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monk
hello,

I'v recently had the urge to start teaching myself programming skills. The people I've talked to who encourged me to do so have told me that since im running WinXp it'll be more difficult then if I were to run Linux.

Ive never used linux before, it is an entirely new concept so my question is, can I run a linux OS similar to how I'm currently running a Microsoft OS? (So when I turn my computer on it just starts up normally) or do I have to run it off a disc? The version of Linux im looking at getting is Knoppix 5.0.
g33k
I would recommend you to first have a feel of how linux is using a live CD..u may try Knoppix or Ubuntu Live cd or SuSE..there is a good discussion on Live CDs here

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can I run a linux OS similar to how I'm currently running a Microsoft OS? (So when I turn my computer on it just starts up normally) or do I have to run it off a disc?

If you install linux in ur harddisk while the system starts up you will get a choice of booting from linux or from windows.. wink.gif
monk
thank you very much for the info! I appreciate being helped and not laughed at! smile.gif

thanks again.
DS2K3
Just because I can, I'm going to reccomend that you dont use an Ubuntu LiveCD if you want to get introduced to Linux. Ubuntu has strage quirks which make a lot of what you would learn irrelevant to other, more "standard" distributions (not to mention that it ships with Gnome - Possibly the world best example of what a GUI shouldn't be like). Mandriva have a LiveCD out at the moment I think, which might be worth a look if only because in addition to all the standrd bits, it has some nice graphical config tools for if (read: when) you get stuck.

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iamberad
the KDE operating systm might be more friendly, although I'm sure since its based on ubuntu it would be quirky as well. Its defintely better than gnome. a flight 6 or later dapper drake live cd is a very user friendly way to get a taste
DS2K3
eek - KDE is not an OS< not even a distribution.

KDE is a desktop/window manager which runs on top of X to handle things like desktop icons, windows, taskbar, file manager. You generally find that a Linux system runs either KDE or Gnome, but a lot (especially older computers) will run a "lightweight" window manager like Fluxbox or Enlightenment.
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