Originally Posted by jrl1357
Originally Posted by DaClownie
So, I've decided to give Linux another go. I gave it a solid 30 hours over the course of a week about 2 years ago (maybe more recent than that), but it's time to try another one again.
Based on what I've been reading, Ubuntu is the simplest to get up and running, and I think that's what I need until I get acclimated. However, I'm noticing on the Ubuntu site that there's a window install that installs Linux on the same drive as Windows and adds the option of which to boot to when you restart... Should I be using that? I have a spare 320gb Seagate drive I was just going to use for some Distro goodness...
Let me know! And if you think there's a distro I should check out rather than Ubuntu for some noob Linux use, please let me know that too!
i think mint is much better for beginners then ubuntu. same packages mainly (mint has ubuntu + some) and its gnome 3 is setup right away closer to the windows interface. very easy to get used to.
Different interface is ok. If anything, it might be a bit refreshing. The toughest problem I had a while back was just getting it set up and running correctly. I had non-stop issues, and after 30 hours of battling, I realized I was more stressed than ever and got rid of it. Figured with Linux's constantly updated and changing environment, it may be time to give it another shot. Without having games readily available all the time in Linux, maybe I'll put more effort into teaching myself that C++ I've been working on
I'm going to give disabling Hard drives in BIOS a shot and see if it works. For all intents and purposes, that may have been the issue I had last time I installed Linux and my hard drives were disappearing and couldn't access any files on FAT32 or NTFS file systems from Linux... maybe some boot record problems messed stuff up, who knows. It was quite the process to get everything fixed and working again correctly when I gave up on Linux that go around.
OK... hopefully be back in a bit
EDIT AGAIN: Do I need 32 bit or 64 bit? I know 32 bit for windows allows the additional RAM and yadda yadda... I downloaded the 64 bit but its named amd64? Is that simply because AMD developed the 64 bit thing?Edited by DaClownie - 5/14/12 at 12:04pm