Linux and Ubantu

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Linux and Ubantu

Post by ed » Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:36 pm

So .... what are my alternatives to stupid windows <spit>
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Re: Linux and Ubantu

Post by Witness » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:02 pm

You can try out Linux/Ubuntu without installing it.

Either by booting into Linux from a thumbdrive (instructions) or by running it in Windows but inside Virtualbox.

Both options work for me.

Ubuntu (which is a Linux "flavor") has the advantage that it can read/write files on the NTFS (Windows) filesystem.



Now I could also tell you why I remain on Windows. For now… :mrgreen:

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Re: Linux and Ubantu

Post by ed » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:05 pm

Why? When they just clobbered your best friend's files. Why?
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Re: Linux and Ubantu

Post by Grammatron » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:26 pm

Same reason you don't make your own butter.

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Re: Linux and Ubantu

Post by Witness » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:32 pm

Well said, Gram, well said.

BTW, ed, how's your videohosting site doing? :mrgreen:

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Re: Linux and Ubantu

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:36 pm

If you're thinking about a whole new operating system, you could think about getting a Mac.
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Re: Linux and Ubantu

Post by ed » Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:38 pm

<spit>
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Re: Linux and Ubantu

Post by Pyrrho » Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:05 am

If you're able to install a second hard drive in the system, you could install Ubuntu on the new, empty drive, then configure a dual-boot system, meaning that when you start the machine you'd get an option to load Windows or Ubuntu.It can be a bit complicated.

https://www.tecmint.com/install-ubuntu- ... dual-boot/

System backups are essential before fooling with a dual-boot scenario.

Mostly if I want to run Ubuntu I use VirtualBox and use a virtual machine instead of a dual-boot system.

Less trouble to buy a Mac.
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Re: Linux and Ubantu

Post by ceptimus » Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:30 pm

Linux Mint is recommended for Windows converts. It's just Ubuntu with a different graphical desktop arrangement that makes it look and work more like Windows users are familiar with. It's still very different, of course, but at least the 'start' button and menus are laid out in a Windows-like way.

As with Ubuntu, download the image and write it to a thumb drive (Etcher is a good free Windows tool for writing images to thumb drives). Then you can boot from the thumb drive to take it for a test drive without disturbing your Windows installation. You might have to configure your Bios (or new-fangled Bios) boot parameters if they don't already allow booting from a USB drive.

Later, if you decide to, you can install Linux onto your hard drive, alongside the Windows installation, providing you have ten or more free gigs of hard disk space. The Linux on the thumb drive automates the whole process and installs a dual-booter that lets you pick which operating system to run on startup. I've done it loads of times without any problems, but obviously it's sensible to back up your Windows installation as a precaution before doing this.