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Xtra PC Pro
eMail ads claim this thumb-drive based Linux operating systeme will replace older PC and Mac OS. It's less than $40.

Any thoughts? Xtra PC for $35 to $80
This is new to me, so far. I'm going to check it out, because I'm ready to start transitioning over to Linux. Linux has matured to the point where they are pretty much on par with the two big systems.

I've held off on Linux because I got lazy and didn't want to take the time to learn a new system. I'm going to look at this one, and perhaps others that are available.

Bill, I did some research into Xtra-PC and am pretty certain that is uses Umbutu(Lumbutu, which is a flavor of that program). Looks like they have a flavor for all comers. S13

Quote:The new users might not be knowing that apart from the basic Unity-based Ubuntu, there are lots of other flavors. There are various variants of Ubuntu that fulfill specific needs of the users. If you wish to try out modern and sleek looking KDE desktop environment, there’s Kubuntu. For systems with low configuration, Lubuntu and Xubuntu are available. Ubuntu GNOME and Ubuntu MATE are two other popular flavors. Edubuntu is focussed on schools and educational institutions. Tons of choices, right?

They seem to be free, as well. Evidently, those more informed about it say everything on the thumb drive can be downloaded easily. Operating off of the thumb drive as an alternate hard drive seems interesting by itself.

My questions: if the newly updated OS from the thumb drive incapacitates the existing OS if the thumb drive is removed, and how existing apps can work with it.

I have tons of graphic software, and losing any of them would be devastating. However, since my MacBook Pro is a legacy model (the last great Apple product) many new apps want to treat it as too old to work with them. The new MacBook computers can't even burn CDs and DVDs, but have some bells and whistles grafted on that force users to buy new.

The Xtra PC claims the new OS can run Mac- and PC-oriented apps, but I'm from Missouri on that.

Apps have always been collusional with OS companies. I remember when Aldus with Pagemaker had apps in every newspaper and publishing company, and lost the war with Adobe InDesign, and FreeHand lost to Illustrator. The software had many landmines, that screwed up if the other company's commands were entered. Y'know, what would save a program in one company, would erase it in the other. Now legacy programs no longer are able to exist with newer computers. New programs allow their product to be downloaded into legacy format - but not vice versa. Modern InDesign files can be converted to .idml files which can be used with legacy programs, but many new files are unusable unless a new program converts it down.

This whole episode makes me leery expecting transparency with Linux.
Bill, here's a nice article that can answer some of your questions: 8 Alternative Operating Systems For Your Mac (That Actually Work). Almost everywhere I go, I read that the best over all flavor of Linux is Ubuntu, or the clones of Ubuntu.

The program, which is found on Xtra-PC uses Lubuntu, but I don't know which version. My guess is that it is either 14.04, or 16.04. Both are Long Term Support(LTS) programs and this is important, because support lasts much longer than the regular versions. The newest 18.04 won't be out until April of this year, so it has to be the two I mentioned above.

Which Is The Best Linux Distro For Beginners? — 2017 Edition

I'll most likely begin with the Linux Mint, which is a Ubuntu knockoff. It can easily use all of the Ubuntu software easily, and it can be made to resemble Windows better(Cinnamon). Like the Xtra-PC this one is also bootable from the USB drive.

I know I can download this onto a drive, but both versions have other things loaded on the drive itself, such as Boot Repair and installation guides.

One thing to remember with Linux is that the programs are open source, and free to use. Some of the software is not free, but most of it is. However, support is not free. That's why I think using a flavor that has the "LTS" label can offer anyone a much longer support system.

There is no need to purchase the flash drive with Linux on it, you can easily set it up yourself. I did it a couple of years ago.

7 Best Portable Linux Distro to Boot and Run from USB
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