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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

 

Ubuntu Linux

I am trying very hard to learn to use a new and exciting version of Linux OS called Ubuntu Linux for use on our spare basement computer. Ubuntu aims to be reasonably easy to use, free (as in freedom to modify, redisitribute, and change) and suitable for all needs. It is fun, but it ain't Windows, that's for sure. Linux is fun. I have used Damn Small Linux some too. DSL aims to be light and able to work on older PC's. It weights in at just 50 MB of required disk space (compaired to the 1,000 MB or so required by Windows XP) and needs 8 MB of RAM but in order to run without virtual memory, it require's 16 MB (Windows XP requires 128 MB to run at all and 256 MB to run without using virtual memory for the OS.) DSL is so insanely small, it can fully run INSIDE of Windows running as a program. Due to the heavy amounts of emulation required, doing this slowes DSL down by 5 or 6 times. Both distro's rock.

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