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I have a lot of questions and I can't really find any answers. If there's a thread on this already, that'll be great.

Well to start off, I currently have Win 7 on my hard drive.

1. If I were to download any of the Linux programs and burn them on a CD/DVD, would I be able to create a partition for it just like Windows when doing a fresh install?

2. Which Linux program should I download/install? Or does it all comes down to personal taste/choice?

3. Is installing Linux as easy as Windows 7?

4. If I do have to create a partition using Windows 7, how would I do that without messing up my hard drive?

5. Are there any benefits to having Linux? And what is Linux mostly used for? (Like Windows 7 is an everyday/business type OS)

I might have more questions, because i'm actually very interested in Linux, because all you ever hear now-a-days is Windows and Mac.
post #2 of 8
1. Yes. They come with a partition manager.

2. This question depends on what you will use it for and personal preference. Since you're new to Linux. I would check out some of the noobie friendly OS's, like Linux Mint or Ubuntu. Linux Mint would be a bit easier since some things come preinstalled that you'd have to manually get with Ubuntu.

3. In the past, it wasn't as great. But yes, it's easy now.

4. Like stated above, a LiveCD usually comes with a partition manager.

5. Eh. It's open source, it's free. To be honest, this is question can vary from person to person.
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1. If I were to download any of the Linux programs and burn them on a CD/DVD, would I be able to create a partition for it just like Windows when doing a fresh install?
Yes.
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2. Which Linux program should I download/install? Or does it all comes down to personal taste/choice?
It's all based on personal taste. I would say Ubuntu has the easiest learning curve, though.
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3. Is installing Linux as easy as Windows 7?
Yep!
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4. If I do have to create a partition using Windows 7, how would I do that without messing up my hard drive?
You won't have to.
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5. Are there any benefits to having Linux? And what is Linux mostly used for? (Like Windows 7 is an everyday/business type OS)
It's free?
I used to use it for folding and listening to music, and use Windows 7 for gaming.

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How easy it is to install depends on which distro you pick. Any of the buntus, fedora or opensuse are easy. Though the later 2 present the user with more options and questions.

Linux is fun to mess around with and easier to setup things exactly the way you want.
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Your questions have already been answered, but just to expand, I use Linux (Ubuntu specifically) for literally everything except playing games. The only thing that Windows has over Linux is compatibility with games.
    
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Do you think it's difficult for a beginner to use openSuse?
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I'm just going to answer two of your questions since the others have been answered.

Question 2: I would check out TFB's Sticky. It really helped me in choosing my distro. I would also add that if you're not sure, then just pick a couple and try them out. If you don't like one then just uninstall it and try another. Or if you'd prefer, install them on virtual machines and try them out. For that I prefer VirtualBox, but you can use whatever you like.

Question 5: For years I've been worried about losing compatibility moving from windows to linux, but I've found that everything I needed either works in linux or has an alternative in linux. You should have any problems if you're willing to google especially if you're dual booting. I've begun using linux for everything. Also, I've found linux to be much faster and a better OS for my netbook, and as an avid programmer, it's been really great for coding as in my distro, most of the stuff I need comes standard.
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Do you think it's difficult for a beginner to use openSuse?
Not really. Any distro of Linux isn't really that difficult to use. I started out on Ubuntu, but I probably could have started on any distro. Honestly, Ubuntu is the most user friendly and probably the most supported, but there are a lot of other great distros out there that you should check out.
    
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