" @Wolverine: You would probably be well-served by explaining how you use your current OS and what stuff do you want to be able to do. "Sure, well I use Windows to rip and stream my movie collection (mkv packages), write Java programs, and play games on Steam. I use Macintosh manly for Adobe Create Suite.
" @Wolverine:I just want to use it out of curiosity. Not necessarily as my main OS.Despite the humorous tone, there's still som (a lot?) of truth here. I don't really see any reason why someone would use Linux over Win/Mac other than it's free. Or to make a very specific device (router, server, media box...)"
" @Wolverine: Then I'd say just try a live version. You just create a dedicated thumb drive with persistence... and you're good to go! By the way, persistence would be creating a second partition that you can use to write on. I'd recommend Ubuntu, because I got it to work very easily, and if I got it to work, anybody can. Plus it's all explained step by step. pretty easy. "@CROM said:
" @Wolverine: You should start off with the fundamentals. Don't install a GUI, focus on learning the command shell. It will be a very rewarding experience. Which distribution you use will be a controversial topic, but for someone interested in learning, Arch and Gentoo are good picks.There aren't really any usability benefits to using Linux (and when I say "Linux", I mean Linux+GNU+distro+etc) as a desktop OS over Windows or OS X. The main thing is that you can legally use it without having to pay any money for a license, and it's highly customizable. A major advantage over OS X is that Linux can be run on all sorts of different hardware, with fairly high compatibility (although that was not the case only a few years ago). "Thanks for the recommendations. Would you say that there are a variety of applications available? Also, how is the Java compatibility?
" @Wolverine: You should start off with the fundamentals. Don't install a GUI, focus on learning the command shell. It will be a very rewarding experience. Which distribution you use will be a controversial topic, but for someone interested in learning, Arch and Gentoo are good picks."You're a hoot!
" My knowledge on Linux is fairly limited and I'd like to start using it. I'm considering making a Linux partition on my desktop hard drive.I just have a few questions?
1. What advantages does Linux have over other operating systems. The easiest way to answer this question would be by saying "well, it's open source". Well how does that benefit the user?
2. There are so many versions of Linux, which one should I install and why?
3. Are there a lot of applications available for Linux or will I be making a sacrifice by using the OS?
" @CROM: Video editing is kind of a pain in the ass in Linux :/Yeah, Oracle still has the JDK available for Unix even. It seems like Java runs on everything.The official java stuff for linux can be had from oracles website or whatever package managers your distro uses."
Might I recommend my 2 favorite resources on topics like these: here and here.
" @Wolverine: You should start off with the fundamentals. Don't install a GUI, focus on learning the command shell. It will be a very rewarding experience.
" That sounds about right, really. The Ubuntu forums aren't bad, but most other places are one big circlejerk of self-importance. "Wow, if my memory recalls correctly, a few months ago you were saying how better off a user might be if he went with Fedora or Gentoo in some cases. Then again, maybe I'm only recalling select info. You just seemed to not like Ubuntu and Linux Mint so much a while back in a similar topic thread.