A Taste of Linux, Part Two

By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2004-03-05 Print this article Print

In our second helping, we serve up LindowsLive!, MandrakeMove, and SUSE's Live Evaluation. Find out which is the blue-plate special and which gets sent back to the kitchen.

In our previous "Taste of Linux" feature, we looked at some "Live" Linux versions that allow you to run a full-blown Linux OS right off the CD, with no installation required and without affecting your existing operating system. In this follow-up, we look at three live versions from major Linux distributors SUSE, Lindows and Mandrake. These editions generally dont come with as much software as youd get if you bought the regular versions and installed them to your hard disk. Theres still a fair amount of software, but if you buy SUSE Professional, a subscription to Lindows Click-N-Run Library, or Mandrakes boxed versions, youll get quite a bit more than whats included here. Remember, to use these versions of Linux, your PC has to able to boot off of the CD. Check your bios settings and adjust them accordingly if you run into any problems trying out these Live versions of Linux. Since the OS is running from the CD (and not your hard disk), response times for loading and running apps will likely be significantly slower.
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Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site: www.jimlynch.com/profile.htm.

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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