Okay, so, today I'd like to talk about GNU/Linux, how much does the average person know about linux? Probably not much, except that, it powers many of the websites we see online today.
Personally, I've been using linux on and off for years now, and I've always felt the need for Windows, because it's so mainstream, however for the past 3 months, I've decided to switch to linux as my primary operating system, and use a small partition for windows. Why keep Windows? It's still useful to have in case I need to do something with it (for whatever reason), but in addition, I can still play all my games. Yes sure, there's things for linux such as cedega, and wine, but they don't always work.
One really exciting thing that has been on Slashdot recently as well as other tech sites, is that Directx 10 and 11 are actually becoming native to linux. Funny how linux gets it before Windows XP eh?
So, for those of you who are wondering what this post is really about, well, I wanted to talk about my experience going 'fully' linux.
Switching to linux was probably one of the best things I've done in a while. Why? There are just so many amazing features, or pros I guess you could say, compared to Windows. Most notably, with the OS booted, my memory usage is far lower. Also, we have compiz fusion, which you could compare with Aero in vista/win7.
So, what else is good about linux? Your system can be customised easily, to fit what YOU want. This can be everything to desktop themes, widgets, different effects in compiz,. Everything is more flexible.
In addition to flexibility, comes security. Linux is less prone to things such as viruses, and other malware. Why? Simply because of system privileges that a piece of software is run at, not to mention most software for linux is open source, meaning you have the source code, and could potentially look for backdoors, etc, if you really wanted to.
One thing I will say about linux, is that, it can be a hassle , depending on what distribution you choose. If you choose something like slackware, debian, or gentoo, or even archlinux, it's going to be tricky to set up, if you've never used linux before. Not only that, but once you get the OS installed, there are drivers as well, which can be really easy, or a pain in the ass, depending on your hardware.
Newer users may wish to use a distro such as Ubuntu, which is the most commonly used, or some may choose LinuxMint (which is a distro of ubuntu).
Anyway, if you are a new linux user, and you're reading this, here are a few piecies of software you should try out.
Compiz Fusion (Similar to Aero for Windows)
Conky (Desktop widget that does a metric TON of things)
Gimp (Photoshop alternative)
Mangler (Ventrilo Client)
OpenOffice (Microsoft Office alternative)
Pidgin (Instant messenger that supports MANY protocols, including MSN, AIM, Yahoo)
Shutter (A really nice piece of software for taking screenshots, and uploading it to some place on the web)