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Old 08-13-2009, 11:50 PM   #1
doomman328
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So, I want to try this linux thing.


(Sorry for the double post, But I have two diffrent questions)

I have been a Windows user all my life, But i'm seeing that Linux is nice looking. I'm completely new to linux and I have no knowlegde of it. The thing is, The dummies that shipped my PC didn't give me a back up disk for vista, And i'm scarred to install a whole other OS because if I mess up i'm screwed. So is there anyway I can try it for the first time without it being too tough? I currently have

A old iMac Gen 1 G3
A PS3

Those are the things i'd be willing to install Linux to

So can any of you show me what is so good about Linux? Thanks
 
Old 08-13-2009, 11:52 PM   #2
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You could play around with a live CD at first, and not mess around with installing until you are comfortable with Linux.

A live CD is basically a full linux installation that is on a CD -- it has a bunch of common software, such as web browsers, graphics programs, office tools, multimedia, and programming tools. It will not at all affect your hard drive -- nothing has to be installed from the CD to disk, in order to use it. You just pop in the CD, and start up your computer, and then Linux will be running. Pop the CD out, reboot, and then it will go load Windows as usual.

Ubuntu and Knoppix both have decent live CD's that you could try out.

If you are not worried about losing anything on the iMac -- then go ahead and just try installing to get some practice (make sure you grab the CD for PowerPC, rather than x86). I would recommend Ubuntu to start out with -- it is very easy to install, and the support base is excellent for beginners.

Good luck, and come back here if you have any questions or problems with anything.

--jrtayloriv

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Old 08-13-2009, 11:53 PM   #3
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I am new as well. Do not worry. First I would start with Ubuntu if I were you, it has been a breeze for me. Plus I am using a book called A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux. It is an awesome book and i only have to come here if i have a question. You should probably do the quick install and nothing manual. Skip over that until you start to better understand linux and know what you want to do with it. If you want to just try it without erasing your os now, go look for a livecd of Linux. It will run the OS from the cd and then when you decide to be done with it, you will still have windows on your hard drive. I have never done it myself, but i hear it is a great way to start if you are a bit nervous.


Hope this helped
 
Old 08-14-2009, 12:03 AM   #4
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Start with anything in the top 5-10 in the "hit list" at http://distrowatch.com
 
Old 08-14-2009, 12:45 AM   #5
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As much as I don't like saying it, start with Ubuntu/Knoppix... Although.... lol I just saw the part where you said you had a PS3? Oh I'd so put Debian over ubuntu on that, and then I'd get kernel 1.1.30, Grub2, and XFS!!! Err, start with a liveCD haha
 
Old 08-14-2009, 12:58 AM   #6
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I would suggest running the distro of your choice in VirtualBox first. When I first started dabbling in linux back in 2005 I tried out various distros in VMware, this gave me the chance to get acclimatised to linux without having to worry about messing things up. It also makes it easy to try not just one but different distros and find the one that suits you best. Linux is absolutely nothing like windows so it takes a little time to get used to doing things in linux, Virtualbox allows you to do just that (fire up a web browser on the side while you change stuff in the vm )
 
Old 08-14-2009, 12:59 AM   #7
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I have been a Windows user all my life
Dunno how long that life has been but my first pc I actually took notice of had the word "TANDY" in bold letters across the top od the monitor.
I like knowing how things work and that isn't really that possible in Windows if you're a "shade tree mechanic" like myself.
Linux let's you under the hood and the hardest thing to learn about linux is,,,,,, it isn't windows.
 
Old 08-14-2009, 01:01 AM   #8
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You may want to read these:

http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm
http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
 
Old 08-14-2009, 01:06 AM   #9
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I would suggest running the distro of your choice in VirtualBox first. When I first started dabbling in linux back in 2005 I tried out various distros in VMware, this gave me the chance to get acclimatised to linux without having to worry about messing things up. It also makes it easy to try not just one but different distros and find the one that suits you best. Linux is absolutely nothing like windows so it takes a little time to get used to doing things in linux, Virtualbox allows you to do just that (fire up a web browser on the side while you change stuff in the vm )
He has a good point. The year I learned the most is when I was using knoppix as a hdd install. I learned a lot of ways to break a system!!! But my knoppix cd always saved me, as I had all important data on a seperate hard drive it allowed me to wipe the main hdd. So if your using the old MAC and it has no important data? Get a distro like knoppix/Ubunto, install to HDD and screw with it!!! The more you learn what breaks the system the more you learn how not to break the system. Plus actually having to install makes it tedious, so you will have an incentive to learn faster. Waiting sucks.
 
  


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