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Installation of linux

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    Default Installation of linux

    Dear friends,
    I have Windows 7 ultimate OS and would like to install linux OS. How do i go about it? Should i partition the system to run 2 OS's or should i use VMware?
    Also kindly brief the procedure on how to install the same.
    Thanks in advance

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    Default Which distro?

    Which distribution do you plan to install of Linux?
    There are TONS!
    most popular is ubuntu though.

    Also, are you planning to Dual Boot?
    32bit or 64bit?

    You should partition the system, don't use VMware.

    I recently installed Linux(2days ago..recent enough)

    Used EASEUS Partition Master from inside windows, and made 3 extended partitions.
    one ext3 partition for Linux(I made it 20GB--->minimum 10)
    one ext3 partition for Linux programs (made mine 100GB--->no minimum size I suppose.)
    last one as Linux swap file(recommended to be double the size of ram.)

    Linux requires you to specify what partition should be used as what, it is called Mount Point in Linux, so root(OS partition) is /, for all other personal settings etc, the mount point is /home.

    All these settings come up during the installation, there you can also set partition format as ext4(all ext are Linux file formats, like windows has FAT,FAT32,NTFS,exFAT,etc..)

    Also, you can only use 2 partitions, one for OS and the other for swap file, when no /home partition is specified, all files get stored in your root(OS) partition.
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    Better try the installation on vmware player first and get used to Linux.....
    Then try the installation on a different partition.....

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    Thank u friends..
    I would either go for fedora or ubuntu..can i do it myself? if so wat do i require to install OS??

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    Ubuntu is very easy.
    it comes with an option of in-xp-installation or something like that.in this mode, it can be installed just like a software in xp and can also be uninstalled like one.

    Fedora is a bit tough and much more powerful than the Ubuntu desktop version.

    Basically all you need to do is create a unpartitioned disk space of min 10 gb (from winxp CP or any other soft).enter the disc and reboot.fedora will do the rest.there will be a cd integrity check.skip that.use that 10 gb as the root partition(/) and let fedora 4mat it for. fedora will create its own boot partition.if you install fedora 8 or later, the drives will get auto mounted.so dont worry abour your data in other drives.
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    Ubuntu will even detect your existing Windows installation and off to install alongside it, giving you dual boot choice.

    Very easy indeed!

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    If you are going for Ubuntu then dont worry about the partition as it automatically creates this but be carefull while installing...

    If you have a single drive as in my DELL laptop, while installing, you can specify how much you want to reserve for Ubuntu and then it automatically creates this partition....

    If you want then with the LiveCD you can just try the distro you want on your computer without installing... but mind you it will be slower.

    There are enough How-tos and a great community for any help.

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    In my case os xp sp2,2gb ram,core 2duo,160 hd in 4part(c,d,e,f) F is fully empty.so is this possible to install ubuntu and where can I get/dl it?

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    When it comes to downloading Ubuntu software and updates, do not assume that a server will be quick just because it is near. Happy to find that IIT Madras has a Ubuntu mirror, I tried it --- and can only think that they have a twenty-year-old modem as their internet connection!

    System ->Administration ->Software Sources 1st tab. "Download from" ->Click for list, select "Other".

    Click Select Best Server and give it a few minutes. It regularly gives me a server in Singapore as the fastest. Check from time to time, or when your updates seem to be slow.

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    Install Ubuntu inside Windows using Wubi Installer. Its just like installing other software in your machine.

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    Installing virtual machine using VMware is good for simultaneous use of both the operating system. (You need to share the system resources with both the OS in this case)

    In case you want to use only one OS at a time, go for dual boot method. (You can make use of the entire system resources in this case)

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    I'm using Oracle's VirtualBox, more by chance than for any reason. VMware might be better.

    Which-ever virtualisation software one chooses, it is a great way to play with (or even "evaluate") different operating systems. It is easy to create virtual machines; it is also easy to scrap them. You can do all this without worrying about disk partitions and whether or not your boot sector might get messed up by yet another OS install. There is also the security aspects: a VM can be disposable if you want to check out software that might be virus-infested, or surf potentially dodgy sites.

    I have a dual-boot XP/Ubuntu system (at the time I expected to need Windows more often than I actually do) but it is actually quicker and easier to load XP in a virtual machine than to reboot!

    I have several virtual linuxes installed as well. I don't like the interface direction that Ubuntu is taking: a virtual machine tells allows me to check out this Unity stuff, and (more important to me ) make sure that I can keep my current look-and-feel when/if I upgrade to 11.something.

    Yep. VMs are wonderful... and fun.

    Disadvantages: as techlib has just said, of course, you are sharing resources. You are also having to interface drivers on your guest system with drivers on you host system. This makes a noticable difference to things like disk access. I've also noticed that the sound quality from an app in virtual XP is poor.

    I don't know about virtualisation on commercial systems (where it is a big buzzword, these days --- and, I guess, dates back to quite early mainframe technology) but, on a PC system it should not be expected to work magic. Three VMs does not turn your system into three machines! I've heard people talk as if it does, "Oh, I can have one VM doing file-sharing, another doing this, another doing that..." Linux, with its Unix ancestry is highly refined at multitasking; even Windows, for past 20 years has been able to do more than one thing at a time. Do not use VMs just to do stuff that your Linux or Win OS can do by itself anyway.

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