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Old 05-16-2007, 06:52 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by promorobot
Thank you for all the information, although some of it is a little over my head. That said, I may not want to be the person doing this on my computer. Does anyone know how to find a professional versed in such Linux installs in my area? (So. NH)
Mind if I ask why you would choose to hire someone for this? Looking at the list of members replying to this thread you're in good hands! Honestly these guys could bail you out of almost any situation as long as some back-up precautions are taken. Hopefully you have a windows install disk handy for worst case scenario.

Edit/ Half completed post due to keyboard going wonky

If you feel truly uncomfortable getting help through this forum check for a nearby LUG (linux user group). Chances are they would be glad to help. Everybody loves a newbie.

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Old 05-16-2007, 07:44 PM   #17
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I do alot of audio production, and I have the old good and bad news for you.
I am still not able to do my audio work on linux.
But Ubuntu Studio is a promising project, but has had too little testing. You couldn't even get a beta, and now there is a final release, and it seems to be very buggy.
JAD is also an option. It's based on Open Suse.
They recently released wineasio, which allows you to run certain windows DAW's in linux with lowlatency... even some vst plugins. I've only tried it with reaper, which is my main and favourite DAW, and it worked very well, except for the usual gui quirks.
Ardour2 is a great daw, but it's been SVN only for what feels like a decade. Now it's in the ubuntustudio repository...
However adding the ubuntustudio repository, and trying to install ardour from there left me with a broken package manager. Wired is also a promising project... Along with 20 other projects with the same goal. This is something you will soon learn to hate and or appreciate about linux.

I am very positive that audio on linux will get there. And we have a good shot at world domination in 2008.
For the time being, you should keep windows for your audio apps.
But linux is awesome in so many ways... you should definitely take a shot. Expect to get frustrated with audio stuff though.
Old 05-16-2007, 08:43 PM   #18
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If you dont feel comfortable doing a linux install. Download one of the many Live-CD's available on the internet. You can TRY linux, without having to install. Or, even better, download linux, install the free VMWare client on your PC, and try the linux installation within a VIRTUAL area on your computer. This way you aren't damaging anything, but you are learning and get to know whether you'd like to try the real thing.
Old 05-17-2007, 01:13 AM   #19
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check that out, download either the miniCD or the full liveDVD. both will be a single click to start the install from the liveOS and will create the dual boot for you. very simple. other then that you may want to check out the LUG (linux user group) forum here to see if you can find a LUG in your area.
Old 05-17-2007, 05:38 AM   #20
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Naah, you don't need to call in a professional to install Linux. Just follow instructions, advice, ask for help if needed, and have confidence. Go on - dual-boot - Go for it!
Old 05-17-2007, 09:37 AM   #21
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i have installed both open suse and XP pro in the last few weeks on 2 diffenrt boxes

open suse = 20 mins of easy to use wizard like installer
+ a little well documented hacking to get media suopport

windows = 2 hours of framebuffer installer (ncurses like) which is a pain to use
+ miles of hacking to get anything to work
Old 05-17-2007, 04:30 PM   #22
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If you go the ubuntu way, take a look at this site.
Old 08-23-2007, 07:45 AM   #23
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Has anybody tried this link for dual boot for HP laptop with Window Vista Home Addition ?

Configuration for my laptop is, Partioned into two drives C & D (for backup CD)

Intel Centrino Duo (1.83GHz) 2GB RAM, NVIDIA 256MB,
Please suggest something like this so that I can have both Linux and Vista without formatting the system.
Old 08-24-2007, 07:46 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by lleb View Post
the statement about Vista and ONLY running Vista is semi true. MS has demanded that hardware OEMs start putting DRM on the hardware that prevents other OSs from running other then Windows.
I know for Dell computers supporting this issue. Is it possible to prevent this with firmware BIOS reinstall?
Old 11-28-2010, 08:33 AM   #25
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don't worry, you can do it, its not all that difficult, I did mine yesterday with a little help from the guys here it was fine.
Do you have your chosen OS downloaded and on disc?
If so all you have to do is change on your Bios(setup) screen to boot from cd drive and you can test your ubuntu and/or install it...the install wizard will walk you through the partition part and you can always roll back half way through if you're not sure.
If you haven't got it burned to disc yet, it needs to be burned as an iso will need to download a special program to do that. If I'm being too simplistic, sorry just want to be clear for you.

post if you need info about creating the bootable disc, enjoy
Old 11-28-2010, 08:38 AM   #26
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Why don't you start with a live cd, or run linux in a virtual machine in windows, until you are more familiar using linux.

Kind regards
Old 11-28-2010, 10:02 AM   #27
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This thread is more than 3 years old, I would assume that the OP already has Linux running or given up.
Old 11-28-2010, 10:07 AM   #28
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I'm not the original poster but I tried to access this site and got the "404 error

I tried in iceweasel and epiphany
Old 11-28-2010, 10:09 AM   #29
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I didn't notice

This thread is more than 3 years old, I would assume that the OP already has Linux running or given up.
maybe that's reason for 404

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Old 11-28-2010, 11:02 AM   #30
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I dual boot Fedora 13 with Vista Business on my laptop, just migrated both of them to a new hybrid momentus 320 gigabyte hard drive 2 weeks ago in fact!!

FWIW: Using a new operating system is a perfect excuse to buy a new hard drive and a cage for it.

If you want to move to Linux totally, you must copy your documents and settings folder in Windows to an external hard drive, or a partition on your native drive big enough to hold it. Since this is for a migration, its OK to use FAT as a file system although NTFS will work.

If you are going to Linux totally, obviously the Linux partition will nuke the Windows partition and replace it.

I'd recommend either Fedora or Mepis. Mandriva is also very user friendly as well.


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