Making the move to Linux

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By Floor Anthoni (July 2007)
Changing from Windows to Linux is a decision that many people are now making. But what is involved? What can I expect? Why move from Microsoft to Linux? What are the differences between WindowsXP and Linux? What are the advantages and disadvantages and what kind of difficulties can I expect? Is it possible to have both Windows and Linux? And how do I communicate between the two? Can I migrate gradually? In this chapter I will talk about my personal experiences as a computer user with a strong computer background. I will call a spade a spade and be honest about my experiences converting from WindowsXP to Xandros. I hope that this chapter will help you to cross over to Linux with few difficulties.

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While gradually moving from WindowsXP to Xandros, I had to overcome several difficulties that may tomorrow be considered just teething problems. There is always the Web Linux community that can help me out, and through the almost perfect indexing capabilities of the major search engines, a solution to my problems can always be found, conveniently and quickly. How wrong I was.
So I decided to document the problems and how I overcame them, so that those following in my footsteps can get results more quickly. For this reason I have also restricted myself to document only the Xandros distro, as this is also the one of choice for me.

From the index above you can see that a little bit of basic knowledge helps to understand that Linux is an entirely different beast, and that part of the migration to Linux is conceptual rather than just practical (like knowing where to click). You'll notice that I specifically talk about the move from WinXP to Xandros, but it won't be difficult to translate this to a different situation.

I am addressing myself particularly to those who consider their computer a serious work tool, and this includes home computer users, small and large businesses and professionals. I just have no time for gamers. I have no patience for those who think that Linux is about free software ('as in beer'). It is only fair to pay in return for what you get, and if this helps your business, then you should also have the decency to donate to those whom you are morally indebted to - professionals know there's no free lunch. I think it's your responsibility towards yourself, your business and the people who depend on you, to secure your computer from malice, to secure your data from loss, to secure your data for the future, to minimise down-time and to have the sharpest tools and utilities that money can buy.

From the first chapter you will see that I call a spade a spade, and this I will continue to do in all chapters. A computer operating system has no place for forced beliefs, spying, government intervention, propaganda or information filtering. If we don't fight for it, we'll lose all privacy and freedom. So, ironically, the move to Linux is also about your rights, privacy and freedom. If you don't treasure these, you deserve none.

I know that these pages are of use only to a small corner of the Linux world, but I hope that what my readers find, will help them along and save them time.

For suggestions and comments, please e-mail me, Floor Anthoni

Useful Linux links

The Linux world is very large indeed and growing rapidly. As a result, there are many more interesting pages than the list below, and no doubt you will find these, according to your personal interest. For this reason I have been very selective, so that the ones shown here are indeed of practical use.

(under construction)
linux links sites   important starting point to many subjects  the linux documentation project   graphical Kommon Desktop Environment  aimed at people new to Linux  learn about the Linux operating system

the great repositories  open source software development project  the Debian repository and much more extensive list of free Linux packages   multi-media applications  awesome French site with all RPMs linked for dependencies  search for RPM modules

Crossover Office and wine for windows interoperability   Windows crossover software  Software compatibility list  software compatibility  the Windows environment program  Windows compatibility with Wine, a short list   hardware compatible + all linux software   search and browse which Windows applications are now running in wine

Xandros   Xandros version news and updates   Xandros user and bug forums.

Graphics  Scanner Access Now Easy: the  universal scanner but also look at VueScan  the home of Vuescan, serious scanner software, also for negatives/slides.   Gnu Image Manipulation Program, an imgae editor like PhotoShop but quite different

Office software, wordprocessing, spreadsheets, etc.   free open office software: wordprocessing, spreadsheet, etc.

Sound, audio, other hardware  one page of links to Linux sound applications    printer compatibility & drivers

What's new?

20070707 - Started to place the first chapters on the net.