Friday, February 11, 2011

The Joy Of Linux

                People often ask me what I think of the Linux Operating System. I truly think that a lot of the various Linux Distributions, are really great. It’s not like it was say 5-10 years ago, where you HAD to learn the command line. That is one of the aspects that kept people from making or transitioning from Windows to Linux. When people made the switch, there was no .exe file to double click and the program installed you had to know the command line and compile the program from scratch. People didn’t like it and when they made the switch, 9 out of 10 went back to Windows.


                  Like I said you don’t necessarily have to learn the command line anymore. Ubuntu had the  Synaptic Package Manager, which evolved into the
Ubuntu Software Center, Fedora has Yum or you can use the RPM, which is what you use on their parent distro Red Hat Linux. Almost all of the other Linux distro’s now have something similar to this, which has made the switch to Linux even better than ever.


                   I would say and even encourage you, if you are thinking of making the switch to try Ubuntu. Ubuntu edge’s out it’s closest contender’s Fedora and Open Suse, because it’s development team is constantly focused on the end-user experience. The team of Canonical developers and the Ubuntu community have spent a lot of time and resources on bringing ease-of use tools to this distribution , particularly in the area of installing Ubuntu and installing applications within Ubuntu. That is why I believe Ubuntu to be the best desktop distro.


                  There are a number of other great Linux distro’s out there, from Fedora, Open Suse, Red Hat Enterprise Linux ( pay to use). For laptop’s and netbooks, we have Ubuntu Netbook Remix, gOS, JoliCloud, Google Chrome OS Linux. There are even some great server editions as well.  Don’t take my word for it though, do a search for yourself and give Linux a try. I know that you will like it. The best part, it’s free and you can make all the changes that you want, it’s your distro! What are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy your day!

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