Advice for all Linux newcomers

First of all, you are welcome to the wonderful and freedom world of Linux.  Linux is well known for stable and reliable in server implementation.  Recently, Linux desktop usage is more and more common as it is very user-friendly.  There are some well known distributions, such as Ubuntu, fedora and OpenSuSE, etc.

Almost all the common distributions come with Live CD/DVD.  You can boot from the CD/DVD and experience the power of Open Source system – Linux.  Once you are comfortable with Linux, you eager to install it to the hard drive because of the performance.

The problem is coming when you decided to install the Linux distributions to your hard drive.  The design of Linux is different from Windows system.  The partitioning, file system and jargon are all different.

Hereby, I advise all newcomers to install Linux (such as Ubuntu, fedora or OpenSuSE and etc) to a mobile racked hard drive or USB thumb if your BIOS supports to boot up with USB.

Mobile rack is a mount and rack for hard drives.  You can change your operating system by means of changing the hard drives.  One operating system per hard drive.  It is easy to maintain and operate.  No human error will cause.

Another method is install the Linux Live CD/DVD or working system to the USB thumb.  The con is the performance as it is not as fast as a hard drive in general.

For a newcomer to Linux, do not consider to install Linux to the current using Windows system as dual boot system because it is very danger.  Your Windows system will be destroyed when you are doing wrong under partitioning of Linux file system.  Installing a Windows system is the most time wasting operation compare with Ubuntu.

Just my 2 cents, thank you.

Samiux

P.S. You may consider Lambda Linux (Live DVD) which is remastered from Ubuntu Desktop Live CD.  It is almost the same as Ubuntu except the performance is tuned and some useful softwares are installed.  It also recognised more than 3GB RAM in a 32-bit system.

[ 本帖最後由 samiux 於 2009-3-28 13:00 編輯 ]

I would don't try to install Linux for latest and greatest hardware, because manufacturers are more interested in giving out WinXP drivers first for their new products.

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買個 Vista OEM 都係 $8xx ... 唔明甘辛苦 install 個
Linux 做 Desktop 為乜 ...     (個人意見 Linux 做 Desktop 真係冇乜 so, 要乜冇乜... e.g Office, all adobe products, MSN..... )

我當年要用 Linux 係因為要起 Render Farm 迫於無奈

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原帖由 melodyayaka 於 2009-3-30 01:29 發表
買個 Vista OEM 都係 $8xx ... 唔明甘辛苦 install 個
Linux 做 Desktop 為乜 ...     (個人意見 Linux 做 Desktop 真係冇乜 so, 要乜冇乜... e.g Office, all adobe products, MSN... ...


That's freedom.
Free for freedom, not price.

Office 有 OpenOffice
Photoshop 有 GIMP
MSN 有 Pidgin
我唔覺得乜係要乜冇乜.

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原帖由 melodyayaka 於 2009-3-30 01:29 發表
買個 Vista OEM 都係 $8xx ... 唔明甘辛苦 install 個
Linux 做 Desktop 為乜 ...     (個人意見 Linux 做 Desktop 真係冇乜 so, 要乜冇乜... e.g Office, all adobe products, MSN... ...


Hm .... It sounds interesting.

In term of Microsoft Windows users, Linux users have no choice as we have no Microsoft products.  Microsoft products are great in their mind.  They are very easy to use and they are only choice for them.  No other choice.

Linux is an operating system just like Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX.  Linux has her market share.  Linux serves different users - the users request for freedom of choice.  We have many choice.  For word processing as example, we have Abi Word, OpenOffice.org, KOffice and many many choice.

Linux is not the replacement of and/or alternative to Windows.

Linux is developed by a large group of computer experts all over the world.  Linux kernel and other application softwares are Open Sourced.  The flaws are easy to find and fix in a very short time.  In other words, it is more safety then other operating systems.

Linux is not free for commercial - they need to pay by annual and it is much more expensive than Microsoft Windows.  However, it is free for home users.  

Linux is a Unix-like operating system that designed for multi-users and multi-tasking.  In general speaking, Microsoft Windows is not a multi-users and multi-tasking operating system.

Linux cannot infected by virus and malwares easily that thanks for her secure design.

If any user find Microsoft products helpful, we have no objection to that.  In our world, Linux is enjoyable, stable and reliable.  We have freedom to use and choose.  We are following the computer science standard.

If you are a Microsoft customers and find Linux is interesting, you are welcome to our wonderful Linux world.  The door is open for you forever.

[ 本帖最後由 samiux 於 2009-3-30 05:28 編輯 ]

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原帖由 melodyayaka 於 2009-3-30 01:29 發表
買個 Vista OEM 都係 $8xx ... 唔明甘辛苦 install 個
Linux 做 Desktop 為乜 ...     (個人意見 Linux 做 Desktop 真係冇乜 so, 要乜冇乜... e.g Office, all adobe products, MSN... ...

我覺得你係蝦腸囉
8xx 裝個VISTA先係要乜無乜, 連media center 同 DVD burning 都要home premium
唔想辛苦應該去玩MAC,以GUI同技術支援計佢都好過windows
而且office suite, bmp editing, vector graphic editing, video editing, instant-messaging 都有FS/OSS
你講打機,咁先至無得好講
不過,我覆緊你個陣,對住兩部電腦都係一部係UBUNTU一部係VISTA
windows 唔係唔好,但無必要抹殺FS/OSS的生存空間,電腦使用者的選擇權吧

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要有埋 Office, all adobe products 唔知要幾錢呢...

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原帖由 samiux 於 2009-3-30 04:42 發表

Linux is an operating system just like Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX.  Linux has her market share.  Linux serves different users - the users request for freedom of choice.  We have many choice.  For word processing as example, we have Abi Word, OpenOffice.org, KOffice and many many choice.

Linux is not the replacement of and/or alternative to Windows.

Linux is developed by a large group of computer experts all over the world.  Linux kernel and other application softwares are Open Sourced.  The flaws are easy to find and fix in a very short time.  In other words, it is more safety then other operating systems.

Linux is not free for commercial - they need to pay by annual and it is much more expensive than Microsoft Windows.  However, it is free for home users.  


It is not only about alternatives nor about price.
It is about freedom. The freedom to use, MODIFY and redistribute.

Linux is a Unix-like operating system that designed for multi-users and multi-tasking.  In general speaking, Microsoft Windows is not a multi-users and multi-tasking operating system.


For Windows 1~3, Windows 95/98/ME, it was.
But For Windows NT based, eg. Windows NT 1~4, Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7,
They are truly multi-users and multi-tasking OS.

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原帖由 davidtlwong 於 2009-3-30 10:01 發表


It is not only about alternatives nor about price.
It is about freedom. The freedom to use, MODIFY and redistribute.



For Windows 1~3, Windows 95/98/ME, it was.
But For Windows NT based, eg. Windo ...


In term of server, Linux is multi-user and multi-tasking operating system.  Windows server may be a multi-user system but may not be a multi-tasking operating system.

In term of desktop, Linux is still multi-user and multi-tasking operating system as the kernel is the same as server version.  However, Windows home version may not be a multi-user and multi-tasking system.

Multi-tasking -
I have tried to run several services, such as http and ftp in the backgroud and running several applications in the foreground on a Windows XP Professional system but it lag and almost halt.  By the way, I have enough memory and powerful CPU to run.

Multi-user -
Many users can log in to the Linux system at the same time (not only by ssh).

[ 本帖最後由 samiux 於 2009-3-30 11:37 編輯 ]

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原帖由 melodyayaka 於 2009-3-30 01:29 發表
買個 Vista OEM 都係 $8xx ... 唔明甘辛苦 install 個
Linux 做 Desktop 為乜 ...     (個人意見 Linux 做 Desktop 真係冇乜 so, 要乜冇乜... e.g Office, all adobe products, MSN... ...


我個人理由係以前 processing power 咁貴,RAM又咁貴,Windows非盜版加軟件又咁貴,竟然主要黎跑 antivirus 同 defrag ?!

用左 Linux 之後,有痛改前非既感受。

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