What is Linux? Linux is an operating system like Windows and Mac OSX. I would like to discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of using the Linux operating system instead of using the Windows operating system. I consider myself pretty well rounded and does not have a biased opinion one way or the other operating system. Usually what happens with discussions involving Linux and Windows at the end of the fights and flame. I have the intention to resolve this and give as much information about the pros and cons of various different operating systems. I hope to accomplish this, showing all the different views on this as I've heard. The following is a basic list of pros and cons and then turn briefly to each one in some detail so you can get a better opportunity to see all the different benefits of switching. Pros: 1. No 'virus 2. Free 3. Easy Updates 4. Stable 5. Insurance 6. The programs are free 7. Ideal for programmers Cons: 1. Some devices are not compatible 2. You have to use three new software a little differently. Not everything is GUI (point and click interface) 4. Not exactly hard core gamers Virus: With Linux, viruses, adware, spyware, trojans, malware, etc. are a thing of the past. With Linux, is so versatile and it sure makes it almost impossible to be a target for viruses and hacking attempts. By switching to Linux, I would never have to worry about opening the e-mail, or visit the site that could harm your computer. This is a liberating feeling that you never have to worry about your data is in danger. Creating viruses for Linux is not impossible, however, most hackers and virus writers use a Linux operating system to hack your computer. Because hackers usually do not target fellow hackers, point to what most people are using what would be the Windows operating system. Free: the Linux operating system is not only safe but also free. With the Windows operating system, you could end up paying hundreds of dollars to run the operating system more vulnerable in the world. With Linux, no matter what version you never have to pay for what is called "distribution." These distributions are also called "nix flavors," which means the large number of Linux distributions. Depending on the language, the use and the environment, you can decide on your taste. A more important for ordinary people is called Ubuntu. Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution for the general public. It is elegant, pleasant and easy to configure and use. At the end of this article, you can see the different links that can help you decide on a nix flavor is best for you. Easy Updates: updates like Windows, Linux does have an upgrade system too. A major difference is once you have finished updating your system, you do not get this annoying message every five minutes saying to restart the computer. Also, most Linux distributions come with a program called the "Synaptic Package Manager". PMS is a built in application used to locate and automatically download and install a lot of programs you want. For example, if you want a torrent download program, simply search for "torrent" and get a list of different applications including torrents. You can do this for games and applications. Stable: Linux is an operating system very stable due to the fact that it is open source. When you open source Linux, which allows anyone to view and modify the code that is more stable once an update is released after appropriate testing. Security: Linux is very secure in themselves and other settings you can do to make it even safer. Almost no exploits available for Linux, as there is for Windows. This is in addition to which it is virus free. I think the other two are self-explanatory or explained in the above description. Some devices are not supported: Most new devices like the latest video cards are not Linux friendly. With the new devices, it is best to do research to see if the Linux community has some support for that particular device, you may do so through Google and search for the device with your Linux distribution to see if there is any support for it. You have to use new or different software: When using Linux, you have to remember that it is Windows, and applications of different operating systems are different. For example most people are familiar with Microsoft Office. Instead of using Microsoft Office, using a program called OpenOffice which is about the same program, just a little different. As long as you do not mind trying something new and different, then it should not be a problem. Almost anything you can do in Windows that you can do in Linux. It may not be the exact same programs, but can be done in a similar way. Not everything is GUI: Although Linux is becoming more "point-and-click" not everything is so simple, especially when it comes to drivers. Not everything that is indexed in the SPM (Synaptic Package Manager) so you may have to use the "Terminal" (similar to the commands of Windows, but much more powerful) to install the application or driver . Not made for Hard Core players: To be honest, if you plan to be a player, Linux is not for you. Most games are made for Windows and requires the latest graphics cards to run. However, I recommend what is called dual boot, which lets you run Windows and Linux without having to worry about having two different teams, all that is, it would be a simple reboot to choose between operating systems. In conclusion, I would say it depends on your preferences. I have given some facts and based on this information, you may inform the operating system Linux and Windows. If you're not ready to change, then you stick with your current operating system. But if you are to try something different and new, challenging, I suggest you try Linux. The best part is with Linux, you can even run the operating system directly from an album called "Live CD", which means you do not even have to install the operating system on your computer to try it! It's free and will not harm your computer in any way! Here are some useful links to check in 1. Linux.org – This site indexes of all the different flavors so you can nix see. Website: http://www.linux.org2. Ubuntu – This is the Ubuntu page for more information and downloads. Website: http://www.ubuntu.com3. Wubi Installer – This is an application used to install Linux as a Windows application and can be removed simply uninstall from your computer. Website: http://wubi-installer.org/
Used Homeschooling Books ? Tips for Navigating the Used Curriculum Market Finding used homeschooling books may take time, but it can also save you money. By purchasing used homeschool books, some families are able to cut their homeschooling costs in half.
Half Price Books is a great source of used material. Search the children’s section for popular readers and read alouds from your literature-based curriculum. This section is also a great source of nonfiction history and science materials.
Used homeschool books, textbooks, lesson plans and teacher’s guides can often be found on Half Price Books’ education aisle. You can also find used curriculum at other used book stores, garage sales, thrift stores, and libraries. Some local homeschool support groups host used book swaps for their members.
Finding Used Curriculum Online
If you prefer to shop online, you may consider joining Paperback Swap or Book Mooch. Both companies allow you to list old materials on their websites and exchange them for books you desire.
Many curriculum suppliers such as Sonlight, The Well Trained Mind and Winter Promise, host homeschool forums where you can buy and sell used materials. You can also purchase used homeschooling curriculum online at:
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Tips for Buying Used Homeschool Curriculum
When buying used homeschooling books, make a list of materials you need. Stick to this list in order to avoid buying materials just because they’re a good deal. Be specific about titles, editions and grade levels so you can make sure you buy the correct materials.
Always be respectful of the seller by making a fair offer. Popular books that are in good condition are generally sold for 50-80% of retail price. When purchasing in an online auction, be careful not to get caught in a bidding war and pay too much for the materials. Buy from reputable sellers, and make sure you understand the payment payment and shipping arrangements before sealing the deal.
Tips for Selling Used Homeschool Books
Once you are familiar with the used curriculum market, you may want to sell some of your old materials. If you are selling online, make sure you have a list of the items you have available and the locations where they’ve been listed. Describe your items accurately and objectively, providing photos, if permitted.
Set a fair price for your materials, and expect lower payments for older editions or items with low demand. Be clear about the shipping and payment arrangements between yourself and the buyer, and make sure you know what fees you are required to pay the website on which your materials are listed.
For families who are savvy and resourceful, buying and selling used materials is a great way to make homeschooling affordable.
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