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Old 04-26-2016, 05:30 PM   #1
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Talking is new laptop with free dos good with linux or not?

hello every body
- I want to buy a new laptop with free dos OS and I want to know if it will work well with upuntu or it will not?
- also I want to know if I got a lap with ubuntu as the main OS will it work in a good way with windows because I still a new person with linux and I will need sometimes to work with windows?
- I did not determine the model of the lap I want to buy yet.
thans for helping
Old 04-26-2016, 08:08 PM   #2
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Can be tricky to answer depending in country you live. But stationary computer with ethernet internet would be best choice if you need to make "blind buy".
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If you buy a new laptop computer, you should have no problem installing a suitable Linux distro (I use elementary OS, which is very easy to use and has the nice Pantheon desktop, while not requiring much resources). To use Windows as well, you have essentially three choices: either dual boot, or running Windows in a virtual machine, such as VMware, inside Linux (you need memory for both, then), or running Windows applications in the Wine emulator.
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I would definitely not use a "DOS," free or otherwise. DOS was never meant to be secure, and cannot be secured.

Be sure that you also get the distribution media for FreeDOS so that you can readily reinstall it. Then, use Linux.

It is a relatively simple matter, actually, to install Linux on the machine as its primary OS. Then, if you want to fiddle-around with DOS or anything else, you can install VirtualBox, which is a very good (and also, free) virtual-machine system sponsored by Oracle. (Yeah, the database people ...) Set up a virtual machine, and run FreeDOS on that ... "inside of Linux," as it were.

Now, you can sit back and be amazed at just what that "little, old" laptop can actually do. A Linux distribution is a full-featured operating system that can be made secure. ("DOS" can never be!) VirtualBox is an excellent way to run "guest" operating systems of any sort.

I took a small computer that was shipped with Windows-95 (and which ran that quite sluggishly ...), put an optimized Linux onto it, and ... whoosh! It was as if I had a brand-new machine: an efficient one. I used it for years, until "Old Dobbin" finally croaked. (I still have the disk drive.)

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If you decide to install Windows and Linux, you have to install Windows first. Unless you have some special need for Windows (that's usually a matter of work-related software or some odd game) you should find linux enough. This site tells you a lot about what software is available, and you can also look up the Linux equivalents to well-known Windows programs
Even if there's a Windows program you must have, it can often run in Linux with a tool called Wine

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Dell and HP both supply computers with FreeDOS. I believe that the idea is to provide a system from which you can create an installer for an operating system of your choice.
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