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    Hi,
    I`m new to Linux, and also have a minimal knowledge base of computers generally!!
    I`m currently running Windows XP, liked the idea of virus etc free OS, so I`ve ordered a "starter pack" from Linuxshops. Is there anything I should know before installing Ubuntu? (like do I have to partition my HD - & if so how do I do that?)
    Any suggestions would be much appreciated

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    Hello and welcome!

    The ubuntu installer will offer you the chance to create partitions during the initial installation. It's all done by a self-guided menu, so you shouldn't have any trouble with it. Just don't allow the installer to take the entire disk for Ubuntu, unless that is what you want to do.

    Good luck to you with the new install, and with Linux.
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    Welcome aboard!

    Like ozar already mentioned, Ubuntu will walk you through the installation. Very intuitive directions, so you shouldn't run into any real issues.
    Since you're just making the move, though, I'd advise keeping Windows on your computer for a while, as well.
    You can use Linux as you wish, and get used to it. But if you need a specific Windows program for something, you can reboot and choose to start-up into XP.

    Good luck, and have fun with it!
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    While partitioning is pretty safe these days, a well timed power cut, cat or carbon interface error can still really mess things up. Make sure you have a backup of any data you couldn't face losing. Also make sure the backup has worked; I speak from bitter experience when I say there is no feeling as deflating as when your "I've got a backup" smugness is punctured
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    Welcome to the forum. If you run into any issues, have a question, or just want to visit, this is the place. Two sites you will want to bookmark, in addition to this one, is google for questions, and distrowatch.com for info and downloads of distro's. Glad to have you join us.
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