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Old 07-15-2014, 12:51 AM   #1
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I am programmer, I used windows platform since 12 years. I am really new here, please guide me from beginning to this new platform. Suggest me first step here!!

I am new here, I want to use LINUX in my machine (TOSHIBA SATELLITE L645-S4102). Please suggest me which one would be better and may i use multiple operating system of different platform in same this machine or not?

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Old 07-15-2014, 12:59 AM   #2
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[QUOTE]Suggest me first step here!! [QUOTE]
you are on a right place, follow this forum, ask questions and answer questions in newbie section..
Old 07-15-2014, 01:06 AM   #3
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i guess the first step would be the same regardless of platform, acquaint yourself with the tools available in Linux for programming in the language of choice,

try writing and compiling a few simple programs (for instance if you write in c/c++, than write a few simple programs that rely on the standard c/c++ libraries which you would find on any platform (such as stdio, cstdio, string, iostream etc..)

especially if you have 12 years under your belt, writing these programs should not be a huge deal, but will give you a chance to get the basic feel of how the tools operate before you dive into more complex tasks like learing the various libraries/APIs or more complex invocations of the compiler/cross compiling etc, depending etc..

which tools you use depends on various factors, including but not limited to:
1) the programming language you are programming in (c++, c, c#, java, php)
2( the target platform (windows, mac, linux, x86, x86-64, arm, mips etc..)

but regardless, familiarize yourself with the options of tools, 'shop' around a bit until you find a tool you are comfortable using and practice a bit to get an idea of the nuances first, then learn the more complicated part.

ad as yooy said, don't hesitate to ask questions here.

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Old 07-18-2014, 03:55 AM   #4
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Frieza, thank you for the post. in windows environment i can make my own API and can work on own myself. According to my requirement/s i can make my own API and necessary tools. I can play with the devices and the logic. But i am not getting way to use Linux. As i think I should know either my machine supports Linux or not? my machine is TOSHIBA SATELLITE L645-S4102). I want to learn it at first, I am not afraid of removing of windows environment at first, I have worked a lot and have to work as well. I want to shift in Linux, I want to know it at first, mostly people says compilation cracks and could not proceed. In this phase i want to know the answer of 2 questions.
1. Can I use my machine(TOSHIBA SATELLITE L645-S4102) to use linux? which version or Linux I can use.
2. can I use both (Windows and Linux) OS in same machine or not?
Please kindly help me to answer these two questions.
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Originally Posted by dipeshnbd View Post
In this phase i want to know the answer of 2 questions.
1. Can I use my machine(TOSHIBA SATELLITE L645-S4102) to use linux? which version or Linux I can use.
2. can I use both (Windows and Linux) OS in same machine or not?
Please kindly help me to answer these two questions.
1:Yes. Possibly. Try a few.
2: Yes. Do a websearch on dual-booting.
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Hello Dipesh,

Nice to see software developers interested in Linux.

To answer your first question, yes, you can definitely run a Linux OS on your machine. To be clear, as you already must know, on Windows you need to install drivers for the hardware you want to use. On the other hand, the Linux kernel comes with all the drivers incorporated. Whenever there is a piece of hardware on the market, programmers work on the drivers for the Linux kernel. This is why you need the latest kernel to ensure that your hardware is supported. And this is also why you can run Linux on "almost" any machine.

And yes to your second question too. You can easily dual boot. As far as Linux is concerned, you can have as many operating systems as you wish on your machine, provided you have space.

Now, to make your life easier, you need not worry about the kernel version or the dual booting right away. The first step is to find your Linux distribution. "Linux" is only the kernel and the programs in the OS with which you interact directly are just a bridge between you and the kernel, and subsequently the machine. Thus, there are many many many Linux distributions. The basic kernel is the same for all but the overlying programs, GUI and configurations differ. So, take it easy and take your time (a little). Look around the web and try to see which Linux distribution will suit your needs best.

For my part, I use Slackware. This is the oldest distribution still running (and it does not mean it is obsolete). It is one of the best Linux distros you can find. I am into C programming and Python. Slackware comes with many facilities for software development. Check out its website:

Normally you will have all the instructions concerning installation as well. There are a lot of help on the web. Try your best and continue posting as we will not let you down.
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You can use VirtualBox to make a Virtual Machine which runs under Windows, so you don't lose Windows. Then you get an ISO file of the type of Linux you want and mount the ISO and practice Linux on your Win machine.

You don't have to do a dual boot setup.

Neat, eh?
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You can also pay for a remote cloud server. Such as, or amazon's aws.

Also there is Vagrant which helps provision servers for virtualbox.
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VirtualBox is a free software for you to install linux on simulated hardware.this will not lose windows.After several months that you practise linux command,and you know it more,delete windows,try opensuse.suse is a perfect distributor.
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