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« on: August 08, 2013, 12:10:57 PM »
Just wanted to ask something about uBuntu.

I have an extra Socket-775 lying around, it will cost me about RM200 to get a new mobo for it.

Question: should I take the trouble to fix it up and install uBuntu on it, so after that I can leave it around the house as an extra machine for 1) music/video, 2) visitors to access net if needed 3) extra/copied file server/storage?

*I haven't taken the trouble to mess with uBuntu yet, so is the learning curve short enough for a casual user? Can I get used to it in say 20 hours or so?

Thanks,
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Re: Ubuntu
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2013, 02:18:11 PM »
HI ┼65□™ [579]

Ubuntu a few years ago created their own desktop called Unity, have a look at the links below. The Ubuntu site link shows a few screen shots...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unity_%28user_interface%29

http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop

A lot of people don't like Unity, so it's going to come down to personal preferences, but you can always install other desktops, Gnome, KDE, Xfce, and more...

When you install something like Ubuntu as a distro, the learning curve isn't that bad because it's pretty much set up and running for you...

Did you see my tutorial for Linux?
http://www.bolehvpn.net/forum/index.php?topic=6421.0

It's a lot of information if you want to learn a little about it, but the simplest thing to do is just check out distrowatch.com and you'll see on the right side of the website linux versions by rank, at the bottom of that list it says; 'More Statistics', there are a little over 300 linux versions and geeks like me that love to check them out and play, we call it' 'Distro Hopping' ;)

Linux Mint is a really great distro too, right up there with Ubuntu, so be sure to check it out as well, and they have their own desktop they created which is really nice called Cinnamon... Personally I like Linux Mint better for newer users...

http://linuxmint.com/

So to answer your question, go for it! I love Linux and it's all I use and if I ever need Windows I just run it in VirtualBox on my desktop in Linux...

Linux= Better speed, performance, stability, no more blue screens of death, no more defragmentation, and NO MORE VIRUSES and it's FREE too, so put it on any computer at half the price of an Apple!

Oh and by the look of my Avatar I'll give you one guess as to the one I like? LOL... :P
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Re: Ubuntu
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2013, 04:40:33 PM »
Thanks for the reply. I did some quick reading from the mountain of info. Let's see if I was able to make some sense of it.
(I looked at this too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_distribution)

1. I have to pick a distro, most of which comes with office and media-player programs inside.
1b Question: Those programs, they let you use/save common formats like DOC and XCL?
2. Each distro has its own desktop GUI, which is customisable - colours, background, etc
3. If I need to use Windows programs not in the distro, I can run an emulator program (provided with the distro).
3b. Question: Are there stand-alone programs (Example: a PDF reader, such as Foxit) that work with different types of distros (no need Windows emulator)?

Took a while to figure out the avatar thing: Looks like one made specifically 4u :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slackware

Am I on the right track so far?

Thanks,
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*Sorry an old Socket-775, not 1155. Changed the first post already

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Re: Ubuntu
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2013, 03:29:37 PM »
Thanks for the reply. I did some quick reading from the mountain of info. Let's see if I was able to make some sense of it.
(I looked at this too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_distribution)

1. I have to pick a distro, most of which comes with office and media-player programs inside. ----> Yep pick one, but they all come with different things installed...

1b Question: Those programs, they let you use/save common formats like DOC and XCL? -----> Yep, Office apps are typically from OpenOffice or LibreOffice

2. Each distro has its own desktop GUI, which is customisable - colours, background, etc ------> I wouldn't quite word it that way, each distro picks a desktop or window manager to use, with the exception of those that might of created their own... Most desktops and window managers are made by other developers...And all of Linux is VERYcustomisable....

3. If I need to use Windows programs not in the distro, I can run an emulator program (provided with the distro). -----> Yep, Wine, or a Virtual Emulator like VIrtualBox

3b. Question: Are there stand-alone programs (Example: a PDF reader, such as Foxit) that work with different types of distros (no need Windows emulator)? ------> Yes of course, there are hundreds if not thousands of different apps out there for Linux...

Took a while to figure out the avatar thing: Looks like one made specifically 4u :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slackware ------> WoOT I'm a Slacker! :P

Am I on the right track so far? ----> Looks like it as soon as you get one installed, LOL... Also be sure to join FREENODE for IRC chat for help and to learn, I mention it in the tutorial, it's the biggest open source irc server out there.....

Thanks,
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*Sorry an old Socket-775, not 1155. Changed the first post already



Have fun! :)
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