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Welcome to the Linux Generation
By Jason A English

With our economy having its, well, ups and downs lately, you might be thinking “Is now really a good time to think about purchasing a new computer?” Meanwhile, software applications that once needed robust hardware to run are now moving on to the Internet. The result is an upturn in the purchase of netbooks and low powered “Internet Appliances”, most of which cost less than a really nice new shirt (well, not really, but you get the idea).

With the onslaught of relatively inexpensive PCs coming from every major manufacturer and aimed at the new “cloud” generation, many are running one flavor or another of Linux. Why? Because Linux can be a rock-stable, slim Operating System, making it a perfect choice for these “slimmed-down” machines. In short, Linux may be THE answer for lower-end hardware based computers.

When it comes to the rest of the computing world, generally you only see Windows Vista or Mac OS X – but when it comes to netbooks, low requirement PC’s, and many other digital devices (routers, cell phones, televisions, PDA’s and more), Linux is making some big headway. In short, Linux is an almost perfect fit for with lower CPU and power requirements.

For those pinching pennies (and who isn’t these days?), a Linux-based PC may be the best of all worlds. Using Linux, one can resurrect a thought-to-be-obsolete desktop or laptop with an up to date, safe, and easy to use operating system. One example – our office currently houses six PC’s being used for various tasks by our staff, all running Linux. They are all Dell GX150 PC’s with Pentium 3 CPU’s running at 933Mhz, with 256MB of ram and 20GB hard drive space each, as well as one “server” – a 2.4Ghz Compaq with 512MB of ram and two 500GB hard drives (running Linux, of course, and this is our NAS, print server, firewall/router, and more). Our entire network cost about $800. That’s less than a lot of new workstation PC’s.

The beauty of this OS is its stability, as any Linux user can attest to. Linux is stable. Like rock-solid stable. Linux machines don’t crash, they boot quickly, and are far more reliable computers than their XP and Vista counterparts. However, there are still a few folks out there who are going to go with the XP option for familiarity’s sake. Linux is new to most people, and people generally don’t like having to learn something new unless they have to. Most don’t realize all the software they’re accustomed to can (generally) be replaced by a Linux alternative, and for far less cash outlay. They don’t understand that the savings in computer repairs stemming from Windows’ vulnerabilities to virus’s and malware. They haven’t been told about the huge increase in security Linux provides compared to Windows.

All that being said, the move to Linux computing is becoming more noticeable now than ever before. Without the economic crisis to factor in to people’s spending decisions, people probably wouldn’t have considered the Linux option as strongly as they’re doing today. When every dollar saved counts, the decision to go Linux may be more about cost savings than anything else, but that might be what it takes to get people to try the OS computer geeks have been raving about for years. Give Linux a shot, and you might be surprised.

Jason English





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Recientemente mi hija viejo Pentium III portátil Compaq completamente muerto. Esto ocurrió cerca de la Navidad para que su lista de regalos fue fácil. El problema era que yo no quería gastar mucho dinero. El otro problema era que yo odiaba tener un ordenador.

Lo odiaba porque siempre había que trabajar en él. Se utilizó la computadora para hacer las tareas, la mensajería 15instantánea y navegación. Cada par de meses, me encontré la eliminación de basura espía y otro de la computadora. En ocasiones es más fácil sólo para reconstruir el equipo al volver a instalar todo el software, incluyendo el sistema operativo. El seguimiento de su uso de Internet a través de mi router, así que sé que ella no ha sido la de “cuestionables” sitios, pero estas cosas sigan abriéndose camino en su ordenador.

Decidí estudiar algo que nunca antes habían considerado. LINUX! Cogí otro Pentium III (este fue un poco más fuerte que su computadora portátil de edad) de escritorio por menos de $ 100.00. He añadido algo de memoria de edad que había sentado en un estante. He descargado SUSE Linux y se fue a trabajar.

Me ha sorprendido gratamente la forma en que la instalación ha sido fácil! Hubo muy poca interacción y mis opciones eran muy simples. En unos 30 minutos, tuve un equipo de trabajo conectada a la Internet.

