Who wants to answer a nice little newbie's questions?
Okay. I want a clean, fast, operating system where I can accomplish tasks with speed and quality without encountering problems. It's just for my use - and I will be operating on a network.
I'm looking to set up a dual boot system on my sort-of-custom Dell 4600. I've got Windows XP, and I'd like to have it share with either Red Hat or Ubuntu. I've got an 80GB HD with 30GB free (I'm a game and music addict.) I realize that all my games such as Halo, B1942, etc. will stay under windows, and probably much of my media and other leisure stuff too, though.
So here are my questions:
1) Ubuntu, Red Hat, or College Linux? I've got them all already on burned CDs from linuxiso.org. I'm looking for something easy to learn, I don't mind learning new things. I just need something that's not limiting but not entirely unfriendly either. Feel free to ask questions.
2) Once I install a Linux distro to a certain partition, can I decide I want a more advanced distro and completely wipe the old Linux distro from that partition and install a new one over it?
3) Partitioning. How? How much? I've got 30GB of 80GB free, all currently under C:\, which Windows is using. Am I already messed up? Or not? I'm thinking like 65GB for Windows, 15GB for Linux.
4) How can I go about partitioning my hard drive - safely? Is there an easy way that is foolproof? Will the Red Hat or Ubuntu CD do it for me?
5) I've heard of WINE and don't know much about it, but I've got a strange feeling that I don't want to know. I have a feeling that I"ll let Windows XP do the Windows stuff and Linux do the Linux stuff. Easy as pie, right?
If I'm being completely dumb, please say so. Don't tell me to dump Windows - I've got it running very stable and all set up to my liking. I love Windows. Yep, you heard right. I'd just rather have options.
I've already looked under the Tutorials, but I can't find answers to my questions. Also, I've searched and searched, and still can't. If it's easier to just link me to another page, just say so.
<xMist puts up newbie flame shield> :lol:
Oh, and if anyone has a PalmOS PDA, I'm moderator at a nice community called www.palmforums.org/forums (sorry for the shameless plug.)
Re: Who wants to answer a nice little newbie's questions?
I will add to what genesus said
1)I would go with Ubuntu. IMHO it is the "best" out of those three. It is "easy" but also pretty powerful. The key is GNU/Linux isn't harder than windows, just different!
3) It depends on what file system. Fat32 should be ok (you will have to make a new partition from you current free space). However, if it is NTFS it will be more difficult (because MS doesn't like to share secrets :wink: )
5) Wine is not a windows emulator, but rather uses "replacements" for all those DLLs.
I would be in the use windows for windows framework.
What I think you will find is that there are many great GNU/Linux replacements for windows programs (except games :( ). Besides games, I have never been in the situation that I ever needed to use a windows only program. The GNU/Linux replacements are up to the job.
The most important thing is to try a lot of things out. Once you start it will amaze you how many great programs there are. Is there ever a thing as to much choice? :wink: