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Old 06-13-2011, 10:38 PM   #1
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Question Ubuntu vs Windows

First, my apologies for duplicating any previously submitted questions regarding Ubuntu and Windows related "stuff". I just don't have the time nor the patience to browse all that is posted and then not be able to find what I am really looking for. I would like to totally move to Ubuntu and dump Windows. However, v11.04 may not work for me so will most likely have to use the v10.x. It's my understanding that "Unity" on v11.04 is not as compatible with older drivers, hardware, and such; the compatibility list(s) is not all that extensive. Of all the stuff I have on Windows XP/SP3 Home there are only a few applications I would like to run on Ubuntu. So my first question is ... can I run a Windows application on Ubuntu without having Windows installed? My next question is ... if I need to have Windows installed, how do I install and run Ubuntu on a separate internal hard drive? I don't mind partitioning but the problem with this is if the hard drive fails everything fails! I am willing to relearn a new OS. The only real concern is learning the "command line" STUFF for manual work. It's so confusing to me. But again, I am willing to go for it. Anyway, thanks for listening. Looking forward to the responses.
Old 06-13-2011, 10:47 PM   #2
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Unity is more demanding on video hardware than gnome 2.X found in earlier versions of ubuntu, but aside from that there should be no major differences between 10.XX and 11.04. You dont have to use unity, you could always get xubuntu, lubuntu, kubuntu etc.. In a lot of ways, you would be better off using xubuntu, etc., as gnome 2.X is offically obsolete. Easier to just get used to a new interface once.

Which windows applications do you want to run on ubuntu? There might be good linux native programs that do the same thing.

If you have to run windows native applications, there is WINE. If that fails, you can always use windows in a virtual machine.

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Old 06-13-2011, 10:50 PM   #3
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You don't have to dump windows altogether atleast till you gain confidence in linux. We can dual boot windows and linux. Ubuntu installation cd can take care of dual-booting for you, if you choose the correct option. Infact with livecd technology you don't have to install linux onto harddrive. Learn to use linux with livecd for sometime. You can install to harddisk later.

If you don't like 'Unity' desktop, you can use Kubuntu. Kubuntu is Ubuntu with KDE desktop. There are many positive reviews for Kubuntu 11.04 release. You can also try Linux Mint, which is Ubuntu based but comes with standard GNOME desktop.

You can run (many of) windows applications in linux using WINE (WINdows Emulator). But that may not be totally satisfying. Make note that even though you may not have windows applications, you will have equivalent applications in linux which may be as good as windows counterpart. For example, you may not have MS-Office but Libreoffice/OpenOffice are as good as MS-Office.
Old 06-14-2011, 12:43 AM   #4
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Since you have an older machine, you should check the minimum hardware requirements for any distribution before you try to install.
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Instead of switching to an older version of Ubuntu, it's better to install another desktop (such as KDE or Xfce) on the newer version or switch to another distro (such as Mint).
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I like xubuntu that is faster.
Xubuntu vs windows comparison


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