Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.


  Search this Thread
Old 04-02-2009, 09:01 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Al
Distribution: Redhat most likely
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
Question Dual Boot with windows 7 Which distribution? Absolute Newbie.

This all new water for me and I am open to all suggestions and advice. I have a very good home built machine running windows beta 7 which will go away soon. I have been wanting to try Linux for some time but do not understand all the varieties. I use the machine for surfing, soft games and video (backing up dvd's and some simple editing) and the normal stuff email, taxes and printing postage.
It is also on a network with 3 other machines 2 running vista and another windows 7. There are 2 tivo's, a blu-ray player, a PS3, a printer and a tv on the network also. The network is both wireless and mostly wired. The question is which distribution is best.
By the way I am rats109 which is a play on my initials and zip code.
Thank You for reading this and any advise you may want to put forth.
Old 04-02-2009, 09:55 AM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Jan 2009
Location: Gordonsville-AKA Mayberry-Virginia
Distribution: Slack14.2/Many
Posts: 5,573

Rep: Reputation: 470Reputation: 470Reputation: 470Reputation: 470Reputation: 470
Try Ubuntu-8.04/8.10
Varieties of both include
Ultimate Edition 1.9/2.0
Ubuntu Satanic Edition
Ubuntu is very friendly towards ex-Windows users.
Old 04-02-2009, 10:15 AM   #3
Registered: Feb 2005
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 568

Rep: Reputation: 37
Very nice list above there.

If you are most likely to try Redhat (i guess out of likely professional use), you might want to try Fedora at home. Thats the Redhat sponsored free edition where they try out new features before it comes into the offical Redhat release.

PS! Welcome to LQ
Old 04-07-2009, 07:14 AM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: Houston, TX (usa)
Distribution: MEPIS, Debian, Knoppix,
Posts: 4,727
Blog Entries: 15

Rep: Reputation: 234Reputation: 234Reputation: 234
Originally Posted by linus72 View Post
Ubuntu is very friendly towards ex-Windows users.
Unless you mean *buntu, I have to disagree: Ubuntu itself uses Gnome, which isn't very friendly to Winfugees. My experience is that KDE is much more familiar than Gnome to people who are used to the M$ GUI. Therefore, Kubuntu is a better recommendation than Ubuntu.


boot, distribution, dual, install

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
distribution to use and dual boot ?? megadamned Linux - Newbie 7 03-11-2007 08:15 AM
distribution Question - dual boot distros? bzburr Linux - Distributions 4 07-29-2006 05:05 AM
Changing a Linux Distribution on an existing dual boot setup. JevidL Linux - General 4 08-30-2003 11:01 AM
How to dual boot windows xp and redhat 9 for a newbie fender Linux - General 3 06-29-2003 03:43 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:12 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration