Choosing your linux

December 11, 2008

Don’t have much experience on linux?
Don’t have much time trying out?

Well, if so, you’ll love searching for the right distribution that suits you in minutes with distribution comaparer and distribution choosers.

Distribution Comparer is a very mature comparer which provides a reasonable amount of information between each of the two distributions. It has some popular choices of distributions for you to choose from. And there’s also ratings from 1 to 10 in each categories.

Desktop Comparer can be found here.

Another mature and reliable option is to go through several questions which will work out and choose the right distribution for you. The questions are very mature and well revised. At the end, you can also explore the features of each distribution.

Distro Chooser can be found here.
Here is an alternative.

Well? What distributions have they recommended me?

I’m an openSUSE user and have been impressed with it for a while, but was openSUSE my number one recommended choice? No…

Well, here are my results.

1. Ubuntu Linux
2. Fedora
3. Debian GNU/Linux
4. openSUSE
5. Mandriva Linux

I got the same results and the same order form both of the choosers. But zegenie just didn’t put Debian on the list.

This is interesting. Fedora and Debian are the only distributions I haven’t actually tried thoroughly. I’ll have to check them out!

Try this yourslef! It’s fun!


Why smart people uses Linux

October 12, 2008
I can give you reasons why Linux is a lot better than Windows or Mac and why only smart people tend to use Linux and not other people.

I do a lot of research. That’s how I realise the importance of Linux and how it’s better than other operating systems.

Other people doesn’t research. So they stick with their usual operating system they’ve been using for 10 years or so..Windows. People like that just follow the word of mouth.

Only researchers switch. Only researcher wants something new, better. Only smart people researches.

Only a few people get the idea of open source.

Now, what is open source? Open source softwares are softwares that are first of all, free and secondly, open to other developers. Which means it releases the codings and the actual project for other people or companies to develop the existing software into their own modification.

And that’s what Linux is…It’s open source.

Now, Windows and Mac are not open source. Which means only Microsoft builds Windows, only Apple builds Mac and no other companies are allowed to develop their software.

That’s why I like idea of open source. It is much more professional and more innovative. Here are the reasons:

Take Microsoft and Apple as an example. Each company has only one view and one objective. Microsoft aims for business work and only business work, Apple aims for graphics designs and editing and only that.

In open source projects, however, different people and different companies help build the software. Different people with different ideas helps create the software. The ideas are shared out, liking people’s mind together. This is more ideal because it gives the average users what they need.

Desktop environment companies such as GNOME, KDE and XFCE, build the skeleton of the distribution. Then, each distribution company gets that desktop environment and builds them into a full featured operating system.

When that is built, eventually, other people with different ideas get that operating system and modified it into the way they like and the way they want them to be. And that’s how Linux works. I don’t know what the first Linux distribution ever is, but I know that the distribution created after that uses the existing distribution to do further developments. And it’s happening all the time. Ubuntu, a famous Linux distribution was built on top of Debian, then Linux Mint modified Ubuntu into a different distribution. This creates a link between each distribution. New ideas are created and developed.

And this is why I think a shared out idea would be much more innovative and creative than just one company building it.

Hope this message helps.
Think Linux.


5 Resons in switching to Firefox

October 12, 2008

The new Firefox 3.0 is a major release. It’s bundled with features and also added security features. I personally think that FF is probably the best browser so far. And here are the main reasons…

1) Tabs features
– Accidentally closed a tab…You can always “undo close tab”
– Flooded with unnecessary tabs?…try “close other tabs”

2) Keyword search
This features allows you to search through a website by adding a keyword on a search box. Take Google as an example…you can add a keyword to the Google search box by rightclicking, lets take “g” as the keyword…Now when you’re on a random site, type on the address bar, “g random” and it will automatically search google for random without visiting a site.
Please note that this feature only works when you see a search box.

3) Ad-ons: Extensions and themes
– Get tonnes of extensions and plugins off addons.mozilla.org…Add features to customise your browser.
– Hate the look of FF? Try searching through hundreds of different themes for FF..

4) “Close and Save” feature
If you’re in the middle of a 50 page article on the internet and don’t want to print because of environment issues…Firefox can “save and close” the page and remember the paragraph you’re on. Making sure that next time you open FF, you’re always on the right paragraph.

5) Download safeguard: BEST FEATURE EVER
Now, if you’re new to FF, you’re probably wondering about this. Whenever you download a file on FF, while you’re downloading (IOW: download not completed), it creates a .part file on the folder you’re downloading the file to…Now this is very clever.

Imagine you’re downloading “IE suck.jpg” and you accidentally run IE update, and because of that, Microsoft (IE) hates FF so much, it crashes Firefox. Download stops at 99.9999999999999999% Then you got so angry, you deleted IE. You opened Firefox back again and got a message “Download error, file corrupted” (something like that), you go to the download menu, right click on the corrupted download file and click “Retry”. Your download amazingly resumes at exactly 99.9999999999999999%. This works because the .part file contains “parts” of the unfinished downloaded file. This is like a backup feature on firefox…Clever indeed!

There are not only these 5 features, there are millions!! But these are one of the best features on Firefox, showing you as an example. So I hope just 5 features helps you!

Think Firefox!