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 Post subject: Linux
PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:27 am 
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I know this isn't hardware, but I feel like this belongs here.

What are the advantages of Linux? What is this Ubuntu? Educate me.



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 Post subject: Re: Linux
PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:22 am 
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The linux kernel is more stable than the windows nt kernel. Its operating systems tend to be smaller and more efficient, running better on less powerful hardware, and use much more efficient file systems like ext4. LinuxOS command lines makes certain operations easier. For example, installing software can be as easy as adding a repository and then typing into the terminal:
sudo apt-get -install "software name".
Most significantly, it's free. However, the general higher learning curve of most linux based operating systems and low third party support/compatibility make it more useful for technical operations like programming and servers (servers in particular, since linux machines can be relied on to crash infrequently, run efficiently, and you don't have to use a server day to day).
Ubuntu is a particularly popular operating system based on the linux kernel. It's fairly user friendly, with a nice graphical user interface while also allowing one to access the linux terminal and all the technical goodness it implies. It's probably the most supported and compatible linux operating system but that's not saying much. It's based on debian, an older (but still supported) linux OS, and can do most of the things debian does (such as install programs from .deb packages).


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 Post subject: Re: Linux
PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:17 am 
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The addernet server is run in 512MB of RAM, for example.

It makes it cheap to run.

It also means that I can pick a host that provides a SSD drive due to the small disk footprint.


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 Post subject: Re: Linux
PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:11 pm 
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If you want to give ubuntu a shot, I suggest you go with either the xubuntu (xfce variant) or lubuntu (lxde variant). Xfce and Lxde are lightweight desktop envireonments and are much nicer than unity which is what comes with default ubuntu. I find unity slow and bloated. The desktop environment is basically the user interface, the most popular ones apart from these lightweight ones are gnome and KDE. These desktop environments use different window managers to display windows, for example, lxde uses openbox. You can completely ignore desktop environments and use only the window managers (which is what I do) to make it even more lightweight. Openbox is a popular choice, but I prefer tiling window managers like i3(which is what I use), awesome, dwm or xmonad. The reason I prefer tiling window managers is because once you get into the workflow of them you can do things pretty quickly without ever using the mouse. We waste a lot of time dragging and organizing windows, and with a tiling WM this is done automatically. Personally I find tiling window managers one of the main reasons I use linux apart from the package management.

This is what tiling looks like, I dont normally use that terminal browser, I was trying it out at the time. The rest of the terminals with funny scripts are just to show the tiling. I do use the terminal music player though, its usable and lightweight.

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 Post subject: Re: Linux
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I didn't understand 90% of the information, but thanks. It sounds like work and I want my PC to JUST WERK



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 Post subject: Re: Linux
PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:25 pm 
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I suggest not using it. Good.

Don't use it at home. If you aren't using an Atom CPU [for Atom read incapable], then there is no need for anything but Windows for games.


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I don't know much about Linux/Unix myself, but isn't it more susceptible to rootkits due to the way it's structured?


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Do you mean rootkits more specifically or viruses in general?


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I meant rootkits specifically.


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No idea. I doubt it.


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