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Linuxhelp _ General Discussion _ Im Making The Switch

Posted by: Borderpatrol Aug 20 2004, 03:26 PM

I am highly skilled in the area of computers so I decided to switch to linux cause i hate windows. I have never used it before so does anyone have some tips and do nots and whatver so i dont scew up when i do this this weekend? Thanks.

Posted by: groomi Aug 20 2004, 06:32 PM

Use fedora. Have a spare workstation ready for when u mess up and have lots of patience coz things WILL go wrong tongue.gif. Also if u have wireless mouse and kb have normal plugged in for installing. GOOD LUCK tongue.gif

----Edited by hughesjr 8/21/04----

(the bold "mess up" was content edited by me ... please, let's not use the F--- word in the forums)

Posted by: lesio1974 Aug 21 2004, 02:10 AM

the distro and the setup advice will depend on your needs and applications that you will run as well as on the configuration of your PC;

if you plan to have a dual-boot Windows/Linux PC, back up at least your data before installaton; it would be great to have 2 separate hard-drives, one for Windows and another for Linux; if you have only one HDD, then get Windows installed first (but leave some blank, unallocated space after the Windows partition, that is where Linux will go), configured and patched, then start Linux install; do not create Linux partitions from within Windows; even though Partition Magic has this capability built-in, it is risky and may actually wipe your drive clean (at leat it did mine, and I know my way around PM); it is also a good idea to create a FAT32 partition (it is OK to use PM for this one), Linux can read and write FAT32, so you can access your data from both Windows and Linux;

if your PC has a Winmodem, ditch it and get a real, hardware modem; getting soft-modems to work with Linux is a major pain in the neck; on a similar note: nVidia cards are much, much better supported than ATI;

do not expect all of your hardware to be recognized at install and work right-away; some tweaking, poking and peeking will most likely be necessary to get everything to work;

for a home desktop Fedora Core 2 is a good choice; it may not be be the prettiest looking distro but it is fast, stable and easy to tweak when needed; being backed and partially developed by Red Hat is a definite plus as well;

Good luck in your Linux adventures

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Posted by: lesio1974 Aug 21 2004, 02:23 AM

to groomi:

this is the first time that I see the "F" word in here and it is trully saddening to witness this forum to lose its "virginity"; this site used to be civil and clean, yet fun and informal, now that is tarnished;

let's hope it is not a beginning of a gradual slide towards more and more obscenity;

G

Posted by: Borderpatrol Aug 23 2004, 03:14 PM

I guess i wasn't clear on my HDD, I have two 40's. One is the fam's xp the other is mine. 10 GB is for linux and 30 is installs, mp3s and such.

Posted by: Corey Aug 24 2004, 05:36 PM

QUOTE (lesio1974 @ Aug 21 2004, 04:53 AM)
to groomi:

this is the first time that I see the "F" word in here and it is trully saddening to witness this forum to lose its "virginity"; this site used to be civil and clean, yet fun and informal, now that is tarnished;

let's hope it is not a beginning of a gradual slide towards more and more obscenity;

G

This may be the first "F" word that you have witnessed, but it's not the first time it's been used. We're usually pretty quick on the censor, i just don't often leave the "Edited by" tag when i edit posts.

Posted by: Jim Aug 25 2004, 12:33 PM

There have definitely been worse things than the F word dropped to, but the edit team is pretty quick.

My best advice to you getting a new system up and going, read my Guides!

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