Category Archives: Switching to Linux

Desktop Environment, or Window Manager?

One of the many puzzling things about Linux, at least if you’re a typical end-user (like me), is figuring out what the difference is between a desktop environment and a window manager. But puzzle no longer after you read this: … Continue reading

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OSes for old (really old) PCs

It’s amazing what can bubble up from forums; consider this: Operating systems for really, really old computers from the Ubuntu forums. What a great list! The poster (darrelljon)  lists a few dozen little operating systems, mostly but not all Linux, … Continue reading

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Keyboards and Another Resource for Linux Wins, and More

I tripped over the Who is switching to Linux? blog the other day, but not for a Linux switch story–it was a story about keyboards. Now, I may not permit any Microsoft software products in the house, but Microsoft also … Continue reading

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Switching to Linux: Peugeot

Here’s a good one: Automaker Peugeot Converts 20,000 Desktops To Linux. It’s not actually news, since Peugeot prominently announced the move over the past year, but it’s nice to see it actually is happening. Peugeot has 72,000 users, so it’s … Continue reading

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Switching to Linux: Mike Kavis

Think you couldn’t switch to Linux because you work in a Microsoft world? Think again: it happens all the time. Mike Kavis has been blogging about his open source dabbling, starting with Eating my own dogfood and following up with … Continue reading

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Miro: Open Source TV/Video Player

Miro is the new name for the old Democracy Player, now that it’s ready for prime-time with a 1.0 release. It’s a "free, open source internet tv and video player", and about time, too. Finally, you should be able to … Continue reading

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Linux is not Windows, redux

If you must have Windows compatibility and zero learning curve with a new OS, you should just re-install your current version of Windows. Because Linux may let you do all you can do with Windows (or more, or less, or … Continue reading

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Linux Distro Chooser

Not sure which Linux distribution is for you? Here’s the polishlinux.org Linux Distro Chooser. Answer ten questions, get five suggestions for Linux distributions that just may meet your needs. Polishlinux.org is another nice portal/blog site, with articles geared toward new … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Command Line

Have you seen the Free Software Magazine? It’s a nice "free online magazine about free software", and a good place to get some how-to advice. In particular, there a handy pair of articles about the Linux command line: A beginner’s … Continue reading

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Adding Applications to Ubuntu

Ubuntu Linux is pretty awesome, especially if you’re new to Linux, because it’s so easy to set up and get going. But it’s not always obvious just how to add the applications you want–or even to know that you want … Continue reading

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