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Hi,

this is for my cousin .he is downloading ubuntu 32bit desktop version now.
he has xp and win7 32bit in his pc ..

have some doubts

1.he has xp in c driver win 7 in d drive .planning to install ubuntu in e drive ..is this setup ok ?

2.how safe is ubuntu ? he is planning to use this one for browsing

3.is there any internet security available for ubuntu ?

4.is it possible to install yahoo messenger in ubuntu ..for video chat ?

5. is it possible to play crysis or any other games in ubuntu? (he has a gts 250)

please advice friends
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1. That should be fine, I know of a few people who have triple boot systems, they work just fine.

2. Ubuntu is pretty darn safe, it's pretty secure due to people just not bothering to make viruses for it due to it's smaller user base. (than things like Windows)

3. Not sure, but I haven't been using any since I started running it 6+ months ago

4. Two things you can do here, there's either Wine or an equivalent to try and install Yahoo messenger itself, or you can find an alternative in the software center, like Pidgin.

5. That can vary. It's possible to install games through Wine, but the degree to which they work is often not that great. You're best sticking to Windows for gaming.
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1: I done that before, Ubuntu is just going to install GRUB.

2: Ubnutu is totally safe.

3:That i'm not sure of. BUt i think you don't need that anyways.

4:You can install Yahoo Messenger and Skype on Ubuntu. I use them both on my Eee PC 900.

5: You can using Wine.


Also there is "Emphanty" on Ubuntu, you can sing in to Facebook chat and YM at the same time, it also supports different kind of chat service.
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1. That should be fine, I know of a few people who have triple boot systems, they work just fine.

2. Ubuntu is pretty darn safe, it's pretty secure due to people just not bothering to make viruses for it due to it's smaller user base. (than things like Windows)

3. Not sure, but I haven't been using any since I started running it 6+ months ago

4. Two things you can do here, there's either Wine or an equivalent to try and install Yahoo messenger itself, or you can find an alternative in the software center, like Pidgin.

5. That can vary. It's possible to install games through Wine, but the degree to which they work is often not that great. You're best sticking to Windows for gaming.
OP: I just want you to know there is a sticky at the top of this section that can help you choose a distro if you're not entirely sure what you want. There is more to Linux than just Ubuntu. Hell, there are variants of it with other DEs.

2) Linux is not safer because it has such a smaller user base. Anyone who says that is an idiot. If that was the case then we wouldn't have servers would we because guess what? They don't all run windows. Linux is safer by design not because of user size. It's covered everywhere and a simple google search would give you the answer to that.

The problem is the same as anywhere else; getting hacked. Not viruses or other wise. The problem is entirely with the user and whether they are intelligent. I'm pretty sure though, that getting hacked in Linux (into your computer not internet accounts) is more difficult than in Windows and especially in Mac.

3) It's called iptables I believe. There's plenty of information on firewalling and filtering.

4) Empathy is fine but it's only for Gnome based distros (iirc). Pidgin is the best I've found so far. Handles everything but Skype (which you can use on its own) well.

5) Crysis should work like other games through the use of WINE but it will take more effort than simply clicking an exe so they better be ready to deal with that. Plus you'll likely have to use the Nvidia drivers from their site for Linux. They shouldn't be difficult to setup but that's still something else to be aware of.
     
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OP, does your cousin have a 64 bit CPU? If so, tell him to download the 64 bit version. Other people in this thread have already covered everything else.
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Hi,

this is for my cousin .he is downloading ubuntu 32bit desktop version now.
he has xp and win7 32bit in his pc ..

have some doubts

1.he has xp in c driver win 7 in d drive .planning to install ubuntu in e drive ..is this setup ok ?

2.how safe is ubuntu ? he is planning to use this one for browsing

3.is there any internet security available for ubuntu ?

4.is it possible to install yahoo messenger in ubuntu ..for video chat ?

5. is it possible to play crysis or any other games in ubuntu? (he has a gts 250)

please advice friends
1. It is okay... but you have to be careful what you designate as the boot drive for GRUB. You might want to describe your boot setup. Do you have to switch drives in the BIOS in order to boot between XP or 7? Or does the Windows bootloader manage it? Since I do not know your setup, I recommend you be very careful, because Ubuntu is notorious for overwriting Windows MBR's. However, through Ubuntu GRUB, it might set up Windows 7 and XP automatically. This is generally what happens.

2. Ubuntu is considered generally safe for Ubuntu.

3. You don't generally use internet security clients for Linux yet.

4. Yahoo Video chat isn't well supported. Not pidgin nor Empathy support it, however another chat program called gyachi supports video chat.

5. Crysis works, and the majority of Windows games work. Rule of thumb, newer games tend to work less than older games.
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got the new version .my cousin has only one hdd.
can I do a fresh install like this?
ubuntu in c drive
&
win7 in d drive?
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got the new version .my cousin has only one hdd.
can I do a fresh install like this?
ubuntu in c drive
&
win7 in d drive?
technically windows always installs to C drive because thats just what the windows drive calls itself reserving A and B for floppy drives, and everything beyond that is random

but to ACTUALLY answer your question, YES you can install linux to the first partition and windows to the second linux will treat it as /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2 though, windows is the only odd ball that uses letters (an obviously inferior system)

just make sure you install to the CORRECT partition... if you wipe out your windows install it will be no ones fault but your own and let grub install to the MBR, you wont need the windows boot loader thats there (but if you want it back its an easy fix with a windows disc)
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