing and email applications, to web server software and programming tools.
Ubuntu is and always will be free of charge. You do not pay any licensing fees. You can download, use and share Ubuntu with your friends, family, school or business for absolutely nothing.
We issue a new desktop and server release every six months. That means you'll always have the latest and greatest applications that the open source world has to offer.
Ubuntu is designed with security in mind. You get free security updates for at least 18 months on the desktop and server. With the Long Term Support (LTS) version you get three years support on the desktop, and five years on the server. There is no extra fee for the LTS version, we make our very best work available to everyone on the same free terms. Upgrades to new versions of Ubuntu are and always will be free of charge.
Why Linux Is Better
Here are some options for installing or trying out Linux
Option One (Full installation)
I thoroughly recommend Linux Mint 8 Main Edition which is built upon Ubuntu 9.10 Its easy to install and easy to use plus it comes with much of the software you are likely to need preinstalled
Linux Mint 8 Download
The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 8 (Helena) Installation
Linux Mint 8 Helena User Guide
You download the ISO. image of Linux Mint 8 then you need to create a Bootable LiveCD for installation
Linux Mint 8 can also be run direct from the LiveCD from Booting up without touching your Hard Drive
Option Two (Install Ubuntu inside Windows XP and Vista)
Installing Ubuntu as a dual-boot with Windows without partitioning
You keep Windows as it is, Wubi only adds an extra option to boot into Ubuntu. Wubi does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader, and does not install special drivers. It works just like any other application.
Wubi keeps most of the files in one folder, and if you do not like it, you can simply uninstall it as any other application.
Boot in to windows insert the Ubuntu 9.10 LiveCD and you will offered the option of installing inside windows which is where the Wubi installer comes in, you will be asked how many gigabytes you wish to allocate to Ubuntu (I recommend 8gb) then you set a password for your installation then click install and thats it.
Once Ubuntu is fully installed upon starting your PC you will be given a choice of which operating system you want to use Windows or Ubuntu
Ubuntu 9.10 Download
Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) User Guide
Linux Mint 7 has a similar feature called mint4win and the directions given above for Wubi can be followed (mint4win is not available for Linux Mint 8)
Linux Mint 7 Download
Linux Mint 7 Gloria User Guide
Ubuntu 9.10 and Linux Mint 7 can also be run straight from the LiveCD without touching your Hard drive
Option Three (LiveCD)
Here the possibilities are endless as you can try out as many different Linux distros. until you find the one thats right for you DISTROWATCH.COM gives full listings (second lists the major distributions)
Major Linux Distributions
HowTo create a Linux LiveCD
- Anonymous10 years ago
It's a two sided coin. I run Linux 95% of the time, Windows 5% of the time. I don't like being a Microsoft Hostage, I don't like crashing computer systems and I don't like reinstall it all the time. The con, it doesn't have billions of programs to install, like Windows and second if you are a gamer then keep Windows around using dual boot so you can play all the available games. If you are new to Linux, try some of the Linux LiveCDs and test them out before you install it. If you decide on Ubuntu I would recommend Mint Linux (Ubuntu Based). Ubuntu does not install proprietary hardware drivers so you have to tweak it to your system. Linux can do many things that Windows can't do very well, it's really a programmers and hackers dream with some of the files i has that can be installed for free, but at he same time is a great Desktop for computer users in general.
- ElizabethLv 44 years ago
I think the other responders have answered your questions, I want to let you know about a new super easy way to install Ubuntu. See the link below. You do not have to burn a cd. You simply download a file called wubi (Windows UBuntu Installer) and run it. It will download the ubuntu system and install it on your system. If you want to remove it you use windows Add Remove feature to completely remove it. Be sure to read the FAQ. The second link is where you donwload wubi. The third and fourth links will help you do things in ubuntu. The way you get something done in linux is not the same as in windows so to have a pleasant experience it is necessary to read the tutorials and instructions. Have fun
- Higgy BabyLv 710 years ago
Ubuntu is full featured, a little different but easier than any windows or Mac.
You do not need to know how to use the command line, its all menus and point and click.There are many different distributions of Linux. Ubuntu is the one to start with. I have been using it for a year now without issue.
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- Anonymous10 years ago
It's very good, especially Ubuntu. But if you're not familiar with coding or commands, I wouldn't use it. Lots of software isn't compatible with it and it's mostly an OS for programmers as you need to be really familiar with commands and code to execute certain programs.
I would just stick with Windows or Mac OS X.
- 10 years ago
using fedora 12, it takes a bit of getting used to. but runs great
ubuntu is everywhere so its easier to get help.
boot up a live usb and see what you like
- 10 years ago
if ur asking that question then u should'nt use it, its a good hacking computer but u better know how to protect urself