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Old 03-05-2008, 12:54 PM   #1
GAURAV mehta
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hI,

I have a compaq presario laptop V3000 with AMD Turion64 processor and NVIDIA graphics card..I have been using Windows XP till date..

But i am not satisfied with it because of virus problems and wann go for a free software..

I came to know about linux but i have some doubts..can anybody help me on this??

1..Is Linux ....Graphics user interface based like windows xp or is it command based like MS-DOS.

2.Is Linux compatible with the system configuration i have???

3..are programs like java,Sql,dot net.google chat,powerDVD.Neroexpress.usable on linux..

4.Can i use my dvd,bluetooth and wireless Lan compatible with linux..

5.i tried getting linux but there seems to be a lot of versions or type of linux like mandrive,Fedora,suse..etc..which one of it is better for my use?...i am medium user..i surf,chat,music,movies and sometimes use software like visualbasic,java for programming...

6.can you suggest from where to download and how to download..as it has lot of files like parentdirectory...iso..it makes me confused on which to select.

Thanks and hoping for a good reply..

Thankks
Gaurav Mehta
Chennai,India
 
Old 03-05-2008, 01:09 PM   #2
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1..Is Linux ....Graphics user interface based like windows xp or is it command based like MS-DOS.
Your choice. Linux can be used either way.

There are a few steps in system administration that are only available in command mode, but most system admin activities and almost all ordinary user activities are available in GUI mode (assuming you want them in GUI mode).

Linux distributions vary in how many and which system admin activities can be done in GUI mode. I use the Mepis distribution, which has a larger than typical fraction of such activities available in GUI mode.

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2.Is Linux compatible with the system configuration i have???
I don't have any laptop experience. But most PC hardware is Linux compatible.

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3..are programs like java,Sql,dot net.google chat,powerDVD.Neroexpress.usable on linux..
Of course java is available. For the other specific program names you mentioned, I don't know if any of them are available with exactly the same name and behavior as the Windows version. But for each there is some Linux program that does the same job.

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4.Can i use my dvd,bluetooth and wireless Lan compatible with linux..
I general yes. For your specific laptop, probably yes, but I don't really know.

With a liveCD it should be safe and easy to find out.

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5.i tried getting linux but there seems to be a lot of versions or type of linux like mandrive,Fedora,suse..etc..which one of it is better for my use?
I think Mepis has better documentation and better GUI support for system admin activities and is thus the best choice for almost anyone who would need to ask questions such as you asked.

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6.can you suggest from where to download and how to download..as it has lot of files like parentdirectory...iso..it makes me confused on which to select.
http://www.mepis.org/mirrors

From there, click on any one of the mirrors, then click on the "released" directory.

If you have a lot of ram on your laptop, I'm sure you would want the file ending 7.0-rel 64.iso
With less ram, you might be better with the 32 version of that. I'm not that sure of the relative merits of 32 vs. 64 in a low ram 64 bit system. Either should be OK.

Either of those .iso files is a liveCD, meaning you can boot up the CD and run Linux without installing anything to your hard drive. It's of course slower than an installed Linux and it can't easily save any work, but you can find out any hardware problems and sort out any basic confusions before you install anything.

Be sure to burn that to a CD as an .iso image, not by just copying the .iso file to the CD as a data file (common mistake for Nero users). I use the freeware program ImageBurn that makes it much more obvious whether you're burning a .iso file correctly as an image or incorrectly as a data file. Of course you can do that correctly in Nero as well, but you need to understand what you're doing more than apparently is common.

For serious testing with the Mepis liveCD you will want the aufs boot option, which is included in the set of boot options of the second choice from the GUI boot up menu. Depending on hardware factors you might need to select a set of boot options other than one of the predefined sets. It lets you edit the list of boot options starting from any menu choice. So you might add auf to some other set or add some xdrvr or other option to that second set.

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Old 03-05-2008, 01:09 PM   #3
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1. Linux is a graphical user interface similiar to windows and mackintosh.
2. The only thing you may have trouble with is wireless depending on what you have. The rest should be ok and Nvidia is well supported.
3. Many windows programs can be run on linux via "wine". There are many fine alternative programs like k3b for cd burning and Pidgin for chat. Java and flash are available in linux versions.
4. Dependant on hardware.
5. I would recommend a live cd (which is also installable). Mepis 7, Pclinuxos, and Mandriva have good hardware, especially wireless support. This way you can test the distro without committing to an install.
6. www.distrowatch.com is a good place to pick a distro. Take a look at the top 20 or so.
 
Old 03-05-2008, 01:14 PM   #4
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1. both. you can have the GUI and work in command-line mode at the same time.

2. yes

3. java yes, sql yes (mysql or postresql), google yes, chat yes (linux equivalents), .net (using Mono package), NeroExpress no (Nero for Linux yes), powerDVD don't know.

4. Yes on wireless lan; I don't know about bluetooth.

5. Better is a relative term; it's all in the mind of the user. Choose any of the top 15-20 listed at distrowatch.com. You will get all kinds of software (including IDEs and compilers) for probraming. VB may only be available in Mono (Linux .net package for Windows apps). Closest thing to VB in Linux for Linux is the OpenOffice.org sbasic (for OpenOffice.org apps).

6. download from distrowatch.com, which gives links to the home website of each distro. Download as .iso and burn to cd (not copy to cd; must be burned as iso9660 filesystem).
 
  


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