Common Questions about Linux

Common Questions

Q: I’ve been told there is no Licence to agree to, is this Software Legal ?.

Linux has a very fine Licence that will GIVE YOU rights and benefits, not take them away, and you should be encouraged to read it.
The basic rights you get are:

  • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).

  • The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).

  • The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

  • Source what ? Source Code is the actual data that makes up the Operating System, in this case Linux, you can order a copy from me or obtain it from the distributors website.

  • Distributor what ? Microsoft and Apple are examples of software distributors Linux Mint is a distribution of Linux.

Q: Will Linux work with Microsoft Windows® XP, 2000, Server 2003, Server 2008, Vista and Windows 7, Apple Mac.

A: No not exactly, Linux replaces MS Windows, Apple Mac etc. operating systems although it can be run directly from the disc to enable recovery of data from a Windows or Mac PC for example.

Q: Will I receive a printed & boxed disc?

A: Yes, I download the software disc images from the distributor and burn them to a Printed Disc and Box.
You will also receive a brief “Getting Started” Guide
Q:Can I run Photoshop, Dreamweaver Etc. ?

A: With a bit of extra software (Wine) you can run most Windows programs within Linux.
Q: Can I use this disc to repair my computer ?

A: Probably, these Linux discs can be run “Live” which means they run from the disc and DO NOT make any changes to your hard disk drives and data, you can browse all your files and recover them from a Windows PC you could then (A) Install (Make permanent) Linux or (B) you can reboot your PC and carry on working in Windows, although I think once you have had chance to experience this great software you will select option (A) .

Q: Will I get virus’s and malware ?
A: Probably not, Linux was built from the beginning to be secure and is kept up to date with regular security and program updates all available Free from the distributor.

Q: Can I install the software on more than one computer?

A: Yes, Open Source software can be installed on as many machines as you like..

Q: Is this software time limited or restricted in any way?

A: No, this is GPL software there is no activation or additional payment required.

Q: Do I have to pay for updates?

A: No, all updates are provided free by the distributor to your PC via an Internet connection.

Q: I’ve heard I could just download this disc.

A: Well you can’t download a disc 🙂 But yes you can download the software that is on it, first go to your favourite Linux website and download the relevant ISO i386,x86,X64, AMD64 etc. check the MD5 sum then extract and burn the ISO to a disc (not just copy it).

Q: Do you offer technical support?

A: Yes. I certainly do . Email; jazzyATjazzyjeph.co.uk
Email support is available 7 days a week.

Q: I bought an unmarked Linux disc from a company and they won’t give me support or reply to my emails, can you help ?

A: Probably, there are sellers out there who know nothing of Linux and are just in it for a quick buck they sell it to you on a blank disc with no other information it wouldn’t be so bad if they used it themselves but they don’t, send me an email (jazzyATjazzyjeph.co.uk) with your problem and i’ll see if I can help.

Q: Does the software come with a Warranty or Guarantee?

A: No, Linux and other Open Source software comes with NO Warranty or Guarantee, however see next question.

Q: My disc is faulty, can I get a replacement or refund?

A: Yes. Faulty CD/DVD are replaced Free of charge.

Q: Can you show me where all this is officially written ?

A: Sure, go to https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html to read all about it.

Q: If you didn’t make this software Jazzy how does my money that I paid you benefit the developers ?

A: I donate 50p for every disc sold to the Linux Foundation or the Free Software Foundation.

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An Apple a day – Dishonest Jobs

And this just in from Wired, i’ve added the italics;
“And yet even those who found fault with him personally recommended he receive the presidential appointment. One person indicated that although Jobs was dishonest, he did not think that honesty and integrity were required qualities for a high-level political position and therefore recommended Jobs “for a position of trust and confidence with the Government.””

What ? am I reading that wrong ? still looking around at our politicians…………………

Browsing with QtWeb – light weight – customisable – portable

I’m always on the look out for light weight versions of commonly used software so I was delighted to find QtWeb browser based on Nokia‘s Qt framework it doesn’t need installing either which is always a bonus so would be a good addition to a “pendrive”. QtWeb browser uses Apple‘s WebKit rendering engine and I wonder if this might be why it has the ability to render a website in different ways, to reflect different operating systems, this feature should help to provide a familiar interface for all users. Very little memory is consumed relative to browser’s like Firefox making it ideal for more modest equipment and yet it still manages to include support for the most common plugins, Flash, Quicktime etc.

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Microsoft, Apple and Adobe are pushing video and audio formats that restrict access and restrict software developers

I’m writing today to ask you to support the Play Ogg campaign (http://playogg.org).

Are you tired of constantly being prompted to download proprietary software and plugins to play the videos and listen to the music you want? Are you fed up with seeing new gadgets that only use incompatible and restrictive audio and video formats? Did you know that it’s not a lack of technological know-how that causes this, but software patents and other legal restrictions?

Increasingly proprietary software companies like Microsoft, Apple and Adobe are pushing video and audio formats that restrict access and restrict software developers, but there is an alternative that can be played on all computers without restriction—Ogg.

Ogg provides professional grade multimedia formats. Ogg is used extensively by free software projects, artists and a growing number of music and video distributors.

Soon over a million children and their families will be receiving the One Laptop per Child XO computer designed to play and create Ogg files. By advocating now for Ogg we can help ensure that those children will gain access to, and not be unnecessarily restricted from thousands of educational resources and materials on the web.

Join us in advocating for Ogg right now by taking 4 Easy Steps: Install VLC multimedia player, sign-up for the PlayOgg advocate mailing list, find and share Ogg friendly sites, and put PlayOgg Buttons on your web site or blog. After all that, if you are still looking for more to do, consider encouraging others to do the same.

Start here: http://playogg.org/