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Old 11-29-2003, 08:21 PM   #1
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I'm thinking of adding Linux along with Win2K Pro. Are there any programs out there that will let me try Linux on Windows before I partition my hard drive? I'm pretty sure I want to make the switch, but I just want to make sure before I do.
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I remember seeing a CD at a CompUSA that will let you mess with Linux without having to partition your drives...just put the disc in and it acts like a program. I haven't checked to see if it is still available there, but you might want to check there and see. I think it was called Linux for Windows.

Linux isn't for the weak-hearted...you have to know a lot of code to get things to work, but once you get those things working, Linux is a very stable system.
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Old 11-29-2003, 10:42 PM   #3
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There are Linux Emulators for windows but they are not very stable. I believe you could use FAT Linux if your drive is FAT16/32 Ready and give it a go.

IF you doing LInux for the 1st time I suggest Redhat, or Mandrake. If you want a real choas and lots of fun give gentoo a try.
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I think I remember Mandrake Linux allowing you to add it to your machine as a dual boot system. It would create a huge file within the Windows file system, and then install itself in that area. If what I remember is true, you could dual boot the machine and if you decide to uninstall it, you just delete the file it created within windows to recover your hard disk. Look into it carefully I could be wrong
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Yes Mandrake can do that. I ran into that one time when I was messing with it. This was like Mandrake 7.1 I believe. I thought it was odd after a deleted the partitions for LInux I could still boot into Mandrake.
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you want knoppix
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There are Linux Emulators for windows but they are not very stable. I believe you could use FAT Linux if your drive is FAT16/32 Ready and give it a go.

IF you doing LInux for the 1st time I suggest Redhat, or Mandrake. If you want a real choas and lots of fun give gentoo a try.
My drive is NTFS. I have a copy of Mandrake around here someplace, but never got around to installing it and play with it. Thanks for all the input.
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Linunx and NTFS don't mix. Linux can read NTFS but it's not safe to write to it since it's still in the very alpha stages of testing.
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Linunx and NTFS don't mix. Linux can read NTFS but it's not safe to write to it since it's still in the very alpha stages of testing.
Thanks for the heads up. This is my first time for Linux. I just liked OS X on my iBook so much, I wanted to get a way from Windows.
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There is also a version of Lindows that runs from the CD in addition to the Knoppix already mentioned.
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I think you need a program called partition magic to setup a partition for the OS. One of the linuxes I tried made my system a dual boot and installed it self in a section, but I did not know how to undo it.

Anyway, It did not have a video driver for my laptop, setupx86 or what ever it was did not do the trick.

I tried linux several times and its not that great for anything I do in college like using MS office. Maybe you guys have had more success than I? I tried BeOS too. It too have a problem with the video card so I was left with a monochrom screen and it kind of worked on the net.

Win 98 works fine for me on my laptop and win 95 on my zenith desktop.
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Linux and laptops are hit and miss. But with more standard video cards appearing in laptops it's getting a lot better. With ATI and NVIDIA being the kings of the laptop market now not so many issues.

The newer distro's of Linux are awesome about drivers. Red Hat 9 I have had no problems setting it up. Even with Printing which I thought was near impossible in Linux.

BeOS that's a trip I have the Developers Version around here somewhere. I have had some luck with that. I figured out to install Mozilla on there. I've done some sound editing on there and it's 64bit right out of the box. It's a free download around the net for anybody who wants it. PALM bought that company out so it's hard to find but there are still new releases of it. The interface reminds me of Mac OS 9.1.

Best thing to do if your scared of messing up the partitions is go find a cheap 10GB HDD or under and get removable HDD and just play with it until you get into a comfy stage. If you have a Dial Up Modem beware of WinModems because they will not work in Linux. Also there are no AOL clients so if you use that Virus of AOL as an ISP won't work under Linux.

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