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Linux Training – Linux Installation Help – Linux Live CDs & Linux Installation CDs – Pros and Cons

By Clyde E. Boom

You get real, practical Linux training when you get Linux running on a computer system, and you work with it to get experience.

Once you get the Linux OS (operating system) running, you can learn how to use Linux desktops, run Linux software programs, and most importantly, go to the Linux command line to run Linux commands – the real power behind Linux system administration.

Two popular methods of getting to work with the Linux OS are:

1. Install Linux from CD or DVD onto the hard disk in a system

2. Boot and run Linux from Linux live CDs or DVDs (without installing Linux)

Here are some of the pros and cons of installing Linux on a system and running Linux from a live CD or DVD.

Linux Live CDs – Pros

1. The Linux OS boots and runs in just a few minutes entirely from a single Linux live CD (or DVD).

2. A lengthy Linux installation is not required. You don’t need to provide a lot of settings to the Linux installation routine and then wait while the Linux OS and Linux software programs are copied onto the hard disk.

Also, if you install Linux on Windows, you need to back up your system before you do and you may damage your Windows setup during the Linux installation – or if you remove Linux later!

3. You only need to get 1 Linux live CD or DVD, as opposed to possibly needing several when you install Linux. Therefore, if you download Linux to burn a Linux ISO file to CD / DVD, you only need to wait while 1 Linux CD / DVD is downloaded.

4. Linux live CDs / DVDs are very inexpensive. If you don’t want to download Linux as a live CD / DVD, you can order one and have it mailed to any location on the planet for a very small amount of money. Just run your browser and do a search for “list of linux cds” or “list of linux dvds”.

Linux Tips: If you are going to buy a Linux live version and you have a DVD drive, get a Linux live DVD rather than a CD. A DVD holds about six times as much as a CD. Therefore, you’ll get lots (and lots) more Linux software programs on a DVD!

5. A Linux live CD can easily be removed and taken anywhere. Portable Linux!

6. You can save your work (data files) – if you get the right Linux live CD or DVD.

Linux Tips: Before getting a Linux live CD / DVD, do some research to make sure you can save your work. Some Linux live distros let you save your data and some don’t. For example, the Ubuntu Linux live CD allows you to save your work to a USB flash drive.

Linux Live CDs – Cons

1. Although booting from a Linux live CD / DVD is faster than doing a complete Linux installation, you still need to wait while your system boots from the live CD / DVD, every time your system starts. If you usually keep your system turned on, this isn’t an issue.

2. You may not be able to save your work. Some Linux live CD / DVD distros allow you to save your work and some don’t.

3. You need to boot from the Linux live CD / DVD every time your system starts. This may not be very convenient if you need to put other CDs or DVDs in the drive while running Linux “live”. Any time you need to put something in your drive, you have to remove the live CD / DVD. This also increases the likelihood that your live CD or DVD will become damaged.

Linux Tips: Keep a copy of your current Linux live CD handy in case your working copy becomes damaged.

Either way, installing Linux or using Linux live CDs (or Linux live DVDs), is an excellent way to get Linux training so you can learn how to use Linux.

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New User’s Look at Linux

By Roy Revil

Without getting too technical Linux is a form of operating system that is open source and free to the public. It is primarily based off the Unix operating system architecture. Linux was designed by Linus Torvalds back in the 80′s. For years the operating system was used mainly in a command line form and was not very user friendly at all. In fact, unless you were well versed in the operating system, it was hard for a beginner to do even the simplest of tasks like typing a document. Linux and Unix are widely used today for servers with specific tasks like NAS (Network Area Storage) or Website hosting. After a while they developed the UI (User Interface) more and more to accommodate even new computer users. With the code being open source, it leaves endless possibilities for countless people/vendors to come up with their own version of Linux. Because Linux is open source that means it is free to everyone and developed under the GNU (General Public License). Free is always better right? I am not sure about you, but I always believed that you get what you pay for. This doesn’t mean Linux is useless because it is free but instead there will be troubles and workarounds needed to use it on an everyday basis.

What is Linux?

Linux BrowserDistros: Fedora is one version or “distro” of Linux that leans more towards the new or general user. Fedora is made by the makers of Red Hat. It was one of the first Linux versions I happened to play around with. It has a neat nice design and catchy user interface which appeals to new users but can also make you the object of some nerdy jokes. A friend of mine, that is pretty decent with Linux, once told me that Fedora id like Linux for n00bs. I would probably agree as most leet Linux users don’t even use the GUI (Graphical User Interface) but instead just do everything through the terminal. The terminal is a way of doing tasks by way of command line. Although it looks cool to watch someone who knows their stuff navigate through the terminal, it is really no fun at all.

People like easy and they like things that look pretty. Fedora delivers on this in a pretty efficient manner. Fedora, along with other versions like Ubuntu or PCLinux OS, can be run either installed or run as a Live CD. Live CD’s are pretty cool because the entire OS run off the CD and makes no changes to the PC. This is great to test out different distros without having to reinstall every time. I worked at a place once where our primary PC’s hard drive died. We threw in a Linux Live CD and were up and running for most tasks that we needed to do.

Compatibility: Compatibility can be an issue sometimes when using Linux, however, most compatibility issues can be handled pretty easily. One of the best things Microsoft did with Windows 7 was increase the hardware compatibility. A lot of devices can just be plugged in and Windows will find the drivers for you. Linux however is not as developed in this regard and installing some things can be quite a pain. Now there are always exceptions to the rule. For instance, the last time I installed Ubuntu and Fedora on my laptop neither one installed the driver for my wireless card. After plugging the laptop directly into the internet and doing an update the card was found and installed properly.

