New Adventures in Linux…..

… or Don’t laugh at the newbie!

Since we got back from Prague things have been pretty quiet around here. There is a reason for this, and that reason is Linux.

It’s a really odd feeling for me to go back to the beginning and have to learn how to “do” computers again. Just today in work, I reflected on this when I was asked several times (not uncommonly so) to fix this or that, reconnect new profiles to old to regain access to systems etc. We have a tech coordinator guy on site but people often come to me first. Actually, I’d almost forgot that I used to do the tech-co job until about 5 years ago!

So as I said, its an odd feeling to be the newbie, but interesting and unlike when I was learning PC’s back in the day, there is a lot of help out there in the form of forums and blogs 🙂 So far I’ve tried about 5 different Linux distros, unlike Windows there are different branches of Linux. Usually these projects are separated by their aim to be faster, smaller or more compatible than other branches.

Here is a quick run down, of my adventures (so far) in Linux.

PCLinuxOS is a popular distro, and I liked it a lot. It felt very similar to using Windows, probably intentionally, and I would be using it now if I could fix the wireless lan driver problem I encountered.

Damn Small Linux is very interesting, small enough to fit on and boot from a pen-drive, meaning you can boot a “strangers” PC, so get your familar desktop to work on, use it for a time to work or surf, then save your session and leve no trace on the host machine. Pretty cool, eh?

Ubuntu is probably one of the most popular as far as I can tell, this is, I think due to it being very stable and highly compatible. I felt that this also meant it ran pretty slowly.

Kubuntu a branch of the above, and I felt it had the edge speed-wise but the pre-installed software was all a bit obscure for me, for example Konquerer browser rather than Firefox.

Xubuntu is another Ubuntu branch, feels faster in many ways but includes Firefox and other more familiar software versions than the above. So far for me it has the edge and is the version I’m still playing around with, though it also suffers some issues with my wireless card. Can you imagine the stress its giving me having an actual wire running to the router? I know! A wire!

So, like, yeah, I’m a newbie, and I’m going to try and stick with it, (does going dual boot count?) so please don’t be a hater if I offended your fave distro, this is just my opinion, right?

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5 Responses to New Adventures in Linux…..

  1. Jonathan says:

    I dabbled in linux for a while, mostly Ubuntu, but found it almost unusable.

    Thankfully, I had Mac OS 10.5 to go back to! Maybe you should try that out one day!

  2. Dudemullet says:

    You should consider trying Archlinux http://www.archlinux.org

    here why I liked it > ubuntu
    -Fast
    -nothing, let me say that again nothing preinstalled you choose all your apps you will have to get into a bit of command lining though
    -great documentation

    just follow the guides on the sites wiki and you should pretty much just be on the clear. This was my second distro, after ubuntu and I’ve never looked back.

  3. andy says:

    Jon,

    Yeah I have looked at OS10, mostly cos you keep going on about your Mac 😉 I found this Kalyway Leopard thing to install Leopard and make yourself a nicley named Hackintosh.

    I’ll give it a go and let you know how I like it 🙂

    A

  4. Dave Le HUray says:

    Strange about PCLinuxOS as it was one of the only ones that would configure my netgear wireless card on install. Most of the others would do so when using the livecds but on install would inform me that additional files needed to be downloaded from the internet, mostly madwifi.

    Just a thought have you tried asking on the [url=http://www.pclinuxos.com/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=58]PCLinuxOS forums[/url]

    Hope you eventually find your favourite distribution. I’ve been using Linux since Mandrake 8 and stayed with mandrake/mandriva up to 2007. Only changed to PCLinuxOS because of the wireless issue.

    Regards

    Dave Le Huray
    Guernsey

  5. […] around with it, I wasn’t a complete newbie having played around with some live-cd installs before, oddly enough almost exactly a year ago! In fact, it was a live-cd of Ubuntu that I used to […]

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