Hi guys, I do understand this seems like a completely noob question but I hope that you guys can help me understand a little here. I've recently decided to install and try out Linux on a older laptop because it has been sitting around doing nothing and much too laggy running windows.
So I've been doing a little reading up and found out that Ubuntu/Linux Mint seems to be the best recommendation for beginners. But I'm confused about several things such as:
1) What's the difference between Linux Mint 16 Petra & LMDE? All I know is LMDE is Debian-based but I have no idea exactly what does this means or signifies when making a choice.
2) What's a rolling release and periodic release?
3) Is it absolutely difficult to pick up using Linux ? Especially if I would like to teach my parents to adapt how to use the system as well.
4) What's my best bet for learning as much as possible about Linux systems?
Again, I'm really sorry for this stupid question, but I'm really confused right here. and thanks in advance guys!submitted by Xyles
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This is mostly a fun hypothetical question but is it possible to start with one distro (Lets say Linux Mint) and make it exactly like another distro (Lets say Ubuntu) without reinstalling? Some things, changing default apps and desktop environment, are relatively easy. Even installing the distribution center seems fairly easy. But is there anything you couldn't convert over to be identical to the other distro? What couldn't you change? What about distros that are more dissimilar (Arch and Ubuntu?)
Obviously no one would actually do this because it would take up so much more effort than a reinstall but is it possible? I ask here because /r/linuxquestions seems more geared to actual problem solving and all I am wanting is idle speculation.submitted by MinimalistPlatypus
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I remember writing programs on the C64 that would make people cringe. I randomly poked values to random registers and printed n, n+1. Every time the output would be different. The screen would melt, the screen would split. The printer would do random stuff. The diskdrive would whirrl. Random messages spill on the screeen. But every time I turned off the C64, it would boot up perfect again.
Is it possible in Linux to make a partition of the harddrive who's only accessable when you boot to it specifically? And only when you boot to this part of the harddrive is when you're allowed to change drivers, or change what might boot up on start. Then when you're booted up as a user, you have no rights to change anything that would mess with the system's boot up. Even if a password scanner tried all possible passwords for root, they'd have no ability to change what booted up.
Furthermore, no programs would be able to alter programs in a different part of the disk. If you installed Gimp in a directory home/programs/gimp, no other program could make changes to it because they'd only be able to change programs in the directory they're installed to, or their own sub directory.
In this Operating system, if programs wanted to exchange data between programs, there would be a specific directory of the disk which would be shared. And a specific portion of the memory would be shared too. This would have to be done right, and I don't want to talk about details about this here.
I don't follow Linux a lot. I ran it about a decade ago, making 3d video games on it. So give me some slack for this being my first post in /r/linux. I'm just about sick of Windows and how easy it is to get a virus. In my mind, the only reason Mac got popular was everyone wanted a system that "couldn't get a virus". That isn't true, but that is what I heard lots of people say.
I think it is possible to actually make an OS that can't easily get a virus running random binary. I think one of the reasons Windows doesn't completely dominate the Internet is that you can't download and try every ap on the Internet stress free. If you download the wrong .exe, game over, you need to reinstall. I think if Linux made an operating system which allowed you to download any old Linux binary off the Internet and have 0% chance of getting a virus, Linux could crush Windows. Everyone would move to the OS which could never get a virus, and then they'd have access to hundreds of thousands of binaries that have no chance of giving them a virus. People would download everything just to see if it is cool or not.
I know Linux is pretty hardened against viruses already. But is it possible to make it 100% impervious to viruses?submitted by goodnewsjimdotcom
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I think that Linux people often underestimate the importance of good hardware support. I often get quoted on a laptop working "great with Linux" only to discover (after buying it) that suspending and resuming is really not something to even consider, and brightness control is a mythical beast.
Still, I am in the market for a new laptop. I want to avoid buying an Apple computer, but in order to do so I need to get an Ubuntu/Arch/Linux laptop whose hardware is completely supported.
I found ASUS Q501LA which I like, and was wondering if any of you have it, and whether it works well with GNU/Linux.
Important: do the following work -- wireless, suspend/resume (sound doesn't glitch out after resume, wireless is reliable after many resumes, etc.), brightness controls/keys.
Please let me know. And I would usually not make a post like this, since it is so specific, but I really don't think it's possible to buy a Linux laptop without checking with previous owners first!
Your help is appreciated.submitted by syzygy123
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