That’s the question of a poll I found on a German site, Pro-Linux.de. The answer they found?
|The Internet (instructions, lists)||
|An experienced friend||
|An instructor / trainer||
|One group (LUG)||
In my case, in the fall of 1999, the husband of a fellow teacher showed me GNU/Linux. He attempted to install GNU/Linux on a PC from CD or floppy. I forget which. I also forget the distro. It was not very successful. I think he was stuck on CLI… A year later I was at another school in the Arctic and I had PCs running that other OS crashing. I then went to the web where various helpful people informed me that Caldera Linux had a fine installer. Then I downloaded an .iso over the telephone lines (10 days of nights and weekends – I don’t know who paid the bill…). I had never burned a CD but even on a Mac I was able to get it right on the second try and I was in business. I had no problem installing but to get the GUI going I had to configure X. That took a day or so to figure out and do on five PCs with five different monitors but the system was superb. The five ran flawlessly for six more months. They were used for years after I left. They were old then.
So, that’s why I write this blog and encourage individuals, schools, organizations, businesses and governments to do IT the right way, with FLOSS because it works for you. We don’t buy cars which don’t work. We should not buy licences for an OS that doesn’t work but that’s what the world did for two decades while M$ built its monopoly. It’s time to stop.
I recommend these sites for people wanting freedom and efficiency in IT:
- www.debian.org – the distribution of Free Software that I use. It’s wonderful easy to use and flexible.
- www.GNU.org – all about the GNU part of GNU/Linux a UNIX-like operating system that you can download, use, examine, modify and distribute easily.
- www.FSF.org – all about Free Software. It’s not $0 but the four freedoms: use, examine, modify and distribute. They maximize the benefit of any software to the world.
- LinuxQuestions.org – a site I visited frequently first to learn and later to share what I had learned.
- Google.com – of course. Any time your PC spits out a message you don’t understand, try “message” in the search window. If you use Debian, you could add “site:debian.org” or “site:linuxquestions.org” and you are pretty well covered. With their Chrome browser, you can use the address window as the search window. It’s easy.
- Distrowatch.com – if you want to quickly compare distributions of GNU/Linux. I recommend Debian mostly because it is huge, has many users, and a great package manager.
- Goodbye-microsoft.com – This saves making a CD. It uses that other OS to boot the installation programme of Debian. It’s a good idea to have a second PC available in case you cannot boot your installation. That happens rarely but a second PC will allow you to interpret messages or download missing software.
Enjoy GNU/Linux. It will work for you and costs almost nothing to try.