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Shonenknife_@msn.com 07-23-2007 12:41 PM

Teach a Guy to Use Linux...
 
Ok, so here's the deal. I'm a big Windows person, and I really don't like Linux. But, I'm all about new stuff, so I'm interested in installing Linux as a dual boot with Win XP on my desktop at home. I'm going to use this forum to help me with issues as I go along. I have a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems, so if Linux is as easy as you guys say, it shouldn't be too much trouble. Just please bare with me. I'm not a computer idiot, and I have taken Unix admin classes, but I have never been able to get Linux to cooperate.

First off, which Distrobution should I try?

Matir 07-23-2007 12:50 PM

Personally, I think Ubuntu is the easiest distribution for someone coming from a Windows background. It's fairly intuitive and well-documented with a large community. It also has a very stable development model.

reddazz 07-23-2007 12:53 PM

Moved: This thread is more suitable in Linux Distributions and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.

pixellany 07-23-2007 12:55 PM

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and I really don't like Linux.
That's going to make it much harder to learn....;)
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if Linux is as easy as you guys say, it shouldn't be too much trouble.
Who said it was easy? A basic installation can be EASIER than Windows--and a lot faster. After installation, the fun starts...

check my "getting started" link below.

bjb1959 07-23-2007 01:58 PM

Well, I'm not sure that you will be able to do it with that attitude. I was a windows lover and appologist from 1990 until 1998. I then began experimenting with Linux in a dual boot situation and have tried almost every flavor of linux known to man including building my own gentoo install. I currently use a version of Ubuntu called Mint because it includes proprietary codecs I need. I know this is evil in the eyes of Linux purists but I am an end user not a purist. I now spend about 99% of my time on my linux box instead of my windows vista partition. I have 3 wireless networked computers in my house and my 9 year old daughter and 70 year old mother in law use Linux exclusively and have no idea of any difference between that and my windows machine. I don't have a degree in anything techincal at all, I am not even a real closet geek because I don't know how to code. So if I can do it you certainly should be able to with no problems what-so-ever. The question isn't can you, but do you really want to. If you expect to fail before you even start, chances are you wil....

Shonenknife_@msn.com 07-23-2007 10:08 PM

Ok, let's put this to the test. From cd-boot to install for Windows XP is about 40 minutes. I'll download the latest version of Ubuntu and see how long it takes for Ubuntu to install.

2damncommon 07-23-2007 10:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Shonenknife_@msn.com
Ok, so here's the deal. I'm a big Windows person, and I really don't like Linux. But, I'm all about new stuff, so I'm interested in installing Linux as a dual boot with Win XP on my desktop at home. I'm going to use this forum to help me with issues as I go along. I have a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems, so if Linux is as easy as you guys say, it shouldn't be too much trouble. Just please bare with me. I'm not a computer idiot, and I have taken Unix admin classes, but I have never been able to get Linux to cooperate.

First off, which Distrobution should I try?

SO first off here is the Linux is not Windows article.
As Matir suggested, Ubuntu may be a good choice. The Cd is both an install CD and a live-CD. You can test drive it before installing to your hard drive.
You can also try a "Linux chooser" one, two, three.
Or something from the distrowatch top ten as pixellany's article suggests.

Quakeboy02 07-23-2007 10:24 PM

Blah, blah, blah. Another Linux Wannabee with an attitude. If you don't like Linux and don't want to use it. Then don't bloody use it.

pixellany 07-24-2007 06:51 AM

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Originally Posted by bjb1959
Well, I'm not sure that you will be able to do it with that attitude. I was a windows lover and appologist from 1990 until 1998. ..

I started with Apple-II and then the very first Mac-128s
Later, Apple pushed me to the dark side with their disastrous PowerPC series---
I remember thinking how Windows 95 was a huge improvement over my Mac PowerPC 7600. At the same time, I had to use a system that had been set up on Windows 3.1.
--How different things might have been if I had discovered Linux before ever trying Windows....

ak_random 07-30-2007 01:52 AM

Be sure you're not confusing ease of use with ease of installation.


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