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Have always been a Windows user. Want to try Linux. Where to start?

#101Worknofun370Posted 6/13/2014 12:24:03 PM
pwnater777 posted...
I've never understood how people just decide to switch operating systems like this. Is it really that easy? Do y'all just have discs with the OS on them? What gives?


Linux is a free OS. So you just download the .iso and burn it as a CD Image, boot from it and install.

It is completely different from Windows though. So learning curve and all comes with it.
#102Orestes417Posted 6/13/2014 12:26:04 PM
"Switching" is silly, much better to run in parallel. If you're a newb, grab a copy of virtualbox and use that to experiment with.
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#103pwnater777Posted 6/13/2014 12:26:30 PM
Worknofun370 posted...
pwnater777 posted...
I've never understood how people just decide to switch operating systems like this. Is it really that easy? Do y'all just have discs with the OS on them? What gives?


Linux is a free OS. So you just download the .iso and burn it as a CD Image, boot from it and install.

It is completely different from Windows though. So learning curve and all comes with it.


So, unless I know where a disc with Windows 7 is, there'd be no reverting, eh?
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#104walnut100Posted 6/13/2014 12:49:20 PM
Advantages to Linux:
- It's free (Legally so)
- It does run games (Just nowhere near 100% compatibility. Probably more like 20 for native and like 60 to 70 if you run WINE and don't mind some glitches - This will get better with time)
- There's very little pay software on it - almost everything you can think of has a free variant to it
- There's plenty of up-to-date tech support in the form of wikis and forums for anything you do - the linux community is gung-ho and borderline fanatical

The cons:
- The game compatibility problem
- Takes technical knowledge to install/configure (Ubuntu is aiming to eliminate that for their distro)
- It has a tendency to not stay stable as long as a Windows or OSX install so you'll be reinstalling the OS more often (unless you keep pretty good care of your system)

As I see them anyway
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#105Worknofun370Posted 6/13/2014 1:02:12 PM(edited)
walnut100 posted...
- It has a tendency to not stay stable as long as a Windows or OSX install so you'll be reinstalling the OS more often (unless you keep pretty good care of your system)


Whhhaaaa?

# uptime
17:01:49 up 1188 days, 13:29, 1 user, load average: 2.14, 2.32, 2.43
#106Orestes417Posted 6/13/2014 1:05:53 PM
Last time I reinstalled Arch was... probably three years ago and that was due to a drive failure, not the OS.
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#107SinisterSlayPosted 6/13/2014 1:09:27 PM(edited)
Worknofun370 posted...
walnut100 posted...
- It has a tendency to not stay stable as long as a Windows or OSX install so you'll be reinstalling the OS more often (unless you keep pretty good care of your system)


Whhhaaaa?

# uptime
17:01:49 up 1188 days, 13:29, 1 user, load average: 2.14, 2.32, 2.43


I agree with him partially, the Linux kernel is plenty stable, its everything the kernel is running that is utter crap.
But if you know how to restart daemons and stuff, then your golden.
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#108Worknofun370Posted 6/13/2014 1:16:45 PM
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#109Worknofun370Posted 6/13/2014 1:41:58 PM(edited)
I currently have 72 processes that have been running since 2009. Including apache (Albeit a very outdated version)

98 processes from before 2014

# ps auxf | grep -i " 20[09..13]" | wc -l
98

# uptime
17:21:44 up 1679 days, 7:31, 1 user, load average: 0.64, 0.68, 0.69
#110PraetorXynPosted 6/13/2014 1:27:09 PM
I'm getting ready to format my laptop again, so this time I'm gonna stop being a VM noob and dual boot Arch and Windows 7.

Ive been running Arch UEFI for quite a while in a VM
. The nice thing is that I created a git repo with all my config files, scripts, daemons etc. So for any future install I just have to install git and do a git clone, then copy the results over / and all the stuff will be in place. Then it's just a matter of enabling daemons and rebooting before I install a DE.
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