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Linux _ Pro recording Software

Hi all,

I am extreamly new to the world of linux, I have only ever used knoppix on CD, but I like the Idea of trying an new OS,
and perhaps installing a full version of linux. What are the major advantages/dissadvantages of using Linux,

Are there many software titles that won't run on it ?
Will my pro audio software such as Cubase sx still work or would I have to have dual boot with XP?
There are many versions of Linux is there a recomended starting point or all rounder?

I am really just after some solid advice from expirienced Linux users, to find out whether a move to using Linux on a more regular bases would be a good idea for me,

Any advice greatly appriciated.     Thank you
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Hi berkinh,
> I am extreamly new to the world of linux, I have only ever used knoppix
> on CD, but I like the Idea of trying an new OS,
> and perhaps installing a full version of linux. What are the major
> advantages/dissadvantages of using Linux,

I would say this depends on your usage.  Major advantages off hand is that it's free.  It runs on just about Anything (Your linksys router runs it, Tivo, some PDAs, PCs, Macs, Sun systems, just about ANYTHING can run it - whether YOU (or I for that matter) can make it run on one some of the more esoteric things (the Linksys Router, for example), is another story; it's usually installed by the Manufacturer).  In addition, there are VERY few viruses and VERY little spyware/adware that runs under linux (I believe in large part because few people use it (relative to the number of Windows users)).

The largest disadvantage is that it's not Windows.  Specifically, programs written for Windows are not immediately compatible with Linux.  You can't just run Microsoft Word, for example.  There are SOMETIMES work arounds if you have a particular Windows program you want to run - you might be able to install the program with the help of WINE - The Windows Emulator for Linux.  But there is a significant list of programs that won't work under WINE and if you have a problem with one that does seem to, forget about calling the maker for support, they would in all likelihood not know what WINE is and even if they did, refuse to help because they didn't write the program to work on WINE, they wrote it to work under Windows.
 
> Are there many software titles that won't run on it ?

See above.  Quite simply, yes.  As I said, Linux is not Windows and you can't easily/simply run a windows program.  On the other hand there are thousands of software titles written specifically for Linux, some much better than windows equivalents.

> Will my pro audio software such as Cubase sx still work or would I have
> to have dual boot with XP?

You can TRY to run it under WINE, but if it doesn't run, you'll need a dual boot (never heard of Cubase SX, so I can't say one way or the other).

> There are many versions of Linux is there a recomended starting point
> or all rounder?

You've already been playing with Knoppix.  That's a good starting point.  After that, for beginners, most people seem to recommend Suse or Mandrake linux.  Popular distributions include Red Hat (free version is Fedora), Debian, Slackware, Gentoo, Suse, and Mandrake.  Personally, I prefer Debian, but the debian install isn't nearly as easy as most of the others.  Once installed, installing software (Linux software) is fantastically easy using the "apt-get" tool.  For example, type "apt-get install wine" and debian goes out, downloads WINE and installs it for you.  Very little if any interaction from you.

You can download more popular versions of Linux from www.linuxiso.org (they had problems recently, but have been working them out).

Cheers!
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berkinhAuthor Commented:
Thanks leew,
Loads of information to get me started, I have given you the points but could you answer one last thing for me ...
How easy is it to setup a broadband connection under linux, can I still get the connection via LAN from one of my other computers if the 'other computer' is XP ??
If you think this should be posted as A seperate question I will do

Thanks for the info,

H
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
As long as you are using DHCP and a compatible network card (if you use a newer version of linux with a year old or older system you probably have a compatible network card - OR if knoppix sees it you know it's compatible), accessing the internet  trhough your broadband connection should be automatic.
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berkinhAuthor Commented:
Ok, Thanks leew
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