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Linux, the best operating system for seasteaders

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  • #1472
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    shredder7753
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    I wanted to see how u guys would feel about declaring Linux as the official operating system for seasteaders. recently i got fed up with windows, even windows 7 and switched to Ubuntu Linux. its fabulous, and free.

    do you use Linux? how do you like it?

    #13042
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    J.L.-Frusha
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    1) Will it run Firefox and Google Chrome?

    2) Will it run Open Office?

    3) Does it work with files that are already backed-up through Windows and operate peripherals such as external hard-drives, printers and such?

    4) What are the system requirements, as opposed to XP?

    I’m sure I have other questions, I just don’t necessarily know what they are, right this moment…

    Later,

    J.L.F.

    Never be afraid to try something new…

    Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.

    #13045
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    elspru
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    J.L. wrote:

    1) Will it run Firefox and Google Chrome?

    Yes.

    Firefox is the main Linux browser of choice.

    2) Will it run Open Office?

    Of Course, Open Source software just about always runs on Linux.

    In fact the vast majority of Open Source and Free software runs on Linux,

    the most up-to-date and advanced software is also typically designed by Linux users.

    3) Does it work with files that are already backed-up through Windows and operate peripherals such as external hard-drives, printers and such?

    Yes.

    Though you’d have to make sure your printer is compatible.

    http://www.openprinting.org/printers

    4) What are the system requirements, as opposed to XP?

    If it can run XP it will certainly be able to run Linux.

    ‘m sure I have other questions, I just don’t necessarily know what they are, right this moment…

    I’ve been using Linux full-time since I was 15.

    can offer some support.

    Later,

    J.L.F.

    Never be afraid to try something new…

    Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.

    To become fully proficient at any linux or unix operating-system,

    likely you will have to learn the unix/bash command-line,

    it’s like learning a new language, so might take 2 years to develop fluency.

    Personally I’m working on Human-Speakable-Programming-Language to help make the transition easier. Though it may be a while before it can be used a drop-in replacement.

    Some people manage to use the GUI (graphical user interface) for most things,

    personally I find that distateful, and not nearly as fast or universal.

    Though it is an acceptable stepping stone for new users.

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    #13049
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    shredder7753
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    J.L. wrote:

    1) Will it run Firefox and Google Chrome?

    2) Will it run Open Office?

    3) Does it work with files that are already backed-up through Windows and operate peripherals such as external hard-drives, printers and such?

    4) What are the system requirements, as opposed to XP?

    I’m sure I have other questions, I just don’t necessarily know what they are, right this moment…

    Later,

    J.L.F.

    Never be afraid to try something new…

    Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.

    Frusha – i highly recommend u try Ubuntu Linux! there are many many different flavors of linux but ubuntu is the most popular. it is basically linux with training wheels – for noobs like us. you download the file and the “wubi” installer file, transfer it to a USB drive, change a very simple setting in your BIOS (the thing u see if you hit “f2″, sometimes “f1″ or “f10″ while your computer boots up), plug in the USB drive and restart the computer (better instructions and info online). it is awesome. doing this will allow you to try out and explore all of ubuntu linux without affecting ANYTHING on your PC. if you dont like it, pull the usb out, restart the PC, and then erase your usb. i can almost guarantee you will like it.

    firefox and linux are both part of the “Free and Open Source Software” movement – firefox is THE preferred browser of the linux community and comes pre-installed with the OS. furthermore, google chrome is partially derived from firefox. it is the browser that i use on linux. they have a native version of chrome for linux so if u are running ubuntu and visit the chrome download page, it will detect linux and offer you that version. Android is a linux distribution with a modified “kernel”. people are waking up to “FOSS”, its not the ’90s anymore. FOSS has matured quite well. open office is also part of the FOSS movement and also comes pre-installed, many think its as good as ms office and its free!

    You can access and open files from windows. the way i did it was to install ubuntu on the same hard drive, but in a different partition. when i boot under ubuntu – the computer is fully started in under 20 secs – i can open up the hard drive folder and access all files. your programs do not run natively on linux but they can easily be run with the help of an emulator, such as WINE. install the emulator and the vast majrity of windows programs can be run in linux. i still keep windows on one computer because i havent figured out how to use sketchup or google earth (3D stuff) in ubuntu – i was only enlightened 6 weeks ago. when i start that computer it asks me which OS to boot.

    viruses and other malicious software are virtually a non-issue in linux. a large percentage dont use antivirus software on their linux machines, but there are good free av programs available – tested and approved by the linux community.

    my mom was a paid member of AOL for 14 years until a month ago – i am not kidding, she was afraid to try anything new. she even used the AOL 9.0 software to access the net. i installed and fine tuned ubuntu on her 2006 desktop and put chrome in their for her (with her own google account). she is loving it!

    i dont recall what the requirements are but my moms comp runs it great n she has a 2.2ghz AMD single-core with 512mb RAM and its not a problem at all. any questions you have plz ask. im on an anti-MS crusade.

    UPDATE – she called while iwas writing this and was still raving about ubuntu.

    you will love it too!

    Rich

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    #13247
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    Schwabe
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    Certainly we could endorse Linux as the preferred OS – however, ‘declaring official’ anything seems to go against the principals of this project. Let’s promote the use of Linux as on OS to power the computers on our cities, but let’s also welcome other OS like Windows and Mac.

    #13248
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    shredder7753
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    no i dont agree with that. other operating systems, sure. but windows and mac? hell no. they are not open source. any good operating system that is open source where citizens can submit code for review and possible inclusion would be good. if microsoft or apple want to “sell” code to be added to it, thats fine too. but the code has to be available for review by everybody. if the computer code thats used to run our society is not open source – its not a free society.

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    #13249
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    Ken Sims
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    Even if we in the forums were to declare that Linux is the “official” operating system of seasteaders, what actual seasteaders are going to care, or even know?

    It’s pointless for the forum participants, or even for TSI, to declare that anything is the “official” whatever of seasteaders.

    Of course anyone who builds/buys their own seastead can declare anything they want as the official whatever of that seastead.

    #13253
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    caveden
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    Ken wrote:
    Even if we in the forums were to declare that Linux is the “official” operating system of seasteaders, what actual seasteaders are going to care, or even know? It’s pointless for the forum participants, or even for TSI, to declare that anything is the “official” whatever of seasteaders.

    I thought that such a thing should be obvious. Honestly, I don’t understand the point of this topic. Seems people just want to chat about OSs…

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