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Old 08-06-07, 12:15 PM   #1
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Who here runs Linux?

I'm running DSL (Damn Small Linux) on my old computer (this computer) right now.
I downloading MEPIS, more of a good to go type of Linux right now.
Its really easy, and its way more reliable than Windows. Is anybody on here running Linux?
If anybody wants to start running Linux, I'll help you.
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I run unix if I decide that *nix works for my objective. Usually freebsd but sometimes open, again depending on my objective.
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Old 08-06-07, 12:39 PM   #3
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I dual boot XP Pro and Ubuntu on my linux, and running ubuntu in VMware on my mac laptop at school.
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I switched my desktop at work from XP to Ubuntu. I also run Red Hat and Apache at work for our web sites. At home I have a Debian LAMP to run my personal web site. One of my favourite small distros is Puppy Linux. You can run it off a flash drive and since it runs in memory it's super fast.
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I dual boot XP Pro and Ubuntu on my linux, and running ubuntu in VMware on my mac laptop at school.
Are you liking VMWare? I have not head the best results w/ it. I set up VMware in Ubuntu to run Win XP and it's rather slow and unresponsive at times.
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Are you liking VMWare? I have not head the best results w/ it. I set up VMware in Ubuntu to run Win XP and it's rather slow and unresponsive at times.
I am running beta fusion, and so far haven't noticed any problems. You do need to have at least 2gig of RAM for it to run smoothly thought. I setup VMWare so it uses about 1.5GIG. Having dual core CPU like Core2 Duo wouldn't hurt either.
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I have a couple of Linux servers in the basement for the family web site. One running Fedora (phasing that out) the newer one running Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. I still keep an XP box in the kitchen as the main family pc - I'm an old guy :-)
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I have run Linux before and after I escape from software mid-september, I am thinking of switching over all of us - tired of Windows - sick and tired of it.
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<<< Ubuntu + Beryl.
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I am running beta fusion, and so far haven't noticed any problems. You do need to have at least 2gig of RAM for it to run smoothly thought. I setup VMWare so it uses about 1.5GIG. Having dual core CPU like Core2 Duo wouldn't hurt either.
That's probably my problem I have 1 GB RAM and assigned 512 to VMware.
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Old 08-06-07, 02:18 PM   #11
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BT, how do you like Beryl?
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I am a Linux user, Ubuntu Feisty and Kubuntu Gutsy at home, Dapper on my school server, DSL from a flash drive on the office PC, etc.

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BT, how do you like Beryl?
It freaking pwns.

I can't believe Microsoft is actually trying to sell Vista's "Aero" garbage when Beryl is right there for free.

About it's performance, lots of VRAM helps.
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It freaking pwns.

I can't believe Microsoft is actually trying to sell Vista's "Aero" garbage when Beryl is right there for free.

About it's performance, lots of VRAM helps.

Cool- thanks!
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That's probably my problem I have 1 GB RAM and assigned 512 to VMware.
With virtualizing you definately need more. The more the better. You need a solid amount for the base OS and then a decent amount to split into the virtualizations.
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OpenBSD on my firewall, CentOS 5 on my backup server (going to Zenserver), and Zenwalk 4.6.1 on my desktop.

Any Slackers here?
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OpenBSD on my firewall, CentOS 5 on my backup server (going to Zenserver), and Zenwalk 4.6.1 on my desktop.

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On and off...but then I always hit bsd again. While similar in OS build, the extras don't interest me
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Main file server is Fedora. No, its not as "in" as Ubuntu, but it has stood the test of time well (I started using RedHat over ages ago, when rpm became a true program and not just a perl script.)

If you are not doing anything that requires Windows, nothing is stopping you from a RedHat upgrade. Even if you have stuff requiring Windows, there is always Cedega.
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Main file server is Fedora. No, its not as "in" as Ubuntu, but it has stood the test of time well (I started using RedHat over ages ago, when rpm became a true program and not just a perl script.)

If you are not doing anything that requires Windows, nothing is stopping you from a RedHat upgrade. Even if you have stuff requiring Windows, there is always Cedega.
I'm paying for Cedega.

