New laptop - Mac or Linux?
Question: I'm getting a new laptop for college soon and I'm curious about Linux. I'm planning on getting a MacBook, but with all I'm hearing about Linux, I figure I should at least consider it. I've only ever used Windows computers; I have no experience with Mac (other than using iTunes on my computer) and absolutely no experience with Linux. I'm proficient on the computer -- I use Firefox, Greasemonkey, so I'm not completely out of the loop. I just don't know anything about Linux. So, anyway, I'll be going to college next year with an unfamiliar computer and OS. I'm just not sure what computer or OS. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also, could somebody please tell me some of the advantages of Linux as they might pertain to me (other than it being free)? If I do go Linux, what kind of laptop is advisable?
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Linux, is on the the most stable operating systems available, and is under the GPL, meaning all Linux distributions are available free of charge. Linux is unlike windows and Macs as it's GUI is very clean, and simplistic. Linux is not an OS to "wow" those looking for the hip new thing, but it is an extremely well coded piece. Most people on Linux are either developers, programmers, or people who are running servers, though there are exceptions. Linux does not have the driver database or compatibility the monopoly of Windows has, but it is open source so that you may develop your own drivers. Linux also, by cutting out all the graphical nonsense Windows uses, has a much lower memory usage, and is capable of running smoother on lower spec PCs. Personally, I think you should do some research into a Linux bootdisk, or USB drive platform. This allows you to literally run the OS off of a USB drive or CD to test the software to see if you like it, and to test to see if your devices are supported. While choosing your version of Linux, let it be known there are many versions. The most popular being RedHat, Slackware, Fedora, and Ubuntu Linux. The basics are mostly the same, but some features change to suit the needs of different people. Personally, if you looking for a PC to do you schoolwork on, surf the web, and play games, with no programming, server hosting, or need for an extremely stable environment, stick with Windows, or Mac. (I won't go into the Windows vs. Mac debate.)
Yes of course you can have in USB. when running Internet you will get caught in the web of viruses coz there will be no security in that USB OS. coz its a very small in size and missing of dll's which are useful when accessing. My Advice: Purchase it. You can have Dual Operating System in single Laptop.
One of the advantages of Linux is it has a small foot print. This means it doesn't take up a lot of room on your hard drive, which makes it a stable program. Windows for example is huge! like one gigabyte, mostly because of the bugs and bug fixes and updates. Macs are good for graphics applications and one nice thing I've noticed is that after an update, some stuff is rolled back or deleted so you're hard drive space isn't used up. Some updates for Mac actually slow down the boot-up time, but only right after the update, otherwise, you swear the performance is a little better. Mac OS-X also works out the bugs before they release and the updates are enhancements rather than bug fixes.
Assuming you already burned both Linux ISO files to CD / DVD, give Oracle's free Virtual Box a try: Download and install it, then, get the Vbox Installation Guide from there, too, for the 'slightly geeky' step by step instructions. Check out the Screen Shots, too. When both Distros are successfully installed, you will be able to run all 3 OSes at the same time. TIP: This also assumes your laptop's CPU supports Hardware Visualization, AND has at least 3 GB of System RAM. On W 7 + VBox, I'm running Linux Mint, 98Se, and XP, just for the fun of it. That's 4 OSes running at once.
There are groups that explain Linux. I have the Linux operating disk but I prefer not to use that operating system. The advantage to using Linux is it is free. The disadvantage is that operating system still needs a lot of user support. Many programs still don't work on Linux. Starting college I would stay with an operating system I'm familiar with. I use windows xp. Even though updates will be unavailable after next year I prefer it to the memory usage that Vista requires.
ok.. 1st. Download ubuntu feisty fawn 7.04 cd at http://www.distromania.com (download faster than ubuntu.com) 2nd. Check ur laptop's hardware and download necessary linux compatible driver written for your compaq. 3rd. Boot ubuntu live cd onto your laptop and see all those network card, mouse, keyboard display are working correctly.. 4th. if you can surf the internet or connect your network that's good. 5th. Play with 'em for a while.. if you seems to like it. Double click the install icon on desktop and that's it
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