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For many years from the early years of a Linux PC I have followed and installed several flavours of this brilliant concept. From the early frustrating learning days through to the current clean, very useable desktop flavours of which my current favourite is LinuxMint 6. Click on the logo for my experiences with this excellent version. August 2009 updated to Mint 7 "Gloria"
Suse 8 onwards was probable my longest serving Linux flavour until
Linux Mint 6 came along.
|Red Hat - ahh! - the first foray into
Linux and what an adventure and learning curve that was. Luckily I had
considerable programming experience from my business days so getting to
grips with it was not too difficult. Those days were mired by obscure
program names, searching for libraries and required dependencies etc.
Updating versions generally meant all my personal setup would get
is used for the creation of this website. It is a combined browser,
html editor (like Front Page), email client and IRC chat program. You
can publish your pages direct from within the editor. There is a
roaming profile so that your settings can be picked up easily from
another computer. So far it has proved very easy to use and reliable.
|Smoothwall is an excellent standalone
firewall that protects our network. Easy to install on an old low spec
PC it sits there between the router and the internal network protecting
against all the nasty things (and people) in the "cloud". It is self
updating and requires very little, if any, maintenance. Statistics and
logs are comprehensive.
Last reboot was some 250 days ago after a power cut. It now has its own battery backup.
Star Office is a direct replacement within Linux for Microsoft Office. The suite can read and save files in Microsoft format and has much of the day to day functionality. Its also available for Microsoft Windows platforms as a direct replacement for MS Office products.
is a system which allows Linux and Microsoft type software to live on
the same desktop. It uses a Linux server to provide Linux software such
as Open Office and a Windows server to provide legacy software. The
desktop can be Microsoft, Linux or Mac and all software can be run side
by side. Click the icon for more information.
a great editor for
programming as it is relatively easy to use and yet offers a lot of
Click the link for some basic knowldge, tips on using it and programming.