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i've had a few distro's over the past couple years. but i've never really tried any to a great extent. because im not fond of dual booting (dont like having to choose which OS, or, forgetting to choose and needing to reboot) but now that im playing with Vista (no wireless support for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/frown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Frown">) i figure now is the time to try/learn.<br><br>
i just have NO clue where to begin<br>
so i'll give you the info i think you may need to know to help me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br>
System is<br>
p4 3.0E @3.85<br>
2gb ddr500<br>
2x80Gb maxtor 7200 rpm<br>
evga 7800 GS AGP<br><br>
my partitions are as follows<br>
c:\\ = windows xp pro sp2 (8gb free)<br>
d:\\ = Vista + XP pagefile (8gb free)<br>
f:\\ = all my ISO's and mp3's (22.5gb free)<br><br>
im even concidering dropping my vista install, since i cant activate it without calling, and i dont care that much lol<br><br>
so, what one should i try? easy to learn on, but not idiot proof, so i can still LEARN something would be nice thx
 

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SuSe 10.1 or Fedora core 6
 

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Go here and download this free software:<br />
<a href="http://www.vmware.com/products/player/" target="_blank">http://www.vmware.com/products/player/</a><br />
Install it and go here:<br />
<a href="http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/appliances/directory/" target="_blank">http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/appliances/directory/</a><br />
And download a virtual image of whatever you want to play with. They have several Linux distro's. <br />
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Now you can play all day long inside WIndows without having to reboot or boot to a CD or install a new partition etc...VMWARE is the bomb.
 

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i've got quite a bit of experience with VMware <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /><img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /><img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /> it IS the bomb. its how i studied for most of my certifications with cisco and M$<br />
i dont mind doing a real install for it. just curious what distro is the *best* to start with. not too advanced, but not too idiot proof. figuring crap out is my fav. way to learn. i find once you do figure it out you have a far better understanding of how it works
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">i've got quite a bit of experience with VMware <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /><img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /><img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /> it IS the bomb. its how i studied for most of my certifications with cisco and M$<br />
i dont mind doing a real install for it. just curious what distro is the *best* to start with. not too advanced, but not too idiot proof. figuring crap out is my fav. way to learn. i find once you do figure it out you have a far better understanding of how it works</div>

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</div>Goto that second link I posted and look for Ubuntu.
 

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currently downloading ubuntu 6.10 x86 cd... anything else i should get/know now? before installing? like drivers etc<br />
also, will i need to format a partition? or can i install into an existing one
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">currently downloading ubuntu 6.10 x86 cd... anything else i should get/know now? before installing? like drivers etc<br />
also, will i need to format a partition? or can i install into an existing one</div>

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so long as i dont have to format. i dont want to juggle files back and forth again like i did for vista :S
 

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does msn work on linux? lol i dont REALLY care, but its my connection to the outside world. i hate phones *****... and daylight
 

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</div>OH! Is that the deal with the reader? Fixed drive size? I don't know, I own the developer version.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">does msn work on linux? lol i dont REALLY care, but its my connection to the outside world. i hate phones *****... and daylight</div>

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also, will i need to format a partition? or can i install into an existing one</div>

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do what? lol im burning it as we speak. and whats gaim? lol. also, will i need to reinstall my programs/games again? i really know nothing about this, but i DO know M$ needs a registery entry, tho im not sure about linux<br />
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im actually quite excited about this haha<br />
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also, do i need anything else to dual boot? or will that be taken care of in the install process? like windows?<br />
(i really hate how i keep compairing the two, but i really dont have much of a clue. sorry guys)<br />
as a note. i am an old school DOS kid.. didnt move fully to windows untill 98. cause i needed too lol
 

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Linux is 'free' on the CD case for ubuntu that it is encouraged to make copys of the CD and distribute them and modify them in anyway you want
 

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people keep asking me for my windows xp cd... which i wont share. if i like this, they will all be getting this instead lol<br><br>
cd is burned. anything else i need to know before i reboot and install?
 

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You can't play games, The ones you can don't work great, and Gaim is an instance messaging client and you will have to reinstall and modify your linux OS to your liking, Very boring when it first comes
 

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well im off to do that now... wish me luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick out tounge caps">
 

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Good luck, You will hate it at first, Then when you know how to use it well you will love it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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well that didnt work. failed the resize and creat partition, then when it did resize and create a partition it told me i cant use ntfs as a root. even tho i KNOW i didnt format the new partition as ntfs. i used whatever it defaulted too
 
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