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Linux sounds great and all, but isn't the learning curve ridiculous? i know windows back and front and it has taken me years to get to that point. how hard would the switch to a popular distro be?
Does anyone recomend one for my Project Tsunami?
Can i run both on one computer?
If so does XP run as a program in my linux OS?
What issues does that have?
Can someone give me a little rundown?
I can write a little C++, and HTML, and uh a little PHP, will those come in handy?
I know it's free, but i don't mind 'aquiring' XP Pro if need be even if i run it in Fedora or something.
And what's the deal with games... i wanna get into gaming will they run in Linux? or could i boot in wondows for games but otherwise just use linux?
Thanks!
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Linux is a great thing to learn how to use, It will take a bit to learn how to use, I would recommend ubuntu to start. You can run them both on the same computer (dual booting) and gaming is a possibility, I forget the program but there is one that you can play windows games on linux with
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Originally Posted by ThaLoveDocta
Linux sounds great and all, but isn't the learning curve ridiculous? i know windows back and front and it has taken me years to get to that point. how hard would the switch to a popular distro be?
Does anyone recomend one for my Project Tsunami?
Can i run both on one computer?
If so does XP run as a program in my linux OS?
What issues does that have?
Can someone give me a little rundown?
I can write a little C++, and HTML, and uh a little PHP, will those come in handy?
I know it's free, but i don't mind 'aquiring' XP Pro if need be even if i run it in Fedora or something.
And what's the deal with games... i wanna get into gaming will they run in Linux? or could i boot in wondows for games but otherwise just use linux?
Thanks!
1) Ubuntu is popular. Dunno Why. I recommened Debian or Fedora. One of the biggens.
2) Its a complex issue. Yes and no. In a virtual machine, XP will run ontop of linux. Other wise, no.
3) Slow, no DRI.
4) Look into Xen or buy VMware
5) Yeah, they will. Being able to program even at the lowest level is very handy in linux
6)Don't be 'aquiring' anything. Just dual boot. I do and just boot into XP for games etc
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post #4 of 20
If you are a complete newbie maybe try a less bloated version of linux than fedora core - I mean; does anyone really need fourteen varieties of term-editor?

ubuntu, kubuntu, and a few other distros which will prolly be suggested, are great to *try the waters* especially as ub or kub take care of package dependencies for you.

You can easily dual-boot win+lin so long as you install win first

The learning curve isn't ridiculous (imho) and most distros will set up a gui for you with no intervention from you.

It (lin) does require a *slight* shift in thinking from yer win environment, but if you have been using windows for any length of time, then you are already more than equipped with the basics required - even if you WILL have to UNLEARN a few *bad* habits

Ubuntu and Kubuntu also are available (as are some otheer distros) as *LIVE* CD's/DVD's meaning that you can boot into a linux environment and have a play around without having to actually install linux

Give it a try! With a *live* cd you are safe as milk! (Capt. Beefheart ) and then once you are comfortable with one of the more user-friendly distros, you can grab slackware by the scrote and give it a good ole shakin' !
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post #5 of 20
Yea- Linux learning curve isn't bad at all. Thing is you dont remember it, but you had to learn windows too...

And with linux- Once you know it, you won't want to use anything else!
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I'd just mention that I have tried to get into Linux many times and failed. With Ubuntu, it stuck and I love it. Linux does not have to be hard and Ubuntu is achieving that goal even though it still has a little work.
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post #7 of 20
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Thanks Everyone for your advice Rep +!
Here's what i'm thinking for Project Tsunami:
Install windows, so that i can set up my Raid Array, and have all the game playing ability i want.
Then install Ubuntu (probly will hold a poll come time of) and teach myself ubuntu once it's on as a dual boot situation. (i'm assuming this wont be a problem with raid?)

One more question, if i install a program through windows, can i then run it thorugh linux as well? or is it more a situation where i divide the HDD space into two completely seperate un-interaccessible drives? (For example if i install say, Poker through windows, can i then play it through linux? or will i have to re install a second version (linux version) of the same program through linu to use it there. Does this affect drivers as well?
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post #8 of 20
I'd suggest SuSE 10.1 or Fedora. You can dual boot in to Windows like others have said. Cedega, look into that for Windows games under Linux. Its $15 and will run most Windows games pretty well. Ubuntu is good too, but I suggest SuSE or Fedora over it. Ubuntu seems to be on some world domination path or something

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Yes if you create another partition than you can save files to it and share it between Windows and Linux. Windows apps wont run under Linux unless you use WINE or Cedega, or get the Linux version of it(if avalible).
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post #9 of 20
rm.. Windows does NOT see linux. Linux can see windows, but will not do anything with it..

And windows programs do NOT work on linux unless you use a special program like WINE- But it is adviseable to only use linux native software...

And when it comes to installing software on linux, throw out ALL your knowlege of installing things in windows. ENTIRELY different.
post #10 of 20
i always recoment suse unbuntu is hard for me for some reason i dont like dabian
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