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I have been reading on this but I am still confused it is so much information and I don't completely know what to do. I am concerned about using linux and buying new programs. On the boxes they say system requirements like Windows 98, ME, XP etc. But how can I be for sure when I try this that it will work with the programs I already have and ones I may buy. What are the system requirments for linux. I want to try it out but I am concerned about doing it.
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Most of the programs you have for windoze will not run on a linux system, unless you use a program like Wine. Wine is limited, it will run some windoze programs, but not all, and it may not run them as well as windoze.
Linux has many thousands of linux programs that work well on a linux system. There are threads that compare windoze and linux programs for similar functions.
Buy? Why? Do you like making some corporation richer?
I would suggest you keep a windoze system for programs you think you can not do without. Install a linux system, learn about it and the many programs available for FREE. Then you can decide for your self if you still need windoze, and if linux fills your needs. Another optioon is try a live CD, nothing to install, and try out what the linux world has to offer.
Distribution: Ubuntu, Debian, Various using VMWare
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If you like what you see with a LiveCD, I suggest that you setup a dual-boot system with Windows. There is plenty of information about how to do this, just search Google. Basically, you install Windows, and leave space on the HDD for Linux. Then install Linux, which will automatically setup a boot loader to let you select either Linux or Windows when you boot your computer.
What distro are you thinking of trying. For newbies, I suggest Ubuntu. You can download the Ubuntu "desktop" cd, which will boot up as a LiveCD. You can then try out Linux, and install it if you want.
Windows programs do not natively run in linux. Except for a linux distribution it is doubtful that you will find any native linux applications in your local computer store. However, for most there are decent free linux alternatives (which are usually included in the distribution CD(s) ) or depending on the application you can use wine, cedega or crossover office. These are basically an API layer that lets windows apps work in linux but not all apps work. If you are a serious gamer I would keep windows and dual boot.
System requirements depend on the distribution you want to install. There are many threads that you can search for in this forum that will help you decide. Post your hardware configuration and we will give you a few hints.
I guess I am now more confused! Like what do I do for msn messenger. Adobe Photoshop. Do these program come with Linux see I don't understand. The things I do on a computer I usually have to buy programs for. Do video editing, photo, music download and editing, chatting and I use Word and Spreadsheets etc. Does this all come with Linux? I would love to try it out. How can I tell exactly what I need? I was trying to find one but was afraid it may be wrong and not work on my desktop. I have a laptop as well but I wanted to try it on my desktop because it is older. I know this may be completely strange for me to ask so many questions but I don't know a thing about it and I don't understand
Distribution: Ubuntu, Debian, Various using VMWare
Many programs have equivalents in Linux:
msn = amsn or kopete or gaim ...
Photoshop / Photo Editing = The Gimp, F-spot and many others
Office = Openoffice, KOffice, Abiword ...
You can search google for more, but if you check out the Ubuntu live CD, you will find that there are many other applications. Linux can do just about everything Windows can, and many more things besides.
If linux is new to you, I'm afraid you will not learn everything overnight. You need to use linux gradually
until you are comfortable with it. Read everything
you can about linux. Try a live cd first as the members
suggested above. Here are a few to try:
Ok I just realized I have a laptop that had windows ME on it and I want to put Linux on it since I am completely new and I want to try it on there. So let me know what I need for Linux for a laptop. Is it different for laptops and desktops. I would love to put it on my other laptop tonight and start learning it tonight.
You can install linux on your laptop as well on your desktop. Of course, there might be some issues when installing linux on a laptop. For example, wifi is a bit tricky to get working in a laptop. Some distros might detect it, sometimes you have to download a firmware for it.
Thanks for the help I am downloading the dreamlinux right now to try it. I am assuming it will work on the laptop. I am also looking at website you suggested linux-laptop.net and reading up on it as well. Still seem too confusing with all the different versions and companies but I want to see with the fuss is all about with linux. You hear of it when you get deeper into looking at computers. Hopefully once I get it downloaded and then installed I will understand more when I actually have a chance to work with it. I don't know anyone who has ever tried linux. When I ask people here about it they look at me like I lost my mind.
Thanks to all of you that are trying to help me!!!!!
Linux is a good operating system. Don't rush
into it, or you'll be a fustrated linux user
and give up right away. I've been using linux
since 1999. In the beginning, I was just like
you. It takes time and practice. There will be
some bumps along the way in your learning of linux, but
you'll get over it with help and many internet resources.
I hate to say this, but linux is not for everyone.
It's really for a select few people. Each person has their own reason why they like linux. I was attracted to linux from using unix in the early 90's using a shell account. I like the power of the command line from using unix.
Anyway, the best advice to linux is read, learn and practice.
i agree totally, i have been using linux for 2 years now and get along fine...
the main thing with software is that you diont have to buy anything (ok so there are a few exceptions to this but you probabbly wont come across these)
there are thousands of free linux apps covering just about anything you want to do many if not all you are unlikly to have hearf of before.
any good distrobution should come with all the basics including openoffice (does teh same as MS office)
GIMP (like photoshop but with a differnt interface) gaim or kopete (handle MSN, AIM YIM and any other Instant messager protocall you can think of) and much much more...
anothr live CD that is good for newbies is slax (www.slax.org)
when you feel ready to install somthing on your hard drive i woudl recomend suse or ubuntu/kububtu or fedora as thease are easy to use
any questions feel free to post in the newbuie fourum, here as that is the place where you will most likly get teh aswer you want!
I have not had much time to work on this during the weekend but now I am ready again. I had a problem when trying to save the downloaded file from dreamlinux as an image. I kept selecting it and it looked like it was burning it using my record now in the iso image part. But after trying it 3 times there was nothing on the disk. So then I just saved it but of course it is on the cd but now I don't know what to do with it. I put it in my laptop to try but of course nothing happen. I am going to try another one but after it burns the image do I just put in the drive and then shut off my laptop and boot again. I don't know how to make it work. This is my first time doing this. I wanted to try it on my laptop first and then if I like it then maybe an older desktop that I still use but I am still concerned because the desk top has one program that I use for my satellite that I am unsure if it will work on there. It programs my sat and it is the only computer I have a serial port on.
The help I am asking for even though I told a lot is what do I do to get the image to burn properly on a disk and how then how to load it onto my laptop. Do I have to save some settings so it will read the cd and install it?