Linux and Computing

The pages in this section contain a number of different things.

For those who would wish to know: I use the Fedora distribution on most of my machines. I use the KDE desktop most of the time. I've also used the XFCE desktop and install it on older machines that don't have the memory or processing power for Gnome and KDE.

By far the easiest way to experience Linux is to download a so-called "Live CD". These are bootable CDs: You put it in your CD/DVD drive and turn on your computer and, after a bit (the CD has to do a lot of hardware detection and such, so this can take a while), there's Linux, all ready for you to play with it. You don't have to install it, and it doesn't change anything on your hard drive. (That said, if you want to be able to save files and such, you'd better have a pen drive or the like handy.)

And, oh by the way, it's really not a bad idea to have a Live CD around anyway, just for emergencies. If something awful happens to your hard drive, you can still boot with the Live CD and try to rescue stuff. I had to do that with my daughter's Windows machine. The secondary hard drive had died enough that Windows wouldn't recognize it and, in fact, wouldn't even boot, but I suspected the drive wasn't so dead that I couldn't rescue her data (mostly, her game settings and records!). So I booted the machine with Knoppix (see below) and, indeed, Knoppix found and mounted the drive no problem. I was then able to copy most of what was important off that drive and onto a new one.

There are lots of Live CDs available. You can download one from the Fedora website.