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Old 05-31-2004, 02:26 AM   #1
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Question SHOULD I GET LINUX?!?! hit me up...!


i currently have windows xp...and was pondering my maximum pc mag, and was wondering....should i really get mandrake linux?? will all my programs that i use w/ windows xp work w/ linkux?...so basically what im asking is...will there be a smooth transition from xp ( ) to MDL ( ) ?? and if i dont like it...can i retutn to my old OS easily or.... yea, u no ...so i would like 2 no ur guy's input, thnx!!
 
Old 05-31-2004, 02:44 AM   #2
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No. You can count yourself lucky when one of your favorite Windows programs runs in Linux using the Wine emulator. Linux has its own set of applications.

You will want to be able to continue to use Windows as you get used to what Linux can do, so read up on "dual booting".
 
Old 05-31-2004, 10:05 AM   #3
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what im REALLY worried about is Half-Life...Counter-Strike, its basically all i do on my computer, so i can install mandrake linux, and just run win xp when ever i wanna run half-life or something? and like... if im just going for speed, startup with linux, right? seems logical.

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Old 05-31-2004, 10:40 AM   #4
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When you install linux, you need to install either Lilo or Grub. Both boot loaders will allow you to dual boot your machine.

When you want to run Half Life... you can boot XP and run it as usual. I have had my machine dual booted with w98 for a long time as I have learned Linux. If you are not prepared to spend time learning a new operating system, forget it. The learning curve is a long one. With that said, it is well worth the effort. I have dual booted machines with XP, so I know it works.

There are lots of install how-to's on this site and others. Spend some time there first.
 
Old 05-31-2004, 10:58 AM   #5
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I suggest you try a distro like Knoppix ( http://www.knoppix.org ) before trying to install a Linux Distro. Knoppix is live-on-cd and you don't need to install it, you boot up with the CD and then you have Linux up and running in it's full glory. If you don't like -that- then you're not going to like Mandrake. This way you can save yourself alot of work without risking loosing a windows installation etc.

Mandrake actually also have a similar distro called MandrakeMove. So if you really want to see what Mandrake is like, maybe get MandrakeMove [which is also a live-on-cd distro you don't need to install] to see if you like it.
 
Old 05-31-2004, 12:12 PM   #6
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i see i see... thanks for your input
 
Old 05-31-2004, 12:18 PM   #7
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i think... im not gonna go into linux...it seems way to hard...and complicated... i dont wanna ruin my new cpu, i just got it january and i really worked hard to get the money for it... so...eh, i have been using windows xp, and i freakkin LOVE it... the only reason i say no to linux is because in school, im in c++ class, and i dont really understand alot..of it, well i dont understand arrays and all that, so... i think ill just think about linux...maybe in the near futre, Tux can be my best friend...
 
  


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