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Linux status - Computer books you can really use

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Linux status - Computer books you can really use

  1. 1. Desktop Linux ready for prime time and on a screen near you <ul><ul><li>Peter van der Linden </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>July 2005 </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. What we will cover <ul><li>Why Linux? </li></ul><ul><li>What is Linux? </li></ul><ul><li>Myths of Linux </li></ul><ul><li>Example GUIs & app's </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul><ul><li>Demo </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Background <ul><li>Uncle Josh </li></ul><ul><li>Viruses, Trojans, Spyware </li></ul><ul><li>US CERT says “dont use IE” </li></ul><ul><li>www. kb.cert.org/vuls/id/713878 </li></ul><ul><li>www. us-cert.gov/current/current_activity.html </li></ul><ul><li>Shift: sold for 5c per zombie </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www. news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-5772238.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>It will all be fixed in win98 ME NT 2K XP SP2 Longhorn... </li></ul><ul><li>The frog in the pot </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Windows Security Tango http://securitytango.com/tango.php <ul><li>Delete temp files, empty trash </li></ul><ul><li>Turn off system restore </li></ul><ul><li>Download Ad-adware, Spybot, Stinger </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www .lavasoftusa.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www .safer-networking.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://vil .nai.com/vil/Stinger/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reboot into safe mode </li></ul><ul><li>Run stinger, your anti virus, adaw, spybot </li></ul><ul><li>Check firewall is on </li></ul><ul><li>Reboot normally </li></ul><ul><li>Download latest updates, and repeat all! </li></ul><ul><li>Run Windows update </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat at least weekly , and after each attack </li></ul><ul><li>... Or... try Linux! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Origins of Linux <ul><li>Began as student Project, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>opened up to the world, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>now backed by big business </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scientific cooperation model </li></ul><ul><li>open source implications </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Better security, anyone can improve, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>open to all, improved competition, cheaper, faster </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>matured over 14 years </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WinXP (3-12 years), </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Solaris 2 (15yrs), </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MAC OS (26 years) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Linux is like spiders <ul><li>Stanford/VW's robot car for the DARPA race 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Seven Linux cpus drive the car </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is Linux? <ul><li>Kernel </li></ul><ul><li>+ cmds/libs </li></ul><ul><li>+ apps </li></ul><ul><li>+ installer = a DISTRO </li></ul>
  8. 8. Distros <ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded </li></ul><ul><li>Webserver </li></ul><ul><li>Home Desktop! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sweet Spot Linux Use <ul><li>Supercomputer clusters </li></ul><ul><li>Web servers </li></ul><ul><li>Firewalls, routers, caches </li></ul><ul><li>File servers </li></ul><ul><li>Mail servers </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What's the obvious next piece? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>PDA, cell phones </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded real time (gas pumps, Tivo etc) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Linux Myths <ul><li>Zero cost </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Only for servers </li></ul><ul><li>Less secure than Windows </li></ul><ul><li>Invulnerably secure </li></ul><ul><li>Always suitable </li></ul>
  11. 11. Myths debunked <ul><li>Without cost </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A few distros free, most are commercial. Support is important </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Difficult to learn </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linspire is easy for anyone to learn & use </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Only for servers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linspire well-proven on laptops, desktops </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Less secure than Windows </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linux has secure alternatives to IE, Outlook, and the registry – 3 of the buggiest virus propagators around. Still should follow good security practices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Always suitable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Works very well for surfing/email/Word </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Reqts for a Desktop Linux <ul><li>Compatible with your data </li></ul><ul><li>Popular applications </li></ul><ul><li>Secure </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Plays all media </li></ul><ul><li>Paid support </li></ul><ul><li>Reasonably priced </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to install </li></ul>
  13. 13. What is Linspire? <ul><ul><li>What is Linspire? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linspire facts: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linux distro focusing exclusively on the Desktop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>85-person company; HQ in San Diego, CA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offices & partner-offices worldwide (Japan, Europe, Mexico, South America, Australia) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formed 4 years ago </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission statement: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ To provide the world's easiest-to-use affordable personal computing solutions.” </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Press Comments on Linspire
  15. 15. Worldwide Linspire “Light-ups”
  16. 16. Am I going to be OK with Linux? <ul><li>That boils down to 3 questions: </li></ul><ul><li>Can I learn Linux? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GUIs are all the same these days </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Will Linux run the apps I need? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What apps do I need? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Can I install Linux OK? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Buy it same way you got windows – preinstalled </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www. linspire.com/featured_partner/featured_partner.php </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Windows XP
  18. 18. Vista <ul><li>Win release after XP (Oct 01) </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop only release </li></ul><ul><li>Currently in Beta </li></ul><ul><li>Minor release scaled down from Blackcomb </li></ul><ul><li>Originally 2004, now 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>WinFS (NTFS add-on) OUT </li></ul><ul><li>Avalon 3D GUI layer, XML-based </li></ul><ul><li>Based on .NET APIs WinFX </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Rights Restrictions </li></ul>
  19. 20. MacOS X
  20. 21. Linux
  21. 22. It's the applications! <ul><li>email </li></ul><ul><li>web browser </li></ul><ul><li>Office suite </li></ul><ul><li>DVD playing </li></ul><ul><li>cd burning </li></ul><ul><li>image editing </li></ul><ul><li>photos, MP3s, etc </li></ul>
  22. 24. Popular Linux Apps <ul><li>Lsongs Music Manager - Rip your favorite music, organize it, play it, sync it to portable music players, and burn </li></ul><ul><li>Lphoto Photo Manager - Download, organize, edit, save, and share your entire photo collection. </li></ul><ul><li>Nvu Web Authoring - Create web pages and manage their web site with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML </li></ul><ul><li>And more! </li></ul>
  23. 25. Office Suite <ul><li>You don’t need to spend more for a complete office solution. </li></ul><ul><li>Linspire comes with an Office Suite, included. </li></ul><ul><li>Word processing </li></ul><ul><li>Spreadsheets </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Compatibility - 100% compatible with other suites including MS Office and Corel Wordperfect. </li></ul><ul><li>Demo Microsoft PPT and .doc file. </li></ul>.doc .xls .ppt
  24. 26. What is the Click N' Run Service? <ul><li>CNR means “Click and Run” </li></ul><ul><li>Online software warehouse with more than 2,000 Linux programs </li></ul><ul><li>Easy, one-click installation </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic updates for your software and PC </li></ul>
  25. 27. The 3 Big Wins of Linspire Linux <ul><li>Desktop focus, with commercial support </li></ul><ul><li>Click N'Run Service for easy apps install </li></ul><ul><li>Superb customer forums </li></ul><ul><li>http://forum.linspire.com </li></ul>
  26. 28. Summary <ul><li>Linux = viable alternative </li></ul><ul><li>Linux = secure </li></ul><ul><li>Linux = lower cost </li></ul><ul><li>Linux = feature parity </li></ul><ul><li>Linux = no restrictions, activation etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a desktop distro like Linspire, for home use </li></ul>
  27. 29. Next steps <ul><li>Live CD </li></ul><ul><li>zero-effort experiment </li></ul><ul><li>demo boot </li></ul><ul><li>Try Linspire! </li></ul>http://tinyurl.com/9ax45 http://afu.com/

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