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AceGunner

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#1 12 years ago

I just bought a ultra portable laptop. I'm a fan of windows and a fan of linux. It came with raw windows on it so I wont loose anything if I switched... I was wondering is the drivers and wireless adapaters that hard to get in Linux? I've been hearing stories about how horrible Linux is with wireless adapters etc. Any thoughts?




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#2 12 years ago

As long as you stick to fairly recent distros (i.e SuSE 10.1) you shouldn't run into any major problems. Most Linux systems provide excellent hardware support (for comparison, my laptop needed three driver discs to get it up and running in XP; using SuSE Linux everything worked "straight out of the box."), the only thing you might need to install manually are your graphics card drivers - otherwise you'll be limited to software rendering mode.




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#3 12 years ago

What about debian? Any ideas? I run it as a server. didn't have too many problems but also didn't have a wireless adapater etc




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#4 12 years ago

Not had much experience with pure Debian, so I'm probably not the best one to ask. However, I have had dealings with Debian-based distros (such as Ubuntu), which provided decent enough support for WLAN adaptors.




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#5 12 years ago

Yeah. I should just bite the bullet and do it. Only reason for keepin Windows I have is for makin flash. Since the machine has a really crappy built in graphics card I might as well drop that idea and just load Linux




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#6 12 years ago

Indeed. Although if you're intent on creating Flash animations (I assume you use Macromedia Studio), you might want to try WINE (however there have been reports of Macromedia applications not working correctly/at all using this method; YMMV), or Codeweavers CrossOver.




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#7 12 years ago

if you cant decide still, if you have a big enough hard drive, create two partitions and have windows and linux, personally im a fan of fedora 5, but thats me, but i believe mac os x is the best and you should check that out also




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#8 12 years ago
inashixif you cant decide still, if you have a big enough hard drive, create two partitions and have windows and linux, personally im a fan of fedora 5, but thats me, but i believe mac os x is the best and you should check that out also

Yup. That's what I do. Having both Linux and Windows on the same hard drive will allow you to dual boot.

This allows you to predominatley use Linux, but also leaves Windows around incase you need to use a Windows only program, or if you want to play a game.




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#9 12 years ago

[COLOR=black]I was also looking at this http://www.vmware.com/products/player/ [/COLOR] [COLOR=black] [/COLOR] [COLOR=black]It's a virtual system but it might suit me for macromedia at the very least. Just a thought.[/COLOR] [COLOR=black] [/COLOR] [COLOR=black]the duel partition is a good deal but I hate having to restart and this will eliminate that need. Also if my girl friend wants to get on I can let her use the windows virtual[/COLOR]




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#10 12 years ago

AceGunner[COLOR=black]I was also looking at this http://www.vmware.com/products/player/ [/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]It's a virtual system but it might suit me for macromedia at the very least. Just a thought.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=black]the duel partition is a good deal but I hate having to restart and this will eliminate that need. Also if my girl friend wants to get on I can let her use the windows virtual[/COLOR]

VMware isn't a bad solution, but you will need at least a gig of ram inorder for it to run smothly. Running one OS from inside another is a taxing thing on your computer.




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