really new to red Hat Linux
Posted 09 October 2009 - 12:39 AM
Posted 09 October 2009 - 05:16 AM
Posted 10 October 2009 - 10:58 AM
Edited by Brian75, 10 October 2009 - 10:59 AM.
Posted 28 November 2011 - 11:02 AM
For a general use home desktop, Ubuntu would arguably be be most suitable choice. For office use, Suse etc. but any version can be used for almost anything. Ubuntu has a very Windows feel and look about it and is easy to use with excellent user forum support. It can even be made to look like W7.
It is best to think about the main uses you are going to use Linux for, how easy it is to use and then investigate which one of them best suits. One thing for sure with Linux, being tech savvy is (almost) a definite prerequisite if you wish to get the most from any version.
The popularity of Red Hat in the US is probably due more to it's great name, US marketing efforts and it's wide availability rather than it's ease use and suitability for the average home computer.
The main thrust of Linux development has been for Server use (the majority use Linux), not desktops and in that regard, Linux development for desktop use lags behind development aimed at sever usage.
Linux distributions have become increasingly popular on mainframes in the last decade partly due to pricing and the open-source model citation needed In December 2009, computer giant IBM reported that it would predominantly market and sell mainframe-based Enterprise Linux Server.
The performance of Linux on the desktop has been a controversial topic; for example in 2007 Con Kolivas accused the Linux community of favoring performance on servers. He quit Linux kernel development because he was frustrated with this lack of focus on the desktop, and then gave a "tell all" interview on the topic. Since then a significant amount of development has been undertaken in an effort to improve the desktop experience. Projects such as Upstart and systemd aim for a faster boot time.
Linux distributions are also commonly used as operating systems for supercomputers: since November 2010, out of the top 500 systems, 459 (91.8%) run a Linux distribution. Linux was also selected as the operating system for the world's most powerful supercomputer, IBM's Sequoia which will become operational in 2011
Edited by Lee, 28 November 2011 - 11:38 AM.
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