Monthly Archives: February 2012

Distributions and tigers and bears, oh my!: Making sense of the wild world of Linux

What’s a distribution? Why are there so many of them? Which one should should I choose? These are some of the questions the newcomer to Linux might ask when confronted with the dizzying amount of options. This post will help you make sense of the seeming chaos, and hopefully leave you with a better idea of which distribution is right for you.

With all the choices out there, beginners can have a hard time figuring out where to begin when it comes to Linux. This map takes a humorous look at the world of Linux distributions. (Image ©, used with permission)

First off: What the heck is a distribution, anyway?

If you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll certainly have come across the term distribution. That’s not a word most average computer users are familiar with—at least not in terms of operating systems—so you might have been left scratching your head. What is a distribution, exactly? Read the rest of this entry

Five reasons you should ditch Windows and switch to Linux

So you know a little bit about Linux, but you’re still on the fence. You’ve used Windows your entire life, and you’re worried you might have no idea what you’re doing if you switch to Linux.

This post is designed to ease some of those fears and provide you with specific reasons why you should switch to Linux from Windows.

#1: It’s free.

A new copy of Windows will easily cost you over $100, and that’s if you find a deal on it. And if you have an older computer that’s running slowly already, upgrading to the latest version of Windows will only compound the problem.

Linux, on the other hand, is completely free. The only thing you need is access to the Internet and a CD burner. Even if you’re uncertain about Linux, you don’t have to worry about sinking lots of money into it only to find that you don’t like it. Read the rest of this entry