Originally Posted by Crag
hmmmm.........i got it
i`m really sorry for maybe going off topic but what does the partition separations means ?
is it like having Windows on C drive and Ubuntu on D drive or what?
thanks you again you really helped
Err, kind of. It's really complicated to explain, but basically yes, C drive is one partition, D drive is another.
In reality, these are "mount points" rather than the partitions themselves. This is an important concept in Linux, and you need to be careful or else you can wipe/damage your Windows partition. That said, Linux Mint & Ubuntu (and other GUI-based distros - more on that in a minute) have a very nice partitioning tool, so it's a lot harder to make a mistake as it's nicely displayed in front of you.
Distros (or distributions, as they should be known), are different "flavours" of Linux. Linux, in its stricted form, is just the kernel (the bit of software that interacts with the hardware, and provides a platform for everything else). However, the kernel is useless by itself. Distros package the kernel up with a selection of other software to provide an operating system suited to certain needs or philosophies. Some distros want to provide everything for the user, some want to be minimal, some want to be stable and rock-solid, some want to be cutting edge with the latest techonology, some have specific missions like being a file/music server or network hacking tool, etc. There are thousands of distros, just see this
The last thing to note, is that the main 'noob' distros like Ubuntu and Mint, are what are called "LiveCDs". This means, that you can boot your computer with the CD in the drive, and it will load Linux instead of Windows, without installing anything
. This also means you can't save anything (or at least, it's difficult and I wouldn't recommend it), but you can use it freely without affecting your Windows install at all. Kinda like a "try before you buy"
Originally Posted by EntTheGod
mint > ubuntu for newer users
The link is here