Knowing the alternatives: Introduction

What is the use of going through life saying that our distribution is great if we do not really show users of other Operating Systems, the advantages of GNU / Linux?

That is why I have decided to start writing a series of articles where I will try to explain through images and text, how some applications that we use daily in our OS are composed and work, and thus show through practical examples the advantages and disadvantages of each one of them .

I will try to be as detailed as possible, and of course, in order not to be a yellow author, I will have to do thorough preliminary research of the applications to be compared. You have to be fair. For this I will use Debian with KDE y Windows 7 Professional.

Will wear KDE for 3 simple reasons:

  • It is the desktop environment that I am using and it will be easier for me to carry out the article.
  • It is the environment that currently looks more like what users are used to with Windows 7.
  • It is the most complete desktop environment, as we can see later.

Following this introduction, the next article that I am thinking of putting into production will have as its title: Knowing the alternatives: Dolphin vs Windows Explorer, and of course, you can imagine more or less what it is.

My goal is not to create controversy, much less flamewears, but simply to show what are the real benefits of those applications that we use daily and that even have options that we ignore without realizing it, compared to those that come by default in Microsoft Windows.

I'm not talking about OS X, because logically I don't have the opportunity to explore this OS thoroughly enough to give an honest opinion.

I will also skip some topics that may be of interest to newbies, since we can find many articles of this type on our blog. Here are some that I find interesting to take into account:

  1. What should a Windows user know about GNU / Linux?
  2. File structure in GNU / Linux
  3. How are directories structured in GNU / Linux?
  4. Linux for Dummies III. Desktop environments.
  5. Tips for choosing a GNU / Linux distribution

Well that's it .. I hope to have the first article of this series ready as soon as possible ... 😉

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  1.   Daniel Rojas said

    Great, I wait for the articles 😀

  2.   Brutosaurus said

    I think it is an excellent idea, and it will also be very useful when it comes to showing alternatives for current Windows users and will improve the transition from Windows 7 to a system with Kde (even so, it would also be his thing to use Windows 8, more than anything for you to compare and understand if the learning curve from W7 to W8 or Debian with KDE is worth it).

  3.   Miguel said

    Very well said that of
    »What's the use of going through life saying that our distribution is great if we don't really show users of other Operating Systems the advantages of GNU / Linux? «

  4.   Jose Manuel said

    Hello, I liked the idea, I am a Windows user and it has been difficult for me to know Linux, so much that I have tried it on 5 occasions, although now I am more introduced, for me there are terms that are unknown and that you handle with so easily and assuming that others know that for someone like me it is impossible. And as for the applications, I congratulate you and encourage you to do it at all times in a comparative way because that way it will be easier for those of us who are newbies to know this operating system better.

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      If you have any doubts or questions, do not be embarrassed and do it, it is true that many times we take things or concepts for granted, and some very novice users get lost. Even when we always try to explain everything, we always have things left 🙁

      So I repeat, any questions you have, we are here to help you 😉


    2.    mitcoes said

      Ask without fear that in the Linux world we have all made an idiot face with many things, that if you know a little English even with the google translator - and it is' almost everything in Castilian - looking in Google or in - which I see you use with Chromium you will find quite a lot of documentation.

      If you want to use Chrome you can also, it is to download the deb, and do double click, the USC will open only and you give it to accept in this case more similar to installing an MS WOS exe than a package via USC or console.

    3.    truko22 said

      But you use ubuntu that is the first step of a lot that we got and I respect learning about Gnu / Linux I think you will do it every day.

  5.   mitcoes said

    If you are going to talk only about KDE, why not use Chakra, which for me is the KDE par excellence.

    Because put to compare, even mix, Nautilus - Gnome and Unity - and Thunar - XFCE -, in addition to some other should enter the mix - Nautilus supports extensions which is very welcome -

    And emphasizing that in Linux we can mix and use KDE and Nautilus or Thunar, even the Wine file manager simultaneously.

    In fact I who use XFCE and Thunar regularly, sometimes I start sudo nautilus to do certain things - like change the owner of the files recursively -

    The same is asking too much work, but it is not so much if you focus on the extra characteristics of each one and its different way of working - not so different between those of Linux -, even reading a previous article

    Also I would recommend XFCE before, with the panel down to someone who comes from MS WOS than KDE for familiarity, although as butt opinions, we each have ours - ours -.

    In short, it is a From Linux more than a from KDE although you can speak with more knowledge of KDE, of course you write and do whatever you like, it is just a suggestion so that the pleasure of reading you - that I will have it - is older in his day.

    1.    elav said

      I will try to talk about each alternative and their counterparts, at least in GNU / Linux, but keep in mind that if we do not talk about other distributions and Desktop Environments, it is because it is very difficult for us to obtain them:

      1- Because the internet connection is very bad.
      2- Because none of the PCs that I use are personal, they are all from work.

      Anyway, I accept your suggestion very willingly .. 🙂

    2.    RudaMacho said

      In the case of newbies, there is a distribution that has something that makes "daily life" easier for those who are just starting out: the "software center", in this case I would opt for Kubuntu, not because I think it is a better distro than Chakra ( I use it and I love it) but because at that critical point (installing software) it is the most accessible. I congratulate the initiative of these articles. Cheers

  6.   mitcoes said

    A suggestion when you go for the audio / video editing programs you can opt for Ubuntu Studio which is XFCE, but if you stay on Debian and KDE you must install the low latency kernel - it exists for all distros - and it is the one that comes By default in Ubuntu Studio although in any distro you can have both - the normal one and the low latency one - so that the results in the audio and video postprocessing give "pal hair" to MS WOS and OSX.

    1.    mitcoes said

      You can also use nice to assign special priorities to these processes, but in using nice I have not found a good tutorial

    2.    elav said

      :Or interesting. I didn't know about that ..

    3.    Carlos-Xfce said

      What you say is very interesting. I would like to learn how to edit videos and correctly install the KDEnlive program in Xubuntu. I have never been able to do it successfully. And the low latency thing for audio and video processing… an article or series of articles on the matter would be worthwhile.

  7.   truko22 said

    interesting Dolphin vs Windows Explorer, for me dolphin has no contender compared to any file manager that brings any OS or desktop 😀 Regarding new users, I have been migrating for almost a year and a half and the average Linux user is 50% system administrator and 50% users. An average win user is 98% user and 2% administrator and is to install a program that leaves everything right with a single click. It is difficult to change a user from other platforms, if he does not like to fiddle with the OS and learn.

  8.   José Miguel said

    The idea is great, but one question remains to be resolved.

    —How to reach Windows users—

    If you have any ideas, I would like to meet them.


    1.    elav said

      Perhaps showing those users that unless very, very specific things, they can do with Linux the same as with Windows and even do better.

      1.    José Miguel said

        I share what you say, but from my point of view the greatest difficulty lies neither in use nor in safety, but in comfort, in habit ...

        That is the problem, and the solution is not simple. I think a good marketing campaign could help.

        How to articulate it? ... that's the problem.