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Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 1

Apr 22, 2009, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Hurst)

"I tell these people there is no magic pill. Switching is a way of shifting the cost profile, which includes time and money. When you start having more time than money, Linux starts to look a lot better. If you aren't willing to invest that time up front, you can't get past the hump of migration. If you can put some effort into it, you can afford to relax a lot more on the other side. Naturally this calls for a Linux which doesn't require constant attention, and there's precious few projects which consider this at all important, as noted in the past. There are two paths I recommend to folks considering migration: Ubuntu and CentOS.

"Try Ubuntu first. There are multiple versions offered at any one time, but for those seeking stability, look for the "LTS" label. Never allow yourself to be tricked into using the most current just because it's the latest and greatest. Six months from now you'll have to update, and it will surely break things. If you don't consider your computer a hobby, stick with the LTS releases, because they are good for a couple of years. Next, join the Ubuntu forums; it's the best and cheapest support system you'll ever find for installation and initial setup. Be prepared to explain every time you aren't a hobbyist and LTS is essential to your purpose. Don't be drawn into discussions which revolve around why "you just gotta run the latest". Those who actually can help you the most will understand."

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