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Old 09-26-2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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What distro to run on Windows PC?


Hi. I would like to run Linux on my PC without having to partition my hard drive or loading a disc. Is there a distro which can accomplish this?
Thx, Scott
 
Old 09-26-2012, 01:08 PM   #2
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Ubuntu Wubi is what it your looking for, installs from a cd.
 
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:43 PM   #3
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If your PC has a modern processor and a decent amount of RAM you could also look at running any distribution in a virtual machine using VMWare or VirtualBox.
 
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:50 PM   #4
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live cd/dvd?
 
Old 09-26-2012, 04:42 PM   #5
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Wubi is what you are looking for have a look at this :
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5x9iJWXbUY
 
Old 09-26-2012, 04:56 PM   #6
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I respect the others in their choice of wubi but I have to suggest against it for the first choice. It doesn't work for everyone. Some people love wubi and some hate it.

I like the live cd or even make a live usb or use a VM would be my suggestions. A free virtual machine may be one of the most safe choices if your system can support it.

In all of the choice be sure you know how to recover you windows. Create or get the cd/dvd's now. Use the MS backup too.
 
Old 09-26-2012, 06:24 PM   #7
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for a "new to Linux" person you might want to do something like
Install LinuxMint to a USB .One that is about 20 gig will be more than enough

then boot from the usb
 
Old 09-26-2012, 09:41 PM   #8
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I would say that Wubi might still be worth a shot.

If it installs, it will provide a much more realistic experience than a Live CD, because you are not stuck with the limited resources of a ramdisk. I've used it successfully several times on XP and Win 7.

And you don't have to install it from a CD. You can download the installer and double-click on the file to install it, just like any other Windows *.exe installer, but in that case you need an internet connection, because it wants to go to the net to get the bulk of the install.

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Old 09-26-2012, 09:52 PM   #9
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If your PC has a modern processor and a decent amount of RAM you could also look at running any distribution in a virtual machine using VMWare or VirtualBox.
This is what I would suggest, plus if your new to linux the snapshotting tools could prove to make testing and playing around much easier for you.

Snapshot before you try something your not comfortable with, if you break something; roll back and your back to were you started. A lot fun can be had using virtualization technology if your hardware supports it.
 
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Thumbs up Thank you!

I want to thank all who took the time to reply to my question. I guess I now need to determine what and how I want to use whichever distro I decide to use. Thanks, again, everyone.
 
  


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