My laptop is about 5 years old and is slowing down. Will switching to Linux allow me to functionally reset my computer (ie wipe any existing programs and or viruses that might be slowing it down)?
Also, i know very little about Linux. I've only read the pros/cons lists to switching over and based on that i'm sold. I'm feeling up to challenge to learning a new OS but now i'm just wondering if i can functionally reset my computer when i switch. Can i totally replace Windows and not deal with a dual boot system? Thanks!submitted by /u/KernlD
Could you recommend books on implementing basic features of Linux/Unix shells in system calls?
I prefer to read books than the source code directly at the beginning, in order to get the big picture and idea first before becoming lost in the details of the code.
What I mean by basic features are mostly POSIX compatible shell features, e.g. pipe, redirection, making a command run in background, command substitution, commands grouped by parentheses, interpret a command.
The purposes of looking for such books are:
- better understand how to use a specific shell (e.g. bash) properly
- learn from examples how to use system calls.
Thanks.submitted by /u/timlee126
My paper is about why School Districts should implement Linux-based computers as the main computers in schools. My thesis is: Due to its security, stability, cost-efficiency, and admin management capabilities, Linux provides a reasonable alternative to traditional computing and contains added educational benefits. I'll edit this post tomorrow night and I'll have a link to the full essay :) Super nervous though. I'm still in high school, and I TA for the district's tech department (their office is right across from the campus) so I invited one of the guys I practically intern for to come watch my presentation on my paper (a whole 45 minutes worth!) and he says: "Oh that's funny, come to think of it, I'm going to a board meeting that morning and we'll be discussing educational technology, mind if I bring a few guys along" My spirits soared and my cpu heart jumped around in my chest. But of course, yes man me, said "sure!". Yeah, I am really excited (I mean, I might have an influence on board members and show off Linux) to have this opportunity, but there is so much more pressure now. Well, as Sherlock once said, "the game's afoot!" Wish me luck, everyone.submitted by /u/TechSupportBro
For text-editing, IDE/compiling/running simple python stuff is what I'm thinking of right now.
I have a very old vm670 running Android 2.2.2, Qpython isn't supported so I considered rooting it and bumping it up to Android 4+, perhaps even try to put some super-light linux build on it, but I'm not sure if the hardware supports it.
So I'm considering getting a hyper-cheap (under $100 total) set up for programming on the go. I've considered a phone + magnifying glass + keyboard, tablet + keyboard, google cardboard + wireless keyboard, and even raspberry pi + cheap display device + keyboard... + battery. Laptops are too big.
Just wondering if any of you have tried any creative solutions to have a dedicated programming device.submitted by /u/SUBWAYJAROD
Reddit: Why are a lot of Linux users very religious about only using fully free software when it comes to user applications while not even the kernel is 100% free to start with? Honest question no bait or call-out.
I'm not calling anybody out, I'm honestly curious if there is a certain process of thought behind it.
I read the AMA with the CEO of the new Vivaldi web browser and the highest-upvoted question was when they're going to make Vivaldi free software "as in Stallman" (quote).
The answer was that their C++ code is now open source and they'll decide what to do with the remaining code. Followed by a a lot of people (if you count upvotes) stating that this is the reason they don't use Vivaldi.
Yet, not even the mainline Linux kernel is "free as in Stallman" and contains binary blobs which are definitely not free software by any definition other than gratis software. The GNU project recommends almost no mainstream Linux distro as a free operating system and they don't consider "the" Linux kernel maintained by Torvalds to bee free software.
But if you post or recommend any software for Linux which is either not or not fully open source in any Linux community often the only response is that it's not free, sometimes you're even downvoted.
Of course for a lot of applications there are free alternatives but not for all and there also would be an alternative for the not-really-free Linux kernel like the Linux-libre kernel.
I'd be interested in hearing some thoughts or explanations from people who maybe are very strict about using FOSS but use the mainline Linux kernel.submitted by /u/gutkneisl