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Flipping the Linux switch: openSUSE, geeko of many colors

Please, allow me to explain. This week's FTLS was not at all what I intended it to be. For weeks now, I've been toying with idea of dual-booting a Debian based distro with a RPM based distro. Ubuntu Hardy (now reasonably mature enough for day to day use with minimal bork ups) was the obvious choice for a Debian flavor, as it already existed on my hard drive. I am not a big fan of RPM based stuff,...

Flipping the Linux switch: 5 tips every new Linux user should know

Linux is a powerful operating system, but chances are it's a very different operating system than any you've used before. The dizzying number of choices in distributions alone is enough to make your head spin, but it also means there's something out there that really suits your computing style. There are some things in Linux you just have to work out for yourself -- distributions, applications,...

Common mistakes of new Mac users

The Unofficial Apple Weblog's Damien Barrett has written a post called Common Mistakes of New Mac Users. #1: "They close an application's windows thinking the program has quit." #4: "untitled folder. untitled folder 2. untitled folder 3. untitled folder 4..." You get the idea. As usual, TUAW readers have taken the theme and run with it and the ensuing discussion is truly worth...

The Linux Distribution Chooser

Thinking about giving Linux a shot but don't know which of the many flavors to try? You might find the Linux Distribution Chooser helpful. It's a short quiz that asks you questions about your computing needs and preferences (and educates you on a few Linux concepts along the way, if you want) and then gives you a list of Linux distributions that match them. For me it recommended Kubuntu, Mandriva,...

10 things you should know about Linux

Even if you're an experienced computer user, stepping into Linux the first time can be disorienting. TechRepublic has an article called 10 things you should know about every Linux installation  that begins, "There are numerous common features with every Linux installation. This document lists 10 of the more important ones you should know about." It won't turn you into a Linux Guru,...

10 apps for new Mac users

On his blog Paul Stamatiou has written a handy list of 10 Apps Every New Mac User Should Download. Here's the rundown: AdiumX for IM, Cyberduck for FTP, Firefox, iBackup, Nvu for web page authoring, Quicksilver for launching apps, StuffIt Expander for archives, TextWrangler 2, and VLC and Windows Media Player for video. Head over to his site for links and the reasong behind his picks. What did...