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Hi guys,

I'm actually a Linux user and like to hear people's opinion on this controversial issue. (Linux or Windows)

I'm sure many people have had about Linux but most get scared of the name. They believe it's an operatiing system that's meant for the gurus so to say.

But I'm happy to tell you that Linux is actually making a more interactive interface operating system system with nice colours, quite flexible to use (you can play your DVD, VCD, MP3, audio CDs, games, run Microsoft Word / Open Office, etc.) and never have to worry about viruses ever again.

Imagine, many programmers now write programmes for Linux, e.g. Yahoo Messenger for Linux, SQL, Maya, and lots more. Guys why not give it a try? I've worked with many versions: Redhat, Knoppix, Mandrake, etc but I would say Mandrake Linux 10 is a good one to start with.

Bye guys.

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PLS I NEED TUTORIALS OF HOW TO WORK WITH LINUX AND HOW TO CONFIGURE MY TECNO T9 AS MODERN BROWSING FOR MY PC,HOW DO I CONFIGURE INTERFACE WITH WINBOX

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Nobody is even taliking of seamonkey which is based on mozilla webkit and its blazing fast used before on puppy linux

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another browser i could mention is dillo; or links, there's a graphical version of links too

sometimes use a command line text editor called joe; nano too's ok

but always gets me lost; don't know the keystrokes

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also for everyday computing here are the tools i use when am on a resource starved machine

Note= leafpad

Music= MPD + sonata

Word processing = abiword

Terminal = terminator/xfce4-terminal

filemanager = pcmanfm

mail = Claws

Pictures = GPicView

web browser = midori but preferably arora both are based on webkit very fast and light

etc

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@ weaver, i stay off college road. karaole estate. no 08035465941. wuld appreciate it.

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@bigrovar, flyuche i know you guys like getting the best graphics out of your pcs you probably have

state of the art hardware; unfortunately my graphics card is onboard and not

particularly impressive. Anyway i'm more on the performance stuff;

i like to get as much speed out of my hardware as possible. 'cos of this

i generally prefer to use "barebone" oses like slackware and arch to ubuntu and co and on those

oses i ALWAYS use runlevel 3 i.e always start in command line (don't really like gdm, xdm or kdm).

of course i still go into X but i prefer starting from command line; i believe it's faster

Now my question is this do you ever decide to use a distro that's not as graphically enhanced as

those images that you've been oppressing us with and if so, which window managers do you like using?

for instance i use icewm on slackware (even though i have all the other window managers too but i

dislike the delay) also on arch linux(where i don't have kde or gnome or xfce) and for my file manager i use

pcmanfm (but sometimes use konqueror too) i've used rox as my file manager but i don't like the fact that it doesn't

have an address bar which is something i dislike aboutt gnome's file manager too (i can't even remember the name)

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512 ram? ok however there are other lightweight distros that will fly

with that much (or that little depending on how you look at it) ram

nd some of them also have noce guis too

where do you live perhaps we can meet and i could give you some

tips or some cds; i live in Ogba, work in Ikeja.

unfortunately i don't have xfce but i could give you some other stuff

that may run even faster

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Because my system aint exactly top range! 512mb ram! Does'nt leave much room 4 hiaaj n d xfce is d lightweight ubuntu ain't it? See av done my research. Anyway anyone would do since i can always add a repository and get xfce. So basically i just need ubuntu, wateva flavor. Or mint too. Just want a linux live cd so i can take d plunge. Am going to enjoy it i knw.

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just wondering, why do you want Xubuntu anyway?

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can any1 hook me up wit a copy. preferably xubuntu but any would do i guess. av even started learnin stuff u'd be surprised. i stay in lagos n kd. MAKE UNA PPLLLEEAASE HELP ME WIT A COPY. BIGROVAR, NIGGY E.T.C. I CANT WAIT. AV JUST FOUND A NEW BABY,, LINUX! abeg y do d names always funny? ubuntu, kubuntu, jaunty jackalope e.t.c.

