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Old 03-08-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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Is Ubuntu like windows and can you download Ubuntu to a flash drive or external hard drive and if so what kind?
 
Old 03-08-2011, 11:10 PM   #2
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Is Ubuntu like windows
In what context your questions is? Please make it more clear so it can be compared with Windows.

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can you download Ubuntu to a flash drive or external hard drive
Yes you can down load Ubuntu live cd image on USB flash drive and boot your computer from flash drive and you can play around. It wont effect whatever you have on your HDD.

you can download Ubuntu

http://www.ubuntu.com/
 
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:12 PM   #3
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Is Ubuntu like windows and can you download Ubuntu to a flash drive or external hard drive and if so what kind?
What do you mean "is Ubuntu like Windows"? In what aspect exactly do you expect Ubuntu to be like Windows? Ubuntu is a lot like Windows in many aspects, but completely different in many others. You'll have to be more specific to get a good answer.

You certainly can download Ubuntu to a flash drive or external hard drive, but which would your purpose be? A) install Ubuntu on your computer from the flash drive or external hard drive then use Ubuntu installed on your computer/internal hard drive; or B) actually run Ubuntu off the flash drive or external hard drive instead of installing Ubuntu on your internal hard drive?

The two things are possible, but each possibility will involve a different procedure.
 
Old 03-08-2011, 11:13 PM   #4
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the question you are asking is kinda a topic of debate.
I would suggest you take a look at screen shots to see what the user interface looks like.

It also sounds like you are wanting to start experimenting in the linux world. That's awesome!

Try doing a google search for "Linux LiveCD's"

Another tidbit for you... most flavors of linux (known as distributions) are based of the three biggies:
Debian
RedHat
SlackWare
 
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:18 PM   #5
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i have to ( politely ) disagree with the statement of just install ubuntu, it will leave your other files alone.

Yes, this is true.
- - - HOWEVER - - -

It seems obvious that the person doesn't have a lot of experience in the linux world. It would be pretty easy to get confused with the very different naming conventions for partitions and blast the whole table away.

My vote, point our person to a LiveCD to experiment and play. If S/he likes, then take the next step of installing it.

ALSO... if the person installs it, even to a thumbdrive, grub (or lilo) is very likely to still install to the mbr.
 
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