Helpful tips for switching from Windows to Linux

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Today in Open Source: Tips for switching from Windows to Linux. Plus: Open Source drones, and a review of Parsix 5.0

Tips for Switching from Windows to Linux

EFY Times has twenty useful tips for those thinking about switching from Windows to Linux. The tips are brief and to the point, and they are probably best suited for those who are completely new to Linux.

Have you been contemplating moving to Linux from Windows? Well, if you are scared of the complexities involved, we will make it easy for you. We bring to you top things that you must know...

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I'm always happy to see people making the move from Windows to Linux, but it can be a bit daunting if you've never used Linux and you don't know where to start. The tips in the article can help clear up some of the usual questions.

If you're not sure what Linux distribution to start with, try Linux Mint. It provides a very good base operating system, with some helpful Linux Mint only tools. Once you get your feet on the ground with Linux Mint, you can also check out more distros by visiting DistroWatch.

One of the great things about Linux is that there's a distro for everybody. So you can always switch from Linux Mint to something else later on if you prefer.

Own An Open Source Drone

Have you ever wanted to own your very own drone? Well, it might soon be possible thanks to the Lisa/S chip. Wired has an interesting report about this open source drone autopilot system.

The Lisa/S chip is 4 square-centimeters — about the same size as a Euro coin. But this 1.9-gram sliver of silicon includes everything you need to autopilot an aerial drone.

It’s the world’s smallest drone autopilot system — over 30 grams lighter than its predecessor — according to the chip’s designers at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. And best of all, both the hardware and the software is open source, meaning anyone can copy and use it — for free.

“The main reason we chose open source is that we want to make it available for society,” says the project’s leader, Bart Remes. He envisions open source drone technology enabling a wider range of civilian drone applications, from agriculture to search and rescue.

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I'm honestly not sure how I feel about this sort of thing. On one hand, I can see the potentially good uses for this technology. On the other hand, I can also see widespread abuse of these things too, and not just by the government.

How long will it be until everybody owns a drone or two? Will we have these things buzzing around all over the place, causing mayhem and mischief? And think of the possibility for Peeping Toms and Peeping Jennifers, they'll be able to send their drones to spy on anybody they want.

Perhaps we'll all need to invest in open source surface to air drone missile defense kits?

Parsix 5.0 Review

LinuxBSDos has a full review Parsix 5.0 Lombardo. Parsix was one of the distros I ever reviewed for Desktop Linux Reviews back when I first started that blog. LinuxBSDos' take on Parsix 5.0 seems to be a bit of a mixed bag.

Parsix 5 is an example of a Linux distribution that has all the tools for make a desktop distribution that just works. And indeed, all Linux distribution have all the tools at their disposal to package such an operating system, but the developers either just don’t see the need to provide such a system or have taken the idea of freedom to an extreme. I think it’s a combination of both.

In general, Linux distributions have always been regarded as more secure operating systems than Windows. And that they are free of malware that plague that operating system. To a very large extent, that’s true. However, because of its very weak security posture, Parsix is not one of those distributions that I can confidently give to a Windows users and say, hey, use this distribution, it’s more secure than Windows. I couldn’t. At least not a default installation.

Parsix 5.0 Review
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I totally agree with the review's take on the lack of an automated installer. Asking folks new to Linux to manually partition a hard disk just doesn't cut it any more, we are way past that point in the development of Linux as a desktop operating system.

Parsix 5.0 doesn't seem to offer much that you can't already get in other distros. If the developers don't take steps to improve it, I can't see Parsix ever amounting to much, given all of the other distros available.

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