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> Im Making The Switch, Now I need some help
post Aug 20 2004, 03:26 PM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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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.


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post Aug 21 2004, 02:10 AM
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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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