Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Linux For Everyone

While people want to test out and find the best linux, one of the hardest parts is to understand where they need to start. That is one of the main goals here at KnoLinux, to pull in as much information and help people new to Linux decide which one would be right for them.

We have put together a little chart to help you see where a package sits and how it compares on basic issues of Complexity and Functionality compared to whether it is a community package (Free as in Beer), Commercial Office (work centric), Commercial Home (media, internet, games), and micro (older machines). I will continue to update this with the icons of distro reviewed so far on, but this really is intended to show people where products sit compared to others.

One thing you might note is that some packages sit in multiple segments, i.e. Mandriva sits in Community, Office and Home, because you have various packages you can download with Mandriva One, Free or Powerpack. PCLinuxOS sits in Community and Micro because you have the option of MiniMe, Junior and BigDaddy. Novell I keep in Office as it really is not intended for Home use, that is what openSuse is for.

To check these out, you can click on their respective icons below as they compare to their overall Pennie Review score. If you wish to see what the Pennie system entails, then please look at the home page here which has the scoring decisions listed toward the bottom of the page.

If you wish to read an article I wrote about taking the Linux Plunge, you can read it here

The chart from above is missing from that article, as well as my scoring of the packages. I will post my version of the article on the website, which is exactly the same but with these missing graphics, which honestly makes a lot of difference to the piece.

5 Pennies

4 Pennies

3 Pennies

2 Pennies

1 Pennie
None so far (I hope it stays that way)

As always, please provide me some feedback here, and also if you could please take some time to support our little project by clicking on a couple of adds or by clicking on the Donate icon. We are not intending to become the next software icons, but any help in our little project would help keep this moving along into the future. If you really hate what I am doing, click a lot and donate even more so I don't have to do this anymore =)

Remember, Linux is supposed to be fun, it is supposed to be education and it is all about freedom from companies who try to tell you how your hardware is supposed to work for you by mainly working for them. This is a community effort and the more we work together the more the world will become a place where open knowledge and support exists for the user and not for companies' profits alone.

Thanks and Best Wishes



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