The Easy Way to Switch to Linux

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DVD

Great article! I've been using ubuntu Linux for years and its better than windows. It has advance and cool features especially when making movies for CDs and DVDs.

 

www.easydvdburning.com

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PhoneyVirus

Just Tracking Thanks

I love Ubuntu

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duhclown

The first time I tried Linux it was Debian 1.3.1 I think. It was on a CD that came with the Nov. 97 Boot Magazine. It's been downhill ever since and now all my computers at work and home run some distro of Linux. It's good to see that this magazine has gone from Booting to being the Max and that Linux has gone from three days of trying to get an ISA SB16 to finally work to just clicks away from a fully working installed OS. Apps and all.

 You both have matured well. Cool.

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gothliciouz

muximum pc you guys really need to update this article, days has gone fast and ubuntu 8.10 is the current version...that also means tha we are facing diferent configuration problems :)

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Techrocket9

When is this going to be updated for Ubuntu Hardy?

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limpinlou

The bulk of my problems with any form of Linux I've installed so far is Flash. Until the web, which is so Flash oriented, runs properly on Linux, all distros of Linux will remain on the smallest partitions of my smallest hard drive & can never be my primary operating system.

"When a decision is made, confusion ends"

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HaloXXI

I love Unbuntu. Just like to know how you make it portable off a USB drive.

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AzMonguse

Just in case any of you are still looking creative does have beta drivers for the X-Fi sounds cards, which is good as that's what I use.
As far as dumping Vista for Ubuntu or any other version, well from what I have read and seen if you are using your system for 'office' use over all it should work well, but if you play games and use the system for basically everything else or as a non-office system - Myself I'll stick with Vista until I can play my games and run my other apps using it. While it is in many ways a better O/S it still has a long way to go for everyday use - IMHO

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pgeorge

Switching from Windows to Linux may be easy for a programmer maybe, but from the normal user point of view this will be madness. Maybe he can learn how to use applications that look and feel more and more like their Window rivals, but what a man can do when there is a problem? In Windows we'll always have restart :)

Download free Linux software

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Kay Jay

Real men switch to FreeBSD. ;)

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fultz

Hey all. I have switched over to linux on my home box. As well, I go to a technical institute where I've already obtained my A+ cert and working towards my net+... but anyways lol we are slowly introducing ubuntu as the secondary OS. If you're skeptical as I was, you shouldn't be! Ubuntu linux is the easiest flavor of linux to learn and use! Please give it a try! And for those of you who can't live without your call of duty 4 or orange box, they have WINE which emulates a Windows environment.

Good Luck Ubuntu!

Fultz

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Somercy

Once Ubuntu is successfully installed (with correct drivers etc), does it show you all available wireless networks, either through the OS or an application?

I'm considering my laptop as an Ubuntu canidate.
I currently use it as a wireless atlas while I travel.

Thanks in advance.
Somercy Hamilton

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Nick 01

Nick00
Has anyone ever heard of or tried pcbsd? Like to hear more about it.

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jasonbrisbane

Hi,
Video Editing is not one of the areas that Linux has seen strong development - at least not for free! I've seen a few programs out there, but they cost a bit(!) so I wont be getting them.
What are they like compared to Windows programs? I dont know as I 've never used Windows Editing Suites either (except WMM, which doesn't count).

Linux develops because users want to create or develop a certain app or game for it. Someone creates a base version. others add a function, some add two or three, others modify those functions with cool graphics abilities, etc and after a couple of years you have a fantastic program. Think it takes 3-6 months to develop WoW??? Think again. Those gaming companies burn through developers and game writers faster than you can say where did my life go. (and over 6-8 years life cycles for games).
Linux , I believe, has a shorter development life (I dont have anything to base that one except casual observation though). It can produce a lot more applications as the same code base is used and simultaneously developed for multiple programs.

I found Tremulous, Alien Arena, Neziuz and Open Arena all worked as is on my Linux laptop (that isnt powerful enough for Windows). Eve also works (sort of), but crashes in 30 seconds of the game. But I'm not surprised when I'm running under half Min spec on a non-supported Graphics card! The fact it runs at all is a tribute to Linux Developers everywhere and the support of the Linux community. If you want something, then others would have too and you will have a very good chance of finding it with a simple Google search.

