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Originally posted by dslboy zaharia+Drozz; cut it out...
don't ever tell me to cut something out, when it comes down to the language content ....
there is no need for someone to make use of that language on a community site where it is unacceptable ... it is the first rule in the LQ.org rules that you and the rest of us agreed to ...
as of the question at hand, i felt it was more important to address the issue i did rather than commenting on ... his question was : what distro is best for me ? well the answer to that is, whatever one you like best ... me like many others have tried many many distros until we liked one ... and there is hundreds of sites he could have found on google to read up on different distros, let alone the homepages of the distros themselves... secondly there is a distro review section on this site, making the question even more unneccessary ... not to mention that this question has been asked hundreds of times so a simple search on the site could have yielded some answers ...
as of the installation question ... well i'll answer that ....
it is as easy or easier than installation windows ....
Like many have said, I'm not attempting to start a distro debate because each distro has its strengths. I personally use Mandrake 9.2 because I am somewhat of a newbie and Mandrake is a fairly large distro with many people out there to help you.
I do, however, have a suggestion... Redhat is focusing on the server side of the house. So much so, I don't think they will be updating their workstation version.
Good job! I hope your decision is not a spur of the moment thing and I hope you have a good experience with Linux. Just refrain from profanity in here and it'll all go well. There will always be someone to help.
ok I have read up a bunch on the distributions, I am gonna go with mandrake 10 for now.
Now I want to learn how to go about partitioning my hard drive. Basically, I want to save my music collection and everything else can be deleted. When I go to Mandrake I am going to get rid of windows completely. Could anyone tell me if it is possible to partition my drive so I can save some files, get rid of windows and install mandrake? if so, can you give advice or point me in the direction of advice
Three cheers to zaharia. It is a bit ridiculous. And, it does forum participants no good to tout their degrees in computer science, as it would tend to make vast technical expertise a foregone conclusion, and hamper the learning process.
As for the discussion, I also think it is important to know why such and such had such problems with Windows, as that might uncover further computing issues that no distro is going to correct.
For example, statmobile has stated big productivity problems with his or her mathematical calculations, and narrows the problem to Windows. While I am no huge Windows fan (or any single computing environment fan, for that matter), I wonder what kind of data must be going through that system. I run a 2.5 gig SQL Server database on the Windows side of my dual-boot laptop, and crunch years of pricing data, daily. I run numerous stochastic and trend indication calculations, then compare the results to more than 17 million records of historical data, playing what-if versus whats-history every evening. Something like 30 derivative calcs are completed on more than 18000 data sets within that pile of records, and the whole process takes something like 20 minutes.
Yea, it slows the machine a bit, but I can still check email on the that resource hog called Outlook. Sometimes I even check Google News while I am waiting. And yes, I am working the whole thing over to the Linux side, with MySQL and C/PHP (moving it all to a server, so I can access the stuff without having my laptop chained to my ankle).
So, the point is......
Don't expect Linux to solve problems on your Pentium 133. And.....
Let the forum know what you are actually running up front, so those assisting you are making more informed recommendations.
rob1983 - go back to your first post and edit out the swear words. The rules of LQ are quite clear, we do not allow words like that in the posts.
That said, partition your hd so you have a fat32 partition then copy your music files into it. You will then need to partition the remainder of your hd to shrink your windows partition and leave some free space. Depending on which distro you run will determine how much space you need. I'd suggest leaving windows on for now some programs you may feel you need either don't run on linux or don't have a direct swapover (visio is an example of this) - so you will have 3 sections: 1 win partition, 1 fat 32 partition and 1 linux partition.
Slackware is a great stripped down distro and is the oldest packaged distro. Mandrake, RedHat (now Fedora) and SuSE are good for people new to Linux. All of these are pretty straightforward to install.
Personally, the language doesn't bother me, but I agree that keeping things civil will go a long way towards promoting useful and productive dialogue. My question is that if certain offending words are to be removed from the post, shouldn't they also be removed from the thread title itself? At the time I'm writing this, the title of the thread isn't exactly the kind of thing you'd probably say to your mom. I agree 100% with XavierP's comments (and actions) regarding the content of the original post since it did not comply with the LQ guidelines, but at least for the time being, the title of the thread still does not comply. It seems that consistency should be observed - perhaps the thread title is not editable? -- J.W.
Just for a quick worth. If Rob1983 still has a windows install, then he should be able to install mandrake 10 by just following the instructions, if, as I suspect they've still included all the usual disk partitioning tools, which you should be able to use graphically, then you just "follow the instructions", as it should prompt him that he hasn't got a linux partition, but would he like to resize, or ..... etc etc.
Then it's just a case of copying/moving the mp3 files and only then get rid of the windows partition.