Switching to Linux which distro to use, Ubuntu?

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This is the third of a sequence of posts where we’ll take a look at a few of the main Linux distros to find out which are the most welcoming to Linux newbies. In our first article of this series we took a look at Fedora 9 Beta, the second article we spoke about openSUSE, and the third in the series was about Mandriva. We’ll do this test with the live (Gnome) CD to analyze: parts of the hardware that are recognized, software package installed, general usability (setup adjustments, software installation).

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Fedora 9 has been released!

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Red Hat’s sponsored Fedora 9 has just been released. This solid Linux distro is out with some pretty interesting features: you can run Fedora 9 from a USB pen drive or external disk; unlike Ubuntu, KD4 is integrated; for Gnome distribution, version 2.22 was used; there is an option for you to run it with ext4 for better performance; and as always loaded with programs including OpenOffice 2.4 and Firefox 3 beta.

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Switching to Linux which distro to use, Mandriva?

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This is the third of a sequence of posts where we’ll take a look at a few of the main Linux distros to find out which are the most welcoming to Linux newbies. In our first article of this series, we took a look at Fedora 9 Beta, and the second article we spoke about openSUSE. We’ll do this test with the live (Gnome) CD to analyze: parts of the hardware that are recognized, software package installed, general usability (setup adjustments, software installation).

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Ubuntu 8.04 update without any issues

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Over the weekend I updated my Ubuntu machine from 7.10 to the brand new 8.04 release. I waited a few days after the official release to see if I heard any reports of upgrade problems. I searched and searched and really didn’t find that many written reports of people that had updated their machines, most prefered to install from scratch. So, I took the risk and pressed the update distribution release button.

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New Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu 8.04 is in da house!

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The ever so popular and handy Long Term support 8.04 versions of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu are out. The star of the show, Ubuntu has quite a nice set of new features, including: A windows based Ubuntu installer, so you don’t have to go through creating and managing partitions; New out-of-the-box programs such as Transmission (for BitTorrents), Brasero (CD and DVD burning), Firefox 3 beta; new Gnome 2.22; plus lots and lots more.

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Switching to Linux which distro to use, openSUSE?

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This is the second of a sequence of posts where we’ll take a look at a few of the main Linux distros to find out which are the most welcoming to Linux newbies. In our first article of this series, we took a look at Fedora 9 Beta.We’ll do this test with the live (Gnome) CD to analyze: parts of the hardware that are recognized, software package installed, general usability (setup adjustments, software installation).

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Rescue boot CD – SystemRescue CD

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SystemRescueCd is an awesome computer saviour. This Linux bootable CD is packed with utilities for you to recover or organize better your machine. With it you can: partition (or edit partitions of) your HD; save and restore data from different partitions; restore a bootloader; backup and archive data; run a virus scan; and wipe out safely your HD. A very handy bootable CD to have around, you’ll never know when you’ll be needing it but it is almost guaranteed that you will need it someday.

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Switching to Linux which distro to use, Fedora?

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This is the first of a sequence of posts where we’ll take a look at a few of the main Linux distros to find out which are the most welcoming to Linux newbies. We’ll do this test with the live (Gnome) CD to analyze: parts of the hardware that are recognized, software package installed, general usability (setup adjustments, software installation). Computer tested specs: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600, 2GB RAM, nVidia GeForce 6100.

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Installing Linux – partitions

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Before installing my Linux distro I did some pretty lengthy research on partitions. This was a concern for me since I was not doing a fresh install, but installing Linux right beside Windows with a dual boot installation. If you want to have your entire computer Linux-only, you will not have much to worry, the automatic installation can handle everything by itself. But, if you want a dual boot with Windows, or want to leave some space for other operating systems, it is wise to study a bit about this topic before starting your installation.

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Open source OS – Linux

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So far we’ve covered open source programs you can run on your computer. Most often they’re safer, lighter, and able to have you get the task done just as easily as proprietary equivalents. Now, we’ll take it to the next level and talk about entire operating systems you can use on your machine. With an open source OS, at the maturity level of the existing projects, you will be able to make your entire computer safer, leaner, and quite often easier to manage.

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