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I have Red Hat 9 Linux installed in a computer I built myself. This computer only has 500mhz and a 10gig hard drive. I like Linux and I would like to put it on my laptop which is considerably better than the home built. But here is what I'm pondering. I have Win XP on my laptop and a LOT of files on it. If I install Linux, I will lose a lot of those files because they are associated with windows. For example, Frontpage, Word, Exel, Photoshop, Flash MX, Dreamweaver, 3DS, Bryce, Adobe Premiere, WinDVD, MLCAD (LEGO CAD) and so on. Not to mention a few handy features like Plug and Play, Pre-installed drivers. Now, I know Linux has supstitute programs for a few I listed, but what of the others? Are they worth losing? Is there a linux version for all of them? Can they be converted to Linux? Can I download linux versions of windows features? Is Linux really so much better than Windows?
two options 1 dual boot, repartion the hardrive with partition magic, and two since you have like 5000 dollars of software it may be best if you baught a used laptop or computer, which when compared to the cost of losing all that software is much cheaper and acculay you can copy the hardrive and transfere it
when i switched to linux, i was overwhelmed by the increace in software avalability.
in windows... you have Microsoft office.... in linux you have OpenOffice, Star Office, KDE Office, and maybe more ?
in windows you have Windows Media PLayer... in Linux you have the choice of XMMS Mplayer and a few more i cant think of the name right now....
anyways, as for is linux realy that much better than windows, it all depends on what is important to you.
If you dont mind Updating your virus scanner every 2 weeks, defragmineting your hard disk every month, re-installing every year, re-booting every time you upgrade a driver, scanning for virri and cleaning them off every 2 weeks, performing critical updates every day... all to keep your system running smoothly and secure(ish) / or you just dont care if you have multiple virii infections, a badly fragmented disk, hundreds of knows security holes, frequentre-booting, BSODS,, slow booting and performance...
If windows is covering the entire hard disk you will need to do a destructive resizing of your HD. This can be very dangerous and you may lose data, so make backups of everything that is essential. If you still have the disks to install all your apps then you can reinstall them but you will need to backup all your personal files if you want to be 100% certain not to lose them.
To actually resize the partitions to make room for linux you will have to use partition magic which is a commercial app.
There is also a free app called fips but I am not sure how good it is. There is also partd which runs from linux but if windows covers your entire disk it will do you no good.
If you give your hardware specs (at least HD size) I could tell you more about the feasibility of what you are trying to do. I would not try splitting your HD if it is any smaller than 20GB
OK, well you have lots of room. The question is, did you partition the entire drive for windows?
Do you want to split it down the middle 30 (or 29)GB for each? Or do you have something else in mind. Again, you will have to use partition magic to chop it up, unless someone else reading this chimes in with a useful suggestion.
I am new to partitioning but if I had to guess, I'd say that windows has it all, but I reformat like once a month so all my files are backed up as well as my programs. So how does partition magic work and where can I get it?