Hey im just curious about the functionality and practicality of linux. and about the different kinds if linux?
Question: i was just curious if you can install all the normal wondows programs ie. office, firefox, various games, etc... for linux.and find the specs vs othere os's ie. boot time, is it faster or slower than others. and can someone explain the differences of the different versions. iv been a msft user forever. well i have been a windows user forever(im 18) and have become good at it. however i have has very little experience with other os's. i hav tinkered wit osx a little but never linux. i know almost nothing about linux so what i need are basically comparisons to other os's and compatibility stuff. and a general run through of all the different versions.
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you can install some windows programs, but there is varying degrees of functionality. the program that does this is called WINE. It has a datase on its website which shows what works and what does not. http://appdb.winehq.org/ There are linux versions of some 'mainstream' open-source software, like firefox and thinderbird. Most distros will perform as well as xp speed-wise. The main thing that determines a distro's speed is the desktop environment. it uses. Unlinke windows, which has one desktop option, you can log into many different desktops (window managers) in linux. the two 'heaviest' are gnome and kde. Both of these offer special effects like vista. These can be switched on or off depending n your video hardware. Most current machines will run them fine. Older machines will be slowed down slightly by them. Lighter weight desktops like xfce and enlightenment have less features, but run a lot better on older machines. Boot times vary. Personally Ive always found linux a little slower than windows. I found opensuse to have the slowest boot times. The main difference between the versions of linux are the window manager they come packaged with, and the applications that are installed. The other important consideration is the distro's hardware recognition (how well it is able to operate the hardware on your machine by recognising it and installing appropriate drivers). The incarnates of ubuntu (edubuntu, kubuntu, xubuntu, etc) are very good in this regard. Mint is a very good option. Its based on ubuntu but has multimedia capacity (ability to play flash videos (youtube etc), ability to play dvd's and avi's) pre-installed. On standard ~buntus, and many other distros this unctionality needs to be added after install, which can be tricky for new users. Linux is a little more difficult to use than windows, and many users are put off by the need to use the comand line and super user priveleges to get things done on it. Generally its a good os for people who like to tinker and troubleshoot, and not so good for people who like things to "just work". If you are curious, its possible to get a livecd and have a play with it (boot to the cd) and look before you install.
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 can't install normal Windows programs like Office and games with Linux without using "Wine" a Windows Emulator. There are versions of Firefox meant for Linux. There are comparable office program like the Open office (Which incidentally works with both Linux and Windows). Basically, Linux depends on the Kernel version more then anything else. There are slight differences between different Linuxes, but the major versions are often supported. Major Versions includes Red Hat and Suse (OpenSuse). The Pure open source version such as Debian are also very much supported. Maybe you would like to specify what kind questions you would like to ask. An open ended question is kind of hard to answer. ------ If that is all you need, the following links will help you : http://www.michaelhorowitz.com/Linux.vs.Windows.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Windows_and_Linux
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
I use Linux most of the time - but I don't run M$Office, even when I boot into the XP or Vista partitions - I run OpenOffice under all systems - and share files with M$ Office users without problem. I find Ubuntu boots and shuts down faster than XP or Vista, and there are no hassels with viruses, etc. I run native Linux programs under Linux - I don't mess with the various emulator options available, in part because there is no such option that works in all situations. Different distros use different techniques for file management and updating / upgrading files. Some are simple, some are quite complicated. Some distros are easy to install, some are really tough (for me).
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