A look at how easy Linux is now

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  1. KJ7QNP

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    I have been using Linux exclusively now for over 10 years and have not needed Windows.

    I am using a Raspberry Pi 4 8GB Ram, running Ubuntu Mate as my desktop, its running very nicely, it does not have a audio-in/microphone port, so I will need to buy a USB audio cable to use it for digital, something to look out for if your planning on using one, I downloaded all the fldigi programs, I want to get on echo using the Linux program "Qtel" using some USB mic/earphones but I have not registered with echolink yet, I am just getting started..... I am planning on ordering a 7" monitor for it, and setting up some kind of radio Go-Kit with a handheld. The Raspberry pi runs on 5v 3A, but the monitor needs a little more juice, I will need to build the Pi and monitor into something protective, both the monitor and Raspberry pi does not have a case. Its should be a fun project.
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  2. W5UAA

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    Ah! InitD. That's old school Linux! You probably grew up on Unix Sys V?

    I maintained an initd system or two in my life time. I didn't realize how slow the boot process was until systemd came out.

    Just put together a 4th gen I7 computer (old hardware!) yesterday. Total time to login screen (systemd graphics target): 23 seconds.

    I will say this: the initd system is the most secure way to go if you want a secure computer system.
  3. W4EAE

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    I am always perplexed by the idea of Linux as the 'hobby' operating system and Windows as the 'workhorse.' Serious 24/7/365 processing is almost entirely done on Linux, while end-user terminals most often run Windows; not for reasons of technical possibilities or robustness, but for what could possibly be described as 'cultural' reasons ('We have always used Windows, so we will always use Windows').

    If someone was using a computer for the first time in 2021, the basic learning curve for competency (getting online, running updates, setting up printers and other external devices) would be lower for a Linux distribution like Ubuntu than it would be for Windows 10. When you get more advanced, the learning curve is even lower. A few basic principles (beginning with 'everything is a file') take you a very long way.
  4. N5AF

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    I've got an old Dell laptop I use for most of my non-important general internet/web activities that has been continuously running Arch +Btrfs since 2012. The drive in the machine is a (now) antiquated Patriot Pyro SSD. Never given me one bit of trouble.

    So that's my resounding support for Btrfs. ;)

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