I haven’t looked too far into this to see how many devices it actually works with it but given the current situation Linux may be more on the ball then I may think. Software compatibility is another story altogether. Just as the operating system is free, some of the software is also free. There are lots open source/free software out there that can do most things that software for Windows can do. Open Office is an open source office program that, in most ways, can be compatible with Microsoft Office. If you need an email client like outlook, Linux has programs like Evolution. Not everything is going to be 100% compatible but neither is the compatibility between Windows and Mac.

Why isn’t it more popular? Well, as I stated above, it is not the easiest thing to use or navigate. Not to mention the GUI development hasn’t been the greatest until lately. There have been a few cases where EEE PC’s (netbook like laptops) were sold with a Linux OS instead of Windows. This was to make the PC cheaper and smaller in size by not needing much hard drive space to run efficiently. They were not very popular because the normal consumer didn’t quite understand how to use Linux and in order to make it compatible with their other Windows based PCs they had to use workarounds or change the way they use the PC.

Test it out! I would like to encourage anyone to give Linux a try. Using the Live CDs there is really no harm in trying. Personally, I would love to see Linux take off and more widely used among the average PC user and not just server administrators. Next time I purchase a laptop or PC I would like to be given the choice of Windows, Mac, or various Linux distros.

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The Best Linux Operating System – Some Important Things to Consider

By Richard S. Corbin

Linux is starting to catch the eyes of many, many people who normally wouldn’t go there! Finding the best Linux operating system is not hard at all. I want, in this article, to point out a few things that I’ve learned since starting to use the Linux system 4 or 5 years ago.

  • There are many, many Linux Operating systems.
  • You can download and try as many as you like without paying a dime.
  • There are some really, really great ones that are better than the top systems for sale out in the marketplace.
  • There are some that are very, very simplistic and basic.
  • There are some that are more graphics driven and elaborate.
  • The online support for Linux is second to none. If you have a question, there are many, many resources to choose from and you can leave your credit card in your pocket because they’re free.
  • You can try the Linux operating system from a CD and not even disturb the system your now using.
  • To narrow it down, I tried the top ten Linux distributions and made a decision from there.
  • All of the distributions of Linux include so much software that there is something for everyone.
  • One of the coolest things is that you can just go to the Linux site of your choice and download it. Then you just burn it to a CD and your ready to go.

It seems funny, but there is a certain sense of accomplishment when you download and use Linux for the first time. Computers are such a big part of our lives now and usually you just buy one and are told what to do by the operating system on your machine. Using Linux tends to make you feel more in charge.

No Viruses or crashes!! I have never had to use any anti-virus software since switching to Linux years ago! Isn’t that amazing! I was always so concerned before about viruses and Spam and spy ware and on and on… I have never had an attack since using Linux. In the past I had spent so much money on getting my computer cleaned up by computer repair shops, that it was maddening. A friend set Linux up for me and I’ve never used anything else. He even set it up for his elderly parents and they have been using it longer than me.

The bottom line is, try one of the top rated versions of Linux for yourself and see what you think. I’m not going to mention the names of the ones I’ve tried or the one that I settled for, simply because it is totally up to you and for you. You will develop your own preferences for the different software etc. and I’m sure that you will be very impressed with Linux whatever version you use. And don’t worry, if you don’t like the first one you use, just try another version. Usually a person settles on one brand and sticks with it.

Now, go try the Linux operating system for yourself and have some fun and freedom.

At the following site you can see a comparison of Windows software to Linux software. There is also a free gift. http://www.linuxez.info.

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#1 Families with kids who use the computer

Those of us who have kids know that they aren’t so savvy about what not to click on especially when surfing the Internet. Without a mindful grownup watching everything his child does online, problems are soon to crop up. Leave a 10 year old alone for an hour by himself on the family PC and I will say with almost 100% certainty that their will be spyware and viruses on that computer! Besides the obvious danger involved in letting kids surf the web without proper filters, the great chance of them clicking on those fancy “animated cursor ads”, or any of a vast number of fancy Flash attention grabbers will absolutely fill your Windows PC with security threats.

So what’s the solution, you ask

The solution to this problem is to use a Linux Live CD on that computer! Simply put a Live CD in the CD-ROM drive, shutdown your Windows machine, and when you turn it back on, you will have a menu appear that will allow you to boot into one of many Linux Operating Systems, and they can click and surf with abandon since the Linux Live environment will not touch your installed Windows system.

The image above shows what you see when you put in the Linux disc, in this case we use Ubuntu, it’s the most popular but there are surely scores of other Linux distros that will work very well.

Using Linux as a Live CD is certainly a fun endeavor, but it does have a few drawbacks–namely, the most important difference for most of them is that anything you do in Linux while in the Live environment will not be save once you’re done and restart the computer. Anything you change, like adding programs, changing system settings, etc., will all be gone for next time. But this shouldn’t be a problem for the casual Linux dabbler.

#2 People who use many different computers

What do you do when find yourself with several different computers at home, and you like to go to your friends’ houses and use their computers? Maybe you want to show them what your doing on your computer, but you don’t really want to drag an entire desktop computer to someone’s house, do you?

So what’s the solution, you ask

The answer is, you can install your entire system onto one of those small USB memory sticks. As long as the computer you stick it into supports booting from USB (and most modern computer do), then you can simply take your PC with you in your pocket!

And Ubuntu makes this very simple to do since they have a command to create a “USB Startup Disk”:

It’s really that simple- Once you have your “Startup Disk”, you really have a full Ubuntu installation on a Flash drive that ‘s only limited by the capacity of the drive.

As you can see, these are just two examples of how people who wouldn’t normally think that they would have a good use for that “other” operating system, there really are some great “out-of-the-box” uses for Linux besides the everyday use some may find intimidating.

Check back here for more great uses of Linux and thanks for reading!

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