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Old 07-23-2009, 10:59 PM   #1
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Question I need help! Haven't used linux in 15 years. Acer Aspire Laptop /w Vista...


I need the most basic help I can get.

I want to put linux on my Vista based Acer Aspire Laptop... but I want to do it as a partition. Back 15 years ago, I partitioned my 486 laptop with Win 95 and Linux and coped... sort of. My linux guru and I broke up and linux and I sadly parted.

I don't even know where I can get a complete download of linux, so that I don't have to use my 3g internet downloading while I am working my linux woes out.

I am going to be away from my high speed internet for a while and though this would be a good time to work at this task.

I need to have everything I might possibly need to have on disk before I depart. I have minimal internet while I am away. I want to save my wireless for question asking and not downloading.


What do I need, where do I go to get it and where are the how-to manuals and software.

I want to have some specific software that I know linux GNUs offer rather than high priced Win versions.

Please help.

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Well your asking a very broad question, you can find guides and walkthrouhgs out there by the tons on dual booting Linux and vista/xp/NT windows. But basically as a push in the right direction all you really need to do is download a live cd( a distro specific linux OS with minimal components needed to boot linux on your computer) and just copy it (usually in .iso form) to a cd and simply just boot your computer from the cd rom, and it would do the rest. Most linux distros today are very simple and have a self installation kit. Ubuntu for example you can now even install from windows without any change to your MBR, so the vista longhorn bootloader will stay intact. I hope this helps.
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Okay. I will google Ubuntu and see what I come up with. I assume it must have a web address.

Where is the best place to locate software by categories?
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Old 07-25-2009, 04:52 AM   #5
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If you decide to go with Ubuntu, here is a good site to help you get started with Ubuntu:
Ubuntu is a good choice for beginners; or even for people who have been away from linux for a long time .

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Old 07-25-2009, 02:51 PM   #6
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Ubuntu is also a good choice for experienced users who just don't want to mess with Xorg files. Just install it and your up and running with a desktop environment like Gnome or KDE. Linux Mint might be a good one for someone who has forgotten everything. It's almost too easy to use.
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You could look at 'The LiveCD List' to test drive a LiveCD.

Just a few more links to aid you;

Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Linux Newbie Admin Guide
Getting Started with Linux

The above links and others available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!


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