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What is Linux anyway?
  • Check out Linux Online for answers to all your basic questions including 'What is it?', 'Where can I get it?', 'Is my hardware supported?', and much much more. An excellent page chock full of Linux resources.
Where can I get information on programming in Linux? Linux News:
  • Several current articles can be found at (once again) Linux Online.
  • ZDNet Online often has very well written and informative articles on the latest Linux happenings. Their site search engine returns many, many hits on the subject, and can search by date and publication.
  • Slashdot - News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters.
  • Linux Today - Lots of good info, updated daily.
But will it run anything? What makes Linux so special?

  • Stability.
    Linux has no equivalent to the famed windows 'blue screen of death'. When a program crashes in Linux, or accesses an illegal memory block, or whatever else, the *application* dies, not the *system*. Linux machines have an amazing reputation for going months, and years, without ever having to reboot (except for the occasional kernel upgrade).
  • Usability.
    Linux can do things Windows (any one of them) could only dream of, and does them well. This includes the flexability built into the X Window system down to the versitility of the shell (whichever you chose). Newer windows can do some things appearantly, like hosting software from remote machines on a local display, but only with expensive 3rd party software if at all.
  • Choice.
    Tired of looking at that same ol' status bar and start menu? Too bad. Microsoft gives you one look and one look only, aside from the novtlty 'theme packs' you can buy, which dont amount to much. Linux gives you a wide range of looks and feels to customize your X environment till your hearts content. Here's just a small sample:
    • The Gnome Project - This is not a window manager but more of an "application environment", and comes with a wide varity of very nice gui apps using the GTK toolkit. It is, however, still in development, though quite stable/usable now.
    • KDE - A free CDE-like desktop environment. Comes with integrated window manager and application suite.
    • CDE The de-facto Unix standard desktop. Popular on SUN, HP-UX and other big Unixes, CDE works on Linux too. Also a fully featured desktop solution.
    • Afterstep - also very popular among Linux users, but just a window manager, no built-in applications.
    • Window Maker - another popular window manager.
    • There is also an 'fvwm95' window manager that will make your Linux desktop look just like windows95/98. But since that sort of defeats the purpose, I'm not going to find it/link to it here.
  • Freedom.
    Free like speach or Free like beer? Both. The entire operating system is free, though easier to install from cdrom, but, more importantly, the code is free. What does this mean? You can take existing applications and 'borrow' from them, revise them to suite your needs, or just learn from looking at working code. From personal experience, I can say that this is an unimaginably useful benefit.
    • Check out The GNU Project for details on one of the major proponents of the Free Source Movement.
    • And visit Opensource.org for detailed information about the open source movement in general.
  • There are many other good reasons to use Linux, but you get the idea.
Where can I get it?
  • On the Internet:
    • RedHat Software - The most popular Linux vendor with user friendly installation and configuration tools and excellent package management.
    • Caldera Linux - Another popular version with some nice features.
    • SuSE Linux - Yet another nice version.
    • Debian Linux - This one is rapidly gaining popularity, and has many nice features, such as package management.
  • At your local book/software store: (Mostly Redhat)
Why a Penguin?
Check out the Halloween Documents, where Microsoft blatently admits Linux and the OpenSource model are immediate and long term threats, and discusses how to "...deny OSS projects entry into the market" by taking commoditized protocols and "extending these protocols and developing new protocols".


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