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Should I Use Linux on My Computer?

Linux Tux!

Episode 1763

Jacob from Montreal, CAN

Jacob wants to look into Linux, but which version to get? Leo says that there are various "flavors" of Linux, and based on your experience level, some may have different features. It's enthusiast driven, and so some devices may work, some may not. Most standard devices, like keyboards and mouses, will work natively. But you may need drivers for your monitors and peripherals like printers to get them to work. 

Can Linux run Microsoft Office?

Microsoft Office 365

Episode 1724

Jack from Atlanta, GA

Jack is going to be moving to the Philippines soon, and he wants to know if Linux will be able to share the same computer with separate logins. Leo says that Linux actually invented the concept of a multi-user computer with individual accounts. So they've been doing that long before Microsoft did.

Can Linux run Microsoft Office? Linux can also run Microsoft Office by using an app called WINE, but Leo says it's much easier to use the online version of Office. It's pretty much the same. 

 

How can I print wirelessly with Linux?

CUPS

Episode 1684

Lee from Santa Claus, IN

Lee has a printer and he'd like to wirelessly print through the router with Linux. Can he do that? Leo says Modern printers use WiFi to connect directly to the printer, but some routers have a special windows program for a print server. But it may no support your printer. Leo says that there is a driver called CUPS that may be able to do it. Look by router brand and model in the CUPS database. If it's there, then you can use CUPS to do it. Another option is to use VMWare or maybe even WINE to use the Windows version.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1529

If you're serious about your wine, then Dick's latest gadget is for you! Fresh from the Luxury Technology show comes The WineCab, a wine cellar that stands in any room of your house, assuming the ceiling is at least 9' 4” high. It's completely automated and it's a first from Calvary Robotics. They say their WineCab is the most advanced wine storage and inventory system in the world. A robotic arm uses advanced technology and data to store, serve and let you know everything about your collection. The 1300 pound 9'3" high, is 4' wide and 3.5' deep wood cabinet alone is impressive.

Should I upgrade to Windows 10 or Linux?

Episode 1308

G.Scott from Minnesota

G. Scott is thinking of putting Linux on an old computer. Leo says that's a great way to breathe new life into old hardware. Another option is Chrome OS. CloudReady is the site he'll want to use to get that done.

G Scott also wants to get Windows 10. Leo says to get a fresh stand alone version of Windows 10. When it installs, he'll be able to input his Windows 7 key to authenticate to Windows 10. That way he'll have the free Windows 10 upgrade. He can then downgrade if he wants and can upgrade it later.

Will Linux run Windows or DOS apps?

Episode 1040

Peter from Redlands, CA

Peter wants to know if Linux will run Windows or DOS apps. Leo says it can't run Windows or DOS apps natively, but WINE is an emulator that can work with some software. He also could run Windows virtually in Linux to run those apps. There's also a lot of free equivalents to Windows apps for Linux.

Linux is a great option for older computers since older Windows operating systems like XP aren't being supported anymore.