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been there done that, thanks anyway ErmaC
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If you are at all a gamer, I advise keeping a small partition for Windows. At worst you will be out the installation space since NTFS writing support is common in most new distributions ( I can personally confirm it in Fedora 7 and Ubuntu 7.04 (it works for me at least))

Then install Linux, and you have a dual boot machine, meaning you can choose at boot up: LINUX ; WINDOWS; so you will be able to game. I assume you are a gamer since you have such an awesome GPU. The Linux distribution should give you an option / automatically add Windows as a boot-option in GRUB during the installation.

Ubuntu is great for beginners, and other people, too. Ubuntu is one of the ones geared to the general population / beginners.

As someone said above, "installing software from within Ubuntu" is not Ubuntu unique. Other distributions can do this too, i.e., Ubuntu has apt-get, Fedora yum, and others. It is definitely cool, nonetheless.

The best way is to just install one and learn a little bit about it, then install another, until you find one you like. IMO, they are all basically the same, but with varying options, additions and specialties. You will find the one you like the most by experimenting with it!
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linux is hard work, harder than windows that's for sure. And are you really going to reboot everytime you want to use games? Then reboot back to linux, etc etc.

It's better in many ways except if you're lazy, windows vista does the job and I've not had any problems at all with it to be honest.
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Honestly, if you've never used Linux before, you're in for a world of trouble. Linux is basically a huge hassle, and say bye bye to gaming for the most part on Linux.
Roger. I advise you to get some "For Dummies" books. Don't go spending a whole lot of money, though.

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Are you sure you wanna go full linux? Setting up RAID for linux is gonna piss you off, I mean it.

I guess if you really wanna then start off with ubuntu, or if you don't care about difficulty then try kororaa linux. http://kororaa.org/static.php?page=documentation
If you get Fedora 7, RAID drivers are built in. I use it and it works.

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alright, anyhow back on topic, i need the 1337 haxor distro of linux

and info about setting up raid in linux no matter how big of a nightmare this will be lol
Idc if ppl disagree with me, but i think Fedora 7 is a great distro. It's the best Linux i've used so far (and i've used a lot of them).

I am very much a noob to Linux as well. I have trouble getting things working and i usually give up for a few months then try again. Each time i learn a little bit more. If you ask me, the only way to learn this is to get rid of windows completely, like immersion for learning a foreign language.

If you're just trying to get away from windows, i'd suggest getting a Mac. I swear to hell, it is the best OS there is. OS X is a work of art, much like the first Matrix (bwahahaha). No but really, i've had my MacBook for 2 weeks now and have not touched windows except to game, and ONLY to game. I have run no other programs on my PC EXCEPT Doom 3.

And if you're not ONLY trying to get away from windows but also wanting to learn Linux, then disregard the OS X suggestion. Just try the immersion tactic i mentioned and get some books and you should be alright. Just get some stress balls and prepare for a bit of frustration. The guys to ask for help are Dangerous Hobo and The Jester. Both are my personal Linux Heroes (that should be their titles beneath their flames lol).

Best of luck to you.
post #25 of 40
Books are good. O'Reilly's Owl book helped me a lot. Most of the stuff was outdated though, but it was still very useful.

There are tons of free guides across the internet, though. Those are definitely worth taking a look at!

Fedora 7 is very good! Linux is continually progressing! I am looking forward to some new distros since they always seem to be so good.

It is still hard to say Fedora 7 without slipping in a 'core' once in a while! It sounds better the old way IMO.
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Fedora 7 is very good! Linux is continually progressing! I am looking forward to some new distros since they always seem to be so good.

It is still hard to say Fedora 7 without slipping in a 'core' once in a while! It sounds better the old way IMO.
Haha, i agree. I remember Ubuntu didn't even have a GUI installer, and the average comp user would have to go through hell to get ANY piece of software installed.

Fedora 7 is pretty complete by itself, that's why i was so impressed with it. It didn't require much tweaking to get working, and installing software is a breeze (though i never got Beryl or Wine working).

And i agree with the whole dropping the "Core" name. "Fedora Core" just sounded so much more hardCore lol.
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Go to your local library and see what books they have on Linux. Even if the book is a bit dated or it covers a different distro, it can still help you understand some stuff. Some distros have a guide or a handbook that you can get off their site that can give you more info about how things work for that distro.

Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva are distros that I think are easy to use. You may want to start there and learn what you feel like you can. When your configuring something though, make sure you stop for a minute and try to understand whats going on, what are you doing, how the configuration/change is done, instead of just copying commands. That will help you better understand how to go about changing something in a more advance distro.

After a while though definitely check out Slackware or Arch or Debian (if you really like *buntu).
Remember google is your friend.
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Start out using Ubuntu, It's really simple. Then when you get the hang of commands and using terminal and not relying on your repos and menus to install everything for you, Install slack 11.
    
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Start out using Ubuntu, It's really simple. Then when you get the hang of commands and using terminal and not relying on your repos and menus to install everything for you, Install slack 11.
Or Gentoo/Arch.

I love Slack, but I know most of what I know because I broke my Gentoo installs (and am breaking my Arch installs) so many times and had to fix them. I believe there is no better way to learn than immersion, and Gentoo certainly does the trick.
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MAn - package handling was really what was hardish for me.

Namely - restoring the package cache backup, after you formatted.

(things used to work for me - but some just didnt)

I remember FALLING IN LOVE! with Amarok Music player (sooo nice).
But I could never get it to feel Xine when I formatted, and restored

Still want to figure out how to get that working.
Will do as soon as I get a nice rig up / a HDD.
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