Life without Windows or OS X

GNU/Linux is quite possibly the most important free software achievement since the original Space War, or, more recently, Emacs. It has developed into an operating system for business, education, and personal productivity. GNU/Linux is no longer only for UNIX wizards who sit for hours in front of a glowing console. Are you thinking about switching to Linux and want to learn how to use it? Have you been using GNU/Linux for some time and want to learn even more? This is the place for you.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

A review of Linspire Five-0

If you have an old system maybe Linspire Five-0 can help. Linspire is a full-featured operating system like Microsoft Windows XP or Apple Mac OSX. Linspire combines the power, stability and cost-savings of Linux with a familiar, easy-to-use desktop environment. I put Linspire on a system that was a Pentium 2 about 400 MHz with a gforce 2 64 mb video card and 128 mb of ram.
Installation asks three simple questions: Language; install type (full install or update); and where to do the installation (entire drive or advance where you pick the partition to install on).
I put the CD in the system until installation was complete; it was a total of 18 minutes, with the actual install being 10 minutes. After installation, the disc drive opened, I removed the CD and then hit enter. The drive door closed and the system rebooted. Everything just worked out of the box. Five-0 did a superior job of detecting and configuring the out dated hardware so that I didn't have to. It has everthing you need to run a old system.


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