Want to convert from Vista to Linux. Is it doable?
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Thank you for all the information, although some of it is a little over my head. That said, I may not want to be the person doing this on my computer. Does anyone know how to find a professional versed in such Linux installs in my area? (So. NH)
Mind if I ask why you would choose to hire someone for this? Looking at the list of members replying to this thread you're in good hands! Honestly these guys could bail you out of almost any situation as long as some back-up precautions are taken. Hopefully you have a windows install disk handy for worst case scenario.
Edit/ Half completed post due to keyboard going wonky
If you feel truly uncomfortable getting help through this forum check for a nearby LUG (linux user group). Chances are they would be glad to help. Everybody loves a newbie.
Last edited by muddywaters; 05-16-2007 at 06:02 PM.
I do alot of audio production, and I have the old good and bad news for you.
I am still not able to do my audio work on linux.
But Ubuntu Studio is a promising project, but has had too little testing. You couldn't even get a beta, and now there is a final release, and it seems to be very buggy.
JAD is also an option. It's based on Open Suse. http://www.jacklab.org/
They recently released wineasio, which allows you to run certain windows DAW's in linux with lowlatency... even some vst plugins. I've only tried it with reaper, which is my main and favourite DAW, and it worked very well, except for the usual gui quirks.
Ardour2 is a great daw, but it's been SVN only for what feels like a decade. Now it's in the ubuntustudio repository...
However adding the ubuntustudio repository, and trying to install ardour from there left me with a broken package manager. Wired is also a promising project... Along with 20 other projects with the same goal. This is something you will soon learn to hate and or appreciate about linux.
I am very positive that audio on linux will get there. And we have a good shot at world domination in 2008.
For the time being, you should keep windows for your audio apps.
But linux is awesome in so many ways... you should definitely take a shot. Expect to get frustrated with audio stuff though.
If you dont feel comfortable doing a linux install. Download one of the many Live-CD's available on the internet. You can TRY linux, without having to install. Or, even better, download linux, install the free VMWare client on your PC, and try the linux installation within a VIRTUAL area on your computer. This way you aren't damaging anything, but you are learning and get to know whether you'd like to try the real thing.
check that out, download either the miniCD or the full liveDVD. both will be a single click to start the install from the liveOS and will create the dual boot for you. very simple. other then that you may want to check out the LUG (linux user group) forum here to see if you can find a LUG in your area.
don't worry, you can do it, its not all that difficult, I did mine yesterday with a little help from the guys here it was fine.
Do you have your chosen OS downloaded and on disc?
If so all you have to do is change on your Bios(setup) screen to boot from cd drive and you can test your ubuntu and/or install it...the install wizard will walk you through the partition part and you can always roll back half way through if you're not sure.
If you haven't got it burned to disc yet, it needs to be burned as an iso file...you will need to download a special program to do that. If I'm being too simplistic, sorry just want to be clear for you.
post if you need info about creating the bootable disc, enjoy
Distribution: Mepis and Fedora, also Mandrake and SuSE PC-BSD Mint Solaris 11 express
I dual boot Fedora 13 with Vista Business on my laptop, just migrated both of them to a new hybrid momentus 320 gigabyte hard drive 2 weeks ago in fact!!
FWIW: Using a new operating system is a perfect excuse to buy a new hard drive and a cage for it.
If you want to move to Linux totally, you must copy your documents and settings folder in Windows to an external hard drive, or a partition on your native drive big enough to hold it. Since this is for a migration, its OK to use FAT as a file system although NTFS will work.
If you are going to Linux totally, obviously the Linux partition will nuke the Windows partition and replace it.
I'd recommend either Fedora or Mepis. Mandriva is also very user friendly as well.