What do you think of linux?
Question: i just bought a dell laptop (inspiron 1525 5 weeks for delivery) and the morons at dell refuse to sell xp on the laptop i ordered they say they don't sell xp any more. then they say they have a $2000 xps with xp on it. NOT HAPPENING! if i was to spend that type of money on a laptop i'd get a alienware notebook. anyway i wanted to hear from people who have installed and used LINUX. what are the pros and cons? favorite software for linux? i dj for a major radio station and wanted to know if linux had a program like sony acid pro, virtual dj, mixmister or something to work my technics. also could anyone tell me if i would need audio, video etc. drivers for my peripherals to work? now i have already found and dl the xp drivers because vista sucks like a hover vacuum cleaner. just wanted to know about linux. i just bought a dell laptop (inspiron 1525 5 weeks for delivery) and the morons at dell refuse to sell xp on the laptop i ordered they say they don't sell xp any more. then they say they have a $2000 xps with xp on it. NOT HAPPENING! if i was to spend that type of money on a laptop i'd get a alienware notebook. anyway i wanted to hear from people who have installed and used LINUX. what are the pros and cons? favorite software for linux? i dj for a major radio station and wanted to know if linux had a program like sony acid pro, virtual dj, mixmister or something to work my technics. also could anyone tell me if i would need audio, video etc. drivers for my peripherals to work? now i have already found and dl the xp drivers because vista sucks like a hoover vacuum cleaner. just wanted to know about linux.
Best Answers: What do you think of linux?
Linux is better than windows which is a good thing and Ubuntu is one of the best distros for new users that don't have any Unix experience. Of course the inability to run windows software can be a problem (though wine can fix that in many cases) but the superior stability and security are well worth it if you don't need the win32 API. In terms of drivers everything except 3D video and wireless networking should be in the kernel or X and wireless networking might be in the kernel (depending on what chipset you've got). 3D video drivers you can get (they might come pre installed but aren't hard to install yourself, google can tell you how, Ubuntu has gotten pretty good at supporting binary blobs from what I've heard) and the wireless drivers can also be obtained. I don't do much audio stuff so I don't really know anything about audio software although I know a lot of musos and DJs use it and that the software exists, you'll probably want to search the Ubuntu packages and the net to see what is out there. If you can find someone that does music on Linux they'll probably be able to direct you to some decent software.
You will need to create at least two linux partitions. A data partition (perhaps set it up 16 gb ext3). And a swap partition (swap file type - you can set it up to be 1 gb). The swap partition is used by linux as a virtual memory space. Make sure you make your linux data partition bootable, because linux will automatically give you a menu (boot manager grub or lilo) that you can load either windows or linux at startup.
You could probably try Ubuntu Studio. Well Linux is different from Windows and it takes a while to get used to. The cool thing about Linux is that, most things work right of the box. My Printer which I had to install and configure on XP and Vista was immediately recognized by Linux and was ready to go, as well as my wireless mouse, my external hard drive, and a couple of different digital cameras (one very new, the other a few years old). However if something doesn't work, you will have to do some digging to get the driver or a solution to a problem. Also there are virtually no viruses or spyware, because of how Linux is set up, it very difficult for malicious programs to do anything let alone hurt your computer (you basically would have to enter in a password for a random pop-up) because of this most people focus on making viruses for Windows. Linux is free. Doesn't need a high end computer to run on. With Digital and Audio, those aren't Linux's strong points, though sometimes they will work flawlessly but sometimes it won't work at all. (It's alright though and the software is improving everyday) One of the reasons why Windows is expensive is because you are paying for licenses to use codecs and other programs, which Linux doesn't have... yet (we are working on free versions) You can also have Windows and Linux install at the same time, and can choose which one you want to use every time you turn on your computer. Also you can download and install loads of free programs that can do things from building molecules, paint a picture, and many other things, at the click of a mouse.
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.
linux is a great operating system, the best being ubuntu. its compltely open source and you always get good support on the forums, so if you have a problem you will get help quickly. However, im not so sure about whether some of the programs you listed will work on it like they do in windows. There are no or no tmany linux programs actaully made by big companies like sony. however because linux programs are mainly written by programers in their spare time it is likely that there are software alternatives to most things. one example of this is openoffice which is opensource and pre installed on ubuntu. it is an alternative to MS World. However im not so sure about thosesDF mixing softwares you mentioned, you would have to look into that. I also know that Dell sell laptops with Ubuntu pre installed, so this means you won't have any problems getting drivers for hardware like sound cards and wireless adaptors. Not being able to get drivers is a bit of a problem for linux, not everything that is windows compatable is compatable with linux immediatatley, but there are fixes and workaround for most things, the forums are your best bet here. also if you have money to throw away i believe that they still sell windows xp on disks in computer shops like pc world, so you can always buy that and install xp on ur laptop if yo hate vista so much. but hey, give vista a chance before you judge it it might not be that bad... i cant judge i don't have it.
I can tell you a way to restore the old way of booting, namely only Windows. - boot from the Windows CD - choose "repair console" or so; I think you do it by pressing "e" - wait till the console loads, then type in "fixmbr" and press ENTER - you will be seeing a warning but don't worry, it will affect only the boot region of the hard disk - when it's done, take out the Windows CD and type in "exit" to reboot - that's it
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