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Old 04-25-2005, 08:00 AM   #1
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Ok, I'm a total newb here, and I'm sure there are obvious answers to these questions with a little research, but alas, I'm lazy. So I have an AMD64 notebook that I just bought and have had for about a month. Running windows XP, of course. But i'm thinking linux will be more efficient, it looks nicer and will take advantage of the 64-bit processor. I use the thing mainly as a toy, a portable media center. And I play a few games, rarely. Which Linux distro will be best for me?? The Mandrake looks really nice, but there's so many, so I'm not really sure. Also, I want to make sure everything is running nicely before I remove Windows and run solely via Linux, so I guess I need to install Linux on a partition.... Is it easy to do this and then completely remove Windows later on? I'm a little scared of messing something up, so I don't want to completely dive into it just yet... Is there any online guides to installing onto a partition and then removing windows later? Thanks.
Old 04-25-2005, 08:25 AM   #2
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If you wanted to install mandrake it has an automated partitioner during install so it should work ok with windows. It's a good distro to start with if you dont want too much work. It should install and set everything up automatically if you have them plugged in and turned on i.e. printer. I'm not sure if the 64bit version is available as a free download though.
Old 04-25-2005, 08:28 AM   #3
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i would suggest that u get a bit familiar with linux using some live cd's (boots from cdrom and no installation is required).

in my opinion the good options can be
or suse linux live cd.

Installating linux would require a separate partition. creating partitions is simple enough but make sure u backup your data before you do that. Some times, only some times if you dont know what you are doing partitioning can go horribly wrong. just back up the data on some cd-r and read up on the partitioning tool u intend to use. I think on windows, partition magic can do the trick for you.
as far as games are concerned, soory i dont have much idea myself, but i think people do play games on linux so some one should be able to help u there.

what else ??
ya , about the other multimedia stuff, try a distribution that comes with a pre-installed media player like xine etc... other wise you could use Mplayer, but its installation can be tricky some times.
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I support the idea of using a live CD to get familiarized. Further more I sugest SuSE Live Cds. But when it comes to the installation install with Mandrake (any of the latest versions) they are fool proof. If you read everypage in detail there is almost no way that you can mess up. I recently read an article about how the installation of Mandrake is easier than the installation of Win XP. It was on Mandrake's homepage somewhere. From my p o v, Mandrake is the most user friendly installation ever.


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