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Save 240 dollars on your next computer...

Have you ever heard of linux? It's an operating system that has gained a lot of popularity.

One of the main reasons why is that most distrobutions or "distro's" like the popular Ubuntu are free!

Microsoft Windows can cost you up to 120 dollars.

Ubuntu runs most of the hardware (printers, etc) that windows does, and has no cost.

The other money saver if you use Microsoft Office (Another 120 dollars) is to use Open Office.

Open Office from openoffice.org is also absolutely free!

And it can open and edit any Microsoft Office document! it even seves to MS Office format so you can open it up at school, at work, etc, to print it off, give it to a teacher, or the boss...

On the low end of cost ms windows is around 70-80 dollars.
MS Office is almost always at the 120 dollar mark.

If your looking to build your own computer, or just buy a finished one at a computer distributor, you can get really good deals by buying a "NO OS" computer, and then just install ubuntu (which comes with openoffice) and you've got a new computer that can handle almost every application windows does for much cheaper.

If your interested, here are the links:

http://www.ubuntu.com/


and

http://www.openoffice.org/

P.S. If you are still using a dial in modem for internet, the chances of ubuntu or any other linux version being able to use this connection type are next to none, sorry dial up internet users.

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I just bought a HP presario laptop with free dos operating system.it uses windows but doesnt have microsoft operating system.I cant download skype.What can I do?


If an application is not available for your operating system, you have two options. One is to look for a compatible application from another source (if one is available). The other option is to switch operating systems. If you want to avoid buying a copy of Windows, install a distribution of Linux. Skype is available for Linux, and programs like WINE can let you run many Windows applications. You also have software like OpenOffice available. Ubuntu is a very popular Linux distribution. Installation is simple and it looks and acts a lot like Windows so it's easy to adjust to using it.

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when I start the laptop (HP HDX 16) I get this messege: Boot device not found Error codes Hard Disk-(3F0) pleas install an operating system on your hard disk. F2 system diagnostic. but it does not install windows ,although the hard disk is new,and the jumper set as standard defult


The Windows edition listed in BIOS (Vista) is referring to the operating system that came with the computer. BIOS's System Diagnostics will always say the OS is Vista, because that is the original OS that HP put on the system. BIOS itself, however, cannot detect an operating system on the new Hard Drive because there is no operating system. In order to get an operating system, you have a couple options:

Depending on the terms and length of your warranty, you may be able to get HP to reinstall the operating system back onto the new Hard Drive. The amount you would pay depends on the warranty. Many warranties, however, become void when you change physical components in the computer (especially with laptops). If this is the case, you will have to try the next option.
You can buy a retail copy of Windows either online or from an electronics store. The price will depend on what edition you purchase, but it will probably cost you at least $100 US.
You can install a Linux operating system on your Hard Drive. If you've never heard of Linux, it is an operating system based on much of the same code as Mac operating systems, but has a more "Windows-like" feel to it. Linux operating systems are NOT the same as windows, and some programs that work in Windows will not work in Linux; you would need to find the Linux counterpart for these programs. One of the best things about Linux operating systems are that they are absolutely free to download, install and use. A very popular and stable Linux operating system is Ubuntu, which can be found at: http://www.ubuntu.com/

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If you are on Windows, check your startup programs by running command, msconfig and tab over to startup to the right, last tab. If all else fails, switch over to a free Linux distrobution such as Linux Mint.

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i want to know about unix


I'm assuming you mean Linux. Linux is a (generally free) Operating System, like Windows. It's basically the backbone of your PC. Linux is a more 'advanced' operating system, in that all of your Windows version programs won't work on there, unless you use something called WINE or there's a Linux version out for it. If you're a computer 'novice', you may not want to use Linux. If you do, several popular distributions (or 'distros') are Ubuntu, Fedora and openSUSE.

Hope this is enough for you!

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What is the difference between unix and linux


UNIX is a operating system which has only command user interface, and if the unix is installed in the system you cant install any other operating system after that ... one separate system must be allocated for the unix ...

LINUX is the graphical user interface and it supports multiple operating system ..

UNIX and LINUX are almost same, almost all commands which supports in UNIX supports in LINUX too .. with some extended features just like GUI(GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE),SECURITY,MULTI USER,MULTI TASKING,etc

COMMAND USER INTERFACE - the input is made to the computer by using commands and the output is obtained by command or by printer ...

GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE- the input is provided to the computer through the other input devices like mouse,joystick etc
the input is provided either by command or by the just clicking the mouse on the particular icon ...

example for graphical user interface is windows,Macintosh etc ...


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