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I am thinking of installing some linux for basic everyday stuff and keep my vista for games ( maybe for music and movies also if its better in windows ).

I would be going with linux because it feels safer than windows + I like to try new things

How much hard drive space do I need for basic computer operations in linux? Games, movies and music might be stored on Vista partition.

Also what distro should I use? Would be nice for it to be safe and quite easy to use ( I am not the only one using this computer ). Also are there antiviruses on linux?

Also only linux distro i have used is ubuntu, but since there are so many of them out there I don't know what to get.

Thanks.
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20gb will do
if the moves games music on are the windows drive


also ubuntu is best for beginners

there are antiviruses for linux
but thats just to fix up windows
linux has no need for it
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Originally Posted by 3dfxvoodoo View Post
20gb will do
if the moves games music on are the windows drive


also ubuntu is best for beginners

there are antiviruses for linux
but thats just to fix up windows
linux has no need for it
^what he said.

clamav is the only one i've use, but that is just to scan my mounted ntfs drives before booting into windows. i'm sure there are others, i think AVG tried to come out with a linux version.
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theres is nod32 also
and I renumber hearing something about panda for linux too
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ubuntu or mint for noobs

ubuntu will take a HUGE hit next month due to very poor choices in their development, so you are probably better going with mint

if you want something a little more obscure (that i honestly love ) you can use something like crunchbang its actually quite user friendly but not as much as the noob distros
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For ease of I use I think it's Mint over ubuntu. I think openSuse with KDE feels the most windows like though it is slower and some things can be a bit cantankerous.

You might have issues with the ATi card if you are using your sig rig for this. I stopped dual booting when I went AMD/ATi as there is not fully supported driver for the 68xx series. Might be better for your 57xx but ATi linux support is not what I'd call stellar.

I personally got sick of dual booting it's nice as it forces you to learn something new but after a while it just seems like your never on the right OS for what you want to do 5 minutes from now.
Edited by cavallino - 3/8/11 at 2:19pm
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Must say, Ubuntu 10.10 is rather epic.
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Read the stickies OP? Should cover all of these questions.

And opensuse kde slower than windows? Something went wrong for you my friend. I only had that happen with Fedora13 and something did go wrong there.
     
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Read the stickies OP? Should cover all of these questions.

And opensuse kde slower than windows? Something went wrong for you my friend. I only had that happen with Fedora13 and something did go wrong there.

Sorry I miss worded that. I didn't mean it was slower than windows just a little slower than some of the other distros in general. It still had the slowest boot time of any out of the box distro. It was one of my first distros so it's certainly possible I made a mistake somewhere that was making things slower.

It is pretty easy though, I don't know why more people don't suggest it for new users. The whole Yast interface makes things simple.
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Sorry I miss worded that. I didn't mean it was slower than windows just a little slower than some of the other distros in general. It still had the slowest boot time of any out of the box distro. It was one of my first distros so it's certainly possible I made a mistake somewhere that was making things slower.

It is pretty easy though, I don't know why more people don't suggest it for new users. The whole Yast interface makes things simple.
Yeah. The boot time from "bloat" is pretty atrocious in openSUSE. I can't deny that unless you get one of the "vanilla" DE builds you're going to get hit with more packages than you can imagine. For a noob that is a good thing and in 1 day 11.4 comes out. The full DVD is great for new users because it comes with soo much. I mean you can choose your DE from the common four. So that's why I recommend it more so now than the buntu's for new Linux users.
     
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