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    Default Suggest me a Suitable Linux

    Can any one Suggest me a suitable linux for my usage.

    MY system configuration.

    40 GB hard disk
    512 mb ram
    mercury 845 mother board
    1.8 ghz processor (intel)

    My usage.
    I only use my PC for browsing, movies, music and Documents editing as an ordinary XP user uses.

    Linux should not take more space (3 - 4 gb max)

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    Hey ubuntu will be better for u.

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    Ubuntu 10.10 would be nice for your requirements.....
    You can get it here......
    Download | Ubuntu

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    Or Linux Mint, that adds another layer of friendliness.

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    how much disk space they occupy?
    can we play PC games? (ex: vice city)

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    I think you can run Windows PC games on Linux using Wine software
    And you cant just directly run it

    Try using Fedora 14, it rocks
    640K ought to be enough for anybody.-Bill Gates

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    Friends i am going for ubuntu 10.10 ( i am downloading it)
    before going to install it.
    what to do after first installing it? ( i mean setting up internet connection, installing anti virus, players, audio,video drivers, as we commonly do after installing windows XP)
    how to set up internet connection in Ubuntu ( i am a bsnl user)
    i need some of advanced ubuntu users Phone NO and your available time (please PM me if u don't have any trouble)

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    sunray, if this is the first time you are trying ubuntu, i suggest you run it on VirtualBox or Vmware Player first(both are free..!!).

    Get the hang of Ubuntu and then try on your actual hard disk. The first Linux installation is always the hardest.

    Internet connection - If you are on pppoe mode, the connection should be detected automatically.
    Antivirus - no need
    Drivers - most of the necessary ones comes with ubuntu, so you don't have to bother much about them.

    P.S : Installing Ubuntu on virtual machines is pretty straight forward. Same is not the case with a real hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunray View Post
    Friends i am going for ubuntu 10.10 ( i am downloading it)
    before going to install it.
    what to do after first installing it? ( i mean setting up internet connection, installing anti virus, players, audio,video drivers, as we commonly do after installing windows XP)
    how to set up internet connection in Ubuntu ( i am a bsnl user)
    i need some of advanced ubuntu users Phone NO and your available time (please PM me if u don't have any trouble)
    Try Ubuntu first without installing to the Hard disk by clicking the LIVE OS option
    If you like it then go on and install

    Setting up internet is pretty easy just like in windows
    640K ought to be enough for anybody.-Bill Gates

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    Ubuntu has made the installation very easy. It even finds Windows, and, by default, offers dual booting.

    Yes, to check that it isn't hatred at first sight, try running from that Live-CD, but, probably, second or third time, you'll want to actually install it. For a start, only that way will you experience the joys of not having to wait w a i t w a i t while Windows boots (even on my freshly installed system, an almost virgin XP takes several times longer to load than Ubuntu).

    You can still regard it as an experiment. Just because you install it doesn't mean you have to live with it for the rest of your life! You can even give that space back to Windows if it comes to that (although I don't know how to turn a dual-boot back into pure Windows)

    It is a good idea to have a separate /home file system. This is the one that Ubuntu puts your personal directory in, and where you will keep all your data. Your desktop settings, and those for other applications are stored in your home directory too. If you re-install Ubuntu, you will overwrite the / (root) directory. If /home is separate, you can preserve it --- probably even across different linuxes if you are really experimenting.

    Errr... I think the Ubuntu install is great, and pretty clever, but don't do this stuff without backing up your data first, OK?

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    Nick is right..... Dual booting Ubuntu with XP is rather straight forward... Trouble starts when it comes to removing Ubuntu.

    Ubuntu uses different file system than Windows, so it won't show up on XP system(until u do some tweaks or something).

    I tried just once dual booting Ubuntu and Windows 7.... Things went pretty Ok for me....

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    Removing Ubuntu is hard
    Messes up with your HDD partition and MBR
    640K ought to be enough for anybody.-Bill Gates

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    Who remembers chkdsk /mbr? Why did Miscrosoft take it away? It was that easy to rebuild the master boot record.

    I have a feeling that testdisk, that wondrous tool, might rebuild an MBR, but, if there is any doubt about ever going back to pure Windows without doing an entire Windows installation, then better use a Master Boot Record backup tool (testdisk? I think it will).