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ok i spent 4 hrs doing online research n even downloaded a couple of manuals n found out dt it aint bad! but u folks need 2 chill wit all d mumbo jumbo. u can imagine my surprise 2 find dt d cmd were jst quick alternatives at times 2 do stuff u can point n click 2 do!! sudo jst meant admin privilege cmd?!! my point is 4 newbies windows analogies aint a bad idea( cue d purists cry blue murder). ok so i dnt hav d resources 2 dwnld so help me ooo!

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hey thanks bro. av spent like 2 hrs on dis subject since googling n all dt. i also sort of figured out dt xubuntu might be my springboard. its just dis download part. i saw something somewhere abt writing 2 folks n dem sending u free copies of linux. fill me in and hook me up. haha, these is beggining to look lyk a new xperience. anyway u guys shld get ready 4 quite a lot of annoyingly inane questions o! afterall na una entice me o!

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depend, most of the things in the 4cd redhat are things

you'll probably never use

you could try downloading some lightweight linux brands

like slax or puppy linux (i know i make a lot of noise about these distro

but those are the lightweight ones i've used) or damnsmalllinux (DSL) - though

that's not as featured as the oother ones i mentioned;

DSL's about 50-60mb, puppy about 90mb or you can get some of the older ones

which aren't much larger than DSL, Slax is closer 200mb;

all should work on a p3 especially if you have up to 512 mb ram

and can be quite fast too yeah by the way they're all live cds

which means you can use them without installing on your hard disk

about Mac i know there's a project to bring the mac os to the x86

i.e your intel/amd processor pcs i.e. your pentuim/celeron/amd athlon/centrino etc

however i don't know if it can actually be obtained and if so if it's free.

Traditionally the mac os has been tied to hardware released by apple

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hey u didnt ans any of my questions. i hav an adventurous side too. ok they are- 1. can i do them on an intel based p3, 2. wat is d size of d average install footprint? cause i went googling n i was seeing stuff lyk 2-4 dvds!!? 3. is d installation something i can manage on my own? i knw my way around a pc. 4. i dnt think i can download files of that size n be burning em. i saw retail versions of redhat being sold. 4 cds or more can i use that?

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bust vista get 7 instead (especially while it's still free - warning, not on your production server; for that use xp or vista instead)

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Try running Linux on Vista using Virtualbox.

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i missed this thread.

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my people @ home, i am hearing about the current and latest OS, so plz, watch out for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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users to qualify people that run windows and geeks to qualify does that run linux

on ubuntu gutsy all u have to do is attempt to play a file and ubuntu would offer to download the codec for u if u don't already have it installed, u don't need a tutorial for that but just like windows u need internet for the download, even when u install ultimate edition all the codecs u ever need is preinstalled and u wont have to install anything, i have the iso i can burn it for u if u want,

too much as been made about the over dependence of ubuntu on internet, when it is windows that needs all your drivers to be downloaded when u install a new system,abi where do u get yahoo msger,office,idm,photoshop,the aformentioned codecs , etc, all this comes preinstalled with ubuntu, at least their open source equivalent, yes u still need to get additional stuffs online but then so is windows, ubuntu installs 90 % of your drivers by default in most cases 100%, try installing vista or xp on a lappy like a fairly used own esp one with no recovery disk,

like i always say ubuntu and linux in general work best on a destop/laptop , mehn so u used gentoo, even me dey fear that thing, it is very notorious even in the linux community, it is used by the guruiest of gurus , the desktop version don't even come with a gui on an installer u have to compile everything u need,

www.ubuntunigeria.wordpress.com which is full of tutor guides many of which were writing by your truely , covering many aspect of ubuntu from dual booting to connecting to the net via dialup/evdo etc and many more, i even droped my number that and i tell u i can't count how many people have called me asking for help on how to install ubuntu , if they are in lagos i invite them to my house, i have install ubuntu for countless of pples. i don buy over 100 dvds of high quality which i burn ubuntu and its applications just to give out freely to people , i have sent cds to abuja ,uk and the middle east on request, hardly a week goes by without me giving a guy an ubuntu cd or assist in its installation, add that to my windows blog www.bigbrovar.wordpress.com which is stocked with tutors and guides and my vista problem thread here on nairaland, mahn u have to gave me little credit here at least i can say i have tried, but then i can't help every tom privates and harry on nairaland , abi is it every window guy that has a problem that u help?

