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Hello, I'm seriously considering switching to Linux. I've been on Windows for years and I'm getting really tired of it and wanting to switch to Linux.
I'm on an HP dv6 laptop, it's an Intel 64bit Dual-core @ 2.2ghz , and running Windows 7 and this thing drags. I'm a web developer and have worked on Red Had Linux so Fedora sounds good or maybe Ubuntu. I've never really used Linux before and besides downloading an iso and burning it I have no idea what else to do. I tried going to Ubuntu and getting the 64bit version but it said AMD next to it and I'm running Intel and I wondered if that's a problem?
Can I run both OSs on here if I partition my hard dive? I've heard it can <<mod edit>> Adversely Affect your HD running both? Should I make a third partition for data, like mp3s, movies, school work? Will I still have support for all my display and storage drivers I have now?
I'm kind of overwhelmed about just switching over to it..
Last edited by pixellany; 11-05-2009 at 05:01 PM.
No it should not hurt your hard drive. Dual booting is a good way to start off. Do make sure you have your data backed up first. It is always smart to have you MS install disks on hand in case something goes wrong. Getting rarer but still may happen. Defrag your hard drive first too. I haven't dual booted a machine in a while but most of your mainstream distros are good at detecting an MS install and suggesting a setup for dual boot.
The reason it's referred to as AMD64 is because AMD made the instruction set for most current 64-bit processors. Intel brought the rights to use this instruction set and all 64-bit intels with the exception of the Ithumium processors run the same 64-bit instruction set and thus are fully compatible with the AMD 64-bit instruction set.
As said by Drakeo, curse/bad/rude language isn't needed here, after all this isn't that kind of community, people here are actually helpful and you rarely see things like RTFM here. As we do not use any language like that and we are the ones trying to help, we don't really want to see any kind of curse words here.
However, you can have Windows and Linux on the same Hard Drive via seperate partitions, it's easiest when Windows is installed first because windows bootstrap loader does not get on with Linux but Grub and Lilo get on with Windows. You will have to install them on seperate partitions, Linux prefers to be installed on EXT type of file systems but Windows and Linux both understand FAT32/VFAT natively so if you have a third partition this would be a suitable type since windows and linux could then both read it. There maybe some post-installation configuration required in grub or lilo (usually grub) to add windows to the linux bootstrap loader but it's a relatively easy task to do if it is required.
Last edited by r3sistance; 11-05-2009 at 04:30 PM.
If you are familiar with RH you may want to look at Centos. Centos is RHEL(Red Hat Enterprise Linux) with the logos removed. Centos gets RH's source rpms, strips out the proprietary bit, and then rebuilds the rpms. Centos is free to download/update(unlike RHEL) and is binary compatible with RHEL. Fedora is effectively the development branch of RH. Each version is only supported for 13 months and upgrading versions is still advised to be a clean install process. RHEL/Centos5.X (5.4 is current) will have support until at least 2014. As RHEL6 was originally scheduled to be based on F9,(RHEL5 was based on FC6 and RHEL4 was based on FC3) but has been pushed back (first F10, then F11, maybe F12?) due to too many unresolved bugs in Fedora, support (for RHEL5)is likely to be extended beyond 2014.