Guest Posted April 2, 2006 Share Posted April 2, 2006 I'm no expert at this and there are many here much more qualified than me. I'm a true novice which is one reason I'm writing this. As such however I thought it might be helpful to others who might want an option. Early in my computer career which wasn't that long ago I discovered I had an acute allergy to one of my neighbors, Uncle Bill and the MS-OS aka Windows. I even had a computer built with two hard drives, one for Windows OS and one for a Linux OS. I chose Mandrake 8.2 at the time. I have a very Linux savy Tech guy in Portland, a necessity for just about any novice, Windows or Llinux. Code writers read no further. After just a month I discovered I was doing everything in Linux and hardly ever used my Windows 2000Pro. It wasn't intentional or anything like that. It was an annoyance issue. Since most of my time spent on the computer at the time was surfing the net it was no contest doing in in Linux or in Windows. I had GOOGLE on both. The Windows was constantly down or locking up .. even with Anti-Virus software. As I began to learn and use other functions and tasks the "compatibility" issue arose. I then recently upgraded to Mandriva 10.2 Rev. [the former Mandrake] and bregan to encoounter problems [maybe less so than some of my Windows friends] but things just weren't working perfectly smoothly and my Tech said it "had issues". Final confirmation that softwear is a sentient being. I had done quite a bit of research in the interim and talked it over with my Tech. guy. There is the CodeWeavers option of floating a Windows "Lifeboat" I call it in Linux for Windows programs. One Linux OS does this for the whole of its operations. You see, linux is soooo much faster and takes up far less space than Windows. Linux has options. Mandriva, SuSi, Red Hat and many other Linux OS's as complete packages. I recently posted about Web Radio and this became a driving force in how I set up my system. May stations require Windows Media Player. I was willing to pay for CodeWeavers just for this alone. There are many options which I'm reasonably satisfied with for now. I finally chose ubuntu 5.10, Breezy Badger! as my Linux OS. It's simple, stable and reliable. It's backed by another billionare as a charity/non-profit operation for the third world. Since I'm a one man third world this was for me. Excellent backup and Bug Fix access. It's free. Well not exactly free .. like that free lunch. I spent as much having my Tech. set it up as Windows would have cost but he gets to enjoy my money, not a billionare who has more money than God. I can talk to my Tech on the phone also. Other stuff. Writing is no problem at all with free Open Office [Windows compatible]. All files can be easily created or converted to .doc of several vintages. It's a non-insulting program to work with and totally compatible with the outside world. Even my Lawyer doesn't know. Pictures and Images. Still working through this one but for most stuff GIMP works as well as Photo Shop and it's free [Windows compatible]. Yet to get a Digital Camera so I have that to cope with. I have Scanner programs and that is my next course. I said I was a novice!! I learn/install it when I need it. I use Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird for eMail. Both free and the very best. There's always somethin' with computers but I'm free of so many other things that just won't go away for you Windows users. Let me count the ways. Viruses and spies. They go screaming into the flaming pits of digital hell upon entry. There's nothing familiar for them to hook on to. I have no virus program or spyware yet no one gets any from me. Wading through cyber space with Linux is like having snake proof hip boots on. Very few popups and other crap like that. Hope this is helpful and useful for someone. It's a truly endless issue and pursit with no end. If I've learned anything from having accepted my first computer forced on me by a close friend .. kind of a Trojian horse. OFF Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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