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Posted 04-03-2006 at 03:51 AM by tedl_nancy


I'm a real noob to linux, but am real keen on moving to opensource. I've been moving myself over gradually by creating a partition on my laptops hard-drive to install various linux distros. Not seriously using them, just playing around. Seeing which one is easiest to get going with. Which one might eventually replace my windows os.

On the Win partition I've been trying to move to completely opensource software, but I settle for free sometimes. So I'm running XP Pro with firefox as default browser, thunderbird as default email, sunbird as default calendar, and openoffice as default office proggy.

On the freeware side of things I'm running Zone Alarm free, Avast Home edition, Spybot, and adaware.

I still got all the usual suspects installed so that I can play nice with friends and such, but I'm trying to learn how to do without Windows.

My hardware is a compaq presario r3000 lappy, with one of those brutal broadcom wireless cards.

My current set-up is an 80gig hard drive, with 3 partitions:
1. WinXP (ntfs) -- 25gig
2. Home (fat32) -- 25gig
3. / (ext3) -- 25gig
4. /swap -- 1.1 gig

I've installed ubuntu 5.1 with grub in the MBR, and managed to edit it so that XP and Linux are the only two boot options and XP is the default option after a 2 second time limit.

From XP I've changed all my default file locations for things like My Documents to the D:\home drive, and my intent is to be able to boot either OS and work with files, emails, internet. Not happening yet, but I've got linux installed and look forward to learning more about it.

I suppose I will try to keep blogging here and track my progress. It's good to be a part of the OSS and linux community.


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