In short Linux does work, it is ready for 90% of all desktops everywhere and is smaller, faster and a lot better than Windows. Ubuntu makes it easy and makes it happen, easier! (IMHO)

Regards,

Jason Brisbane

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xveganx

Ubuntu has made some really great strides in the linux desktop arena. However, there is one seriously overlooked distro that does some things better than ubuntu, and is just as user friendly if not more in some cases.

That is Sabayon Linux.

I suggest anyone curious check it out...

Sabayonlinux.org

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Shalbatana

That's not fair! I edit videos for a living....
and none of it is good enough to be on youtube!!! (haha)

seriously though, I think many edit system providers are waiting to jump at the chance to base their system on Linux, but are waiting till it's friendliness is fully mature. Install friendly and better graphics drivers should be the key to that. Only problem is...would their editing apps have to be open source?

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Hey Will, since it's a CC publication, would you be opposed to someone making available a printworthy word doc version they put together? It would include proper credit to the original authors, to this website, and link to the cc terms page of course. If you prefer not...than that person will just keep it for themselves.

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Talcum X

This is funny for all those windows haters.
http://tinyurl.com/yo7bnn

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DiRTDOG

I would love to switch to linux but unless you use only word processing surf the web it is pretty useless. If I could use Premier and after effects on it with out any issue I switch in a second. My next comp will be a mac for sure.

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DigitalVampire

Ask yourself about the type of software vendors that target the Linux community. Three specific programs come to mind. AutoCAD, Maple, and MATLAB. Now, many programs like this are available for Windows or Mac, but, of the few commercially supported programs available for Linux, most are of this nature. This is because they know the kind of people that use Linux (i.e. Engineers, Scientists, etc.). If your main concern when choosing an operating system is "video editing apps", then you should be fine with Windows or Mac. Now, run along and edit your little video and post it up on youtube.

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Shalbatana

CC license = good!!! Thank you kindly.

No easily printable version = bad! Where's that PDF link????

regardless, I was planning on trying Linux in the next few weeks (after finishing my slipstream PC re-install on my in-laws pc). Good timing, Thanks for this!

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Re: DiRTDOG..., why would you switch to mac just to use premiere and AFX? The PC versions are always first to be updated and released, and often include functionality the mac versions don't have or don't get until later. That's reason right there to stay pc based.

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There's no time like the future.

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DiRTDOG

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Re: DiRTDOG..., why would you switch to mac just to use premiere and AFX? The PC versions are always first to be updated and released, and often include functionality the mac versions don't have or don't get until later. That's reason right there to stay pc based.

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Good point bro, Im just tired of the ustability and bloat of M$ products. I have a very decent system to run video editing apps and they still run slow compared to when I use them on a mac. I have 2gb of ram and the system alone takes up 1/4 of that just to run. It will be a few years before I need a new comp so time will tell on whether or not I go the mac side. The OSX is extremely stable.

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willsmith

We actually don't make PDF or single-page versions of web articles right now. That's something I'd like to add to the next revision of the site though. Stay tuned.

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benjamminzIS

In Reply To WillSmith:

This will be nice when it happens!

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What do you think?
Maybe, It would take a lot of work... and someone on the inside...
I could call in a few favors... but only if you're REALLY serious...
the blue one!

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dave23d

Yep I remember getting (and still have) Maximum Linux mags. Could it be that Maximum Linux can now be part of Maximum PC?

Love the Linux hardware/driver and gamming reviews as well. ;-)

Love Linux and 3D Linux Games :)

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spam.free

I too have a few MaximumLinux mags around (I think 1,2,4,5 just fyi), by far my favorite Linux mags even now.  Alas, I'm a procrastinator-extraordinaire and never got around to subscribing to MaximumLinux or switching to Linux (lol but I've installed it dozens of times over the intervening years).

I'd love to see in-depth Linux coverage come to MaximumPC! (especially since I have a subscription to it and won't have to drive 40 miles like I did to find a newstand with MaximumLinux.)

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Kylis

Linux can be part of Maximum PC, I like this idea, Maximum PC can both have windows & linux?, just as parallels workstation, with the ability to use in multiple operating systems on a single Maximum PC, that will be cool.

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