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Link to this post 18 Jan 10

Hello All

I've been using (dare I say it here) Microsoft Windows since forever and I thought it might be nice to try out something new.
Now since I'm a total noob and don't know anything other than Windows I need some help from you guys.

I run a Windows Vista Home Premium Laptop with these specs

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.40 GHz per core
RAM: 4 GB
HDD: 220 GB and Vista uses a lot so at most I have 80 GB dedicated to my new OS

I really want to learn as much as I can about Linux and was wondering what would be the best "distro" for me since I'm a new noob and would be running it on a laptop? Also how would I be able to use the new OS and still be able to use my Vista OS?
I know that it can be done by dual booting or some sort but this is unfamiliar waters for me so any help would be appreciated.

Thanks a lot in advance

Jacques

Link to this post 19 Jan 10

My recommendation is to download Wubi (http://wubi-installer.org/). This way you can install Ubuntu Linux as if it were a program, restart the machine and choose Ubuntu from your boot menu. You'll be ready to go. Once you're in your new Linux environment, you'll learn how things are done simply by trying to do something new.

As an example, I am only 22. I consider myself something of Linux pro, but this is only due to avid curiosity and having an electrical engineer for a father. He brought older machines home from his college and his work place. Those machines were usually running some form of BSD, but after going on BBSs I heard a lot about Debian and Slackware. I downloaded them, installed them, and from about 7 on, I was using Linux. As I wanted my machine to do something new, I would look through tons of information online and learn how to do it. With your new Linux system, you could serve a website, make 3d films of photos, build your own OS, almost anything. Have fun.

Link to this post 19 Jan 10

Wow this sounds about perfect and to tell the truth I can hardly believe that it would be that easy but I guess it's because so many people are working on open source software.
Thanks a thousand!

EDIT: Okay I downloaded Wubi and there is something called an "Installation size" Will this be the amount of space for the new OS?

Link to this post 19 Jan 10

I agree with ford, the wubi installer is the easiest and best for new users.

The installation size is the size of the file that it will create to house Ubuntu,this space will be allocated from your windows HD to Linux, be aware that your ubuntu installation will not be able to excess that size, if your HD is large enough then I recommend the largest value allowd.

Link to this post 20 Jan 10

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Link to this post 20 Jan 10

I have a small problem. I install wubi and everything worked fine. I restarted the pc and selected the Ubuntu OS and it went on to install furthur. After that finished the computer restarted again and I selected the Ubuntu OS again, but this time it gives me a GNU GRUB version 1.97~Beta4 thing with a bunch of commands. I'm not sure what to do here. Any help?

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