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Old 09-03-2007, 09:14 PM   #1
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Bought a laptop and gonna install Linux.

It came with Vista, and as we all know, it runs...well not good. expecially on a $499 laptop. Anyways, i just had my first class in Comp Science, and we are using a UNIX system. I'd like to uninstall Vista, and install Unix. IS there anything i should know or consider before going through with this. Installing it is not too much of a problems, since i have access to the unix disc at school to install on my laptop.
Old 09-03-2007, 10:29 PM   #2
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I assume you meant Linux--but there is also BSD, etc.

Take a look at the "getting started" link below.
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You can use slackware.. it's an unix-like operating system that
might be what you need.
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If it was my only computer, and I was starting out on Linux, i wouldn't install Slack straight away. What i would do, is do a clean format of your harddrive using to remove all trace of Vista (presuming you don't want it at all as this will remove the rescue partition etc etc). At the same time I would Partition the harddrive into 2 equal portions (presuming it is about 60gb and you can have just about enough space), then I would install quite a user friendly Distro such as Ubuntu on one partition and then when you have this up and running install Slack on the other partition.

This ensures that you can still access the internet, as you are pretty much stuffed without it when trying to get your first linux distro working. I suggest Ubuntu as (for me at least), it's pretty much out of the Box and is pretty stable. Not as hardcore as other Distros but it's a good way to cut your teeth from Win. Then if you decide that you prefer Slack or Ubuntu at a later date, simply format the other partition to free up space. The best of both worlds!!
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thx for the help. I have a main pc at home which runs Windows XP, and my laptop i will be using for school. So i want to rid of vista completely. Im gonna be using Ubuntu as well. seems like one a good linux to use. ill consider adding slackware at a later date.


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