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Old 04-20-2010, 01:56 PM   #16
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live usb creator a s/w for windows to create a live usb OR say bootable usb. I've used its pretty good.

Regarding the distribution choice...
IT IS UPTO YOU ... WHAT ARE YOUR APPLCATIONS OF USE .
Eg.
for kernel progamming / OS concepts, I reccomand slackware.
for day to day use :

Gloria's Linux Mint 8, Ubuntu, openSUSE
for stable use with sufficiant popularity ;
I recommand openSUSE 11.2 (I PERSONALY DON'T LIKE UBUNTU)
ANd openSUSE 11.2 is my full time OS.

To be on safe side try : Sun Virtual Box to virtualy use it.
 
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:35 PM   #17
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Interesting how many people don't like Ubuntu. Thanks for all the suggestions... I will give the other Distros a try! Mint looks very interesting
 
Old 04-20-2010, 04:51 PM   #18
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Hello and welcome to LinuxQuestions,

If I were you I'd just forget about Windoze That's about the most secure way you can get. If you really need Winblows then you can easily create a dualboot any way you want: create partitions first and install to dedicated partition; install Win first and next Linux, ...

Of course you can install Window$ on your HD and run Linux from a USB stick, whatever you prefer. Most Live version of distros can easily be installed onto such a USB drive. I personally have Knoppix 6.3 installed on a 32Gb USB stick with 4Gb protected data storage and it runs great. Ubuntu can also be installed onto a memory stick as far as I know, so pick your choice.

Kind regards,

Eric
Thanks for the heads up, Electra. I was unaware this was required by law. I looked it up online, but could not find any reference to that law. Do you happen to have a link so I could use it in case customer support gives me a hard time? They are usually clueless.
 
Old 04-20-2010, 05:00 PM   #19
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What law are you talking about?

And it's EricTRA, not Electra.
 
Old 04-20-2010, 06:22 PM   #20
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What law are you talking about?

And it's EricTRA, not Electra.
Ack I must be falling asleep... I meant to reply to this:

I assume the computer you're getting comes with windows, probably win7 if it's new. Couple of things to be aware of - most new systems with windows pre-installed don't give you a rescue/re-install DVD, they would rather waste HD space with a hidden partition containing it to save a few pennies. Demand a DVD from Acer as required by US law. That way if something happens to the MBR/partition table you can restore.

Sorry about the name confusion...
 
Old 04-21-2010, 01:26 AM   #21
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in that case no need to install linux ..
the best and handy choice for you is to just use the live CDs
of openSUSE 11.1 OR openSUSE 11.2 !!!


insert DVD use internet and reboot to switch to windows !!!
Best Luck !

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Old 04-21-2010, 01:26 AM   #22
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Hello,

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Sorry about the name confusion...
No problem at all. As long as I remember my name we're good

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I assume the computer you're getting comes with windows, probably win7 if it's new. Couple of things to be aware of - most new systems with windows pre-installed don't give you a rescue/re-install DVD, they would rather waste HD space with a hidden partition containing it to save a few pennies. Demand a DVD from Acer as required by US law. That way if something happens to the MBR/partition table you can restore.
I don't know if the 'US Law' applies outside the US. Since OP didn't mention his location I'd prefer the alternative that is offered most of the time when installing/setting up the computer for the first time, nl. burning a recovery DVD. Another option of course which would be great for disaster recovery is boot from CloneZilla Live CD and make an image of the running system to an external USB disk or something like that.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 04-21-2010, 04:48 PM   #23
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I second the virtual machine if you have a supported system.

Second may be to use live cd or better still make a live usb. See pendrivelinux.com for many how to's. They run quite fine on any basic business computer.
 
  


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