[APG Public List] Publisher for Footnotes - Running Apps Not Native To Your Platform

Ray Beere Johnson II raybeere at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 14 13:02:23 MDT 2010


--- On Tue, 9/14/10, Jacqueline Wilson <wilssearch at gmail.com> wrote:

> Eventually I would like to combine everything into one system, maybe 
> put linux on one just to play with.

     You may well decide you'd like to install Linux on one of your machines - but just to play, you don't even need to do that.
     The total cost of trying any particular version of Linux is less than one dollar (the cost of a single blank CD-R), and the time needed is negligible, except for the time you spend actually playing around. Start the download, less than a minute. When that's done, burn the disc, a few minutes. Then, just boot from the disc and see what you think.
     A LiveCD is a free download of a CD image file. You download it, burn it to a CD, then boot from that CD. This allows you to fool around with the flavour of Linux on that LiveCD and see how you like it. Of course, unless you install it on a USB stick and make it persistent, or allow it to save options to your hard drive, you won't be able to change anything. There are a _lot_ of flavours of Linux, all very different, and they have varying strengths and weaknesses. Some of them are excellent for running even on an ancient machine, others are as slick and polished as any new OS out there.
     Just, for the less technically inclined, beware of one thing: don't choose the "Install to my system" option unless that is really what you want! In almost all cases, you will get several warnings, but if you are in the habit of just clicking OK to every prompt, you might get a nasty surprise...
                                 Ray Beere Johnson II



      


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