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jazz_1
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linux on a pc with windows me??

hi,

can i do it? I don't want to lose any of my stuff

someone said the best way to get an up to date copy of linux is to buy one of the magazines?

j
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Steven E. Protter
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Re: linux on a pc with windows me??

Yes you can do it.

You are probably better off using a product like partion magic, or doing the Linux install on a second disk.

If you are careful you will lose no data.

With the flood of high quality used hardware out there, I just get a box for experiments. My employer recently dumped a bunch of 450 MegaHertz Pentium II boxes for $50 a unit.

I get my up to date Linux stuff at:
http://www.redhat.com


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Caesar_3
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Re: linux on a pc with windows me??

Hello!

What you need is to install the linux on free
partiton and install the boot loader (lilo/grub) on the MBR and then add the option
to boot the windows OS.

If you have fast connection then you can download the linux from site of distributor.
If no then you can buy for about 20$-60$ depend on the distribution.

Caesar
Huc_1
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Re: linux on a pc with windows me??

Hello

Yes do it you will learn a lot and probably have fun in the process, but make sure you have a good backup of your impotany data/os before you start.
The best is probably an extra disk that way you avoid the dificulty of shrinking your present partitions, and shopping around you should find lots of cheap disk.

I would stick to distribution like RedHat, Mandrake or Suse because there installation is quite easely done, and if you take the time about it you should be alright, plus there is lot of helpfull people around the net that will respond to your questions, what ever distribution you take be sure to read the section about supported hardware.


make a list of all your hardware and setup from bios and from windows and have this nearby for the first reboot and during install, you may need it.

In short it should not cost you to much and you risk learning a lot and probably have fun in the process.

Perhaps around you there is someone that already has done this, mayby you could enrole his or her help ? ...

Jean-Pierre.
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jazz_1
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Re: linux on a pc with windows me??

Thanks for your replies guys!

I reckon I might just ditch windows altogether in favour of red hat,

Thanks

j
John Meissner
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Re: linux on a pc with windows me??

Yes... this is fairly easy (fairly) to do.

One utility I recomment getting your hands on is Partition Magic. You can use this to resize the windows partition on your computer. If you don't need to re-partition then don't worry about that step. Next download your prefered LInux distribution. I prefer Red Hat. This can be downloaded for free from http://www.redhat.com

After you burn the ISO images to CD's boot off the CD and follow the on screen instructions to install Linux. It's pretty straight forword.

Good luck!

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Caesar_3
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Re: linux on a pc with windows me??

Hello!

Also if you intresting in other distributions
of linux OS you can go to www.distrowatch.com
and get all the information and links to the sites of them.

Caesar
jazz_1
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Re: linux on a pc with windows me??

Ordered Red Hat 9 today.... no more MS Windows for me :-)
Caesar_3
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Re: linux on a pc with windows me??

Hello!

If you will want in the feature use the
windows you can use the vmware for.
You could read more in www.vmware.com

Caesar
Balaji N
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Re: linux on a pc with windows me??

thats a good move. but i guess its not so easy to ditch away M$ completely.

if somebody sends u an excel doc with all funky macros, u are gone.

if it comes with OEM, better keep the license.



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