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June 25, 2008

20 Reasons Linux Users Like Linux (and you might, too)

by @ 6:52 am. Filed under freebies

One of the major inhibitors to the spreading of Linux, as I see it, is that people don’t know why they should try it. Other reasons may include lack of support for their favorite game, or that Photoshop doesn’t run on Linux. For those of us who weren’t stopped by those reasons, why did we switch? What is it about Linux that makes it a viable alternative?

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article called “Major Linux Migrations: An Unbelievable List of Nearly 100 From Around the Globe.” One reason for this is so that people could gain a perspective of just how many migrations have taken place. And that list doesn’t even include them all.

The next question might be, “Well why do people find Linux attractive?” It does not support your favorite game. Photoshop does not run on it. There must be reasons for using it that are more compelling than the reasons for not using it.

A few hours of study and research revealed some eye-opening and thought-provoking reasons that Linux users like using Linux. What you’ll like about this is that I made every attempt possible to keep it objective. This study is available as a free ebook from my blog at OpenSUSE Linux Rants. To get your copy, take a look in the upper-right hand corner of the site.

I decided to replace the detractive Linus quote with something more constructive.

In addition to the “Why Linux?” ebook, there are several others available, including:

openSUSE 11.0 – Start-Up Manual (228 pgs, by Novell) This manual provided by the good folks at Novell goes over many things you’ll want to know when learning to use openSUSE Linux 11.0.

Investigation 101Gathering Information about Hardware, Filesystem, and Processes (22 pgs, by Scott Morris) Sometimes, you need to gather information about your Linux system. This can be so that you know what is happening on your machine, or so that you can install hardware, or so that you can better describe details to other people who are trying to help you resolve an issue. This book provides different methods of gathering such information.

YASTInstallation and Management of Software (23 pgs, by Scott Morris) One of the very first things that users need to know is how to install software in Linux. This book is a no-nonsense introduction to mastering the basics of using YAST to manage your system software. It also provides a few tips on how to get all the latest software from all the great servers.

The Easiest Linux Guide You’ll Ever Readan introduction to Linux for Windows users (162 pgs, by Scott Morris) In 2006 I published this book for SUSE 10.1, though almost all of it is relevant to openSUSE 10.2 and 10.3. It was mainly written for people who are competent with using Windows, who have never attempted to use Linux but are interested in giving it a try.

openSUSE 10.3Start-Up Manual (258 pgs, by Novell, 09/14/2007) Start-up manual provided by Novell for openSUSE 10.3.

openSUSE 10.2Start-Up Manual (236 pgs, by Novell, 11/29/2006) Start-up manual provided by Novell for openSUSE 10.3.

I’ve gotten lots of great feedback on those that I wrote.

If you don’t get anything else from this article, make sure to glean this gold nugget: The Start-Up Manual for each release is included directly on the install disc itself! This is true for the DVD, although I did not see it on the CDs.

Throw your DVD into your drive and mount it. Go into the /docu folder in the root of the DVD. You’ll see an ‘en’ directory and a ‘de’ directory. ‘en’ is for English and ‘de’ is for German. In each respective folder, you’ll find at least 4 excellent ebooks. One to get started quickly with Gnome, one quickstart for KDE, a reference, and a startup guide for openSUSE.

Remember, kids. When you download your new DVD ISOs, head to the /docu folder for the free startup guides.

For those not available on the DVD, you can always check my library.

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