    I'd take issue with "messes with". Just with the choice of words, that is .

    If you want, you can make (but not format) your Linux partitions in Windows before you start installing Ubuntu, but the Ubuntu partitoner understands ntfs as well as linux filesystems. In fact,I have just been using gparted, on a live boot disk, to shrink and move partitions on a pure WinXP machine, which you cannot do with WinXP tools.

    To boot an OS, the BIOS is going to look in a particular place, so Grub has to work from the MBR. I guess that, if pure-Windows is wanted again, it could boot into Windows by removing all its other options.

    Otherwise, those Linux partitions can be removed just like any other partitions. Maybe Window's own Disk Management would do it: if not, the gparted live-disk tool certainly would.

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    That was real good info Nick....

    When I had to remove Ubuntu, I ran into all sorts of problems with the Ubuntu partition detection with windows OS. Finally I formatted Ubuntu partition using Ubuntu Live CD and then using Windows XP....

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    ^^^--- There speaks a man who's been there and done it.

    Here's the gparted live CD dowload source. It boots quickly, it's graphical interface and fairly easy to use

    GParted -- Live CD/USB/PXE/HD

    (and it's free)

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    Ya, still i got this nice little scare when I found my 40Gb missing....

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick_h View Post
    who remembers chkdsk /mbr? Why did miscrosoft take it away? It was that easy to rebuild the master boot record.

    I have a feeling that testdisk, that wondrous tool, might rebuild an mbr, but, if there is any doubt about ever going back to pure windows without doing an entire windows installation, then better use a master boot record backup tool (testdisk? I think it will).

    I'd take issue with "messes with". Just with the choice of words, that is .

    If you want, you can make (but not format) your linux partitions in windows before you start installing ubuntu, but the ubuntu partitoner understands ntfs as well as linux filesystems. In fact,i have just been using gparted, on a live boot disk, to shrink and move partitions on a pure winxp machine, which you cannot do with winxp tools.

    To boot an os, the bios is going to look in a particular place, so grub has to work from the mbr. I guess that, if pure-windows is wanted again, it could boot into windows by removing all its other options.

    Otherwise, those linux partitions can be removed just like any other partitions. Maybe window's own disk management would do it: If not, the gparted live-disk tool certainly would.
    640K ought to be enough for anybody.-Bill Gates

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    i am having 4 drives (c,d,e,f each 10 gb). i just want to format my c drive and install ubuntu.
    can i access other 3 drives in ubuntu?

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    i am having 4 drives (c,d,e,f each 10 gb)
    As in different hard disks, or as in different partitions on one hard disk?

    You must ask yourself, at least a dozen times, if you really, really want to destroy your current Windows installation. Really. Really never be able to run any of those programs again without reinstalling Windows and your programs from scratch? Which will be difficult, as Windows likes to be the first thing on a physical disk, which is where your "c-drive" probably is.

    It is so easy to have a dual boot system. What's more it will, by default, boot into Ubuntu by default. You never need to actually see Windows again on your system unless you really want to --- or really need to.

    If yes... then yes, I'm sure you can, although you'll have to very, very careful about how you tell Ubuntu where you want it to be and what disk space to use, and what not to touch. It is a lot simpleer to install it into an empty space.

    If the real question behind your question is just Will I be able to see my files on my Windows NTFS/FAT filesystems from Ubuntu? then the answer is yes You'll be able to read and write to those partitions.

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    Nick said it.....!!!!

    Linux is always Linux and Windows is always Windows....

    If you have been working with Windows all this time, spare a second thought whether you want to go for Linux as your single OS....

    Or as Nick said, go for dual booting.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunray View Post
    i am having 4 drives (c,d,e,f each 10 gb). i just want to format my c drive and install ubuntu.
    can i access other 3 drives in ubuntu?
    yes you can.Just using this wubi installer you can not only install ubuntu os but also ubuntu as a windows application (i.e.you can uninstall it when not needed,just like any other software).Ubuntu will be multibooted with Windows.Even you can access the windows root directory.

    Happy TUXING......
    Sorry for late reply.You must have got your answer till now.HAHA

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    go for ubuntu 11. Fast and simple

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