Changing to openSuse Linux Operating System. Linux versus Windows
Linux versus Windows
Why upgrade to Linux? One of the biggest sources of stress and anxiety is a computer that does not work properly. Many things may be causing you to pull your hair out, such as viruses, trojan horses, adware, spyware, malware, virus programs, updates taking place without your permission, unstable operating system, things crashing and loosing information. The list goes on... scanning, degragmenting. The need to defragment is just to compensate for the weakness of the Windows file system. In Linux there is no need. What a waste of time and money! A big problem is having to pay out a ridiculously high amount of money for the latest software, virus protection programs, operating system and updates. And also NOT being able to obtain and share software freely even among friends and family members without the risk of being prosecuted or branded a pirate.
Now picture this. For one minute imagine a world free from computer viruses, virus software and unnecessary virus updates. Imagine a world of Love where all computer software is free, which everybody shares, loves and contributes freely towards its development. Imagine a completely stable and secure operating system that hardly ever goes wrong, and if something does go wrong you can find a solution almost immediately. Or if for any rare reason a process or program would crash you can just kill the process instantly with a single click.
This is a real world which YOU can become part of. It is called the open source community.
But before I go into that, let me tell you that my computer anxiety has recently gone from a rating of 8 down to a 2 as a result of using the openSuse Linux operating system from Novell. Linux is the operating system of the future. Linux does everything your Windows operating system does but MORE. The software is free and completely stable. openSuse attempts to make Linux EASY for the beginner.
Most successful Internet and web based companies, including this website and blog (and even some governments) are now using Linux as their platform and server- including big companies like Google and Facebook. No one in their right mind would use a limited Windows platform with its faults, bugs, viruses and limited development potential. Two thirds of all web servers are now powered by Linux because it is so secure.
Linux allows you to see the source code of ANY program, so that you can use, develop and manipulate software to your requirements. It offers you total freedom as a computer user. It is so great just to turn on your computer and know that you are going to have a peaceful anxiety-free time, and can do what you want in a secure and easy way.
The open source community is constantly developing Linux, and Linux is FREE. You do not have to pay a penny for it.
Speaking of free, Linux is FREE from viruses. Viruses can only occur in Windows because they do not allow anybody to see their source code. It is withheld, which means that for whatever reason Windows has a lot to hide. Linux also allows users to set permissions as to who can read, write and execute different files. For instance to modify system files you need to login as the root/super user. Therefore it makes it extremely difficult for anyone to be hacked.
Windows may be limiting your potential and freedom as a computer user to the experience of frustration, viruses, bugs and unnecessary expenses. Windows software does not allow you to see its source code and is running the monopoly on the computer software industry because people are not aware of what are using and what the alternatives are. The average computer user does not know what they are missing out on by using an unstable operating system like Windows.
My computer experience is now peace and joy. I love going onto my computer and my Linux desktop environment- knowing that all is secure and peaceful. Even desktops, emails and software have auras. And Linux has a clean, peaceful, beautiful and loving aura if you have a spiritual perception of things. It is nice to be able to see the source code of any program, to understand how programmes are made and created. A person needs to know and understand what they are using and be in control of their computer experience. There is so much support out there for Linux users in forums. Any question probably already has an answer. There is always someone who would love to give you advice and solve your problems.
If you are into love, then Linux is the best way forward for your computer experience. It may take a bit of learning, but with a little commitment you could have your Linux system up and running in a short period of time, maybe a few days to a few weeks. There are many books, online tutorials and video training CDs you can purchase and many of these are free. But most can be learned in the openSuse forums.
This is highly important for anybody who is running a website. You need to know and understand what you are doing. You need to know and understand what software you are using. Your code has to be validated and clean. But even if I did not have a website, I would still use Linux as my preferred operating system.
Linux is not just for professionals. Like I said, Linux can do anything your Windows operating system can do and more. With Linux you can do ANYTHING.
So if computer stress is becoming a serious problem for you then you may wish to invest some time into installing and learning openSuse Linux. Most Linux users have an installation of Windows and Linux on the same machine, so when the computer boots up you can choose whether or not you want to go into windows or Linux. You can even access your Windows partition from your Linux desktop and borrow files. So why not get the DVD installation of openSuse Linux or download the DVD, and install it immediately and see how you get on?
I like the idea of developing and sharing knowledge for the benefit, happiness and well being of ALL. Open source projects are normally far superior quality than any commercial project. One example of an open source project is Word Press. Maybe that is what you use? Wordpress seems to be the top content management system now for blogging websites.
How to change to openSuse Linux Operating System as a beginner?
- First of all- get the DVD! You can purchase one, or download the openSuse DVD for FREE as an iso image and then burn this to DVD using a free program like BurnCDCC. openSuse is free, but if you like it you could make a small donation or buy a paid version of the DVD.
- The next step is installation. Just put the DVD into the drive away you go. When the menu comes up you can do a Media Test to make sure your DVD is free from faults and errors and that the download was successful. Yast, the system installer will guide you through the process and make suggestions where necessary such as shrinking the Windows partition, creating a swap partition (partition of the hard drive that Linux uses to extend memory), your root partition (for system files) and your main Linux partition. Normally you can just agree with the suggestions made by Yast without having to worry about any of this. If there are any problems you start by troubleshooting the openSuse Linux forum for pre-installation advice.
- You will have to choose your desktop environment during the installation. Both environments Gnome and KDE are good. I would recommend KDE as this is what I am happy and familiar with, but it is up to you. You can do your own research.
- After successfully installing your system, your next challenge is getting on the Internet. For me this is easy because I have a wireless set up. All I had to do was open Network Manager and Click New Connection and Wlan. Then I click on my home wireless network connection, type in the password and click save. For me, Internet is now set up. Easy.
- With openSuse Linux multimedia support such as playing MP3's, videos and DVD's does NOT work out of the box- because of licensing or legal reasons. So the next step is to Enable full multimedia functioning and support. You can now do this with a single click by following the instructions in this link.
- Once everything is up and running you can now start learning about repositories (official on-line sources for installing open source programs and software) using Yast, the system tool and the openSuse DVD.
- You can also learn the basics of your terminal/command prompt- such as how to find, open, move and read files (such as through VI)- and how to navigate successfully between files. You will learn to use simple commands like cd, ls-l, .., and chmod. If you have a long file name instead of typing it all out you can just type a few letters and press tab and it auto completes the rest of filename. Or instead of typing something long out again you can use the up and down arrow keys to select and modify what you want again. You can then learn about permissions of files and how to change these. You can learn more about programs by compiling/installing them manually by command line to get a basic understanding of linux. Believe it or not the best way of learning is through problems or minor frustrations that may occur. If you have any problems with your system then the openSuse Forum is the BEST place to go.
When you install Linux a boot loader called GRUB is installed which allows you to dual boot and choose between Linux and Windows. This means you can take your time to learn and set up Linux in a relaxed way. If there are any problems with your set-up you can just continue using Windows until you have solved your problems.
Fine tuning your desktop
- A good way initiate a change of life, is to download the latest version of OpenSuse Linux DVD and install it with KDE desktop environment.
- Then find a nice image or God wallpaper for your desktop.
- You may find out how to revamp your desktop appearance using Tohoma fonts.
- Now you have a loving, peaceful computer that runs like it is brand new!
Linux may appear challenging at first, but it brings a lot of fulfilment, freedom and peace of mind. Good luck, and have a happy computer experience!