Re: Linux

Subject: Re: Linux
From: John Garison <john -at- garisons -dot- com>
To: Caroline Tabach <Caroline -at- radcom -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 12:10:12 -0500

I recently encountered a similar situation and decided to bite the bullet and get some hands-on experience with Linux as well as be able to take my own screen captures for the Linux installation instructions.

I went to my local Borders (not just a trip around the corner here in Vermont!) and found a copy of SuSE Linux 10 Bible (by Davies, Whittaker, and von Hagen; Wiley publisher; $39.95 - even cheaper if you order online) which came with a bootable DVD. The book is excellent - if anything, it gives almost too much information - and the installation was virtually painless. The only installation glitch was that ti didn't have a driver for my PCMCIA wireless card. I was able top plug in a network cable, though, so it's functional as a web browser. The DVD assumes that you want to install it on a Windows system in a dual-boot mode, and it walks you through the process of creating a Linux partition and installing the software. It was a piece of cake.

Linux is interesting - a lot like a throwback to my old days running pre-VAX DEC PDP-11s, even older IBM operating systems, and.<gasp> DOS! Fortunately, SuSE supports Gnome and KDE, two good GUI interfaces. While you can't totally avoid using the command line interface, you can do a lot in a familiar desktop setting. it installs a bunch of applications including the full Open Office suite, email clients, graphics packages (I'd like to have GIMP on Windows!), and so forth. Just about everything you need.

It surprised me at how easy it all was. I would caution you, though, to use a fairly up-to-date computer to install it on. Mine is a 4-year old laptop, so it's not state-of-the-art by any means, but I wouldn't want to go any older than that either (no support for PCMCIA devices which were fading out about then).

Good luck - and have fun!

My 2¢,

John Garison

Caroline Tabach wrote:

Till now our applications have run under windows.
A new system will run on Linux
I would like to give the users some basic information about Linux.
Actually I think I would like to read a little bit about it myself,
Can anyone direct me to an internet site they have found useful?

Caroline Tabach
Technical/Marcom Writer


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