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Old 11-26-2006, 11:51 AM   #1
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Before starting I would like to apologize for this post but I have not found an up to date post regarding the issues I would like to address before starting down the Linux route.

Now a bit about me and my current setup, then what Iím after:

Iím currently very much Microsoft orientated, in work and at home. The work will never change as the boss is very anti Linux and pro-Microsoft (no helping him there lol) but home I can and want to change. I have never used any Linux dist and not big on programming but donít mind working with command line (ms prompt is the closest I have got lol).

I have a AMD Athlon 64Bit processor and 2x300Gb SATA set to a stripped RAID and windows wont install with the current setup, so Iím looking into the alternative...Linux. I want to be able to watch movies I *cough obtain, they tend to be divx files, or DVD ISO's that I mount as a virtual drive and then watch. I would also like to make it so I can access a NAS, hoping Santaís going to bring me one..but it will probably be a buy for next year. I have a laptop that is currently MS Windows XP Pro as well, if I take to the whole Linux environment Iíd like to change the whole setup. I share files from the laptop to the PC and vice-versa, then hopefully bring in the NAS device later. I also would like to look into a way to stream movies, files from the NAS or PC to the laptop and push that through to the TV (if possible...not looked into that yet just an idea Iíd like to pursue).

What Iím after, I am after an easy migration to Linux from Windows but still giving me the Linux experience. I would ideally like the features I mentioned above, those are;
*64 bit Athlon support
*SATA and RAID support
*Ability to watch divx movies
*Accessing the files from the laptop (whilst it remains as a windows machine)
*Access a NAS device
*Movie Streaming...not sure if possible but like to know if someone does this with Linux (or whatever).

Thank you for reading and any and all advise you can give me,

Old 11-28-2006, 01:45 AM   #2
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What I would do I were you is download Ubuntu, burn it, boot it up from CD and see if you can get the essentials working (network/internet/GUI). After that you could procede to install it if you like it.
I would stay away from the x64 version at the moment. It will be more trouble then that is is worth for a consumer atm. You will have trouble with Flash, wmv, realplayer and other non-open stuff.
VLC player or Mplayer can handle all your Xvid/divX needs.

Good luck and have fun Everything is possible, some things will just take more trouble to set up then others.
Old 11-29-2006, 07:18 AM   #3
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Not sure if this is still a newbie question or verging on some other part of the forum.

I can not install Ubuntu x64 on my PC as it keeps saying that the CD is curroupt. There was an error pre-burning the CD about the image size (or something) and I ignored it, thinking it was meant to be like that.

Any ideas why the ISO is coming down curroupt? The connection was constant and the file was complete..or at least it said it was.

I am trying to download the alternative versions of unbuntu, both 64 bit and the intel i386 norm. Im also getting the server 64 bit and 32 bit versions. There has to be a way that I can get my PC built, windows has given up the ghost...I may end up having to flash the BIOS, but I seriously dont want to try that untill all other methods have been tried.



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