<table width="100%" border="0" > <tr> <td> == '''Your Linux "Guide on the Side"''' == This WIKI is a resource for people to learn how to work in the Open Source environment.<br /> Below are links to pages to provide useful help. '''Why Should I Use Linux?'''* [[ Why Should I Use Linux?]]* What is Ubuntu?<br /><br /> '''Setting up Ubuntu:''' * Install Ubuntu (Linux OS) * Getting Connected to Internet * Customize Ubuntu * Install Applications in Ubuntu * Create a Diskless Computer Lab (LTSP - Edubuntu)<br /><br /> '''Application Help: ''' * Open Office * Gimp * Audacity * Cinelerra * MPlayer * Mythtv * Cxoffice (Run MS Office in Linux) * Educational Software (Kids) * Educational Software (High-school / College) * Educational software (Adult) * Taking Screen Captures * Administration Tools * List of Useful Applications (by Category)<br /><br /> '''Gaming:''' * Cedega Gaming Service (Play PC games on Linux) * Frozen Bubble * Planet Penguin Racer (formerly Tux Racer) * Open Arena * kxmame <br / ><br / > </td> <td valign="top"> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <span style="border-width:0">[[Image:ubuntu-logo. png ]]</span> </td> </tr> </table> <h1>Why Should I Use Linux?</h1> Good Question. Linux is a <u>free</u> operating system that is based on the Unix operating system created in the late 1960s. Basically, most things that you can do in Windows can be done in Linux. <br / ><br / > The Linux operating system is especially favoured as a low-cost solution to run various servers (web, ftp, etc). It is also used as a cost-effective platform to develop software.<br / ><br /> Have you ever asked yourself the following questions when using MS Windows: <br /><br />* <b><i>Can I get free software without breaking the law?</i></b> * <b><i>Why Do I have to buy anti-virus software on an annual basis?</i></b> * <b><i>Why can't I download and install a total free application instead of trialware?</i></b> If you answered YES to some of these questions, it may be worth your effort to download and install the Linux operating system. Even if you prefer to keep working in MS Windows, it would still be useful to learn about "open source software" to download, install and use on Windows for free.