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Is Linux Right For Me?


I hate windows, hate hate hate, and that alone is probably reason enough to switch, but I am worried about things with linux..... Mainly I use my comp for school, downloading content via piratebay/isohunt, light gaming (have an xbox 360), media (HDMI to TV), you know, the normal stuff, here are a few questions I have....

How easy is it to switch?

Will I still be able to do those things I have listed?

What distro is good for me?

I have heard linux isn't very pretty (doesn't matter too much, just wondering) but how bad is it?

Any key advice for a new user?

I really want to make the switch, but I use my computer constantly and can't afford too much downtime, I am fairly good with a computer, just do not do any programming stuff,

Thanks for any help and I really appreciate it,



  • mfillpot
    mfillpot Posts: 2,177
    CCFlyfisher wrote:
    I have heard linux isn't very pretty (doesn't matter too much, just wondering) but how bad is it?

    The others are right in their recommendations, your have over 300 distributions to choose from it all depends on your personal preferences and a quiz will help you to find the best fit.

    But the line above is really disturbing me because the desktop effects and enhancements that people rave about on windows and Mac were on Linux distros first. Pretty much everyone I show my system to raves about the look, feel and functionality compared to what they use. Since Linux based systems are fully customizable you are free to make it what you want including as aesthetically pleasing as you wish. Checkout the desktop picts at http://www.linux.com/community/forums?func=view&catid=20&id=196 for examples of the various looks you can get.
  • CCFlyfisher

    Thank you so much for taking the time to respond, I took the quiz and Linux Mint was in the 100% results , along with a few others but I think it sounds like that matches me the best and is the one I would be using.
  • CCFlyfisher

    Also thank you for responding. Customizing is one of the major reasons for my interest in Linux, I absolutely hate all of the bloatware attached to windows that bogs down my computer.
  • CCFlyfisher
    Once again thanks for the response. All of my information about Linux comes from impressions that I got when hearing about it for the first time over a decade ago. Unfortunately, I think that is a large reason that many do not switch over. The screenshots that you showed me look amazing and blew my previous thoughts on Linux away.
  • mfillpot
    mfillpot Posts: 2,177
    I hear those same questions often, and it really doesn't help that in most technical education programs they have an intro to Linux class that only shows the students the command line. The best thing you can do to explore the multitude of distributions that is available is choose some you would like to test and download their Live CDs to test them without actually installing them.
    If you then find interest in a specific flavor you can install it in virtualbox to test it further or do a physical installation to use it with the full power of your hardware.
  • altNull
    altNull Posts: 65
    Linux is great for the following reasons:
    [ol][li]1. Servers (better security, better resource management, cloud computing, ect)[/li]
    [li]2. Networking (better management, better security, ect)[/li]
    [li]3. Development (compiling, community, ect) [/li]
    [li]4. Virtualization (VirtualBox, VMWare, Zen)[/li]
    [li]5. General Desktop Use (ie - Documents, Email, Internet)[/li][/ol]

    Linux is not designed for:
    [ol][li]1. Gaming (you have to work hard to play games on Linux with Wine)[/li]
    [li]2. Non-Computer Users [/li]
    [li]3. Microsoft Lovers [/li]
    [li]4. Mac Worshipers [/li]

    But anyone can become a Linux user. The easiest thing is to download and burn a copy of Ubuntu onto a dvd. Then install and use with the Ubuntu forums. Another thing that will help you is to get on the freenode IRC and go to the #Ubuntu channel for help - there will be users of all calibers on there that can help you.

    If you still want to game - then dual boot Linux with Windows. There are several HowTos online to help you with this, but be warned that dual booting Linux with Vista is not recommended by anyone - upgrade to Win7. You can also dual boot with Mac OSX as well, but you'll need to follow the HowTo exactly.

    Good Luck



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