3 different ways to walk away from Windows

As a follow up to an earlier post entitled: Windows to Linux: Baby Steps, and because i just can’t stop investigating new operating systems, i’ve decided to give a brief description of 3 distros that caught my eye this week. While all of these distributions have easy of use (installation, familiarity, etc) as a major priority, each one offers a unique approach and so might appeal to different people depending on their particular needs. That being said, any one of them might serve as an excellent stepping-stone for someone looking to walk away from Windows and all things Microsoft.

The first distro is called SLAX -

From their website:

“SLAX is a small bootable CD containing the Linux operating system. It runs Linux directly from the CD (or USB) without installing. The Live CD described here is based on the Slackware Linux distribution and uses Unification File System (also known as unionfs), allowing read-only filesystem to behave as a writable one, saving all changes to memory.”

What this means is that anyone can run this CD and test out Linux without making any changes to their hard drive, or otherwise affecting their current Windows based machine. Take out the CD and reboot, and everything is back to normal.

The second distro is called XPde

From their website:

“XPde is a complete desktop environment for Linux on x86. It tries to make easier for Windows XP users to use a Linux box. Nothing more, no clipboard compatibility between Gtk and Qt applications, no emulation of Windows applications, no unification on the widgets of X applications, just a desktop environment.”

XPde is made to look, as much as possible, like Windows XP. The idea was to ease the transition from Windows to Linux by designing an operating system that was visually familiar, with none of the extra things that might overwhelm a new user.

The third distro is called PC-BSD

From their website:

“PC-BSD has as its goals to be an easy to install and use desktop OS, which is built on the FreeBSD operating system. To accomplish this, it currently has a graphical installation, which will enable even UNIX novices to easily install and get it running. It will also come with KDE pre-built, so that the desktop can be used immediately.”

The BSD family of operating systems is traditionally thought of as more difficult to install and operate than others. PC-BSD hopes to break away from this commonly held misconception and address these issues directly by focusing on simplifying the user’s experience. The result is a minimalist approach, with a clean, user-friendly feel.

I think that if you’re really nervous about installing a different (not Microsoft) operating system, or you’re just moderately curious, then you might go with the SLAX bootable CD. If you’re a Windows XP user, and you’re sick of all those browser vulnerabilities and viruses, you would probably like XPde best. Otherwise, if you’re looking for speed, stability, and all the functionality of a UNIX operating system, try out PC-BSD.

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