Hay algunas cosas con las que yo estaba muy contento. Se ejecuta muy bien con el hardware antiguo. Si hubiera empleado de Windows XP que se han visto obligados a obtener una nueva computadora y gastar cientos de dólares. El sistema operativo viene con un navegador (Firefox) y el software de oficina completa (OpenOffice – que es compatible con los productos de Microsoft Office). Hubo también un momento muy agradable herramienta de mensajería que le permite usar muchos diferentes clientes de mensajería instantánea en una sola pieza de software. Se había extracción de CD y software de grabación, así como varios programas de audio. Además de eso, el sistema operativo y todos los programas eran libres!

Ahora sé que la mayoría de la gente que lee esto está pensando, “Ok, tenemos otro tipo de lucha contra Microsoft aquí”. Eso es absolutamente falso. Yo soy un desarrollador web de Windows y por el comercio y el uso de productos de Microsoft exclusivamente (salvo para el uso de Firefox como navegador cuando las pruebas). Yo soy un gran creyente de los productos que Microsoft produce simplemente porque el trabajo y en la mayoría de los casos funcionan muy bien juntos.

Lo mejor de este cambio de sistema operativo es que la computadora de mi hija está libre de spyware y no es objetivo de la mayoría de los virus. El hecho es que la mayoría de virus y spyware dirigidas a Microsoft Windows. Ahora puedo dormir tranquilo sabiendo que no voy a ser la reconstrucción de un equipo cada pocos meses.

Aaron Davis es un desarrollador de software Hna. Él ha sido un web / desarrollador de la aplicación de más de 12 años y ha servido a la industria de TI de más de 15 años. Su especialidad es. NET con C # y SQL Server. Aaron ha dedicado su nueva página web para proporcionar un foro para desarrolladores de software para expresar sus preocupaciones acerca de las caídas de las prácticas de desarrollo empresarial de software.

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I am currently trying to find the best live Linux CD for an old notebook computer I have, a Compaq Presario 1700 XL260. This computer has a 500 MHz Pentium III processor, 192 MB of RAM, and over 5 GB of hard drive space. It looks like it also has a DVD-ROM, two USB ports –One currently used by my mouse, the other buy either a USB memory stick, or a USB wi-fi adapter.
Compaq Presario 1700
Initially I tried to get the PC working with a Linux distro that would allow me to get online wirelessly with my router using that USB wireless-G adapter mentioned earlier. I was pretty sure that I’d have to use a lightweight distro since the dearth of RAM would be probably the biggest limiter in my distro selection choices.

My first try was with …. DSL — Damn Small Linux. dsl-42xWeighing in at 50MB, the highly-regarded, extremely light weight distribution proved to live up to its billing, however it certainly wasn’t as user friendly as I would have liked. It comes with JWM and Fluxbox, no Gnome, or KDE with this one, obviously. One big problem I encountered with this version as I occasionally did with subsequent ones is that getting Linux to talk to a USB wi-fi adapter is much tougher than I would suspect a PCI wi-fi adapter. Not to mention I’m sure all distros will connect to a network with no problem these days using a hard-wired ethernet.

My next Linux distro to try was Puppy Linux, the 100MB powerhouse. This was truly an exciting version to use since it had so many advanced elements for such a small size that it really seemed like that could be a daily user that could keep up with the big fellas in the Linux world. puppy-linux-4-2-was-released-2It was really fast, too, since it booted itself entirely into the minuscule RAM on the computer! The distro ships with JWM / IceWM + ROX Desktop user interfaces for your convenience. So, it’s still a small distro but it has more modern desktop environments than the previously mentioned DSL.

I eventually tested around a dozen distros, and understandably the more “packed-with-features” distros like the Ubuntus and the Arch Linux types were really too much for the mature system. Unfortunately since the system doesn’t have an ethernet port, it really limits the functionality of the networking aspect.

It’s certainly true that there are some modern albeit light-weight distros out there today that can certainly bring life back to this baby. It still has Windows 98se installed on its hard drive, and I certainly wouldn’t consider trying XP but it’s a lot of fun looking at the latest in mini-Linux and seeing what this machine is still capable of.

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