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I still don’t believe that Linux will ever replace Windows as the most popular operating system but it is gaining ground. There are several difficulties facing those who would like to get started with Linux. The first problem is that it requires either a clean hard drive for installation of the Linux operating system or you have set up your Windows system to dual boot with Linux. Both of them require at least a minimal level of computer expertise. For those who are dependent on Windows everyday for their business activities and only have one computer, it is risky to install a second operating system on your computer.
Even for those willing to take the risk, there is the learning curve involved in learning an entirely new operating system. New information about Linux is coming out everyday. My friend Thomas Yeomans in Canada has created a great product that goes far in overcoming both the expertise required and the long learning curve. Thomas has created a CD-Based version of Linux that works great and allows you to have a Linux computer without changing anything in your Windows setup. He accompanies that great Linux version with the clearest and most comprehensive tutorials. Included are concise movies, a complete manual and a large number of very instructive essays that will have you learning Linux in short order.
It is a great package and you can download the entire package for only $19.00 or, if you prefer to avoid the large download, two CDs are available for only $34.95. Using this package you not only learn all about Linux but you get to practice what you learn and decide if you really want to make the change. To get complete information on this great package go to http://www.elearnix.com
This great tool is called eLearnix and the information below is a description of it directly from the guidebook. Check it out and then purchase it for a unique learning experience.
eLearnix is a CD based Operating System using Linux. It was designed to be a Linux training tool. eLearnix can be loaded into any PC computer without affecting your current Windows operating system. In fact, eLearnix does not use your hard drive. It runs from your computer motherboards on board memory. (RAM)
eLearnix does not need to be installed in the conventional sense, which eliminates problems normally encountered with learning new operating systems. You do not partition your hard disk or make any modifications to your hard drive or system components.
When you are finished using eLearnix, your regular Windows system is exactly as you left it since you make no alterations to your hard drive.
A cd-based operating system does not compare to a properly installed linux distribution on a hard drive or another storage device. Using RAM for everything is not reliable. RAM clears everytime electricity is removed. Each time you restart your computer, the memory is wiped clean since power is momentarily switched off.
The facilities for saving your data is possible with elearnix but it still lacks some of the essential backup and recovery of a hard drive installation. Also the cd-based linux system is rather slow and cumbersome without a fast processor and cdplayer.
Using a faster machine with more memory, or a quicker cdplayer will allow the system to run better. It doesn’t use your hard drive so it will not affect your regular windows operating system. Go ahead and use it on your everyday or office machine. You have nothing to lose. Also, if you happen to have an older computer lying around, give it a try.
eLearnix makes use of your computer system’s BIOS to direct the processor where to get it's instructions. All computer BIOS chips can be directed to “boot” from many different sources other than your hard drive. Most computers will have a message when starting up that will direct you to press the “del” key to enter the configuration screen. There are different combinations for different computers so check the lising by clicking HERE.
A computer BIOS will allow the processor to retrieve the directions for loading the operating system from the cdrom. The BIOS, as part of it’s function, is to direct the processor to look for the initial boot instructions on a section of your hard drive called the “boot sector”. In this situation, you tell it to look for the boot instructions on the specially created cd-rom called eLearnix.
All modern computer systems have a variety of booting options in their BIOS configuration screen. Booting from the floppy is essential for virus recovery disks, or to install some windows operating systems. When you find yourself faced with installing a new operating system, the manufacturer will tell you to “boot from the cd-rom”. (Many computers will allow for network booting as well). The configuration screen is produced by the BIOS manufacturer which is usually accessed by pressing a combination of keys when the computer is going through it’s initialization procedure.
The Basic-In-Out-System. (BIOS) is a little microchip on the computer motherboard that is programmed to run tests on your system memory and other hardware devices. BIOS Central is a good place to find out more about the BIOS. They explain it this way;
BIOS means Basic Input Output System. BIOS is actually firmware, the software that is programmed into a ROM (Read-Only Memory) chip built onto the motherboard of a computer. BIOS is what makes the system run an initial Power-On Self-Test of the computer, initialize circuits, load the boot program from the boot disk, and then handle low-level I/O to peripheral controllers such as keyboard and display.
For beginners, the only difficult thing to do in order to use eLearnix, will be instructing the BIOS to launch the configuration screen in order to boot from the CD-ROM.
All systems I have owned only asked me to press the “Delete” key after starting up the machine. There is usually a message on the black screen informing me that I should press the “DEL” key to get into the BIOS software. There are many ways to do this depending on your computer. Click HERE for a complete list of keystrokes required to go into the BIOS on your computer.