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Old 11-15-2006, 04:20 PM   #1
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Ok, I am considering downloading Fedora Project, Red Hat or whatever it's called. A few questions I have.
1. Drivers. I'm using a laptop and I'm concerned about it not working with it. Mainly my wireless internet card, without which, I am dead.

2. Not a direct Linux question here. When partitioning the HD, does it erase everythng?

3. If I can, can I possibly create a partition on my HD to put my files (like music) on so I can pull them over to Linux?

4. Will programs like (especially) Windows Media Player work?

5. How difficult is it to use? Like, do I have to type in lines of code or something to open a program or is it point and click?

6. Is there anything else I should know?
 
Old 11-15-2006, 04:34 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by tombstone73089
Ok, I am considering downloading Fedora Project, Red Hat or whatever it's called. A few questions I have.
1. Drivers. I'm using a laptop and I'm concerned about it not working with it. Mainly my wireless internet card, without which, I am dead.

2. Not a direct Linux question here. When partitioning the HD, does it erase everythng?

3. If I can, can I possibly create a partition on my HD to put my files (like music) on so I can pull them over to Linux?

4. Will programs like (especially) Windows Media Player work?

5. How difficult is it to use? Like, do I have to type in lines of code or something to open a program or is it point and click?

6. Is there anything else I should know?
1) You might need to install ndiswrapper (available at SourceForge) for your wireless card to work.
2) You can resize partitions. That said, you need to make sure everything is moved to the beginning of the partition before resizing. In Windows, this is accomplished by running defragmenter.
3) Most if not all distros are able to read Windows partitions, so you should be able to copy your files directly.
4) Not natively, but you can use Wine (Windows Emulator) to run some applications.
5) FC5/6 uses the X Windows system, so you can usually just point and click like on Windows.
6) Probably, but you won't know until after you've done your installation. Fortunately, multiple OSs can peacefully coexist due to the magic of Grub and/or Lilo.
 
Old 11-15-2006, 04:39 PM   #3
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I would try one of the "Live CD's" like Knoppix or Ubuntu and see if it is something you think you can live with. They will show you that it can be a point and click world, with a little setup, and it can be a "type your command" setup if that is what you want. If it looks favorable then do a hard drive install.
 
Old 11-15-2006, 04:44 PM   #4
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Out of order:
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2. Not a direct Linux question here. When partitioning the HD, does it erase everythng?
The correct question is, "When you partition your hard drive do you want to erase everything?".
If you wish to do so you can. If you wish to resize a partition you can also do that.
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3. If I can, can I possibly create a partition on my HD to put my files (like music) on so I can pull them over to Linux?
It sounds like you need partition 101. My current hard drive has over 20 partitions which I can do with as I choose, within the restrictions of the operating systems and hardware I am using.

If between these two questions you are asking if you can resize your Windows partition to create free space on your hard drive and use some of that free space to create a partition to share and transfer files between Windows and Linux (usually FAT32), the answer is yes. Also, Linux can read both FAT32 and NTFS partitions.
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4. Will programs like (especially) Windows Media Player work?(like music) on so I can pull them over to Linux?
The qiuck answer to using actual Windows applications in Linux is no. This is not completely true. Generally Linux has programs that you would use instead. This is the quick answer.
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5. How difficult is it to use? Like, do I have to type in lines of code or something to open a program or is it point and click?
Not necessarily difficult, and not necessiarily easy.
Linux is not Windows.
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1. Drivers. I'm using a laptop and I'm concerned about it not working with it. Mainly my wireless internet card, without which, I am dead.
Laptop wireless probably means using the "ndiswrapper" program which allows use of Windows wireless drivers. Not simple, but not impossible either.

I would strongly suggest trying a live CD/DVD version of Linux (such as Knoppix) and reading some about partitioning.
Good Luck.

Last edited by 2damncommon; 11-15-2006 at 04:46 PM.
 
Old 11-15-2006, 06:31 PM   #5
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I have a rather current laptop and I swear by any of the *buntu distros. They are the only distros to pick up both my Core Duo and wireless card out of the box.

However, to be sure, you should consult the hardware compatibility list for your wifi card model before picking a distro:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/hcl/index.php
 
  


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