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Okay, the Ubuntu iso is too big to fit on a CDR, would a flash drive suffice? I know I'll have to set it as a higher boot priority than my hard drive, but is there anything else I need to know?
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I suggest using Mint over ubuntu, it's a redone ubuntu with more out-of-box things. More beginner friendly
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I suggest using Mint over ubuntu, it's a redone ubuntu with more out-of-box things. More beginner friendly
Beat me by 4 minutes. I was going to recommend Mint. Its based off Ubuntu but easier and prettier.

http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

Also for partitioning use the built in partitioner in Windows.
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Okay, the Ubuntu iso is too big to fit on a CDR, would a flash drive suffice? I know I'll have to set it as a higher boot priority than my hard drive, but is there anything else I need to know?
700MB CD? It should. Ubuntu is 6xx MB.
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700MB CD? It should. Ubuntu is 6xx MB.
nope, cause windows "formats" a blank CD to give it a name, thus making the CD 2 freaking mb too small.
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well, its midnight where I am. I'll leave this thread to faster overnight, and when I get off work tomorrow, I'll give this a shot.

thanks for all the help so far guys. +rep
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nope, cause windows "formats" a blank CD to give it a name, thus making the CD 2 freaking mb too small.
You aren't burning it correctly. Windows can't burn CD images out of the box. You'll need a third party tool (like e.g. Nero that came with the DVD drive). If you have Nero then just right-click the .iso and Open With... Nero Burning Rom. It'll burn correctly. Or get ImgBurn which will also work.

You absolutely should use 64-bit; there's no reason to use 32-bit Linux except for having antique hardware. And you have to have 64-bit to use all 8GB of RAM anyway.
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well, its midnight where I am. I'll leave this thread to faster overnight, and when I get off work tomorrow, I'll give this a shot.

thanks for all the help so far guys. +rep
Yeah. Go with UltraISO, or Alcohol 120%. Those are good image burning programs.
    
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http://cdburnerxp.se/

this is a good little iso/cd burner program for windows, it is lightweight and free.

you shouldn't have any problems burning the ubuntu iso to a cd, i don't understand what you are talking about when you say windows will format it 2 mb's short, you shouldn't have to format a cd-r.

if anything, if you do have nero, you can have nero burn cd images to a dvd, you waste a lot of space, but it at least will cover the problem you say you are having.

for distro, i would def recomend ubuntu 8.10 x86_64, even over linux mint. linux mint might be pretty, but it is no easier to use than ubuntu, and ubuntu will prepare you better for more advance Linux distro's in a future.

i would also recomend fedora, its pretty easy to use as well, but it has better security on it than ubuntu does.

you actually do not even have to burn the distro you choose to a cd and install it or run it from a live cd, you can grab this:

http://www.virtualbox.org/

its a virtual machine emulator. you have a q9300, so you should be able to install 64 bit os's in it. just grab a few isos, say of linux mint, ubuntu and fedora, install all three in the virtual machine, play with them for a bit, and then decide on which one you want to go with.

later.
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post #20 of 23
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okay, got Ubuntu up and running, and I must say, I think I'm in love xD.

I got scared pretty bad at first tho, cause the ubuntu install locked up while resizing my windows partition, and nothing would boot. popped in my win CD and it repaired whatever was messed up xD.

this font might be a tad iffy tho. We shall see.
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