This thread is a linux help desk by your truly. Ask, and we will do my best to help.
Its my way of supporting what I have found to be among the greatest inventions of the 20th century: the free and open GNU/Linux operating system. And to support what I think is the greatest thing since LJ Lapre made his L-systems generator with GUI: Blender! and to support Blenda community effort (I call her ‘Blenda’ ).
Blender, Gimp, bit of Inkscape, SVG scripts with Ruby - thats my bliss!
Linux is for you if you:
- Need a stable and easy to install/use system?
- Need a system for serious 3D work & study, CGI work/art?
- Tired of all the security concerns/problems, spyware, worms etc?
- Need a solid platform for developing Blender or Blender plugins?
- Need a free system or like open source programs (like Blender)?
- Want to test the OS before you install? (LiveCD)
- Just want something better than XP?
But you will need to be able to:
- Be prepared to put in about half of the time that XP would need.
- Know you can do it.
- Have an internet connection most of the time.
- Google for yourself.
- Find help, ask questions, read instructions and tutorials.
- To learn a new operating system (dont worry, its not harder than XP is).
- When you ask for help, post clear details, otherwise it may not be possible. If its a error, quote the error message. If its an install problem, post your hardware brand and model and version.
- Any and all discussion about XP vs Linux, Sell your MS stock quick and similar topics. belong in another thread 100%.
I started to move into Linux in 2003. Now I run Blender 2.41 on Debian Linux. I always wanted it to be effortless, clicking with mouse type ‘automagical’ stuff - Didnt want to have to learn C programming! Debian has been pretty nice in that respect.
Debian linux is in my opinion the most advanced, reliable and easy to use or all the distros. It is an absolutely huge distro, comprising of over 50 000 programs. It uses a powerful package management system called apt, and I can install any program auto-magically by typing 3 words (‘apt-get install blender’ installed this blender for me, for instance). No more downloading and zipping and copypasteing.
I recommend two Linuxes
Ubuntu is a great choice for most people. Its very easy to install and use, nice hardware support, everything is polished so its like a ‘commercial OS-feel’ (like XP). Under the hood it still packs the punch of Debian, plus it has a great community to support it.
Kanotix is the Power-Users dream. According kanotix.com, kanotix “is a rock-solid Linux based on Debian-Sid, which contains the newest packages and recognizes more modern hardware than any other operating system in use today.” I still go to the Kanotix chat for support even if I dont run Kanotix atm As a Live-CD this is great for repairing or partitioning compus or recovering data.
Xubuntu is a Ubuntu with a minimal no whistles lightweight desktop. It runs faster on older computers. Still the same Debian power under the desk.
Most people simply need to download a Live-CD-image, burn it on a CD, and boot the computer from the CD to see if the OS works on their compu.
A Live-CD doesn’t install the OS, simply loads it to ram, so user can see what the OS looks like. Live-CD OS will be a lot slower as everything is loaded from CD but otherwise identical.
You can also see what the desktop looks and feels like, see what programs are installed, which is important for me (I cant stand Gnome, but I like KDE and Enlightenment Desktops).
On LiveCD Kanotix you can use the klik-system to install Blender into ram and test it, too! If the Live-CD works, then its safe to install on the hard drive.
I suggest that anyone wanting to run ‘dual’ XP-Linux compu install each OS on a separate hard drive. You can also dual boot from a single hard drive, but that needs some setting up because XP isnt very well made in this respect.