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yeah. that's why i quoted it. But i can see now how bigrovar missed it

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actually, that post was over 4months ago.

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Did you even read my post at all?

I'm clearly replying what Niggy wrote, and to help you i even quoted (obviously) him dissing Windows users.

Checked the last 4 posts, did you? Was it too difficult to read the posts on the same page before sermonizing?

*sigh*

Steve Jobs was right; people don't read anymore.

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mahn am starting to feel its either u are obsessed with dissing linux , or u feel insecure anytime u see someone make a post about linux , gee i checked the last 4 posts and no body made a derogative remark about windows, yet it seems to sparks a plug in ur brain anytime u see a post about linux no matter how innocent it may be, wetin be your problem now, u cant use ur own experience with linux as a benchmark for judgiung the os in general, habba , i and millions of other pple that use do so becus it works for us, so do the billions that use windows , many of them use it becus it works for them , so u see every os has its pro and cons , as i write this a window user is on his way to see me leaving his work and everything that u has planned for the day just to fix is laptop that can preinstalled with windows, yet there are millions out there u dont have any problem with their window box, so mahn if windows works for u, use it, but leave linux users and their and their problems alone, its what i use and i greatly enjoy it,

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This is why many people hate linux fanboys

You've made a choice to switch OS to one you feel you're more fulfilled in. Good for you.

but for someone to start yapping on about 'Windows users take notes'

quote below

They just want to login into a computer and start clicking everything clickable, looking for help options and using their shallow computer mines to guess what the next option of possibility to problem click should be.

Then you really have to wonder how he doesn't see how shallow this trend of thought is.

Some of us have jobs, have busy schedules that keep us out of the house a lot. We really want something that just works out of the box. We really do NOT need to start bashing our heads against a wall just so we can feel good afterwards. Even at that, lots of pros use Windows. in industrial light and magic, in disney, in pixar, people are using Windows to churn out quality work. and it shows.

your 'shallow computer mines' line was pretty silly. And that's the bottom line.

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@Azanor These could help out

http://www.playubuntu.com

www.linux-gamers.net

http://www.stumbleupon.com/tag/linux-games/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_gaming

http://www.playonlinux.com/en/

http://www.happypenguin.org/

http://www.tuxgames.com/

http://www.garagegames.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Linux_games

Also wine is a very good tool and its improving on a daily basis. There are lots more out there but am not much of a gamer

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this linux thing self, i'm seriously beginning to consider it. i've even downloaded ubuntu 7.10 and before i go any futher i just want to know one thing, i'm a total pc gamer( hardly play on anything else) if i switch to linux will i still be able to play all those games becos i dont want to keep switching back to windows every time i want to game on

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Linus?

I know him now!!

He was in my class in primary 4.

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u well come man may the Ubuntu be with u

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@ bigrovar

thanx, u r da man

da website was very helpful, hope to join u one day as a guru on dis website!

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@adewaleafolabi, bigrovar

pls i want 2 go into linux, which of the linux OS is da best.

thanx awaitin ur response

NB: also where can i get a good installatn CD

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@adewaleafolabi

yep, i'll do that tenks,

@bigrovar

r u serious thats really convenient i have an uncle that stays at pedro(thats not too far right?) i'll call u to find out how i can get the disc tenks a bunsh!

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netose why not call bigbrovar now he has the dvd

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afo would have probably have gone to sch to school by now.(UI) but i have the cd/dvd that u want so u can reach me 08022982697 i stay in Gbagada which is closes to lag,

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@afo

guy am in lag till like thursday do u think it'll be possibe for me to get the distro cd from u?

ill be spending a lot of time in unilag while am in town,

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well niggy like u said i just simply use it because it works for me. Its fun, entertaining and challenging. Yesterday i had to use windows not because linux can't serve me but because i'll be carried away by songbird so i had to stay away from it.

