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Old 08-28-2009, 8:23 PM
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I've been a Linux Admin for some years until recently since I've decided to go back to school.

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Old 08-31-2009, 9:03 AM
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cool deal, I've been attempting to learn how to use linux on and off for a few years now. I've tried a few distros like mandrake, ubuntu and knoppix but I always seem to give up before I really get the hang of it. The part that discourages me is hunting for and compiling drivers. Making everything work was the hardest part for me
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Ubuntu is pretty good about drivers, as are most Linux distributions now. There was a time when adding driver support meant either re-compiling your kernel or getting some hacked source code from someone on the net and compiling it yourself.

Let me know if you have any issues, I can probably point you in the right direction.
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I think there are quite a few sysadmin/IT/Ops typed here. (me included)
I wonder if there is anything we can do for calguns.
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I suggested they apply for free hosting since they're a 501(c)(3) and I know most hosting companies will offer that.

Outside of that, I'm not sure anything else would be needed.
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I suggested they apply for free hosting since they're a 501(c)(3) and I know most hosting companies will offer that.

Outside of that, I'm not sure anything else would be needed.
I'm pretty sure calguns is getting free or very cheap hosting from GeoVario
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cool deal, I've been attempting to learn how to use linux on and off for a few years now. I've tried a few distros like mandrake, ubuntu and knoppix but I always seem to give up before I really get the hang of it. The part that discourages me is hunting for and compiling drivers. Making everything work was the hardest part for me
My mom's laptop was completely bogged down by Vista and she couldnt even use the thing anymore. So after some research I downloaded a copy of Ubuntu and burned it onto a cd and installed it for her. It took a few hours of scouring teh internets but I finally got it configured right and now her laptop runs almost as fast as my intel powered macbook pro. I was very impressed with Ubuntu's GUI and the ease of installation. Thumbs up for Ubuntu.
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Interesting, cause I saw another thread where the asked for donations to cover hosting costs.
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Ubuntu is pretty good about drivers, as are most Linux distributions now. There was a time when adding driver support meant either re-compiling your kernel or getting some hacked source code from someone on the net and compiling it yourself.

Let me know if you have any issues, I can probably point you in the right direction.
Alright, seeing as how I just installed windows 7 on my laptop, I think I will dual boot ubuntu with it and see how that goes.
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Alright, seeing as how I just installed windows 7 on my laptop, I think I will dual boot ubuntu with it and see how that goes.

Thats what I did on my laptop. The only thing that didnt work on Ubuntu (9.04) was the sound. I had to update the ALSA drivers which was pretty simple.


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There's also this if you don't want to mess with partitions or drives.

http://wubi-installer.org/
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There's also this if you don't want to mess with partitions or drives.

http://wubi-installer.org/
Cool, so let me get this straight. Every time I want to use ubuntu I boot into windows first then open wubi like another program and then it boots into ubuntu for me? Is this like vmware or does it restart your comp and boot into it?
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I haven't used Wubi, but there was a program about 9 years ago that was similar to Wubi and it would reboot into the new OS.
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Ok, I'm not that technically proficient to learn linux in a month, but I do want to step away from windows. Unfortunately I'm very reluctant to do so since it is what I know. What I want to know is how do I make a dual boot with linux, that's when you start-up and you choose which OS to use right? Does Wubi act like an alternative to dual-booting? I want to work with a computer that isn't bogged down by all the spyware and viruses that windows catches.
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Wubi will act like a dual boot more-or-less.

If you want to truly dual boot then you would install or have installed Windows first, and then you would install Linux after it. Linux will install to the location you choose and will install it's own boot loader which will be able to boot either Linux or Windows.

A lot of people have a laptop and desktop. They'll install Windows on one and Linux on the other until they get proficient on one system such as Linux and then switch over completely when they are comfortable.

Also, if you have kids. Linux is perfect for them and it will save you a lot of time worrying about anti-virus and malware on their computers.
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Ok, I'm not that technically proficient to learn linux in a month, but I do want to step away from windows. Unfortunately I'm very reluctant to do so since it is what I know. What I want to know is how do I make a dual boot with linux, that's when you start-up and you choose which OS to use right? Does Wubi act like an alternative to dual-booting? I want to work with a computer that isn't bogged down by all the spyware and viruses that windows catches.
You have 3 boot loader choices without going to a 3rd party source. You can use windows bootloader (blah), Grub or Lilo. Most linux distros will see your windows partition and add them to the boot loader menu for you. If not they are very easy to edit and add. Below is a grub.conf snippet for a generic dual boot. Your actual partitions will vary.

default=0
timeout=30
splashimage=(hd0,6)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
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title Fedora (2.6.27.30-170.2.82.fc10.i686)
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kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.27.30-170.2.82.fc10.i686 ro root=UUID=60356f00-768d-493a-a29e-e7a0c273828a
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