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    A Little Linux Advice!

    Hey guys

    Ok I wanna take the plunge and learn more about linux and was hoping you guys can advise me on which package to go for as there are quite a few,

    I've heard that Ubuntu is the one to go for so if you can guide me to the do's and dont's and also any help with dual boot as I'm running 7 and dont wanna loose or corrupt what I have ,

    Mucho appreciato in advance

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    I would advise Ubuntu as it is a good starter for someone new to Linux, Like you I have been trying to learn Linux (focussing on Ubuntu and OpenSuse) the more I use it the more I learn. Both are great platforms.

    I was spending a lot of time on these 2 OS's until Windows 7 came along which I love (well done Microsoft).

    I would recommend OpenSuse as well as that has by far the best software downloader tool (called yast) which makes installing applications very easy from its library of 1000s of apps.

    The new Ubuntu whilst I haven't installed it yet I have heard good things about it.

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    Second vote for Ubuntu.

    Dual boot is easy to setup [especially if you use WUBI (http://wubi-installer.org/)]

    I had a problem with a previous version of Ubuntu installed through WUBI.

    I decided to uninstall Ubuntu and all in left behind was the boot to Windows/Ubuntu option at startup [I think that this is not an issue as I will shortly be installing the new Ubuntu and will be using that boot option again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    Dual boot is easy to setup [especially if you use WUBI (http://wubi-installer.org/)]
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    funny you should say that i was just on there site checking it out and yeah looks easy enough

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    Radically Simple PCLinuxOS

    Is even easier that ubuntu I think, ati and nvidia drivers loaded by default. Flash, shockwave preinstalled, that sort of thing.

    Also I prefer KDE over GNOME any time.

    regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by box_l View Post
    [url=http://pclinuxos.com/]...nvidia drivers loaded by default...
    I must confess that it was nvidia drivers issues which finally pushed me to uninstall my last install of Ubuntu [Intrepid Ibex]

    No matter what I did I could not get my nvidia devices to work.

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    Another vote for Ubuntu!!
    Used to be a Fedora fan until very recently, Before that it wasw SuSE...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    I must confess that it was nvidia drivers issues which finally pushed me to uninstall my last install of Ubuntu [Intrepid Ibex]

    No matter what I did I could not get my nvidia devices to work.
    ok I have a Nvidia card so with the latest version will I be ok,

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    I have tried loads of distros but still end up back at Ubuntu, its good for novices and experts alike.
    9.10 is a great release as well. My only complaint is that full drive encryption is still not in the gui installer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPLTD View Post
    ok I have a Nvidia card so with the latest version will I be ok,
    I am hoping that Jaunty Jackalope [Ubuntu 9.10] will have sorted all of the 'little niggles' out.

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    Thumbs up for Unbuntu! I have tried many distro's and that is the one i always go back to.. dual booting for windows 7 shoudn't be any problems info above it what i would recommend anyway so wont duplicate.

    Happy Days Simon :-]

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    i've always had issues moving full time to ubuntu as i'm a dual screen person, and none of my dual head graphics cards have worked.

    also if your just playing with it, save the hastle of dual booting and run it within sun virtual box.

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    I'm loving Ubuntu 9.10....!

    It's on two of my PCs at home now and I'm looking at deploying Kubuntu at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    I am hoping that Jaunty Jackalope [Ubuntu 9.10] will have sorted all of the 'little niggles' out.
    Jaunty Jackalope is Ubuntu 9.04
    Karmic Koala is Ubuntu 9.10

    I'm looking forward to Ubuntu 10.4 (Leisuresuit Larry)

    To the OP, I recommend Linux Mint. It's Ubuntu but with a more familiar interface for Windows users.

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    I hear 10.4 is to be called Lucid Lynx..

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