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Linux for Home Users

Linux and applications based on it with a computer, quite a bit of the PC cost

comes down. Presently some branded PC’s coming with Linux are available for Rs:

25000/- (US$600)onwards.

Linux is

better than other OS

Linux users won’t

even bat an eyelid before they say an emphasis comes from a deep dislike of

Microsoft’s practice of changing the earth for software. But a lot of it comes

from the fact they are ready to swear upon-that Linux is more stable. According

to a latest survey Web Hosts are using Linux Based Servers for hosting purposes.

One note here

though: the free in Linux stands for freedom of choice, to redistribute, to

install a feature, freedom to modify the source code. That’s the spirit of Linux

being free.


Linux has a

better security support for multi-users, lets you set up a stable server,

internet gateways etc, and still lets it-self to be used as a desktop

workstation. There are no blue screens and no viruses to speak of. It is rarely

attacked by any viruses and there are very less number of viruses written for

Linux. It can be given 10+ points on a 10 point scale for security.

Myths about



Linux is hard to

install, isn’t it? Not really. Most people haven’t ever installed Windows on

their computers either-since it comes preloaded. Linux is as easy-some say

easier-to install compared to Windows. You can install it through a graphical

user interface like Windows. These days Linux Versions are easier to install

than Windows. But what really stumps most people in installing Linux on a second

partition on their hard disk, when they want to be able to use both operating


A partition is a

way of organizing space on your hard disk by creating virtual sections that are

separate from each other. Most computers that are running Windows or MS DOS have

one large chunk of space holding the OS. This space is the C drive. If you have

a large hard disk, it’s likely that it has been divided up into smaller bits

called partitions to help you organize your data better. These partitions are

usually called D:, E: etc. you could have Linux on any of these.

Windows 98

creates a file system called FAT32 on the entire hard disk, DOS and Win95 use

FAT16. Linux has many file systems-on the most popular is ext3. But you could