I've condsidered it in the past but Linux seems to be supported by much fewer software programs and a lot of haredware is not compatible with it. Maybe I just haven't found them, but that might be an issue for you to check out before switching..
55 F-100 w/efi & twin-i-beams
Just in the past 2 weeks things have changed, even NASA is using linux for the shuttle sim ops. I've been a winders guy since 98 and I guess I'm just wanting a change .
There is a proggy released two weeks ago that actually shares kernels twixt winders and linux- but I ain't gonna try it...yet.
This ain't the same proggy released a coupla years ago. Winders OS actually backs off and linux kernel controls- all with winders okey dokey.
Groovin' on the freeway, gauge is on the red
Gun down on my gasoline, I believe I'm gonna crack a head.
StarOffice is available for word processing, etc. It all depends on what you want to do, and on what hardware. Firefox, the new browser from the Mozilla people, works with it too. My understanding is that Linux uses resources much more efficiently, and you can run it on older (386-486 processors). There's a huge amount of info out there on it. I even found specific instructions for using it with this old laptop. I've wanted to mess with it but just never made the time. IT wages dropped so far after the dotcom bust that I found other fields more attractive. I'd be tempted to resurrect my old 486 laptop as a dedicated Web machine, just to see how it went.
Microsoft has driven corporate customers to look for alternatives. When I was doing corporate support, we were stunned to find that Windows 2000 required a minimum of 128 MB of RAM to run properly, and preferred 256. It also wouldn't run right on anything less than a 350 MHz processor. NT would run with 32 MB but preferred 64, and Win95 preferred 16 MB.
If you want to mess with it, I've got an old Dell P-100 all tore apart that you can have. I was going to scrap it.
"I refused to upgrade because of the licensing and tracking MS does on the newer software. I might get Win2000 sometime."
W2K is the last I'll buy for the same reason. (I do like W2K)
All my PCs are simply collections of parts flying in formation. Why waste time on the phone everytime you swap a part?<!-- / message --><!-- sig -->
One of my buddies has Windows on 1 hard drive(primary) and Linux on another(slave), uses Linux to surf and windows for everything else.
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