From Issue #63July 1999
Hi, I've been trying out Linux recently and your questions strike a chord.
What it is: a software operating system for use on PC computers which can replace Microsoft Windows.
Who uses it: People who are into computing.
Why they use it: Can be used on old PC's, is free, applications are free as well, Linux is easy to update regularly, good for internet, e-mail and photos, malware not seen as a problem.
Downsides: not many, but, as a newbie, I found Ubuntu 10.04 did not have an easily configurable firewall (so I'm checking out PCLinuxOS, which does). Need to understand the bigger Linux picture: the 'Root' folder and the significance of logging in as 'Root', for example. I'm considering buying 'IdiotsLinux for dummies'.
Conclusion: For e-mail, internet and photos Linux is fine and is likely to be considerably cheaper than MS Windows because there's no yearly licence fees or update charges. So the investment of time to learn a new system looks a good deal to me.
Hi, I don't mind being insulted, and I need to find out from somewhere THE MOST BASIC QUESTIONS about Linux. Simpler ones than this Idiot's Guide seems to focus on. I haven't a clue what anyone is talking about when they talk about Linux, but I need to get up to speed very fast. I don't even want to know how to use it yet, I just want to know what it is, what it does, who uses it, why they use it ... and so on. Could you PLEASE help me. Yours, in desperation.