A dark and scary road

I have started down the long and scary road of installing Linux.  I have downloaded a disk image (ISO) of a version of Linux called Ubuntu.  This is supposed to be the easiest version to work with.  I am excited to use a free operating system. 

I have always wanted to run Linux on my server.  It is generally regarded as the best operating system (O/S) for running servers.  I have also noted that many of the applications I want to install on my server are better supported in Linux.  When I was having issues installing MySQL and PHP, I could find a lot more help for Linux systems then I could for Windows.  This will also be a new challenge.  I have been trying to challenge myself technically lately.  I set up a tester blog on my home server and felt a real sense of accomplishment when I was able to get it up and running.

 I am also excited about using all free (or mostly free) software.  It really isn’t hard most of the time to download and install ‘cracked’ versions of software but there are risks.  Many cracked software carry viruses and you normally have to surf to sites full of porn ads to get to what you want.  I like the cooperative mentality that follows free or open source software.  You get a sense like they are saying, ‘Come in, have a drink, and let me show you step by step how to make it if you want to.’

 I will keep people up to date on my progress.  I will try to report on it from two standpoints: how well it works as a desktop operating system (ie how well it replaces windows) and how it works as a server.

 Just as a side note the factor pushing me over the edge was a free eBook I found on one of my favourite websites http://www.redflagdeals.com.  You can find the book here http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/download.htm.  It made everything seem so simple.  We shall see…

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2 Responses

  1. Welcome to the linux, brother. Let me know if you get good at mysql. That’s what my wow server is running on, and I might be able to use your noodle.

  2. I am sure there is a joke here. Something about a noodle and using it. I just can’t hit the nail on the head…

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