Who Runs Linux

I just got ubuntu and am trying to ge my Wireless internet up on it. I am getting Kubuntu soon then after that xubuntu. Post your linux if you have it.

I have one machine with MEPIS installed on the hard drive. I never use it though. Had problems with KDE Control Panel. I’ve also tried Knoppix LiveCD and PCLinuxOS. Knoppix seemed pretty good, but I don’t think it is made to be installed on a hard drive. The PCLinuxOS installer crashed. I tried Fedora but I think I burned the install CDs too fast so it didn’t work.

PS. Please restructure your signature so those of us at lower resolutions (1024x768) don’t have to scroll sideways. Thanks.

I use Ubuntu instead of Knoppix… I started with Knoppix but Ubuntu is just better (except for Knoppix STD).

P.S. what are you talking about? My low resolution (1800x1440) displays it fine :stuck_out_tongue: No scrolling for me :smiley:

I used to dual boot into Red Hat on my laptop. It became to hard, as there were so many drivers not yet made for things that I needed. I eventually just switched back to XP. A couple of machines at work run Linux, kind of a pain at times to get things for them.

If you want to have a desktop or server linux box for free, I would suggest Fedora Core (the free version of Redhat). Version 5 is the current version and is free to download. See http://fedoraproject.org

I have had great success with Fedora being used as a server (WWW, Mail, Shared Drives for Windows boxes, network firewall).

If you just want a “quick install” linux for a “dual boot” system with occasional use, Knoppix is a good way to go. (http://www.knoppix.net/) A great application for Knoppix is to recover files from an ailing hard drive on a Windows machine with a CD-ROM (for Knoppix) and a USB port (for a thumb-drive to copy files that need to be recovered.) Knoppix permits the Windows drive to be mounted “read only” to prevent further damage to files while reading them off the system.

The only real difference between Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu is the shell it uses (GNOME for Ubuntu, KDE for Kubuntu, and Xfce for Xubuntu). You can easily install alternate shells on top of Ubuntu so you don’t have to keep restarting your computer and changing operating systems every time you need to change shells.

On my laptop I have Ubuntu 6.06 and Windows XP. My desktop has Ubuntu, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. In the past I have used Mandrake Linux (now named Mandriva which I have also used) but I prefer Ubuntu.

If you have one of the wireless cards listed here then the easiest way to manage your wireless connections would be to use GNOME’s NetworkManager. That can be installed by running the command sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome or by using the GUI found by going to the Applications menu and clicking on Add/Remove. This worked right out of the box for me - there was nothing else that I had to do (which is really surprising for a Linux distro, especially when being used on a laptop).

howd you get windows vista
thanks i will try that network manager
i will also try to get kubuntu up and running soon i need another hard drive cause this on on my win XP is almost gone as it is and i gave 10 gigs to ubuntu

There are a few places online where you can get the download link to download Windows vista beta. It may be up a notch but I too downloaded vista. Just search for Vista Beta download or something like that.


<edit> Click here http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/downloads/products/getthebeta/default.aspx#downloadWindowsVista

make sure you open in I.E. </edit>

<edit 2> Actually it says beta is no longer available to download</edit2>

Desktops at home: SUSE Linux
Server: Redhat Linux
School: Ubuntu/Xubuntu
Laptop (if I’m booting from a CD): Kunbuntu PPC

I’d be reluctant to run Fedora Core on a big time production server; CentOS is much better suited to that (it’s Redhat Enterprise Linux with the Redhat branding removed distributed for free).

Anyway, one thing that I think I should mention (as you said you’ve been having problems with drivers) is, if your goal is to try out different distributions and learn some of the ins and outs, figure out what you like, etc. you should try out some of the free VMware stuff; specifically the Server product has just recently left beta and I’ve had a lot of luck with it. If you use VMware it’ll create a virtual computer on your machine and then you can install a Linux distribution in that virtual machine (or find prebuilt Linux virtual machines) which you can run at the same time as your host Operating System. The really neat thing about drivers is VMware makes it appear to the guest Operating System as though certain standard hardware is being used which Linux and most other Operating Systems you can find support; VMware can make your network access go through the Virtual Machine to your actual physical hardware. So, for example, say your computer currently runs Windows XP; you can download VMware Server, install it, create a virtual machine and install any Linux distribution you want in it and from within that Linux distribution still access your network (through VMware and Windows XP). Since the virtual machine has standard hardware that will generally get rid of all driver problems, too.

Of course, Linux isn’t the only Operating System you can have as a guest in VMware. It supports Linux and Windows as host Operating Systems and anything that’ll run on your particular processor architecture as a guest Operating System.

I’ve got a couple of machines that I run Linux on…

Warehouse (local file server): Gentoo 2006.0 on Dual Processor P2/300 with dual 4.6 GB internal SCSI drives and a 7 disk external SCSI array(4 drives configured as RAID 5, other three used individually - 9.6 GB each - eventually going to put bigger drives in place of the 9.6 GB drives as cash flow permits)

LHOPServer (file/web server at my church): Slackware 10.2 on (I think) a P3/833

I run Ubuntu (and have for every release they’ve had), but I also used Gentoo for a while (until it bombed out on me with a kernel panic whenever I tried to use emerge… probably running straight ~x86 caused that ;)).

What wireless card do you have exactly? (Use lspci from the command line if you’re not sure.)

Gentoo here. Great for customization, optimization, and learning the underpinnings of Linux.

In the past I’ve run Debian, Fedora, SUSE and Mandriva. I’ve settled on Kubuntu for now. I use knoppix as my live distro (it rocks).

I ran computers with DOS, Apple computers, Linux and Windows, and i prefer windows, call me weird, but i just think windows is easier. Like i said, call me weird, but thats me

Window are easy every one grew up with it while linux is free new to most people and you need to pretty much be able to learn or know a bit of code farely well to run it. My grandpa is M.O.U.S.E. certified or ( Microsoft Office User Specialist Expert ( weird title )) but I havent talked to hm since I installed Ubuntu. I am now getting a Live boot of Kubuntu and getting cd’s for both so I can copy and distribute to friends for hell of it.

Mouse wont help you with anything Linux, its only office. Office = networking? no… Microsoft = Linux? … no.

I use Ubuntu and Fedora*spelling at school.

Like someone said already, what kind of card do you have? I know someone who is really good with Linux that I could ask for you.

i know it doesnt but he probably has some experience with linux and if not time tyo get him hooked into it im looking into fedora also.

also my Ubuntu wont recognize my wireless so I dual boot Windows

Look up ndiswrapper. You probably have a broadcom chipset card, which requires you to emulate the windows drivers through ndiswrapper.

i cant get ndiswrapper to run right so when i get back home im going to hook up direct and run ubuntu on there to get packages installed to get things running.