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Old 08-31-2005, 10:13 PM   #1
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Basic Questions from a potential Suse user.


I have been very eager to run Suse for the past year, but I have put off actually going forward due to some Windows-user angst. After realizing that my computer knowledge is most likely too deficient to correctly set up a dual boot on my current machine, I am considering buying a separate system to run Suse 9.3 Pro exclusively. This is basically a move to avoid compromising the integrity of my current system. To this end, I have a few basic questions:

1. If I purchase a unit pre-loaded with Windows, would I be able to erase/disable Windows permanently in favour of Suse, or would a dual boot still be necessary?

2. Is buying a unit without an OS previously loaded a better option?

3. I know that Suse supports pretty much all processors/ configurations available to the average consumer. However, is one configuration more favorable? I was considering the following: AMD 64, 512RAM, 80 GB HD, standard video/sound cards. (Note that my purpose is simply to learn the OS, some of its key applications, and perhaps explore its development capabilities.)

4. What books can be recommended for new Suse/Linux users? I have of course seen "Linux for Dummies" and the Linux Bible series, but am interested to know if there is a preferred reference out there.

Thanks very much for your help. I look forward to becoming a "Linux Newbie" in the very near future.

Old 08-31-2005, 10:27 PM   #2
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1. Yes, you can completely get rid of Windows.

2. If you buy a system with no OS, you don't have to pay for Windows, which may make it cheaper depending on the manufacturer and what they're offering. Most of the majot vendors will not ship a system without an OS, but a lot of smaller vendors do.

3. That should be fine. You can check the hardware compatability list here at LQ and any such list that SuSE provides for more details.

4. I like Running Linux, published by O'Reilly. There are also many good guides at and you should look for the Rute tutorial and exposition, which is online.


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