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My Linux Experiences- Slackware.

I have been playing around and working with various flavours of Linux.

My present system for Linux is an old Dell machine that our lab got as a part of a package buy of used office equipment from a firm that was leaving town.

Now I have installed Slackware Linux on it and am running the XFCE desktop.

It is fast. It is beautiful. It is powerful.

Slackware does have a bit of a learning curve to it but it was not too difficult.

I just loaded the new version of Chromium the open source browser.

Awesomeness.

I tried Kubuntu first and noticed that it got slower and slower as I used it so I trashed that and went with Salix because I was still a bit leery of Slackware. Finally I got fed up with that because it is incomplete.

Slackware has not crashed or froze up yet.

There is life beyond Windows.



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Glad to see slack love

I ran slackware as my primary OS for 16 years before switching around again and now I use Arch. But Slack is good, reliable and predictable. Good Distro, one of the greatest Linux based distros ever.

Microsoft software is Fatware.

Windows is like administrative overhead that eats up all of your computing power.

Going to GNU/Linux is like, wow, man. I didnt know my computer could run like this...

and Slackware appears to be very solid and stable.

help for tech challenged please

Do you have to download linux onto a disc, then from disc to your computer? Can you recommend a free, safe download site? Then what? Do you have to delete the current server (chrome in my case)?

Few of the more friendly ones

There are many of them out there but here are a few easy ones to try. You can burn them to a dvd/cd or a usb stick and try them without installing them.

Ubuntu
http://www.ubuntu.com/

Linux Mint
http://www.linuxmint.com/

Mageia
http://www.mageia.org/

OpenSuse
http://www.opensuse.org/

You could start at distrowatch to look for download links

Some of the distros will run from a live CD/DVD, so you can try them out without permanently altering your machine. Others can be downloaded and booted from USB sticks, if your system supports that.

I'd try a few that way before I picked one to install.

http://distrowatch.com/

slackware is free and open-source

You can find out how to download it for free here:
http://www.slackware.com/getslack/

or you can buy it on disks from their webstore:
https://store.slackware.com/cgi-bin/store

You might want to ask someone to help you with it if
you find the technical curve is too steep just now.

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The cheese stands alone. The proof is in the pudding.

Richard Stallman Eats Something From His Foot

eeeewwwwweeeee!

He does. Looks crunchy!

"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within" W. Durant

lol!!!!

oh my

Slack is a solid distro

I started with Slack in the late 90s and it's still solid today. I generally run Arch or Debian now a days.

Debian here

...

I may be trying that on some old Windows XP boxes

after Microsoft drops "support".

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Fedora

I run Fedora 20 and I think it's a great operating system. Since I run a web hosting company, it makes managing my CentOS servers a breeze.

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A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges. - Ben Franklin

Started with Slackware 3.6 (1998?)

My latest server has been running slackware 10 for over 7 years, no gui needed its a web server.

Crashed only once since 2006 running 24/7/365. I've seen uptimes of over a year without reboot.

I compile the kernel without modules and compile in only whats needed.

Grsecurity will harden the kernel a lot.

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"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

Yikes!

I shut my PC off every time I'm not using it.

For one thing, no one can get into it when it's off.

For another, it can't do things behind my back.

Twice, I've been near a monitor (CRT) when it began putting off smoke and the smell of burning plastic. You want to be there to pull the plug when diodes die.

At the risk of sounding like James Thurber's aunt who thought electricity was leaking from all the outlets or sockets, I prefer my appliances to be off when I'm not using them.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

I have 14-15 year old laptop

Have tried maybe 10 different flavors, and here's the only two that would work (due to graphics drivers)
PuppyLinux (very simple & fast)
http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview%20and%20Getting%20Starte...

Debian w/Gnome desktop
works well, a little slower than Puppy... but now I've forgotten my root password, so I need to reinstall (something else?)

I will try Slackware !!

Chromium? No!

If you don't want Google following all of your web browsing, then I would suggest ditching Chromium.

As for Linux, I have used it for more than a decade on my desktop at work. I wouldn't want to use anything else. Debian is what I use.

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

-C. S. Lewis

Chromium is not Chrome

Chromium is not Chrome

Yes it is

Chromium shares the same source code as Chrome. Basically the only things missing in Chromium are the flash player and PDF reader. Of course, you can add extensions...available from Google. Do a whois search on the website chromium.org. It is owned by Google. Chromium is developed by Google.

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

-C. S. Lewis

that is not really a fair assessment.

Indeed check out the website chromium.org.

It's truly an opensource project.

Well... there is Incognito Mode

if you are concerned about that.

Chromium is very fast.

The Daily Paul seems to know what ads to show me,
because it scans my IP address.

I switched from mac to Linux.

I switched from mac to Linux. I'm on pclinuxos and like it so far. But now, I am thinking of switching to tails.
https://tails.boum.org

Tails is a live operating system, that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to:

use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship;
all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network;
leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly;
use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging.

You might not have read that Tor is penetrated

and their email servers scraped?

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

not completely correct

TOR is a network. The email service was not associated with the TOR network, just as bittorrent has nothing to do with the TOR network. There have been poisoned exit nodes for a while on TOR, but to date, nobody has come near cracking it.

The Chinese periodically figure out a new way to block it, but it does what it's intended to very effectively.

Watch some of the Jacob Applebaum videos on TOR for more info.

Question for our resident "tech"nocrats...

I use MS Office (primarily Excel) for work and consider myself to be a pretty advanced user of Excel. I used to consider myself computer proficient, but I've found that somehow over the past several generations of operating systems in trying to simplify the user experience, manufacturers have degraded their product and made the "back end" far more difficult in the process.
That in mind, I have two questions:
1) If you grew up on Excel (with all it's keyboard shortcuts, tips and tricks) and require this application for work, does Linux make sense?
2) If you stopped "learning" computers in the 1990s because there was virtually no computer problem you couldn't solve, but find yourself increasingly inept today, is it even worth trying to switch to Linux?
Ultimately, I want to buy and assemble a machine and install everything myself to minimize how much I am being monitored by TPTB.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Unlearning and self-teaching since 2008. Thanks, Dr. Paul!

Yes, you can run MS excel

Libre office is a great project, but interoperability between systems has some problems. Don't move a complicated file back and forth very much, because it tends to blow up the file.

If you're comfortable with office, run it in WINE - it's a windows emulator. Most windows software works pretty well inside of WINE.

Libreoffice and KDE if customization are particularly important

I'd recommend libreoffice as the other guy mentioned, but also KDE as the desktop envirnment because the customizations aren't oversimplified like windows and mac. Still try the other desktop envirnments though :)

thanks very much

for the response.

Unlearning and self-teaching since 2008. Thanks, Dr. Paul!

Let me add that Thunderbird

Let me add that Thunderbird and Firefox are probably better than KDE's web browser and email software. They are cross platform so you can learn them on windows before attempting them on Linux.