This is my first post on the blog. So I want to share my Experience how I came into this Gnu/Linux World.
What is Gnu/linux- well I am not gonna tell you people in detail because you can search about it on the web and millions of answers you will get . In short to say Gnu/linux is an open source operating system. You can Download the source code of all the tools and softwares under this operating system and can modify it according to your needs.
First Time I install Ubuntu on my laptop in Jan 2009 (3rd Trimester of my coll). On First Look Graphical User Interface to me looks Dizzy. Quite Impressive but when I started working doing my regular work on it,I found it really difficult. You have to start with Command Line (terminal) for things like compiling programs and all.. So at last I uninstalled it from my laptop. But something keeps striking my mind that what’s this thing… Y people love it so much??? what are the magical facts about it?? Then I reinstalled it and this time I use it properly. Whenever a problem was there, I just posted the problem on the web and thanks to the Linux community for that. Within 2-3 Hrs I got reply from the people solving my problem and this way I move further and further into this great world of Gnu/Linux. Believe me guys Gnu/linux has changed the way i use to work on the laptop. Thanks to Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman for creating this enviornment.
There are many myths about Linux in the minds of common people but they are myths only. They are not true at all…..
Myth 1- Free means Free of cost like Free Beer
Answer- Free word has many meanings and in the world of Gnu/Linux its Freedom not free of cost. Freedom for modify your software according to your needs by changing the available source code. Freedom to distribute it among others. There is no mention anywhere that “Free” software is free of cost. You can charge of the software you made but the condition is you have to made the source code Available. In the world of Gnu/linux Knowledge comes first and then money. “Free Speech Not Free Beer. You can earn a lot by providing the support for the softwares.
Myth 2- Linux is more of command line work. Bad At Graphical Interface
Answer- You will start working and enjoying the command line as soon as you start working on the Linux. And for those who thinks that it is bad at Graphical Interface then try out compiz guys. You will see amazing Graphical work. A pic is shown below to show the the Graphical View
Myth 3- There are only few Gnu/Linux users around
Answer- Linux Community is growing very fast. Ubuntu distribution now holds above 8 million users and this is just one distribution stats. There are many Distributions of Linux like Redhat,Gentoo,opensuse,Fedora etc and hundreds of more and Linux community is very active on web. Check this by pasting any forum on the web and you will surprised to see the number of people want to help you
Myth 4- I am a Microsoft Windows user,What about the softwares and all i am using on Microsoft Windows
Answer- I guarantee you people that there exist all the alternative of the Windows software in Linux.
Microsoft Office —-> Libre Office
Matlab ————–> Gnu Octave
PhotoShop ———–> Gimp
Gcc Compiler one of the most powerful complier of the world where u can do your C type programming.
Window Media Player- Vlc,Tottem Movie player
and the list goes on……….. You will find minimum one software alternative in linux however more than one is possible but atleast one is always there. More over Famous softwares like Skype,Vlc,gns3,Dropbox,Java-sdk also runs on the linux too. they have got the Linux support too.
Still if you want to use windows software under Linux for some reason, you can use WINE (Wine is not an emulator) to run many windows programs like packet tracer on Linux.
Myth 5-It is not worth bothering to learn Linux because most companies use Microsoft Windows and thus a knowledge of Windows is desired for most jobs.
Answer- I think its the worst myth. People also use Linux at a large scale. 60% of the world companies uses LAMP(linux apache mysql php/python/perl) server for their working. Movies like Titanic, Avatar and thousands others are made on these servers.What stops the companies from adopting the Linux in their work culture because of lack of Linux Professionals. People with Linux skills typically get paid substantially more than people with Windows skills. Developers Always prefer Linux. So guys don’t think ever that you can’t earn through linux
Comments and suggestions are always welcome. I might be wrong at some point and if u feel so plz correct me. I dont mind in learning at all.
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