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    Oct 2008

    Question Finally it's done downloading!!!

    Hey forum people's,
    I'm recently making the switch from windows xp to Gentoo Linux. I've done a little research on what Gentoo could offer me and I can say the least that what I saw was impressive. I'm just scared cause I don't want to mess up my brand new laptop. So should I dual boot this thing or just sending right to the hard drive? How about it!

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    May 2004
    arch linux
    Welcome to the forums!

    Dual-booting is always a good option for new users, in my opinion. That way, if things don't work under Linux you can go into Windows to seek help.

    In the end, it's a matter of personal choice, though.

    Hope you have fun with Gentoo.

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    I was responding to your post:
    Finally it's done downloading!!!
    I wanted to say that many times too!

    I would install Linux and not look back. To BSD or not to BSD?

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    If you are New to Linux, you better dual boot, or if you can burn a Laptop recovery CD/DVD for Windows, you can do that to before you do a full Gentoo install. Gentoo isn't for the novice Linux user used to running Windows. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
    I refuse to let fear and fear of others rule my life. It puts my humanity at risk.
    Accepting Death is the only way to stay alive.

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    Jun 2005
    Odessa, FL
    I agree that Gentoo isn't for a novice. But if you follow the handbook carefully, you can get a successful install. My advice is simply not to get frustrated. It could take a little while to get it right, but once it's installed it all feels worth it

    Oh and btw...
    What internet speed do you use?
    What are some of your computer specs?

    Gentoo downloads *a lot* for it's installs, and it's installs can be lengthy - especially on older hardware

    Either way, I'm sure you'll enjoy your experience if you give Gentoo an honest effort and make sure to get a successful install

    Good luck!

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