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Old 05-21-2008, 04:44 PM   #1
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Hi guys, Iím a newbie. To Linux. What version would you recommend for me? Iím converting my Windoes2000 computer after a fatal virus hit the program.
IDK much about it but I heard its possible to make Linux look like windows programs, is it actually possible?
 
Old 05-21-2008, 04:46 PM   #2
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:33 PM   #3
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IDK much about it but I heard its possible to make Linux look like windows programs, is it actually possible?
If you are planning to try out Linux, you are going to have to get rid of that mindset or just wipe your hard drive from the infected Windows installation and just re-install Windows. LINUX IS NOT WINDOWS, WINDOWS IS NOT LINUX. You may be able to create a desktop appearance with a distro like the previous poster linked to that may have a "WINDOWS LOOK" (the KDE Desktop has been compared to Windows in appearance by some), but that is where the comparison will end. Linux is built from a UNIX background uses a completely different file structure, and even though it can be 90% so, it is not a completely "point and click" operating system. I would strongly recommend that you try out a LiveCD like Ubuntu or Kubuntu, or one of any of the dozens available. That way you can try Linux without actually installing it.

Hope this helps

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Old 05-21-2008, 05:54 PM   #4
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I would recommend avast antivirus for windows.

If you go for Ubuntu, I would strongly recommend to go with the previous release: 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) until the worst bugs are eliminated from 8.04.
I've been very surprised with PCLinuxOS. I've only spent a day using it, but I've already set up everything I needed.
It's also uncompromisingly ugly by default, so you should feel right at home. :P
 
Old 05-21-2008, 06:46 PM   #5
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Go take a look at Distrowatch. Lots of info there on various distros.

I personally recommend PCLinuxOS for newbies.
 
Old 05-21-2008, 07:14 PM   #6
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Here's a good comparison article: http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm

Good tutorial: http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz

As mentioned above, most Linux distros (these days come with a GUI interface (like MS-Win), but underneath they are significantly different, which is one of the reasons viruses are not much of a problem.

As they are all free, work your way down the list here http://distrowatch.com/ until you find one you like.
 
Old 05-22-2008, 06:56 AM   #7
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I recommend PCLOS too, it's simple and fast. Give it a try.
 
Old 05-22-2008, 07:02 AM   #8
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If you are planning to try out Linux, you are going to have to get rid of that mindset or just wipe your hard drive from the infected Windows installation and just re-install Windows. LINUX IS NOT WINDOWS, WINDOWS IS NOT LINUX. You may be able to create a desktop appearance with a distro like the previous poster linked to that may have a "WINDOWS LOOK" (the KDE Desktop has been compared to Windows in appearance by some), but that is where the comparison will end. Linux is built from a UNIX background uses a completely different file structure, and even though it can be 90% so, it is not a completely "point and click" operating system. I would strongly recommend that you try out a LiveCD like Ubuntu or Kubuntu, or one of any of the dozens available. That way you can try Linux without actually installing it.

Hope this helps

Bob
The original poster would be wise to listen to everything that was said above...

Great post!

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Old 05-22-2008, 08:30 AM   #9
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Welcome on board
 
Old 05-23-2008, 03:13 PM   #10
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thanks!
My comp was Windows 95 and other one is 2000(But Its motherboard is dead)
What version would work best for 95.(Its a fairly old computer, that will easily boot up from floppy disk.)
 
Old 05-23-2008, 04:15 PM   #11
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What version would work best for 95.
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