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- 01-14-2012 #21
- 01-14-2012 #22
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- May 2011
dancing bananas...i don't know that there is any cooler gif in the world. except maybe that one of the computer screen punching out the n00b...
- 01-14-2012 #23
- 01-14-2012 #24
Think of the car world; you have Fords, Vauxhalls, BMW, Mercedes and so on. They are all cars but they are all subtly (and some not so subtly) different in their implementation. Then you have your different models; with Ford, you have Fiesta, Focus, GT and so on. Each car comes with it's own paint job but there is nothing to stop you respraying it to suit you. Or you could buy a car with a custom spray job.
In the Linux world, you have the distribution which would be kind of like a Ford Fiesta or a BMW M3. You can have more than one, but you can only drive one at a time*. So you might install Ubuntu which comes with the Unity desktop which in this metaphor is the paint job. You can respray it by installing the XFCE desktop or you can get the custom one by downloading Xubuntu.
I've realised I'm rambling so I'm going to drop out of the metaphor and as a result gain some clarity:
A Linux distribution is an operating system complete with a default user interface and a default set of software.
A desktop environment is the user interface. Unlike the Windows world you can have many installed and easily swap between them.
* I'm ignoring virtual machines here"I used to be with it, then they changed what it was.
Now what was it isn't it, and what is it is weird and scary to me.
It'll happen to you too."
The Fifth Continent
- 01-15-2012 #25
I have a tip for you:
Linux is everything you expect and everything you don't!! :P
- 01-15-2012 #26
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- Jan 2012
you told about some tasks.could you explain them in detail how to do them.plzz.
- 01-15-2012 #27
- 02-09-2012 #28
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- Jan 2012
ok! thanks for all your help ! sorry i havnt been here in a while ! rreally appreciate all the advice.. can someone suggest a distro for me and theme etc .. just telll me your favorite and give me n00b idiot guide on how to install it ! where to get it from im using fedora 16 ubuntu now.. my main uses are using the internet streaming fiims all the usual stuff...
would be so greatfull bear in mind im no computer expert i even struggled to work out how to reply to the thread lol
- 02-10-2012 #29
Actually, Fedora and Ubuntu are great distros. Both of them.
Not only as good starting points for a Linux newb, but for experienced users, as well.
I'd suggest sticking with those for a little while. You'll have a friendly environment to use until you get the hang of things.
Then, take a whack at something a little more "complicated", like Debian, Slackware, CRUX, Arch or Gentoo.
Over all, try things out until you find something you like.
- 02-10-2012 #30
Poor Virtual Machines being left out!
I'll explain it using elija example. A virtual machine is like playing Forza 4 (or any racing game for that matter) on your Xbox360 hehehehe :P Where you get any car/s you want and can mess around with them to pretty much their limitations and the machines obviously; without causing any harm to the real world car or environment. Lucky cause you would want to crash a Bugatti Veyron into a brick wall while trying to break the land speed record without first having some driver experience, not unless your a multi-million air.
In computer terms this means you can install as many operating systems as you have space for in a "virtual machine" and run that OS as if it was physically installed on the computer without affecting any pre-installed os or damaging anything beyond the virtual machines limitations. It like a box in a box!