Sunday, December 8, 2013

My Start With Linux

  I could not afford to go with a new computer and windows seven at the time, so I started looking for alternatives. I found the wonderful world of linux. At the time I was looking into what games could be played for free, Ha Ha. I did some reading and found that I could set up a machine to dual boot or even boot with more operating systems. Of course I found Ubuntu, Fedora, Wine, Linux Mint and also Zorin. I decided to go with Linux Mint and Zorin along with Windows XP Professional.
  I chose the Linux Mint and Zorin, because they seemed to be very good with similarities with windows xp and windows seven. They had quite an abundance of software games in the open source area. The other thing that caught my attention was the software for the Ham Radio Hobby. That eventually became one of my major objectives. Soon I was looking all over the internet for free linux logging software as well as other programs. I was also looking for programs to create and build antennas for Ham Radio.
  The other feature of Linux that I found interesting was the fact that it does not seem to be plagued with the virus problems that microsoft operating systems seem to have. Of course this may be because the virus creators were not targeting it because it's just not as popular. The strange thing about this is that the people who say this plainly don't know what they are talking about. I think the reason why there isn't as big a problem with viruses is because of the way that the linux operating systems are designed. Below you will see a couple of pictures of the Linux operating systems.

 The one thing that I prefer with these two distributions is that you don't have to do much if any of the terminal types of installations. Programs are generally installed with an executable type of file. The operating of the system is very good also. I have not had any problems with either of them.
  There are some other distributions such as Ubuntu and fedora that are not bad to operate either. Ubuntu also has all of the typical features. It also has a lot of Ham Radio programs associated with it. The Ubuntu system uses Mozilla Firefox as its web browser and Evolution for email. Of course you can use gmail, yahoo or any of the other email through the internet. It also includes the common games, music, photo and video programs. It does use the free open office software for word processing, spread sheets and some other features. In fact these are in almost all the distributions. Hardware support is also very good in this system. Here is a picture of the Ubuntu desktop.
  I think the best advice I can give is to do some searching on the internet for ham radio software for Linux. I would also look at reviews as to what people are saying. Next I would download the Linux versions you choose and burn the iso file to a cd. The nice thing is that you can boot off the cd and run the program before you install it. In other words get a feel of how the software feels. If you really get adventurous set up at least a dual boot system. There are plenty of sites out there that will guide you through the install of this kind of system.
  Thank You for reading 73s from Dan KC2YTI. All Comments are welcome.


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