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Ten words or less: "I don't use Linux because..."

By Jay Garmon Contributor ·
In ten words or less, complete the following sentence: "I don't use Linux because..."

I'll start with "...I'm required to use Windows for work."

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by stargazerr In reply to Ten words or less: "I don ...

But I am saving to buy a computer I can install Knoppix on.


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Don't install Knoppix

by AlanGeek In reply to Ditto

Stargazerr, you don't need to install Knoppix, it's a live CD (or DVD). In fact, they strongly recommend that you NOT install it to a hard drive as it's a specially thrown-together mashup of a lot of stuff that doesn't necessarily belong together (bits and pieces from different distributions, etc.) and it would be virtually impossible to maintain as there will be version conflicts, missing dependencies, or whatever.

Instead, run it directly from the CD or DVD and find out some of the stuff that's available and how you can use it, find out how much hardware is compatible, and just get an idea of what you can do with it.

Then, if you like what you see, you can get a normal distribution like OpenSuSE 10 or Fedora Core, or even Ubuntu (or Kubuntu, if you like the KDE interface better than Gnome), though I consider it to be a bit watered-down. You can get live CDs for many distributions so you can try them out without having to go through the hassle of installing them, trying them out, then reloading another flavor.

In fact, if you have plenty of space left on your drive (several gig worth of free space is recommended), you can back up your important stuff, run scandisk at least once thoroughly, then install Linux on the same box. Many distributions can install themselves on your Windows machine and set up a dual-boot arrangement so you can go back and forth between Windows and Linux. If you get VMWare or VirtualPC, you can even run a Windows virtual machine inside Linux.

Anyway, try out some live CDs and don't wait until you can buy another box. You might discover that you don't need another machine at all.

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I think you missed

by nighthawk808 In reply to Don't install Knoppix

the joke. I don't think he was being serious. But your information about live CD's and dual-booting may be valuable to others nonetheless.

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by stargazerr In reply to I think you missed

Not a He

And No, I was Serious. Thanks for the Info Alangeek. I have an Ubuntu distro that I would like to try too. Trouble is I cant start using Linux on my work laptop. something in the stupid contract.


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by apotheon In reply to She

There's nothing wrong with installing from a Knoppix CD. I'd prefer a Knoppix install over an Ubuntu install.

There are some dependency conflicts once you get the Debian-style install from a Knoppix CD done, but for a temporary desktop setup Knoppix is pretty darned good. Just don't figure on it being "permanent", as you'll probably want to try a "serious" installed distro like Debian once you've gotten used to Linux by playing around with Knoppix.

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Star which Ubuntu Distro do you have

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to She

The latest one is 5.1 and comes in both Live Linux and the installable variety.

If you where to drop in a Live Linux and boot from the CD/DVD drive you wouldn't actually be loading Linux onto your Company Supplied NB and unless you did something very interesting like remiove all admin passwords no one would be any the wiser unless of course if you in a fit of Hormonal Brain Fade forgot to remove the CD. :^0

Even then you could insist that you are still recovering from That Time of the Month MS Patch Time and someone is attempting to set you up and throw a Fit that will drive everyone away.

Anyway a copy of Knoppix should be in every Techs tool box as it's just plain and simple necessary. It allows you to get around so many WIndows Problems. You know the undocumented ones. :0

Col ]:)

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Okay, I'm always willing to admit my ignorance.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Star which Ubuntu Distro ...

"... a copy of Knoppix should be in every Techs tool box ..."

I'll bite. Why? What would I do with in a strictly Windows shop?

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three ideas

by apotheon In reply to Okay, I'm always willing ...

Recover a broken Windows installation. Resize partitions. Run hardware diagnostics.

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apotheon, elaborate please

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Okay, I'm always willing ...

Where would I find infomation on how to use a Linux live CD to do some of these things?

We set everything up with a single partition, but your other suggestions sound interesting.

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a couple of books

by apotheon In reply to Okay, I'm always willing ...

I'm sure there are a couple places online that list such information, but since I haven't been doing serious single-system Windows disaster recovery for a while I haven't been keeping up with these tricks of the trade as much as I perhaps should. I can recommend two books that are quite excellent for such information, however, along with a fair bit of information unrelated to Windows:

O'Reilly's Knoppix Hacks

ExtremeTech's Hacking Knoppix

I'm intending to get a review of the latter of these published at TR soonish.

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