Learning about Linux
On the way to the store, I mulled over the possibility of owning a Linux machine. It was cheap, small, and had built-in Wi-Fi, USB ports, 512 MB of RAM, and it was under $330. When I got to the store though, I found I was in for a rude surprise. It sported an 8 GB hard drive.
Talking with the salesperson, I learned that this “hard drive" was actually more like a “flash drive". It didn’t spin. Also, Linux hardly takes up any space, so you have oh, 6-7 GB free. Being a Windows-type-of-gal, I just couldn’t stomach it though, especially since there was a netbook just like it running XP Home Edition with a 160 GB hard drive for $20 more. Why would I buy the Linux model?
I looked at other netbooks. I noticed that the Linux models all had different interfaces. One had a screen that had tabs, one had a screen you scrolled through, and one looked a bit more like Windows 3.1 than anything else. I was so confused. Again, the salesperson cleared this up. He said there are lots and lots of “versions" of Linux, and he told me that Ubuntu was one of the more common ones, and well-liked. He said I’d have to choose a version, choose a machine, and try to avoid Linux versions that were proprietary.