Linux for Home Users
have Linux installed on Fat32 partitions also.
Linux is very
difficult and based on text command
Linux has come a
long way from being the system of brilliant computer users. It has extremely
advanced X Windows systems that have a complete graphical user interface-you
know, like Windows. It also has a large number of window manager that let you
work with different levels of customization of your desktop.
Linux has a
robust character-cell interface where commands need to be typed in. x Windows is
a free program that runs with Linux to provide a GUI where the mouse and
keyboard can be used extensively. But the X system itself is quite primitive and
needs a window manager, or a desktop environment- like GNOME or KDE- to be
really usable. Window managers are programs that let you interact with the
underlying X system and Linux OS by relaying commands. The popular window
managers are Sawfish, Enlightenment, Black box, after step and Window maker.
As for desktop
managers, they have their own window manager and other tools that make you feel
that you are working in Window! GNOME and KDE are the most popular of these.
GNOME stands for GNU Network Model Environment and KDE for K desktop
Environment. They have tools that allow drag and drop, have panels and taskbar-
almost like clones of windows.
compatibility problem and few applications that run on Linux
Well, most new
distributions will detect and configure your hardware in a jiffy, unless you
have some really old or exotic piece of hardware. All hardware are properly
detected and their drivers installed. Only Win modems (internal modems driven by
Window drivers) face problems.
As for software,
there’s plenty. And most of it comes free-free for you to use, modify and
configure according to your needs. Almost all excellent software for Linux is
free and you don’t lose anything by giving it a try. You get free support on the
Net quickly on any query you may have. And you don’t even have to wipe out your
Windows. Just get Linux on a different hard disk partition and free to switch
between them as you please.
are commercial and you have to buy the software-but this is mostly for the
software and training you need, and not for the software itself. Sometimes, if
you have the Windows version (as a doom) you can download a small program that