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Old 03-15-2001, 08:00 PM   #1
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Can i switch between OS like you can with NT 4.0 and windows 98 but with linux and ME?
 
Old 03-15-2001, 08:14 PM   #2
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Yes! Install ME first and then if you install RedHat or Mandrake and several other linux distros they will detect that you have windows on your system and a program called lilo (linux loader) will be installed in your MBR and it will allow you to switch between OSes. I think mandrakes boot manager is now called GRUB or something of that nature and it works very nicely! Go ahead and give it a try! But as most people say (and others usually ignore) MAKE BACKUPS of any windows data files you have anrd just incase you blow things up!
 
Old 03-15-2001, 08:22 PM   #3
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Or you could make it so you can boot into linux with a floppy instead of using LILO. There are many possibilities with Linux.
 
Old 03-15-2001, 08:23 PM   #4
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Or if you really wanna have fun install linux and then get a program called vmware and you can then install Windows under linux! hehe
 
Old 03-15-2001, 08:33 PM   #5
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Its even more fun getting it to work under wine!
 
Old 11-12-2003, 10:18 PM   #6
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I have windows me and i want to get linux xfce. Do i have to get linux and get it so i can run me and linux and then get xfce or is xfce its own version of linux? I want to get xfce and i am new to linux.
 
Old 11-13-2003, 09:34 AM   #7
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I have windows me and i want to get linux xfce. Do i have to get linux and get it so i can run me and linux and then get xfce or is xfce its own version of linux? I want to get xfce and i am new to linux.
that's not a problem.. but you could start a thread too.

Linux is an operating system; ie a kernel. companies like redhat and suse use this kernel, plus a lot of other free programs (ingredients) to create a linux distribution (menu)

Windows is build as one monolithic system; everything is integrated with each other. Linux uses different layers, which offers a lot of flexibility:

- you'll have the kernel. (the actual thing we call linux)
- there is something that boots your system (lilo/grub + init)
- there is something that displays graphics (xfree86, one of many x11 servers)
- there is something that handles your windows borders (xfree only pains what applications tell it to do)
- and there is something to create a complete desktop environment, for example KDE, GNOME, .....and indeed, XFCE. instead of the word desktop, I'd like to call this your workspace / workplace.

A linux distribution combines all these ingredients, and a configuration item where you can say "I want xfce to be my desktop". Next time you login, xfce will be presented at your screen. If you use a graphical login (like gdm), you can even choose the workspace from a menu before you login. different people have different requirements or flavours, and you can choose what suits you the best.


links: http://www.xfce.org/, http://www.distrowatch.com/, http://www.distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major

Last edited by yapp; 11-13-2003 at 09:37 AM.
 
  


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