Posted 07 July 2004 - 12:42 AM
I'm having some general doubts and worries about Linux. The operating system you use is one of the most important things that affect how you use a computer.
I have been on Windows till now and it is really hard giving it up (simply out of being so used to it). This is why the Linux world has thrown me into confusion.
I have used GNU software for many years now. A problem with open source is partially its own success: development is so much quicker and so much more varied. Having different branches and versions is fine if it is a 2-3MB program (so downloading fresh versions regularly is no problem) but Linux is rather larger.
I simply can't afford to spend a weeks at a time downloading gigabytes of operating system on a 56K modem. I'm using RedHat 9 which I understand is the last of the free RedHat series. Fedora Core is the new thing it seems. So here are my questions:
-If you get used to one distro, can you easily pick up any other distro without any hassle? Or is it a whole new learning-curve each time?
-Does anyone else feel like they are being left behind unless they are up to date on the best distribution? How often do people upgrade their distribution?
-How easy is it to transfer downloaded applications across distributions (eg transfering rpms across using a CD)?
-Have I chosen the right distro? Does it even matter?
These questions have been really bothering me so can anyone help me put these doubts to rest?
Posted 07 July 2004 - 02:00 AM
Linux is not for everyone. The advantages are, Microsoft can no longer keep their hands in your wallet, you don't have to worry much about viruses, and you have a far more robust operating system that you don't have to defrag and scandisk, not to mention Norton and MCaffee which you will endlessly pay for. The disadvantage is, you necessarily must know more about computing, and must spend more time learning it, so you can tailor it to your specific needs. I for one believe the advantages of using Linux far outweigh the disadvantages. I for will never go back to using Windows!
I hope you will stay with the rest of us who have taken the red pill.
Posted 07 July 2004 - 03:20 PM
Posted 09 July 2004 - 01:53 PM
Thanks for clearing those doubts.
I'm currently learning C which is keeping me firmly in the Linux domain (what is the point of using Cygwin when you've got Linux??).
Using gcc and make etc all the time means I am mainly using bash which is good for when I decide to change distro. Aren't there other shell emulators and how do they differ?
For developing software or anything technical, there is no beating Linux. Linux has ALL the tools I need which is simply incredible. Thing is that Windows is still the easy option if I get too frustrated.
No doubt Linux is daunting. I need to recompile the kernel to get my Wacom drivers working, learn to use Wine for my games and other Windows programs, get Linux Skype working (which has a major Qt dependency) and so on.
I bought a couple of games a few weeks ago and I think that was what was pulling me back onto Windows.
It's going to be a long road ahead. I think I am going to be around this forum A LOT.