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Old 07-23-2007, 12:41 PM   #1
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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?
 
Old 07-23-2007, 12:50 PM   #2
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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.
 
Old 07-23-2007, 12:53 PM   #3
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in Linux Distributions and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
Old 07-23-2007, 12:55 PM   #4
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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.
 
Old 07-23-2007, 01:58 PM   #5
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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....
 
Old 07-23-2007, 10:08 PM   #6
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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.
 
Old 07-23-2007, 10:15 PM   #7
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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.
 
Old 07-23-2007, 10:24 PM   #8
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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.
 
Old 07-24-2007, 06:51 AM   #9
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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....
 
Old 07-30-2007, 01:52 AM   #10
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Be sure you're not confusing ease of use with ease of installation.
 
  


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