Why Use Linux
There are many reasons but I will give you mine as they cover most user's reasons.
Changing to Linux
Before running off and switching to Linux, there
are a number of factors to consider. Firstly Linux is still very much an "advanced users" operating system
requiring quite in-depth knowledge of hardware and file systems. My personal advice is to try one of the live
versions and the one I recommend is Knoppix. Knoppix is a Debian based
operating system that runs off the cdrom and while a bit slow, because of the cdrom speed, it will detect and
use most existing hardware. Knoppix is a very useful tool to have anyway as it has many tools and allows one
to complete many tasks on hard drives. It will give you a good idea of what Linux is like without having to
install the OS. If you don't have a CD burner or are not sure how to create a CD using an iso image then you
can buy a CD from Linuxiso, e-bay or directly from Knoppix. If you don't really
want to go to all this trouble then I am prepared to supply a copy for UKP1.99 + postage and accept payment
through PayPal. Just e-mail me and I will make the arrangements.
Why is Debian the most popular Linux distribution?
Debian has some very unique features. Debian comes in 3 flavours, Stable (code name Etch),
testing (Lenny) and unstable (Sid). The Debian testers only allow applications into stable if they have been
thoroughly tested and are proved to be absolutely stable. The problem is that these applications can be quite
old. Stable is ideal for running servers which are required to be absolutely stable. Most users run the testing.
While Testing is not as stable as Stable the applications are more recent and are relatively stable
. When a Debian system is installed only the very basics are installed and it is then up to the user to decide
what they want installed after that. Debian uses a unique packaging system. Packages are included with many
of the installation CD's but all are available from the world wide repositories. This allows easy download and
installation of the packages. Stable has over 8000 packages available for all sorts of things. This is the real
beauty of Linux. There is some application for almost anything you could imagine. The big thing to realise is
that these applications work just as well as anything you have used with other OS'es but are just different
and like anything else it takes time to learn to use them and get used to the way they work. People often
forget how long it took them to learn to use their favourite applications in the first place.
The support for new and experienced users is tremendous. Some of the really great help forums
I hope you find the information
useful and enjoy the site. If you have any suggestions or
comments or would like to contact me then please e-mail me