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post Jun 27 2006, 04:32 PM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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I'm not a Linux fan. I have some Kubuntu KDE thing. don't ask me specifically what it is because i can't tell you. i know that it all works a little differently. Anyway.. The reason i was a fan of windows was because it was user friendly, this is not. I wanna know how to do and access all of the things i need. Plus i have a lot of school work that needs to be typed and i have no printer, so i need to know how to get things so that i get open up my text files in a windows computer. Also my webcam issue, i'd try to fix it myself...but i can't even find the screen thing (pardon my Linux Illiteracy) To type in the commands. UGH!
Anyway, any help you can give is very much appreciated.




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post Jun 28 2006, 12:05 PM
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Its GNU/

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(g33k - you dont need to quote the entire the post that is just above yours in its entirety smile.gif )

Kubuntu is just as user-firenly as Windows. Itis different however, and hardware manufacturers are not as friendly towards it. Being able to just plug in your webcam and have it work is not because Windows is any more user friendly, but because the hardware manufacturer is Windows-friendly and provided drivers and a nice installation program that does all the work for you. There is an increasing amount of hardware that works on Linux, and often it is not hard to make it work (my TV card would have been easy, had I know which transmitter I was supposed to be using [as it was I gave up because I couldn't get a signal...]).

OpenOffice will open/save MS office files with no problems, and should come with Kubuntu.


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post Jul 24 2006, 10:34 PM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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That may have been true several years ago, but Linux has advanced quite a bit recently. DS2K3 is correct. It just APPEARS that Windows hardware and software are easier to use. There are teams of people at Dell, HP, etc. that have taken the time to CONFIGURE WINDOWS to match the hardware so that when you buy your PC at COMPS-R-US, it seems like Windows works fine.

I have loaded Mandrake 10.0 and 10.2 on to 15 DIFFERENT random PCs and linux has had ONBOARD drivers for EVERY SINGLE piece of hardware on all 15 computers.
I loaded Wme, W2000, and Wxp onto all these same PCs and the MS products only had drivers for about half the hardware. I had to locate and/or configure the hdwar myself.

The only place Windows has a slight advantage is in peripherals such as printers, but Linux is catching up FAST.
Samsung now ships linux drivers ON CD with many of its products. Epson, HP and now Brother have linux drivers on their website for MANY printers.

MS Office is not even compatible with other versions of itself.
OpenOffice and Abiword are compatible with older versions of themselves AND MS Office.
Linux code is OPEN for ALL to see.

Do you REALLY know what MS is putting onto or taking off of your harddrive during "updates" ?

For newbies:
1. Try live distros that you boot from CDROM or pendrive so you don't have to install. (Some live-distros are HD installable, some not. Also some live distros run slower than a HD install).
2. Here's the deal. MOST distros are based on Debian, Redhat, Slackware. They are stable, but require a little more hands on configuration.
3. Stick with U(K)ubuntu, Fedora, Suse or Mandrake(iva) for starters, BECAUSE they have a LARGE USER BASE and there is more help.
4. SimplyMepis, Puppylinux, DSL, CentOS, PCLinuxOS, and Slax and Zenwalk, are also very good.

Yes you have to work a little, but the same thing happened with Windows in the beginning.

good luck
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