Frequently Asked Questions

What is LEARNIX? Sounds like it has to do with LEARN...

That's right. LEARNIX was originally developed by the former Low Energy Architecture Research uNit, LEARN. It is a bootable LINUX distribution based on Xubuntu. Bootable means it runs straight off the CD-ROM and doesn't require installation on the local hard disk. This enables all the Windows people out there (yes, there are still a few of them around) to run powerful UNIX software on their computers.

What are the minimum system requirements?

In order to run LEARNIX on your personal laptop, it should meet or exceed some minimum hardware requirements:

For more details, please see Installation System Requirements from the Ubuntu Community Documentation. LEARNIX is based on the x86 Desktop Edition, 32-bit.

LEARNIX, Xubuntu, Ubuntu, LINUX, UNIX. This is all getting a wee bit confusing.

UNIX was first. It's a computer operating system. Because it is very expensive, people created a free clone of it. This is LINUX. LINUX has the reputation of being difficult to install, but this is non-sense: LINUX has improved an awful lot over the last few years. It's now easier to install than Windows. Anyhow, for people that can't or won't install LINUX on their boxes, Ubuntu created a Live-CD. It's LINUX on a CD, no installation is required. The good people of Xbuntu fame thought (quite rightly, too) that Ubuntu isn't quite as slick and fast as it could be, so they created their own flavour of it. Finally, there is LEARNIX. LEARNIX is essentially Xubuntu with Radiance pre-installed and configured.

Why don't you compress the ISO image to make it quicker to download?

The image is already compressed. The original Xubuntu is about 2GB of applications which are sqeezed onto a standard 700 MB CD-ROM. We reduced the image size a little bit by removing things you definitely don't want (such as games). Compressing an already compressed file doesn't really make it any smaller.

So what is this LEARN thing, then?

LEARN stands for Low Energy Architecture Research uNit. We used to be a research unit within the London Metropolitan University until management decided to shut us down.

Can I save my files to the windows partition of my computer?

Yes, you can. If your Windows data partition (you do have a separate one, don't you?) is formatted as FAT16, FAT32 or NTFS, you may save your file to it. You may also write your files to a ZIP drive, floppy disk, an external hard disk or USB memory stick.