Thursday, February 09, 2006

Linux for Newbie

Is using LINUX tough?
Most of the people has misconception that using linux is very tough.Is it true?
Believe me,If you will start to use linux you will see that its really very easy to use and at the same time you will learn a lot from linux.
I really have the same fear few years back.Why to use linux??Why dont we just use this simple windows?Its providing me all the facilities,all kinds of softwares, all kind of players, everything i need.But I think I was wrong.Do u think windows give us all sorts of freedom which we need. Ofcourse not.

For the time being let us remove this misconception that Windows is easier to use than linux? Because if you stick to this point you will never feel the LINUX.So lets forget about that concept.

Now see,just answer yourself what you really usually do in windows?
Let me guess, you listen to songs,watch videos,do some kind assignement (in MSoffice),install different softwares,uninstall,use ftp,run servers..what else you can think of?If you are very much smart you write programs,you check out minutes details..but I can bet a windows user hardly do that.Thats all you do right!You can do all these things in linux too and (may be i am biased) sound quality is better in linux than in windows.You just need to install some players (most of linux usually have those software in installation CD these days).

Linux is easier to use:
Everyone thinks that its really tough to work on linux environment than on WINDOWS.Its bullshit!! Dont you think when you have used windows for the first time it was a bit tough to understand everything.Just look at you are you might be using windows since few years thats why you have now commanded windows.Simliar to that If you start to work on linux you wont take few days to get familiar with it. There are hell lot of sites avalaible ,chat room available for disscussing the porblem in linux but but i dont know any popular room in windows.If you have any problem in windows, ask for windows service with payments.One more thing, each and everything in linux is so structured that its really easy to use.Its really own charm to work on command prompt than by using mouse.Try it out sometime.

Secondly,Linux launched a Distribution called "XANDROS" which have all the features that WINDOWS have,even its look is so much like windows.That was meant for those guys who find difficult to switch from windows to linux and for those who thinks that windows has good GUI than linux.Development of XANDROS proves that "we can do anything".If you also find difficulty in switching, I recommend you to use XANDROS but these days SUSE and MANDRAKE is leading (in terms of users).

Third, If you say windows look better.Please check out this website http://www.kde-look.org. Your all doubt will be clear.

Fourth, Windows look sometimes irritaes me because we cant change the look.The only thing we can change is background pic.As now few softwares are avaliable in market like styleXp which is now use to change the theme.But that is limited only if you wish to change the font color to your own choice we cant do that.But here you canmake your own theme and other can use that.We are recognized for the product we made.You can post your code at http://sourceforge.org ,www.kde-look.org etc.Overall you will love to work on linux than on windows at the same time you will come to know how much easy is now a days to work on linux.

Installation is not a problem in linux:
Some of the guys thinks that its hard to install linux.Its rubbish.may i ask you have you ever installed windows on your comp yourself that you pressume that it hard to install linux.Install suse,mandrake sometime in your computer.I think that is much more easier to install suse these days.You will see a good background while installing suse. If you still feel panic then you can just go through the suse wesbite.They wil guide you how to do that.Its much more smooth than windows.Atleast you dont need to install each and every driver from motherboard CD in linux.All drivers are automatically detected and installted.Even it will install all important software like (open office,editors etc).And if you have to install office in windows you need to find out crack first,mount the CD using daemon too,then start the installation. Here you dont need to do such things. Because there is not propieretry software. In suse we have smart YAST (control center) these days, which make the installation and uninstallation of software easier these days. Just a single click will solve the purpose.

Linux is not slower:
Who says this?? I dont believe it.As smart users access everything using command prompt,it is always faster than GUI. Yeah but if you talk of speed, i do find it a bit slower than windows but I have explanation for that. Just check out how much software in linux is already installed and compare it with windows. Windows dont have important software like msoffice,editiors,servers etc installed in them but for user sake linux install all those software of its own.But there is choice if you dont want to install these softwares in linux during installation then you can uncheck the options.And then compare the speed of linux with windows.It will run much much faster than windows in that case.

Konsole of Linux is much smart then DOS in windows:
Ofcourse this is true. Hope I dont need any explanation for my this statements.

Linux is a community work while windows is individual:
Now tell me do u believe in team work or just individual work??ofcourse your answer is TEAM WORK. See here what is going on? A chunk of people sitting arround and contributing for the code of windows.They just can think of those problem in handling windows which they came accross or by different users of windows.But here in linux we have a big community which includes each and every man of this world who can contribute in writting code.So ofcourse product will be better.

I hope some of you must start to use Linux after reading this article because I have gone through the same phase as you are going.If you are still not clear just watch "ANTITRUST" movie. Its supperb. It has changed my life and I hope yours too.

You can mail me personally at sansor@iitk.ac.in and can visit website which is daily updated by me http://www.geeksclass.tk or www.linux4u.co.nr

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