If you haven't already got it, now is the time! Linux is going to step into homes, offices, schools and universities BIG TIME very soon so why not be on the cutting edge and get it right away? Debian GNU / Linux is my distribution of choice. There are many others, for example Red Hat, S.u.S.E., Slackware, LinuxPPC and MkLinux.
I've got a PC running Debian GNU / Linux 2.2 ( potato) with kernel version 2.2.12. The hardware includes an Intel Pentium II processor running at 350 MHz, 128 MB of RAM, a 6.4 and an 8.4 GB HDD, a 32x speed CD-ROM drive, an HP 9300 CD-writer and a 17" monitor. I've also got an Epson Stylus Photo 870 ink jet printer, an HP ScanJet 4300C scanner, an Olympus C-920 Zoom digital camera and a TeleWell 5614UL 56K modem. For some more details about me and my computers and programming, check out this.
I think that Linux really kicks ass. I'm recommending it to all my friends and some of the advantages over Mac OS or Windows that I'm particularly emphasizing are:
- it's free
- it's incredibly stable
- it has true multitasking
- it's very customizable, there are many different shells, window managers and themes to choose from
- there are lots of free killer applications, such as The Gimp, Netscape Communicator, TeX, XEmacs and so on
- there are also great office applications, such as Applixware, StarOffice and WordPerfect
- it's cool, or as one of my friends put it: Windows is for pussies, real men use UNIX... ;-)
A few words of advice to beginners wanting to install Linux:
- The Official Red Hat Linux distribution is the easiest one to start with. It isn't necessarily the best distribution, but you'll likely save yourself a lot of trouble by starting with that.
- Be prepared to do some serious reading. Get a good book that covers the basics ( it will probably have 1000+ pages), read as much as you need to get the system installed, up and running right away. Then read the whole book, Linux is for people willing to explore and learn. You'll also need the book as a reference all the time if you're going to get anywhere with Linux. There is also a lot of great information on the Internet. You can find more Linux- related links on my links page.
- Take every piece of advice seriously and do exactly as you are told. It is very easy to fuck up a Linux box completely, don't take chances.
- If you have friends who are interested in Linux, do this together. It is great to explore and learn together and there's nothing like the feeling when you find new interesting features and teach each other.
I'd like to recommend the following sources of information:
Last updated: Mon Dec 20 23:55 EET 1999.
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