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Old 12-06-2005, 11:28 AM   #1
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New to linux. Can someone guide me?


I'm completely new to linux and recently interested in using it. When I went to linux distribution webpage, I found there many different linux. So, I'm wondering what is the different between each of them and which is right for me. My compuer right now is using P4 2.4Ghz.

By the way, will programs (which is window compatible)works in linux?

Thanks.
 
Old 12-06-2005, 11:32 AM   #2
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You'll get many different answers as to what is best....Ubuntu seems popular for people just starting out.
Some programs can be run using WINE - a Windows emulator..also check out Xen and VMWare - of course there are many Open Source alternatives like OpenOffice, GIMP etc

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Old 12-06-2005, 11:39 AM   #3
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but don't get your hopes up. wine is a pretty crappy excuse for software. if you really need a windows application , dual boot.
 
Old 12-06-2005, 11:42 AM   #4
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When I went to linux distribution webpage, I found there many different linux.
What Linux page did you visit? I would suggest you use native open-source programs rather than running WINE (BTW, Wine is not an emulator...it provides all the windows dll's and runs programs natively).
 
Old 12-06-2005, 11:44 AM   #5
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There is really no way to say which distro is right for you. The folks here can offer some suggestions, but you will have to decide what is right for you. What do you use your computer for? Do you have any specific software that you use? Do you have any kind of legacy hardware?

Without knowing any of this stuff, many people just starting out like Madrivia. There's also the Fedora project. I've used Mepis a little and that's a real easy distro to get up and productive with. And as The_JinJ pointed out, many new folks like Ubuntu.

I'd suggest you get a couple Live CD distros and try out a couple. See if you like the feel of any of them and go from that.
 
Old 12-06-2005, 12:06 PM   #6
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Thanks all for your help. I guess I'll try ubuntu and mess around with it for a while to have a feel of it before I decide.
 
Old 12-06-2005, 12:26 PM   #7
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What Linux page did you visit? I would suggest you use native open-source programs rather than running WINE (BTW, Wine is not an emulator...it provides all the windows dll's and runs programs natively).
Absolutely right and my bad Wine Is Not an Emulator
 
Old 12-06-2005, 12:29 PM   #8
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Thanks all for your help. I guess I'll try ubuntu and mess around with it for a while to have a feel of it before I decide.
There is a Live version of Ubuntu. You could always take that one for a test and not have to install right away.
 
Old 12-06-2005, 12:43 PM   #9
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Here's a good idea: buy a second disk-drive for your computer, and install Linux on that. Leave the first drive, containing Windows, completely alone.

When you want to use Linux, you can configure the BIOS (in the setup screen) to boot the second drive. You can add Windows to the boot-loader startup screen, or simply change the BIOS back to boot from the Windows drive.

This enables you to test the system without tampering with any of the delicate adjustments that cause Windows to work as it does now. You don't have to "repartition," don't have to "wipe the hard disk." Windows will, of course, see that the other drive exists, but it won't have any partition-types that it's supposed to recognize it. So, the two operating systems will basically ignore each other.

Drives are cheap, and they're a snap to install. Just be sure to buy the mounting kit, and the cables. (Most motherboards have two IDE chains on-board.)
 
Old 12-06-2005, 01:12 PM   #10
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just joined the post . Could you tell me will LINUx recognise the motherboard, on board sound, graphics etc. Does LinuX need 'Drivers'? im brainwashed by windows
 
Old 12-06-2005, 01:35 PM   #11
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mother of mercy please help get the people off the junk they call windows, I would recommend suse or mandriva for someone who is migrating.try a live cd that way you can try it before you decide which distro to use, it will save you time and many hours of swearing.
 
Old 12-06-2005, 01:39 PM   #12
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just joined the post . Could you tell me will LINUx recognise the motherboard, on board sound, graphics etc. Does LinuX need 'Drivers'? im brainwashed by windows
Most likely it will. Especially if you pick a distribution like SuSe, Mandriva, Ubuntu, Fedora or Debian.

How does your hardwareconfig look? If you don't know the exact specifications, then just CPU frq and disksystem?
 
Old 12-06-2005, 01:42 PM   #13
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Linux will recognize most of your hardware if it is not some esoteric hardware only made of windows. Yes, Linux needs drivers but they are generally included with the Linux distro you choose. Drivers that are not included (like wireless cards or graphics card) can be built as kernel modules. Various open source community based projects exist to support different hardware needs of the users. Some drivers are provided by the manufacturers themselves (NVIDIA and ATI come to mind) which makes very easy for Linux users. Manufactureres that are not supportive of Linux get to see their hardware drivers reverse-engineered by the community.
 
Old 12-06-2005, 03:32 PM   #14
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just joined the post . Could you tell me will LINUx recognise the motherboard, on board sound, graphics etc. Does LinuX need 'Drivers'? im brainwashed by windows
Distributions normally include, as part of their startup sequence, a hardware-investigation program such as Red Hat's Kudzu, and a slew of boot-time and pre-boot scripts, all of which do a good job of "bringing up Linux for the first time" on just about any hardware.

Yes, Linux does use, and require, device-drivers just like any other operating system does. Most of the time, these will take the form of loadable "kernel modules" which will be automatically selected by the hardware-investigation process.

Over time, as your experience with Linux grows, you'll see how you can customize the process so that only the exact drivers needed by your hardware will be loaded, and the others (perhaps occupying many megabytes on your hard-drive) can be removed. But then again, you may never bother to do that.

The trick, with Linux or any other system, is to (1) install the new OS onto a completely separate drive from Windows; and (2) move slowly, trying hard not to stumble into a situation you can't stumble out of. Shortly after you install a new OS, it'll feel like you just took an iron skillet in the face from a very irate housewife. It's more-so with Linux, because Linux is a very loosely-coupled, multi-user system whereas Windows is basically single-user and oriented around a single desktop. But if you expect that to happen a few times, you'll be prepared for quite a learning experience. It's like hitching yourself to the back of a New York taxicab and learning how to drive.

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