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Welcome to an Article on Linux.

An introduction to Linux.

Linux is an operating system like Windows. The first difference however is that it is free to use. It is an opensource software, this means that the code it runs is freely available too. As a result anyone can take a copy of the code and amend it to suit their personal needs.
This means there are plenty of versions of Linux available. Pretty much all of them are created and updated by an informal group of developers. I first started looking at Linux as an alternative to Windows when Microsoft released a new browser that when I installed it started breaking other non-related programs such as my DVD burner program. I couldn't accept that a new browser should impact all my other software so internet explorer had to go and that led me to question why I kept Windows too.

Puppy Linux

I tried a number of lightweight Linux distributions, I soon found out that most of these can be downloaded as a CD image which you then burn onto a CD. Pop the CD into your computer, amend the boot options (if necessary) to boot from the CD before the hard drive and this way you can test any number of alternative operating systems without touching your Windows installation. This is very comforting to someone with limited technical skills. Basically they cannto break their existing Windows system. Eventually I settled on Puppy Linux as being a good all round distribution that usually worked without being messed around with and didn't break or need much in the way of technical skills. I started with Puppy version 4, moved onto version 5, then tried out an Apple Mac version alled MacPup, which I still use occasionally as the user interface is impressive. Of course the more I used Puppy versions the better my own skills became and ultimately I became more demanding of what I wanted an operating system to do for me.

Introducing Saluki.

At this point I found Saluki Linux and I was impressed by the quality of the build, the willingness of the team to help people who have no technical ability and fact that basically it just works without hardly any intervention by the user.
From the downloadable disk image you have everything you need and the other things you might want are easily available to add on through the package manager. Plus the team are helpful in adding new applications by request.
What convinced me most of all though is that on up to date hardware, it just works. Even some older hardware, and my desktop PC dates back to 2005 it works well.
I was so impressed that in the end I offered my assistance to set up a user forum and website and Jemimah very kindly accepted my help in designing Saluki-Linux.com
SO if you would like to give it a go then please do. Goto the Saluki-Linux.com downloads page and download the latest ISO image - it is about 130MB. Then burn this image onto a blank CD. Insert the CD into your computer and enjoy an operating system as it should be. Fast, user friendly and best of all it just works. Providing you have sufficient RAM, more than 130MB should be ok then you can even remove the CD while running Saluki. Once you realise you can't live without it then you have the option of installing it on your hard drive and choosing it over Windows when you start your PC up. So even then you don't have to touch your Windows installation and an always go back to it - if you wanted to!
Why not try it here.