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Old 07-16-2007, 12:20 AM   #1
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considering linux

i have a computer thats rather dated. ive heard that linux doesnt require an awful lot of power to run, so i was considering installing it just to tinker with. but i have some questions: i assume its compatible with the hardware i have now? will my files be able to be read? will it work on my network when the other computers are windows? is it compatible with windows software? i know nothing about any OS other than windows. the hardware on this pc is 1.7ghz processor, half gig ram (sd, not ddr), 64mb video card, 5.1 sound blaster.

oh, and anyone know where i can get it for FREE?
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i have a copy layin around somewhere. You can have linux and windows on one computer, carefull when installing though cause it can and will wipe your hard drive and you'll only have linux. windows software won't work on linux. I doubt it will bother with the networking ? but im not sure. Just to tinker with i'd sugest a comp your not usin anymore and just have linux on there. just my .02
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pclinxuos.com my friend. if your hard drive is partitioned yes, you can dual boot. and your linux can read your ntfs files. but not the other way around.
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i have a copy layin around somewhere. You can have linux and windows on one computer, carefull when installing though cause it can and will wipe your hard drive and you'll only have linux. windows software won't work on linux. I doubt it will bother with the networking ? but im not sure. Just to tinker with i'd sugest a comp your not usin anymore and just have linux on there. just my .02
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i recommend getting mandrake for your first time...the first time i used linux was in 99' and that was slackware...

Does Mandrake even exist anymore? I thought I remember them changing their name to Mandriva years ago.


http://www.ubuntu.com/ has become wildly popular for newbs and old hats like me. I've tinkered with it and am considering making a switch to it. I know a few long time windows hold outs that didn't want to convert and finally switched, or at least dual boot longer than 2 weeks by using Ubuntu.
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i dont want to dual boot. i just want a linux machine. if i dont like it, i can always wipe it out and reinstall windows. so whats the difference between linux/mandrake/ubuntu? and since windows software wont work, why WOULD someone go to linux, since 99.99999999999 (to the 10000th power) of software available is written for windows? the reason i ask is ill need drivers for my GFORCE and my soundblaster.
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i dont want to dual boot. i just want a linux machine. if i dont like it, i can always wipe it out and reinstall windows. so whats the difference between linux/mandrake/ubuntu? and since windows software wont work, why WOULD someone go to linux, since 99.99999999999 (to the 10000th power) of software available is written for windows? the reason i ask is ill need drivers for my GFORCE and my soundblaster.

Linux is just a kernel. It's packaged together with some free software and then distributed as an OS. It's free, but anybody can throw together a distribution OS and sell or give it away (with some restrictions) Ubuntu, Redhat, Suse are all companies that create their own distribution (linux package)


There really is no compelling reason for the average windows user to switch to Linux. If you have Apps, Games etc that you have already bought and ONLY run on Linux, then you can try Wine to get it to run under Linux. It may or may not work and it can be tedious to configure.

If you are just an internet surfer and don't feel like paying for endless expensive windows upgrades, Linux is a good alternative.

There are some apps available on Linux that are similar, or work-alikes to their windows counter parts. Some people like them, some people hate them.

For example, The Gimp (http://www.gimp.org) is a photo manipulation program that is photoshop-like. There are office apps etc.

I never help somebody setup linux if they are only going to dual boot. You have to commit to learn it. :laughing6

Linux was my daily OS for 10+ years until I switched to OSX (MAC) about a year ago. I still have my Linux box though. :icon_bigg

Nvidia drivers are available with all/most Linux distros. They usually come with a standard non-3d accelerated driver, but provide a way to download the official 3d-accelerated driver from nvidia.

There is a kernel driver for you sound card too.

What network card do you have?


Either way, I'd suggest downloading/burning and installing Ubuntu. I've only tinkered with it, but I think it's great for newbs.
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i used to run linux on one of my old xboxs... it was ok.. i like windows better.
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i just want to try something new. this bug hit me the other day. id like to buy a mac eventually when i get the extra cash. i havent messed with an apple since the old apple IIe, lol.
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i just want to try something new. this bug hit me the other day. id like to buy a mac eventually when i get the extra cash. i havent messed with an apple since the old apple IIe, lol.

haha, Applie IIe FTW! I had no interest in macs up through OS9. Once OSX came out, I tried it when my cousin bought one and liked it. The great thing (for me anyway) is that OSX is built on top of BSD Unix, so I still have most of the same command line tools and functionality that I used with Linux. OSX is a great compromise for me.

I bought a mac-mini (600) and used my existing KB, mouse, monitor to really get a feel for it. I love it so now I have my heart set on a 17" MacBook Pro, but at 2799, it may be a while. :laughing6
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download knoppix v5.11, make a cd.(I have one with me now, I'm om the north sideif you cand download it.)

Knoppix boots, and runs from cd only, and ram, uses no hd, doesnt hurt windows. Boot it, run it, play with it, see how you like it. Boots in about 45 seconds, also a good tool for recovering crashed windows computers, password reset, steeling files without leaving a trace.
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download knoppix v5.11, make a cd.(I have one with me now, I'm om the north sideif you cand download it.)

Knoppix boots, and runs from cd only, and ram, uses no hd, doesnt hurt windows. Boot it, run it, play with it, see how you like it. Boots in about 45 seconds, also a good tool for recovering crashed windows computers, password reset, steeling files without leaving a trace.

ooooh . gotta get that one fo sho.:icon_bigg
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