What is Linux4Hope?
Linux4Hope is a non-profit organization who provides computers powered by Linux to those in need.
What is Linux?
Linux in itself is just the base code of an open-source operating system known as the Linux kernel. When someone says “Linux”, they generally mean any operating system that uses the Linux kernel. There are many different “Linux” based operating systems (OS) available, check out Distrowatch for the different kinds of Linux operating systems available. The Linux family of operating systems and Linux kernel can be found all over the world, powering TVs and DVRs, GPS navigation devices, cars, Wall Street, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Android and even the router/modem that connects your computer to the World Wide Web. Linux powers 95% of the Internet, which keeps our society running smoothly. The Linux based operating system that we will be installing most often on computers that will be given to the applicants is Ubuntu. It is the most popular and supported Linux based operating system available.
Does Microsoft Applications work on Linux?
Not without another program like Winehq. We will often pre-install Wine, but Wine isn’t guaranteed to always work. It will attempt to run the Windows programs in Linux. Most Windows applications we have come across will work fine with Wine in Ubuntu. If your Windows program won’t run, you can still browse the Software Center in Ubuntu as there are hundreds of free applications that can be searched that may be a suitable alternative for you.
Why should I use Linux?
- Linux is an open-source operating system that provides an up-to-date, safe, free and reliable experience to computer users.
- Its fast development ensures that new technology will be implemented so that you will be prepared for the technology the future will bring.
Linux is safe because of how it was built.
- It is very difficult for a Linux user to receive any malware or viruses that could harm their computer. You will notice everything will require your password for something to be installed or removed along with running programs at an elevated level for security reasons.
- Most software Linux users download is from the Software Center where all the software listed has been inspected and determined safe to install.
Linux is free because of the people who build it.
- The open–source philosophy lives in Linux to ensure that anyone can use it.
- You are free to modify the code without worrying about licensing infringement.
- The community, companies, and foundations that are all involved strive to keep Linux free in price as well as providing software that follows the same philosophy.
Linux is a global force project.
With many people working on Linux, bugs and instability issues are
determined to be kept at a minimum ensuring a reliable experience to the
Can I use my iPod/iPhone/Android/Blackberry/digital camera with Linux?
Yes. There is software available for syncing playlists, contacts and calendars. It will also immediately recognize the memory card and offer to run the appropriate photo managers/music player applications if necessary. Some feature phones will also be recognized as something to tether for Internet access.
Will my printer work with Linux?
Most likely, Ubuntu will recognize the printer after you have gone
through the printer setup process. Scanners and fax machines should have
no problems in being recognized. There are only a few brands that don’t
work in Linux, and we are aware that Lexmark printers/scanners are one
How do I install software on Linux?
Using a package manager like the Ubuntu Software Center, run a search for the feature you need or browse the categories. You will find detailed descriptions for each item. All you have to do from there is click Install and it will automatically download and install everything it needs without any further prompting.