It's well worth the money, especially for budget (cheapass) gamers who don't want to buy Windows.
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I run Fedora 6 with a MythTV installation but on the home computer, I use XP or Vista. Linux is good but there are times when configuring a device reminds me of Windows 3.1 or DOS. You know what I mean - open a file, add a line, issue a command, etc. Sometimes it requires a bit of research to make it work, although I am fairly new to Linux as well.
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I run Fedora 6 with a MythTV installation but on the home computer, I use XP or Vista. Linux is good but there are times when configuring a device reminds me of Windows 3.1 or DOS. You know what I mean - open a file, add a line, issue a command, etc. Sometimes it requires a bit of research to make it work, although I am fairly new to Linux as well.
How do you like MythTV. I have been considering setting one up for my home too.
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Read 50 manual pages, browse a few hundred posts online, give up, ask a question on a Linux forum, get told to read 50 more manual pages and browse a few hundred more posts online, none of which actually answer your question, then give up again and just start randomly screwing around with settings and config files until, either, the thing starts working, or, you hose the entire system and have to reinstall. Sound about right?

I've only ever gotten two Linux installs to work completely, consistently and properly. I custom compiled 'em from scratch, exactly for the specific hardware, and they each serve only one very specific duty. (One is a fileserver, the other is a MythTV box.) Even in those two cases, I only resorted to Linux because the machines are non-standard hardware that won't run properly with anything else. Granted, those two machines work quite well for what they do, but they only do the one specific task, and I never dare upgrade anything in 'em.

I've tried Linux many other times on other machines, wanting to give it a chance as a general purpose OS, but every time it always proves not to be worth the trouble. I can always go from a blank machine to a fully working lightweight Windows install with about an hour of time invested, when doing similar with Linux always seems to take at least a full afternoon, usually several, and even then there's always something left that doesn't work right. (And that includes Ubuntu.) I don't love Windows, but damn, there's just no comparison.

Real Unix, now, that's another matter. A well-designed Unix system is a wonderful thing.
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Main file server is Fedora. No, its not as "in" as Ubuntu, but it has stood the test of time well (I started using RedHat over ages ago, when rpm became a true program and not just a perl script.)

If you are not doing anything that requires Windows, nothing is stopping you from a RedHat upgrade. Even if you have stuff requiring Windows, there is always Cedega.
I still use FC3 to run some Intranet applications. I have not turned this machine off in almost two years.

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Read 50 manual pages, browse a few hundred posts online, give up, ask a question on a Linux forum, get told to read 50 more manual pages and browse a few hundred more posts online, none of which actually answer your question, then give up again and just start randomly screwing around with settings and config files until, either, the thing starts working, or, you hose the entire system and have to reinstall. Sound about right?

I've only ever gotten two Linux installs to work completely, consistently and properly. I custom compiled 'em from scratch, exactly for the specific hardware, and they each serve only one very specific duty. (One is a fileserver, the other is a MythTV box.) Even in those two cases, I only resorted to Linux because the machines are non-standard hardware that won't run properly with anything else. Granted, those two machines work quite well for what they do, but they only do the one specific task, and I never dare upgrade anything in 'em.

I've tried Linux many other times on other machines, wanting to give it a chance as a general purpose OS, but every time it always proves not to be worth the trouble. I can always go from a blank machine to a fully working lightweight Windows install with about an hour of time invested, when doing similar with Linux always seems to take at least a full afternoon, usually several, and even then there's always something left that doesn't work right. (And that includes Ubuntu.) I don't love Windows, but damn, there's just no comparison.

Real Unix, now, that's another matter. A well-designed Unix system is a wonderful thing.
In terms of computing time Linux is still in it's infancy. Sometimes I struggle through the same stuff but after it's over typically several things happen. 1) I learned a whole lot which makes future problems easier to solve and 2) I have participated in the community such that when a user next week or 3 years from now googles my Linux forum post he/she will find a solution in minutes. Its a community that is young but strong and growing and one day will be superior IMO. In fact once I started getting a handle on how Linux works and the power of the command line I realize how stupid it was for Windows for example to integrate the desktop into the OS. I like how all programs run independent. And for example users and permissions are intuitive to me on Linux where Windows always throws me off.

I was amazed at how easy it was to get Ubuntu running as my work desk top integrated into our AD environment. The only down side to switching to Linux at work for me is that I still have to run some Windows applications that simply will not run under Wine for example. I blame software manufacturers for this. But I think in the future the term Platform Independence is going to be paramount as a standard develops ( I hope ).
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Posting from my Debian box at work.

The biggest thing I see about linux is this one strange problem.
The problem is that games such as Quake 3, which have linux installers don't run as well under linux. Even with the latest video drivers and acceleration enabled, the performance just isn't there. I'm not sure if this is an issue of terrible coding by the devs or if it's the way linux handles video calls. VLC and other media players work just fine.

I've been tempted to go the cedega route, but I think it's asinine to have a monthly fee for it.
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