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dstar101 10-13-2007 09:59 AM

Linux for me....comming from windows
This is my first post on this forum.I was a regular Windows Xp user now i am planning to switch Linux due to it's popularity and acessilblity there are no viruses for Linux and Most security tools like dsniff run on linux.

I need help on selecting Linux Distro.
My System stats are
Motherboard:3.4 Intel Desktop board d945Gccr
Graphics :Intel8945G express chipset family
80 Gb HDD
1 Combo Drive
2 Lan card
intel(R) PRO/100+ Management Adapter for connecting to Internet
intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection for connecting to LAN
I need a distro which can play music,dvd and support my sound card plus i love to surfing internet and can run hacking has good image editing software like Fireworks and it shall be easy to extremely easy to use

brianL 10-13-2007 10:16 AM

No need to ditch Windows right away - try dual-booting. And try a few distros 'til you find the one that suits you best.

townie 10-13-2007 10:22 AM

yeah your system requrimetns are more then ok for any of the latest distros give dual booting ago just in case you crack it and want to go back to windows. its also very handy if you need to troubleshoot. by the way there are viruses for linux but there are stuff all compared to other operating system like windows, but dont worry to much about that lol


pixellany 10-13-2007 10:23 AM

Take a look at the "getting started' link below

dxqcanada 10-13-2007 10:29 AM

Try some LiveCD's to get a feel for it.
Most distribution's have a bootable LiveCD to try the OS without having to install it.

dstar101 10-13-2007 10:38 AM

thanx for your immediate response
I tired slax it was to difficult to config it
and LiveCd'd does not Save anything
i tried SusE but it is totally useless it does not detect my LAN CARD,SOUND card and modem
Thanx for the link i have bookmarked and i will review it sooner
I though Linux will require to upgrade my system......i hope linux has fewer viruses and it is secure than windows.........Windows always require to update which is damn slow.......and the New "Genuine Check" has made pain in my detect my windows as a couterfeit......My father gave me Windows Xp in 2003 and now it's no of use
You r right i will Dual boot while learning Linux when i am pro i will remove Windows XP..................but i still need to know which Linux distro i shall try first

waiting for ur response

brianL 10-13-2007 10:59 AM

Start with the easiest: Ubuntu.

Tomermory 10-13-2007 11:29 AM


i hope linux has fewer viruses and it is secure than windows
There are viruses for Linux BUT
1) Almost all viruses are written for Windows as they aim to hit the maximum number of computers. Linux is still minority so not interesting.
2) Linux is generally much more secure anyway. If you install something or make any change to the system whatsoever, you need to supply a separate password. So, if you stick with the official repositories, it is very unlikely that someone could install a virus on your computer.
3) The architecture of Unix type systems (Linux, Unix, BSD, Solaris....) is such that even if you were to get a virus the damage it could inflict would be minimal compared to Windows.


Windows always require to update which is damn slow
Not so with Linux. Because it's open source, people from all around the world can look at the code, which means potential security problems can be spotted very quickly. This means that, rather than waiting a month to get a fix, you can update within a few hours of the problem being noticed. What's more, Linux doesn't content itself with simply updating the system, all the software you download from the official repositories auto-update too. And this all happens in the blink of an eye! This morning, for example, I updated the system - in about 1 minute.

it detect my windows as a couterfeit
This will never happen in a Linux/Free BSD system because it's free!

As for your distribution, I go along with brianL - Ubuntu is excellent for beginners (but it doesn't have root); you could also try Simply Mepis (which does have root).

Welcome to the Linux community by the way!

dstar101 10-13-2007 01:59 PM


As for your distribution, I go along with brianL - Ubuntu is excellent for beginners (but it doesn't have root); you could also try Simply Mepis (which does have root).
What will happen if Ubuntu does not has root

from mephis website

Hardware That's Not Hard

If you've ever installed any operating system you know the many hours spent installing drivers and getting your hardware and peripherals to work. Some things may never work properly. The SimplyMEPIS hardware detection takes care of installing the drivers for you. It checks on every boot for new hardware, then loads the right driver. SimplyMEPIS also makes it easy to manage your system with the unique MEPIS Tools found in the System Configuartion (Settings).

It's nice

From ubuntu Website

System Requirements

Ubuntu is available for PC, 64-Bit and Mac architectures. At least 256 MB of RAM is required to run the desktop install CD. Install requires at least 4 GB of disk space.

It takes 4 GB space

While i will research to which choose from Ubuntu or Mephis

oskar 10-13-2007 02:01 PM

There is no root account by default, but you can create one with "sudo passwd root".
It's a non-issue. I would also suggest you jump on the Ubuntu bandwagon. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, and it will work for 90% of the desktop users.

jay73 10-13-2007 02:08 PM

To put it more clearly, Ubuntu doesn't have the "su" command to sign in as root but it uses "sudo", which for most purposes is exactly interchangeable. As to which is the safest option, there has been a lot of debate. Some say su, others say sudo. As long as the debate rages on, I think neither can be all that bad.

dstar101 10-13-2007 02:10 PM

I think
I will try Ubuntu.The new version of ubuntu will release in 5 days so i will have to wait for five days.....i hope that ubuntu will be able to detect my computer devices like modem,lan cards,sound card and display
Thanx to all people who take out their precious time and answered my dumb like question

Is there any book about Ubuntu.........??

jay73 10-13-2007 02:23 PM

Yes, there is the Ubuntu Bible. I leafed through the version that was released for Ubuntu 6.06 and it looks like something that could be really helpful for novices while it goes quite in depth also in the later chapters. It explains such simple things as making desktop icons but also how to set up an ftp or a mail server. But there are more books, just check one of the online bookshops.

As for having to wait five days, maybe. Ubuntu 7.10 has reached release candidate status, which should mean that it is about as stable as the official release will be. Then again, I installed the previous release (beta) two weeks ago and it was still very buggy so there aren't any guarantees. If you're impatient, have a try. You can also burn 7.04 to a cd. It can be used as a livecd so you'll be able to run it without installing anything while you're waiting for the official release of 7.10.

dstar101 10-13-2007 02:28 PM

I can not download the Ubuntu coz my net speed is about 60 kbps..........i have to buy the from the City (not far away from my home) and the deliviring does not deliver in my Country Pakistan

jay73 10-13-2007 02:35 PM

Oh, OK. Well, five more days is not all that long to wait and with a slow connection, I wouldn't recommend installing a beta or a release candidate anyway. There may still be some huge updates that could take forever to download.

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