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cokefizz3000

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#1 12 years ago

Ok I want to make the move to linux! I have many distros on a dvd. I have Fedora Core 5, SUSE live, Ubuntu Live, Morphix, Games Knoppix, Looking glass 3d Live Cd, Damn Small Linux.

Somone coming fresh out of windows with zero linux experience like myself is a total noob when it comes to this. Which one should I pick?

I game, I network and game, I use netzero dial up, I websurf, I listen to music, and watch movies. Which distro is right for me, and if you tell me please give as much info to me on linux as you can. I am moving out of curiosity, everyone seems to think linux is the bombzorz and my windows is giving me problems. thx :D




marvinmatthew

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#2 12 years ago

I'd go with Ubuntu for first timers, it's incredibly easy to use. But most distribos are also 'live CDs' meaning that you can pop it into your CD drive, reboot, and run the OS off of the CD, This is a great way to try it out without having to install it.

Keep in mind that if you do want t to play games, you'll need to keep Windows installed, as very few games are programed for Linux.




cokefizz3000

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#3 12 years ago

I know this but isn't there a program that lets you play windows games? Like an addon so I don't need windows.




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#4 12 years ago

That would be an emulator. I would steer away from any emulation programs, as most provide sub-standard performance.

Create a second partition and have a Linux distro on one, and XP on the other.




cokefizz3000

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#5 12 years ago

no no not an emulator, like a linux addon. It has a name and it tricks the games into the thinking its on windows and helps them install without a hitch.:)




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#6 12 years ago
cokefizz3000I know this but isn't there a program that lets you play windows games? Like an addon so I don't need windows.

I belive WINE is what you are looking for.

For my first Linux distro I used SUSE 10. It was extremely easy to use, everything went perfectly, except for my soundcard, but my old soundcard is rare these days (Creative Extigy).




cokefizz3000

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#7 12 years ago

Well my computer is still windows atm I am messing with it on another less valuable computer. I have installed fedora, and can't install Netzero. I can't even format it back to windows, why is this? Also like you said I have done everything to make it detect the sound card, but to no avail. As far as fedora goes, I don't like it at all. I will try to install SUSE and keep you updated on my progress.:uhm:




marvinmatthew

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#8 12 years ago

Again, I recomend Ubuntu.

But as to your question about NetZero, and formating Windows....

First off all, NetZero is providing you a piece of software that (I assume) you're using to connect to a dial-up connection. However this software isn't written to be able to be installed on a Linux operating system. It's made to be installed on a Windows or perhaps a Mac operating system.

However, what ever version of Linux you're using should allow you to configure a dial-up connection without any software. All you would need to know is the phone number you connect with, and your Net Zero username and password.

As for yout Windows question....

How are you trying to reinstall Windows?

It should be as simple as putting the Windows CD in yout computer, rebooting, and selecting a few options. You should be installing whatever version of Linux you want to use on a partiotion seperate from yout Windows partition. Windows is a devil we can't do without.




Guns4Hire

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#9 12 years ago

Buy a second hard drive for Linux and KEEP Windows on the other for your gaming and whatnot. I use Fedora for Linux and like it. I also run Unix at home :) Linux is fine but Windows is just as good for the average home user (which you seem to be)




marvinmatthew

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#10 12 years ago

But why should he have to get a second hard drive? All he needs is to dual boot with his current one.

Ubuntu automatically installed the boot loader when I installed Ubuntu. Making the whole process incrediby easy.




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