LinuxQuestions.org
Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 03-22-2011, 04:04 PM   #1
theairhead238
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2011
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
Should I


I'm using windows xp right now. I'm on the borderline on downloading linux but I have some questions. I share a computer with my family. Is it possible to only use it on my account? Also will I lose all my documents and itunes library when I download linux. Thanks!
 
Old 03-22-2011, 04:11 PM   #2
EarlGrey
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2011
Location: Ohio
Distribution: openSuse 11.4
Posts: 6

Rep: Reputation: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by theairhead238 View Post
I'm using windows xp right now. I'm on the borderline on downloading linux but I have some questions. I share a computer with my family. Is it possible to only use it on my account? Also will I lose all my documents and itunes library when I download linux. Thanks!
You can dual boot with windows xp if you like(or for that matter any windows os that I know of). They have made it super easy to do so when you put the disk in. As far as the rest of the family and linux, I have puppy on my kids computer and they don't mind at all. For end users that surf the web, play games and check email there really isn't a whole lot of difference minus the threat of viruses invading your computer.
 
Old 03-22-2011, 04:13 PM   #3
sycamorex
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: London
Distribution: Slackware64-current
Posts: 5,811
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191Reputation: 1191
As long as you've got enough free space on your hard drive, you can install linux on a separate partition, which will keep your windows installation and data intact.
First you need to make sure that you have/created a separate partition where you'll install linux. When installed correctly, linux won't touch your windows data, the problem
might arise if you make a mistake during the installation process. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that first you backup your windows data.
This tutorial should guide you through the installation process.
http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_w...lled_first.htm

Once set up, you'll be able to choose which operating system you want to start at the boot time.
 
Old 03-22-2011, 04:23 PM   #4
theairhead238
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2011
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
I'm not that good with computers so a little simpler of terms might be nice.
 
Old 03-22-2011, 04:31 PM   #5
szboardstretcher
Senior Member
 
Registered: Aug 2006
Location: Detroit, MI
Distribution: GNU/Linux systemd
Posts: 3,774
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 1339Reputation: 1339Reputation: 1339Reputation: 1339Reputation: 1339Reputation: 1339Reputation: 1339Reputation: 1339Reputation: 1339Reputation: 1339
Question

In your case, it sounds like you need to virtualize linux, so as to not mess with other users experience on the family computer.

Download "VirtualBox"

Install some Linux Distro into VirtualBox

Mess around with it, see how it works and such. Then shut it down when you are finished.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 03-22-2011, 04:33 PM   #6
savona
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2011
Location: Bellmawr, NJ
Distribution: Red Hat / Fedora
Posts: 195

Rep: Reputation: 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by theairhead238 View Post
I'm not that good with computers so a little simpler of terms might be nice.
Are you trying to learn more about computers and linux? Are you interested in learning about computers and linux?

If your answer was no to the above I would say leave everything alone and use Windows XP.

If your truly interested in tinkering and getting to know linux, maybe your best bet would be to install it on a usb thumb drive? This was when you use the computer you can boot from the USB and use linux. When you family uses the computer they can boot to windows. Best of all you wont hurt your windows xp install.

How to install Ubuntu on a USB drive:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...n/FromUSBStick
 
Old 03-22-2011, 04:33 PM   #7
ronlau9
Senior Member
 
Registered: Dec 2007
Location: In front of my LINUX OR MAC BOX
Distribution: Mandriva 2009 X86_64 suse 11.3 X86_64 Centos X86_64 Debian X86_64 Linux MInt 86_64 OS X
Posts: 2,369

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
To begin how many free space do have on you're hard drive ?
How much space may linux use ?
How much linux need depends on what you like to install .
If you have decide how much space linux may use defrag you're windows drive .
Second backup you're data to be on the save side
Make free space for linux .
Install linux on the free space .
If you decide to install GRUB in MBR than you get a dual boot .
Meaning when the computer boots up you have the choice to run linux or windows.
 
Old 03-22-2011, 04:36 PM   #8
theairhead238
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2011
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by szboardstretcher View Post
In your case, it sounds like you need to virtualize linux, so as to not mess with other users experience on the family computer.

Download "VirtualBox"

Install some Linux Distro into VirtualBox

Mess around with it, see how it works and such. Then shut it down when you are finished.
so basiclly run it as a normal program in xp but it'll look like linux and act like linux.
 
Old 03-22-2011, 04:45 PM   #9
BroX
Member
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Sweden
Distribution: Slackware64-current, SlackwareARM-current
Posts: 780

Rep: Reputation: 66
Another option is to run it from a live CD to try it out first. There are a lot of live CDs available, a beginner friendly architecture is Ubuntu, download and follow instructions here
http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

Good luck, and have fun!
 
Old 03-22-2011, 06:31 PM   #10
brianL
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Oldham, Lancs, England
Distribution: Slackware & Slackware64 14.1
Posts: 7,453
Blog Entries: 55

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quick guide to dual-booting:

1: Disable page file. Right click My Computer => Properties => Advanced => Performance: Settings => Advanced => Virtual memory: Change => check No paging file => click Set => OK => OK => OK

2: Reboot.

3: Defragment.

4: Resize. Use partitioning software on any live Linux CD or DVD. Leave unallocated space. Use actual installation CD or DVD to create and format Linux partitions.

5: Restore page file.

6: Restart with whatever distro CD/DVD you've chosen.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:35 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration