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What to expect from a Linux Disc
written March 24, 2020 by Time Traveler
Category: BlogEntry Tags: LinuxCollections.com Blog    #17
 

As noted, we are getting support and inquiries from all sorts of people new to Linux, and their attempts to process the whole concept of a totally different operating system, which is unlike anything that they are used to.

We had an e-mail today asking what to do with the disc and the files on it. We surmised they were running Windows or Mac OS X, and popped in the disc to check it out. We diplomatically pointed out that they are missing the concept entirely. Linux is an operating system - it needs to run on the computer itself, not as a program to run under a different operating system (notwithstanding certain releases that do use this approach).

Virtually all Linux DVDs/CDs and USB drives are meant to be booted. On a DVD, if you see an isolinux folder, you most likely have a bootable DVD. But looking at the disc is not the intent. Linux is an operating system and as software, it truly shines when it is running. The way to do that is to put it in the DVD drive, make sure your BIOS is set to boot from DVD before the Hard drive, and start up your computer - the Linux distro will run & load from the DVD.

Some Linux distros are considered "Live", where you can run & do everything from the DVD, and will not do anything to your hard drive. Others are "Install" which don't provide a full/working environment, but expect to be installed onto a hard drive to turn your system into a Linux system - but all expect to be booted. These are NOT Windows or Mac programs, and there is no real reason to look at the disc. They need to be booted to run the operating system they contain.

US Postage rates go up
written January 28, 2020 by Time Traveler
Category: BlogEntry Tags: LinuxCollections.com Blog    #14
 
As of January 26, US postage rates have creeped up a bit for various options available for shipping here on LinuxCollections.com. We have updated these rates and they are now in use when selecting shipping options for your order. Because we have customers that buy a single disc and some that buy in bulk, trying to wrap in "free shipping" with media pricing would not be a good deal for the varied type of customers served by LinuxCollections.com. To that end, we decided a long time ago that providing a wide range of shipping options is the best approach for our customers, as it can accurately reflect real costs and ensure that some customers aren't subsidizing others, as well as providing options such as next day delivery when this type of shipping speed is needed. You get exactly what you want, delivered the way you want, at the best price.

Need a different operating system
written January 25, 2020 by Time Traveler
Category: BlogEntry Tags: LinuxCollections.com Blog    #13
 

I have DELL desktop, i3, WIN7 Pro. I do not want to pay MS the extortion they are demanding to upgrade to 10.

There are many options - for guidance, you can run 64-bit material, so you can look at distribution platforms tagged AMD64 or x86-64.

I use MS Office 7, for word and excel.
Photoscape for photo editing.
Chrome and Firefox for browsers.

You are in good shape with the browsers. You can explore Libre Office for alternatives to office apps, or look into Wine (which allows Windows executables to run in native Linux). We have a wide ranging set of options at our Quick Reference pages, including OSAlt for Linux alternatives to popular Windows programs. These are all linked right at the top of the page.

I've been doing a lot of reading this past week re Linux. There is an OCEAN of information out there.

Sure - there is a thriving community of people that use Linux, but because there is no company marketing and polishing this for the mass market, there is a lot of specific information and personal opinion, which can make it confusing to people new to Linux. There are some companies that take a commercial approach (e.g. Canonical/Ubuntu), and there are also others taking similar approaches with paid for distros.

So, my question to you is; What Collection do you recommend for my needs? Do you also have instruction videos?

If you read through our FAQ, the recommended collection for someone new to Linux is our Most Popular Collection 64-bit - for a wider selection, you can also check out the Live DVD Collection. What has become quite popular since we released it (but focused solely on the Debian distribution) is our Debian USB Complete Collection. We do have videos (How To Videos) that show off different collections and what different Window Managers look like (KDE, GNOME, Cinnamon, etc.). You can also check out our Quick Reference page for Linux tutorial and other educational information.

The Facebook Link Conundrum
written January 10, 2020 by Time Traveler
Category: BlogEntry Tags: LinuxCollections.com Blog    #11
 

At some point, Facebook's algorithms decided that a link to LinuxCollections.com violated "Community Standards" so people trying to jump from Facebook to our site will probably have to enter the domain LinuxCollections.com into their browser. We've reached out to them to try and resolve this, but actually reaching a human (or a human that can accomplish anything) hasn't been a productive use of our time. We continue to advertise on their site because it does help reach people who have no idea what Linux is, don't know all the options available, and it seems to generate new customers.

Still, this is NOT the future that anyone should accept - if you run into this, complain (as the squeaky wheel metaphor hopefully applies). This is a classic case of computer algorithms and unintended consequences. So what do you think is the problem? You can refer to their community standards, but we just squint, shake our heads, and move on. Always realize that even a large organization with lots of employees aren't necessarily effective.

Welcome to the LinuxCollections.com Blog!
written January 6, 2020 by Time Traveler
Category: BlogEntry Tags: LinuxCollections.com Blog    #10
 

Welcome to the new decade and welcome to the new LinuxCollections.com Blog! When any endeavour starts you never quite know what the future holds, but after more than 10 years of providing Linux distros on CD and DVD (and now USB), the steady growth of LinuxCollections has accelerated, and there are interesting events and information that have led to starting this blog as a way to document and report these items to our customers and interested parties.

If there are any items you'd like covered here, please feel free to reach out and let us know about them. If new to Linux and LinuxCollections.com, be sure to refer to our FAQ and our Quick Reference pages for items that we won't be covering here (but may be what you are looking for). While still waiting for the Year of Linux on the Desktop, we may all be experiencing the Linux decade…

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Lost or forgot Admin password (root user password)
March 25, 2020
Time Traveler
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What to expect from a Linux Disc
March 24, 2020
Time Traveler
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Issues with new Debian 10 install - no Desktop / login prompt only
March 14, 2020
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Solving Problems
January 28, 2020
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US Postage rates go up
January 28, 2020
Time Traveler
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Need a different operating system
January 25, 2020
Time Traveler
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Support Stories - Disc Data
January 15, 2020
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The Facebook Link Conundrum
January 10, 2020
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Welcome to the LinuxCollections.com Blog!
January 6, 2020
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