This Is The Best Propaganda!

For Linux. A simple paragraph as opener for a simple website, EzeeLinux, this makes the most compelling argument as for why you should switch from Windows to Linux, once and for all. Nobody ever worded it more easy to grasp and understandable than Joe Collins:

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Types 1 blog on 2 Linux laptops … no, not really. 😉

Ok, I mean it’s a bold claim that you supposedly don’t need to be a hardcore computer nerd and hacker in order to make Linux run. But I guess the claim was proven in the very moment the rather dorky Orci made the switch to Linux. Of course she learned a lot after she switched but it wouldn’t have been necessary. And now, since all her computers are running flawlessly on their distinctive Linux distros she’s already forgetting a lot of the geeky command line  stuff n shit.

As Joe said it so nicely, I moved into a new house, got all my stuff unpacked, checked the plumbing, and am now living much more comfy than ever before in the house of Microsoft. Even gave Win10’s last day of free upgrade a pass. Why would I do such a stupid thing if I ever intended to return to Windows, eh? No, no, I burnt all the bridges behind me now.

So, what about the other claim, Linux taking care of itself? Of course it’s hard to believe when coming fresh from the harsh environment Windows lives in and provides you with. Nevertheless it’s true. Once installed if you follow the suggested update routines your whole system will be upgraded with one swift scoop. The core, the peripherals, all the softwares and apps and drivers, everything. If you are on a “rolling release” distro you never even need to install a newer version of your distro; it rolls into eternity. That’s a much advanced upgrade than what you get from Microsoft, which only upgrades your core Windows installation. To update your printer-, graphic card drivers, and update your softwares you have to do it yourself. Which means you must keep yourself informed about changes. Same goes for your anti-virus and firewall softwares. Linux is doing all that for you.

How else is Linux taking care of itself? The whole filesystem is much better organised and not as convoluted as Windows’s so there is hardly any need to clean your harddrive anymore. Linux won’t get slower with age, only better. 😉 So maintenance of your system will be a thing of the past and you’ll save a lot of time by not having to care about viruses and conflicting files and outdated drivers and all that shit.

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Aaaaah, so refreshing: Linux Soda!

Okay, let’s get into some hard info. Just in case you can’t hear Orca’s nagging anymore and really wanna get started: As first distro for you to try I recommend Linux Mint, Point Linux, Linux Lite or Ubuntu MATE. Easy to download and install, and a very familiar operation paradigm if you’re coming from Win or Mac. Why don’t I just give you one recommendation? Ugh, because they are all so good and you don’t even need to install any of them. The installation media – DVD, USB-Stick – gives you a Live Environment in which you can play and test. So you can have tested all four of my fave beginner friendly distros inside of one hour. You’ll see there ain’t a huge difference between them, it’s just small differences and mainly boils down to personal taste.

Oh, here, the first time I mentioned Linux in my blog …

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http://orcasl.blogspot.co.za/2012/03/where-orca-was.html

… was on 23rd March 2012. I went straight to Mint Xfce and failed installation of SL Viewer big time … and was back on Windows after a very short while. But as it reads now I was obviously bitten by the Linux bug and didn’t give up. Joined some inworld Linux groups, listened to their chitter chatter and joined some Linux forums in the real world too. Hubby was already a 100% Linux user at that time, and it was due to his nagging that I hesitantly stopped dualbooting Linux/Windows after a while as well. And I can tell you that last step, the total declaration of independence from Microsoft, was far more significant than my initial decision to give Linux a try.

So, yes, there aren’t any guarantees that it will be easy for you. Depending on your former knowledge or ignorance of computers it might be hard on you, frustrating even, and you won’t always be a happy camper. Not in the beginning. But trust me when I say all problems are caused by you, and only half as bad as they seem at first. Okay, most rocket scientists know how to run Linux on their computers but running Linux on your computer ain’t rocket science. Again, how else would dorky Orca run Linux on her computer?

 

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    • Mhm, in Mint (which is Ubuntu btw.) I just start SL viewers from the downloaded package, in Manjaro I can install my fave viewer, Singularity, directly from the AUR. It’s so fukn easy peasy, one reason more to love Linux. 🙂

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    • It’s actually very easy to install an SL viewer on Linux… all you need to do is go to the download page of any TPV and download the version you need for Linux. Then you need to extract it, (it might even automatically go to the extraction tool once downloaded) whihc is a simple case of clicking a button on the file extraction package you’re using on your Linux system – all you need to do is to select the location to extract to, and press the extract button, and it will extract to a folder – usually your Home folder. Then it’s just a case of going to the folder and double clicking on the shell script, named simply with the viewer name, which will show you a dialogue giving you three options, to run in terminal, to run or to close the dialogue. I usually click to run in terminal, that way if the viewer freezes it’s easy to close it simply by closing the terminal. Some versions of Ubuntu now seem to have disabled the double-click-to-run-shell-script, but that is easily dealt with by opening a terminal and cd to the relevant folder, (renaming the folder and launch shell script makes things MUCH easier) and then typing, (in the case of Firestorm I rename to fs) ‘./fs’ (withoutht the quotes) which launches the viewer. If you really want to install the viewer so that you can launch it from the menu, that itself is a cinch – just double click the install.sh script and a terminal will open and offer to install it to your home directory, (it will also state that to install it system wide you need to be root, i.e. you would have needed to launch it via command line in terminal by prefixing the install.sh with sudo) All you have to do is type a ‘y’ to the question, and hit Enter, and it will install – you should then be able to see a launch button under Internet on your main menu.

      It may sound from what I’ve just described that it is a bit if an involved process, but really it isn’t and even for someone new to doing these kinds of things, will only take a couple of minutes. Most Linux distros don’t seem to have the viewers in a repository, but that in many ways is a better option as often the versions in repositories will be somewhat outdated, whilst the download sites from the viewers themselves will always have the most up to date versions avaialble.

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  1. Yeah, and you seem to remember correctly. And I was grateful for all the help, still am. You and Fi and Jeannie worked wondeers in helping me to not stray off the Linux line and go back to Windows. Y’alls were more than patient with this little dummy. Just couldn’t get my pretty noggin wrappped around the weird fact that one doesn’t need to install programs. And guess what, I still wouldn’t know how to install any software to Linux. That’s why particularly this ungeeky Orca makes the bestest ambassador for Linux: When even someone as stupid as she can live happy on Linux, then everybody can!
    But fortunately it isn’t really a necessity to install software manually since we get all the stuff from the various repos, don’t we? And in case of SL viewers there is this workaround most Linux SLers live with, far as I know. But Arch’s AUR has FS and Singu in stock, even Sing’s Alpha versions, so now it’s even easier to get a SL viewer installed to your system. You know the drill, dontcha:

    sudo yaourt singularityviewer-alpha

    And there we go, happily ever after.

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