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I think Linux is more stable and when you need to handle enterprise applications databases and networking generally Linux is still your best bet.When its time for entertainment games relaxation i switch to Windows

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@adewaleafolabi,

thanks. Got a little busy with many database projects. I actually missed the days of posting and fast response on this thread, but seems many folks ve gone low too. like jogego. The thread actually drifted so much towards debating/advocating windows or linux (which was actually the threads topic, but not my intention) which happens now not to be my religion. I'm pretty stuck with linux. It makes my computing intricating and challenging. Each time, i get better and the feel is damn pretty good. You know what i'm saying.

I solve problems with my computer now. Gone are the days of OS domination. There's lots to discover with linux. This is a choice actually, and it's taking me places. When i talk about computer, OS and Programming, Windows Gurus, take their writing pads. But what baffles me still is, why they don't want to learn. They just want to login into a computer and start clicking everything clickable, looking for help options and using their shallow computer mines to guess what the next option of possibility to problem click should be.

I don't claim to be a 'G' in computer. But what i do now i do best. Thanks to Torvaldo Linus.

Think i miss great guys like u too. cheers!

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Folks!!,

It depends on what one wants to do with the OS. In term of distribution which is very important by who and how many pple are using the OS, I tell you that Windows tops all world over. The other way round, in terms of ruggedness and performance for some specific task and innovations (Hi-tech), Unix systems are riding quite higher than Windows.

So, It actually depends on what you are using as ur yardstich or ponte-referandum.

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Niggy men you just disappeared, how life now ?

Well i finally got to connect on my pc via my phone, guess it was a celtel issue. When i upgraded to edgy just fired up a terminal and just the normal wvdial and am online even now from linux, linux rules

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@ niggy men tenks a bunch o! the love here is too plenty i read all the posts here and on the ubuntu thread and it seems er'one is  like one big family i already feel welcome

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@netotse

welcome to linux world.

I was a student in OAU, ife. Elect/Elect Engr.I m currently serving my father land. Might have my Masters in Lag in i don't travel out soon. Maybe i might get to see you in Lag.I stay in Lag anyway.

There's much to learn in linux and it tremendously increase your computer skills while letting you to discover yourself.

I currently work on database design using css2, php & mysql database on solid rock fedora core 6. Hope to start a tutorial on these soon.

L8a.

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TO LINUX NEWBEES.

what exactly do u after u load ur linux OS?

, download free programms, write little codes, play around with ur beautiful desktop, chat & probably browse the internet. then what?

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meennnnn thanks a bunch, (dont kno what else to say)

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i have a friend in abuja who is currently downloading an ultimate version i'll tell him to pass it to you

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tenks a bunch, thing is am doing it in abj(my guess is u're in lag right?), depending on where u r i cld get someone to collect it then post it to me thru snail mail(which isn't so snaily anymore, )

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i have a copy of kubuntu if you want i could give you.

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hey wassup ppl!

first of all i jst have to hand it to u guys i've bin visiting dis site for a while but today i read 99% of the msgs in this thread(1-664) and i jst had to join nairaland, i mean it was jst too mush! i neva guessed der were so many linux pro's in naija

nuff said!

i'm a casual linux user(fc5-not very good with it) i'm comfy wiv d basic commands on the command line and it even helps my windows cmdline experience.

few questions

@niggy-guy did u say u wer a student?(or u jst live in ife) reason:u kno so mush its hard to imagine u going for lectures n stuff

@jogego-u've inspired me to ressurect one p3 i have somewhere and start using it as a scapegoat, thats wot u do rite?(i dont want to think u tried(try) all those distro's on ur main box!)

a lil backgrnd;i'm a student(lag-elect-elect)really into pc's(not too good tho!)thinking bout going into IT or power when i finish,(i'm currently doing my industrial attachment at PHCN)

my problem of the moment is installing programs the whole make thingy has me confused(i'm thinking bout getting ubuntu but it'll take forever to download!), anyway just thot i'd post something on this thread, safe!

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save yourself the stress and use kpp post here theres no reason to mail u

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