Linux – Living with it

I first found Linux very early in my journey with computers. It all started with me buying a Compaq Prolinea 486 DX25 from a customer at work sometime in 1999. It was in bits in a box and it came with a copy of Red Hat 5,2 on CD – I still have that CD. I had heard about Linux through magazines I had read but my knowledge was still pretty much zero. Undeterred I took it home and got stuck in.

The first thing I did was to assemble the computer and then install the Red Hat 5.2, it was a text only installation that had me stumped as soon as it asked me to create a ‘Mount Point’! What’s that? I had no clue and for two weeks I scoured magazines and asked friends. In the end I simply had a eureka moment while reading a mag and within minutes I was getting further until before too long it was installed.

I soon found that although I was in, when I put a CD in the drive I could not access it and the Linux system just sat there as if I had done nothing, no help. I later found out that I had to edit some system files in order to gain access.

Over the years I have played around with Linux a lot but mainly for file operations and rescuing data from Windows machines that simply refused to start up. Nowadays I still use Windows 7 at work but at home my only static computer is a Linux machine, Ubuntu, my personal favourite. I have it installed in a small form factor Lenovo computer with an Intel i3 processor and 12Gb of memory.

One thing I love about it is that, like a Mac it just does what you want it to do. Out of the box it plays videos and music and file operations are flawless and slick. Producing documents etc are also easy with Libre Office, I like the way I can add a picture to a document and then draw on that picture or add an arrow or something without even leaving the document.

Since most of what we do these days resides within a web browser I have installed Google Chrome, my browser of choice for many years now and it still impresses me. We use a HP Envy printer at home and it works perfectly with my Linux rig. Updates are simple and flawless.

If you are wanting a simple, robust and generally no nonsense computer at home then I recommend you consider Linux. There are many versions but Ubuntu and Mint are the two popular ones for replacing the desktop computer.

Ubuntu Apps



Ubuntu File Manager


Libre Office Document