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Old 08-26-2013, 08:16 PM   #1
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anyone here dabble in Linux?

ubuntu? Red Hat?

I'm trying to expand my computer knowledge a bit and am about to find out just how easy this is to learn so i was wondering if anyone here has been down this road all ready.

i think the NSA uses a version of Red Hat or one modified for their purposes.



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Linux is not an easy platform to learn without a good GUI of some sort.

But if Al Gore can run his website with it........



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I'll take Linux over windows any day. The best way I can describe it is, Linux is a headache to get started and then everything is great. Windows is a constant migraine.
**** windows.

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We have Linux (Red Hat) on some computers.

It can do things that are unthinkable with Windows.

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Well... like what?
How do you get it?
How do you operate it?
I'm curious too.

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http://www.ubuntu.com/
http://www.redhat.com/

We ran a form of Red Hat to control the analog instruments on a flight simulator.
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I have dabbled with Ubuntu and haven't made the leap yet but it is very intriguing. My computer has three hard drives all a Tera-byte or more so I will be committing one or part of one to a Ubuntu partition

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Most of the Linux distributions are full desktop suites, with many/most/all/more of the same utilities and applications as Windows; the names are different.

Except for some very specialized distributions (firewall, hacker/cracker ...) they have "desktop" GUIs similar to Windows.

Many distributions can run most Windows apps (using "wine"). Some distributions permit multiple desktops to be active, so you can be running house apps on one, biz apps on another, games on a third, etc., or run everything one one ... You get to choose.

Linux is also very well documented and supported, often at no charge (biz versions tend to license updates and help desk support).

If you like Red Hat, try Centos Linux, it is a non-commercial flavor of RH. It uses most of the same modules. Debian is also very popular.

Don't worry much about initial look & feel, you can make the desktop, colors, fonts, etc any way you want.

If you see the question about enabling "SE" options, I'd recommend the middle option (not enabled, not disabled) until you have a good understanding. "Report" will pop up a box to let you know when you're doing something it considers risky; if enabled, it would block the action and you wouldn't know why without scanning log files.

It's not too hard to learn, give it a shot.

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I have a cheap laptop that is mostly used for watching movies. I have one game I try to play, but the computer can't keep up with it. My kid uses it to Skype with his mom every weekend.

It's practically brand new. My ex had it, and for all intents and purposes, forfeited it in our divorce. I had to restore it to factory condition (deleting ALL added apps and software).

Would linux or these others be of any use to me?

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I used to have Ubuntu ran on CD without loading to hard drive.

Kind of a test before you commit setup.



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