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FreeOS.com: Why bring home the penguin?

Sep 30, 2000, 16:41 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ramnath Shenoy)

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"...why would somebody want to switch over from a well known and 'easy to use' OS to something used by geeks, hackers and the like. Well, the answers could be stability, a virus free (so far) world and good quality software that comes for free. My favorite answer is choice."

"The first step would be to decide which distribution of Linux to use. The ones that I have tried are Red Hat, Caldera, Mandrake and WinLinux2000. ... The easiest to install was Mandrake. It recognized all my hardware and asked few questions. For a newbie to Linux, I would definitely advise Mandrake Linux 7.0. However, Caldera is far superior in terms of look and finish."

"The first Golden Rule of installing Linux is to check whether your hardware is compatible. Before that of course you need to know your hardware. So dig out those manuals and keep them handy during the installation. You could also visit the Web site of the Linux vendor you chose and check their list of compatible hardware. All the three Linux distributions, which I tried out, had one thing in common. They all ask you to describe your monitor. Unless you are lucky to find it in their list (I wasn't), you better get familiar with refresh rates, horizontal and vertical syncs, bpp's etc."

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