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  • Started 8 years ago by newagepirate
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newagepirate
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Lately, I have been getting different thoughts about whether linux is good or bad, so I was wondering if someone could give me a link or at least some information about linux that can help me understand it a little more.

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whs
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Reading is good, trying it out is better. Use Wubi that the Geek often recommends. No need for dual boot or anything fancy. Runs like an application on Windows. http://wubi-installer.org/

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newagepirate
Posts: 76

I know you said that, but I dont have a good computer right now, and Im not sure what specs I need to run it

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whs
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Those are the system requirements: 256 MB memory, 5 GB harddisk space, Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista
PS: you could have started by reading the link. Those specs were right there.

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newagepirate
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Oh, sorry. Thanks for the specs, Ill try that and get back to you. But I have a question. Do I have to download ubuntu also or just wubi?

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whs
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Just Wubi

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newagepirate
Posts: 76

Oh cool, thanks

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whs
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Note though that you need a host operating system - any of the above mentioned. Because it behaves like an application.

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newagepirate
Posts: 76

I have xp so it should be just fine

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whs
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OK, that sounds great.

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newagepirate
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Ill probably post monday and tell you how it went, if I get time to do it this weekend

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jack7h3r1pp3r
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and the most popular linux os would probs be ubuntu but it really depends on what you are going to be using it for.

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Lighthouse
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Yes you do need to download Ubunto, but Wubi does it for you (you have a choice of which Linux's it can download).
It sets up a dual boot system, with no need for repartitioning.

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JKay
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yes but in the installer doesnt wubi give you a choice of a partition? On the part where it wants to set aside 8-30 gigs for linux?

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Lighthouse
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It doesn't create a partition. Just creates a folder, like when you install any s/w

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JKay
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So if I use wubi and run ubuntu with it, I'm still getting all my resources sucked by vista?

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Lighthouse
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Um..no. You either boot into Vista OR Ubuntu. Not both at the same time

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JKay
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Wow I didnt know you could have both installed on the same partition, sorry for the questions, I've tried to use wubi, I have the installer but I dont have the patience with the slow internet here to download the 700g file for ubuntu... I'll have to try it in a week when I get home for vacation.

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jd2066
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Usually you can't have two OSes installed on the same partition. Wubi works by installing Ubuntu to a disk image that is stored in the partition.
The disk image being c:\ubuntu\disks\root.disk.

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Lighthouse
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Thanks for the explanation jd.

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newagepirate
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But wubi runs like any other software that you intall, and it runs like it too, you dont need to make a partition for it because you can just install it like a game or program

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jack7h3r1pp3r
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@newagepirate yes but for the os you usually have to create another partion to install it on all that wubi does is install it in a way that you don't have to make another partion but jd explained that part better a few posts back.

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newagepirate
Posts: 76

I guess your right

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tbd
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I have the ubuntu live cd. Can I use the wubi installer to install ubuntu on my comps the wubi way without bothering wubi to download ubuntu from net...

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Lighthouse
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It doesn't give you that option. So I would have to say no :(

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newagepirate
Posts: 76

They should make it so that it does give you the option

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

@newagepirate. Would you please just stop commenting. And give some input?

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jack7h3r1pp3r
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why don't you just play around with it to find out more about it or use your reading skills :)

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