IN A WORLD WITHOUT WALLS & FENCES<br />Who needs Windows and Gates ?<br />Presented by Steve Shinn ACMA<br />
This is NOT a Windows, a Microsoft or a Bill Gates, bashing session !<br />
This is a look at an alternative OS to Windows & Mac OS X<br />
What is Linux ?<br /><ul><li>Linux is an  open source version of the UNIX operating system
The kernel (the engine) was originally written in 1991 by LinusTorvald
Predominantly known for its use in servers (2009 market share  estimated at 20 % to 40 %)
Gaining increasing popularity as a result of the emergence of net books and smart phones running embedded Linux (eg. Googl...
Open source</li></li></ul><li>Minimum system requirements (Desktop/PC)<br /><ul><li>1 Ghz X 86 processor
1 Gbyte of system memory (RAM)
15 Gbyte of hard disk space
Graphics card (or onboard graphics)
CD / DVD drive or USB socket (or both)</li></li></ul><li>Linux Pros<br />Pros<br />PROS <br /><ul><li>Runs on just about a...
Free (in the main)
Secure – No need for Anti Virus software
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A brief look at Linux &amp; Ubuntu

  1. 1. IN A WORLD WITHOUT WALLS & FENCES<br />Who needs Windows and Gates ?<br />Presented by Steve Shinn ACMA<br />
  2. 2. This is NOT a Windows, a Microsoft or a Bill Gates, bashing session !<br />
  3. 3. This is a look at an alternative OS to Windows & Mac OS X<br />
  4. 4. What is Linux ?<br /><ul><li>Linux is an open source version of the UNIX operating system
  5. 5. The kernel (the engine) was originally written in 1991 by LinusTorvald
  6. 6. Predominantly known for its use in servers (2009 market share estimated at 20 % to 40 %)
  7. 7. Gaining increasing popularity as a result of the emergence of net books and smart phones running embedded Linux (eg. Google Android)
  8. 8. Open source</li></li></ul><li>Minimum system requirements (Desktop/PC)<br /><ul><li>1 Ghz X 86 processor
  9. 9. 1 Gbyte of system memory (RAM)
  10. 10. 15 Gbyte of hard disk space
  11. 11. Graphics card (or onboard graphics)
  12. 12. CD / DVD drive or USB socket (or both)</li></li></ul><li>Linux Pros<br />Pros<br />PROS <br /><ul><li>Runs on just about any hardware
  13. 13. Free (in the main)
  14. 14. Secure – No need for Anti Virus software
  15. 15. Built in customisable firewall (IP Tables)
  16. 16. Less resource hungry
  17. 17. Full access to open source software libraries
  18. 18. Fully customisable
  19. 19. Reads most drives natively (incl NTFS)
  20. 20. Can be used fully without a GUI (using CLI)
  21. 21. Stable VERRY ! No BSOD !
  22. 22. Does not require defragging</li></li></ul><li>Linux Pros<br />PROS<br />PROS<br /><ul><li>Run an entire operating system for free without pirating software, and without breaking the law
  23. 23. Update nearly everything on the computer without a reboot</li></ul>Update every single piece of software with a single action<br />Take your settings with you where ever you go<br />
  24. 24. Linux Pros and Cons<br />CONS<br /><ul><li>Can be daunting
  25. 25. Limited support for proprietary applications
  26. 26. Driver availability can be an issue (ATI graphics cards)
  27. 27. Limited vendor support</li></li></ul><li>Linux variations (flavours)<br /><ul><li>There are more than 100 Linux distributions including :-
  28. 28. Fedora
  29. 29. Mint
  30. 30. openSUSE
  31. 31. PCLinuxOS
  32. 32. Debian
  33. 33. Mandriva
  34. 34. Puppy
  35. 35. Ubuntu (most popular)</li></li></ul><li>Ubuntu – What is it ?<br />To quote the Ubuntu website :-<br /><ul><li>Super-fast and great-looking, Ubuntu is a secure, intuitive operating system that powers desktops, servers, netbooks and laptops. Ubuntu is, and always will be, absolutely free.
  36. 36. Ubuntu is created by open-source developers because we believe that everybody should have access to the best possible technologies.
  37. 37. Ubuntu is backed by Canonical - the number-one Ubuntu services provider.</li></li></ul><li>Ubuntu Editions<br /><ul><li>Desktop 32 bit and 64 bit
  38. 38. Netbook
  39. 39. Server 32 bit and 64 bit
  40. 40. Lighter weight editions also available (Xubuntu or CLI installation)</li></li></ul><li>Ubuntu derivatives<br /><ul><li>These are derivatives that use Ubuntu as their foundation and contribute significantly towards the project.
  41. 41. Xubuntu - Ubuntu with the XFCE desktop environment
  42. 42. Ubuntu Studio- Designed for multimedia editing and creation
  43. 43. Mythbuntu- Designed for creating a home theatre PC with MythTV
  44. 44. Kubuntu - Ubuntu with the K Desktop environment
  45. 45. Edubuntu- Ubuntu for education</li></li></ul><li>Windows apps and the Linux equivalent<br />WINDOWS APPS<br />Linux apps<br /><ul><li>Microsoft office
  46. 46. Word
  47. 47. Power point
  48. 48. Outlook, Thunderbird
  49. 49. Quicken, Microsoft money
  50. 50. ActiveSync
  51. 51. Norton partition magic
  52. 52. Norton ghost
  53. 53. Open office, Koffice
  54. 54. OOWriter, AbiWord
  55. 55. OOImpress, Kwriter
  56. 56. Evolution, Thunderbird
  57. 57. GnuCash, KMyMoney
  58. 58. SynCE
  59. 59. Gparted, Qtparted
  60. 60. Partition image</li></li></ul><li>Windows apps and the Linux equivalents (or almost)<br />WINDOWS APPS<br />Linux apps<br /><ul><li>Dreamweaver
  61. 61. Adobe PDF editor
  62. 62. Microsoft netmeeting
  63. 63. Folder/printer sharing
  64. 64. Adobe photoshop
  65. 65. Corel draw
  66. 66. Windows movie maker
  67. 67. Windows media player
  68. 68. OOWeb
  69. 69. pdfedit, pdfkt
  70. 70. Gnomemeeting
  71. 71. Samba
  72. 72. Gimp
  73. 73. Inkscape
  74. 74. Mplayer, Xine, Totem
  75. 75. Mplayer, Xine, Totem, Kaffeine & VLC</li>

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