Introduction To Linux

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Introduction To Linux

  1. 1. What can I do with Linux and Open Source? KW Linux Users Group Raul Suarez April 2008
  2. 2. License <ul><li>When you cannot be there by Raul Suarez is licensed under the Creative commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Canada http://rarsa.blogspot.com </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Linux has been a viable option on the desktop for some time. Here I'll show you what it can do for you
  4. 4. I've been using Linux for several years as a main OS saving my self a lot of money, time and frustration and most importantly: making it “mine”
  5. 5. I'll show how you too can get these benefits while using your computer to do what you normally do. I will also show you some possibilities to do what you currently don't do while avoiding virus and malware. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is Linux? <ul><li>GNU/Linux is the base for multiple operating systems which are “generically” called Linux.
  7. 7. An OS controls the interaction between the user and the computer and among programs.
  8. 8. Equivalent to Windows, Mac OSX, Unix.
  9. 9. GNU/Linux OS's are called “distributions”
  10. 10. Distribution: Package of Linux, configuration utilities and applications </li></ul>
  11. 11. How do we use the computer <ul><li>Give me Your examples: </li></ul>
  12. 12. How do we use the computer <ul><li>Browse the Internet
  13. 13. Communicate (email, Chat, VOIP)
  14. 14. Organize, view and edit media (pictures, music and video)
  15. 15. Do school work: Write a school paper
  16. 16. Manage home finances
  17. 17. Organize your contacts and documents
  18. 18. Play
  19. 19. Install software to do what we want to do </li></ul>
  20. 20. Hands on <ul><li>Browse
  21. 21. Communicate
  22. 22. Work with media
  23. 23. School work
  24. 24. Home finances
  25. 25. Contacts and documents
  26. 26. Play
  27. 27. Install software
  28. 28. Your suggestions </li></ul>
  29. 29. Possibilities <ul><li>LTSP (Linux terminal server) for families or groups
  30. 30. Internet traffic blocking and monitoring
  31. 31. Web development and hosting
  32. 32. Home media automation
  33. 33. Private VOIP PBX
  34. 34. Personal PVR
  35. 35. Carry your OS and data on a USB memory </li></ul>
  36. 36. Possibilities <ul><li>LTSP (Linux terminal server) for families or groups
  37. 37. Internet traffic blocking and monitoring
  38. 38. Web development and hosting
  39. 39. Home media automation
  40. 40. Private VOIP PBX
  41. 41. Personal PVR
  42. 42. Carry your OS and data on a USB memory </li></ul>
  43. 43. Advantages <ul><li>It is Secure
  44. 44. It's stable
  45. 45. It's low maintenance
  46. 46. It is customizable
  47. 47. It is free (as in speech)
  48. 48. It is free (as in beer) </li></ul>
  49. 49. Things you should be aware of <ul><li>Some hardware may not be compatible with Linux. Vendors don't always provide drivers for Linux: Check before you buy hardware
  50. 50. There are a lot of Linux distributions you may try more than one.
  51. 51. Not many developers of action games. But great strategy games.
  52. 52. Linux is NOT Windows. Windows applications don't natively work under Linux: You need “Wine” to run them but most likely there is an equivalent Linux application </li></ul>
  53. 53. Round up and questions <ul><li>Portable, easy, secure, inexpensive, customizable.
  54. 54. Questions? </li></ul>

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