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 Post subject: Deciding if *nix is right for me
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 5:45 pm 
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Ok, I'd like to learn to dabble in some form of linux. I just don't know what to really use it for... I run games, many apps b/c I do audio/video editing a bit and I've gotten to know windows pretty well. If it was possible to be able to go without windows that would be nice to know how to do in the future (and save me $100+ bucks...) But is it practicle? I run trillian, itunes, firefox, steam, xfire, my act study program, photoshop, adobe, my vide editing, then a bunch of stuff like azureus, dvd shrink, divx, daemon tools, all the video card/sound card capture/edit software, avg, zonealarm, winamp... ok, thats pretty much it... would I be able to run all that stuff in *nix? Also, what about drivers for everything? The little things, like laptop battery mon, and then stuff like video, audio, network, wireless, everything drivers. I read MPC's guide but it didn't really make sense to me, kinda hard to follow. He was writing (or so it seemed to me) to a crowd who already knew *nix instead of the noobs (me)... But thats another matter. I'd like to dabble, but I need to be able to use all of my old programs. Also, will cames run just as good in *nix or better? How does one do that? I'm pretty good with windows and computers, build my own, build them for people, junior in HS, fix peoples (simple stuff like AVG, adaware, zonealarm, simple networking, etc) comps... I know thats a lot of stuff, but I'd just like to learn...


-bazzel


P.S. I would definitely (note that it is spelled correctly) start out dual-booting, how is that process done... thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 5:58 pm 
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start with knoppix.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:04 pm 
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eh? whats this? a bootable *nix? whats the low-down on it? and whats this dutch/german business? i cant really read what its about...


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:05 pm 
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it is a full distro on a single bootable CD...it runs off the CD....no need for install.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:07 pm 
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what then can be done with it? you really gotta go slow here. just install it and then what? do i have to install all of my old drivers again? can i run windows programs? etc?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:10 pm 
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you DONT install it...it is a live CD. you burn the ISO(CD image) to CD and put it in your CD ROM drive(make sure your BIOS is set for the CD to be the first boot device).


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:12 pm 
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ok, and then if i want windows again i can just now have the cd in? also, what then? will everything just work? if its not installed, how can i install any further programs? or is it just something that you can use to kinda learn the interface without being able to fook anything major up?


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it is a FULL distro...meaning almost anything you can do with a "normal" distro of linux, this thing can do.

if you want HDD access you should have a FAT 32 partition on one of your HDDs


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:14 pm 
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hmm... all i have is my one 60gb NTFS laptop HD (like 20 of which is free)...


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:14 pm 
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b20 wrote:
ok, and then if i want windows again i can just now have the cd in? also, what then? will everything just work? if its not installed, how can i install any further programs? or is it just something that you can use to kinda learn the interface without being able to fook anything major up?


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basicly... the best thing about a live CD is that you can get a taste for linux without touching your file system...meaning to boot to windows just remove the CD.

knoppix comes with a buncha apps.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:16 pm 
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ok, so you think i should just run the cd, mess around a bit, see if i like it before i go partitioning off my HD and goin in waist deep? I'll just play with what it has, no installing stuff or saving... just play...


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:20 pm 
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that would be your best bet...besides some linux distros have a 4 CD install...some are very n00b friendly...some will make you wand to use a 16lb sledge on yer PC.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:22 pm 
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LOL well, we'll see how this goes and i might be back to choose a distro that i'd like to dual boot with...


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killer...just so you know...knoppix is a 698MB download


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If you do decide to do an install go with something like fedora core which is basically all point and click for install.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:32 pm 
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IncomingFire wrote:
If you do decide to do an install go with something like fedora core which is basically all point and click for install.


yea, or mandrake...i think even yopper(sp) is n00b friendly


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 6:34 pm 
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I'm not going to make this into a distro war here but if I had to pick between Mandrake and FC I'd choose FC. :p

EDIT: Fixed spelling.

EDIT EDIT: Didn't like my smiley :(


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2005 8:02 pm 
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what is fedora core? what are the advantages? how would i run my windows programs? how would i run games? how would i partition so it could be separate? is there a noob faq somewhere? thanks,


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read the stickys d0od


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 10:44 am 
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ok, went and read a big ole FAQ which answered many of the questions excepts like two...

1. how can games be run? emulators or something? where do you get them?

2. is there somewhere to see the pros/cons of FC vs. Mandrake vs. Debian vs. Gentoo vs. etc... I have read about each but can't quite piece together exactly how they are different...


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