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Istimsak Abdulbasir

Istimsak Abdulbasir

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    RE: Which version of Linux is closest to Windows XP?
    [quote="storm052085"]I am a long time windows user and i cannot stand the direction windows is taking. I loved Windows XP but my computer has been moving slower and slower lately. I think id like to see what linux has to offer but im not sure where to start. Id like to figure out which version is closest to Xp. Any help would be appreciated[/quote] When you say close to XP, do you mean functions like XP or looks like XP? Remember, Linux is an entirely different animal with its good and bad parts. The question you should ask, "what linux OS allows me to get work done that I usually do on XP?". Then do research on the types of distros and programs that are within your requirements. If your XP system is running slow, then you may need to look at what is causing the slow-down. Either you need more memory, stop some running processes, scan for viruses and malware etc. Moving to another OS should be your last resort. You may need to upgrade the hard drive or the CPU of your current system. If you want to try out some Linux systems and test them against your needs, start out with Ubuntu/Debian based systems. These will let you drive through Linux with a small learning curve. Don't overlook RedHat based OSes like CentOS and Fedora. Fedora is the user desktop version of the famous RedHat OS which is also said to be easy for new comers to Linux. Try Ubuntu/Debian based systems first. If you don't find what you need, then move on to others. Make sure that you try the LiveCD versions of the systems first. Have a look at this site and test the first top five that you see on the "Page Hit list" category. [url=http://distrowatch.com/]Site of Linux Operaating Systems[/url]
    Link to this post 28 Jun

    storm052085 said:

    I am a long time windows user and i cannot stand the direction windows is taking. I loved Windows XP but my computer has been moving slower and slower lately. I think id like to see what linux has to offer but im not sure where to start. Id like to figure out which version is closest to Xp. Any help would be appreciated

    When you say close to XP, do you mean functions like XP or looks like XP? Remember, Linux is an entirely different animal with its good and bad parts. The question you should ask, "what linux OS allows me to get work done that I usually do on XP?". Then do research on the types of distros and programs that are within your requirements.

    If your XP system is running slow, then you may need to look at what is causing the slow-down. Either you need more memory, stop some running processes, scan for viruses and malware etc. Moving to another OS should be your last resort. You may need to upgrade the hard drive or the CPU of your current system.

    If you want to try out some Linux systems and test them against your needs, start out with Ubuntu/Debian based systems. These will let you drive through Linux with a small learning curve. Don't overlook RedHat based OSes like CentOS and Fedora. Fedora is the user desktop version of the famous RedHat OS which is also said to be easy for new comers to Linux.

    Try Ubuntu/Debian based systems first. If you don't find what you need, then move on to others. Make sure that you try the LiveCD versions of the systems first.

    Have a look at this site and test the first top five that you see on the "Page Hit list" category.

    Site of Linux Operaating Systems

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    Cloning a hard drive using the "dd" command on ubuntu server 12.04.3 LTS
    I am moving away from a desktop gui. Not!!! I just solved a frustrating problem. I had a system that had windows XP installed on a 61GB IDE hard drive that ran out of space. It was more complicated then moving files to another storage device. I had to anticipate more programs being installed. The only solution was to use a bigger hard drive. I was able to clone the old hard drive using the "dd" commandline program. I had to do it on my Ubuntu server because none of my other systems had IDE controllers. I normally would use a gui program, but my server is not a desktop. Knew about the capabilities of "dd", writing ISOs to dvds. It put a smile on my face. Cloned the old drive to a bigger 163GB drive and all is better. The "dd" program is installed by default. Read the man pages of this program to understand its usage. Could be a real life saver. I would not recommend using this program on a drive that is in bad shape. "dd" makes a bit copy of a storage media. That means it copies a storage bit by bit. Be very careful when using it on a drive that has physical damage. [url=http://www.linuxmanpages.com/man1/dd.1.php]Man page for dd[/url]
    Link to this post 26 Jun

    I am moving away from a desktop gui. Not!!!

    I just solved a frustrating problem. I had a system that had windows XP installed on a 61GB IDE hard drive that ran out of space. It was more complicated then moving files to another storage device. I had to anticipate more programs being installed. The only solution was to use a bigger hard drive. I was able to clone the old hard drive using the "dd" commandline program. I had to do it on my Ubuntu server because none of my other systems had IDE controllers.

    I normally would use a gui program, but my server is not a desktop. Knew about the capabilities of "dd", writing ISOs to dvds. It put a smile on my face. Cloned the old drive to a bigger 163GB drive and all is better.


    The "dd" program is installed by default. Read the man pages of this program to understand its usage. Could be a real life saver. I would not recommend using this program on a drive that is in bad shape. "dd" makes a bit copy of a storage media. That means it copies a storage bit by bit. Be very careful when using it on a drive that has physical damage.

    Man page for dd

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: How can I uninstall Linux mint and Install Win 7
    [quote="Zuloo"]How would I go about changing to bios to boot from usb?[/quote] On most systems, you either press the "esc" key, or the "f9" key. Read the text that is displayed on the screen while the system is booting. It will tell you what you need to press to enable the device boot menu of to enter into your system bios to change the device boot order.
    Link to this post 26 Jun

    Zuloo said:

    How would I go about changing to bios to boot from usb?

    On most systems, you either press the "esc" key, or the "f9" key. Read the text that is displayed on the screen while the system is booting. It will tell you what you need to press to enable the device boot menu of to enter into your system bios to change the device boot order.

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Shortcut on desktop
    [quote="sachinwatane"]Hi Guys, Can anyone know that in Window their is a shortcut of any installed software in windows just we right click on that shortcut icon we will see a FIND TARGET tab but in Ubuntu how we get..... Please help... Sachin[/quote] Tell us what flavor of ubuntu you are using, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu, or Lubuntu. Then we will show you how to make application shortcuts.
    Link to this post 27 Jul 13

    sachinwatane said:

    Hi Guys,


    Can anyone know that in Window their is a shortcut of any installed software in windows just we right click on that shortcut icon we will see a FIND TARGET tab but in Ubuntu how we get..... Please help...


    Sachin

    Tell us what flavor of ubuntu you are using, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu, or Lubuntu. Then we will show you how to make application shortcuts.

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Installing Ubuntu 12.04 with Windows installer
    [quote="Estelle Angelinas"]I recently discovered a different way to install Ubuntu desktops through the windows Ubuntu installer. It worked for the latest version... no need for iso disk or usb stick. Of course you must have Windows installed on your computer... below is the link. (http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/windows-installer) Some may have already heard about this, but as usual I am late in learning. [/quote] As of ubuntu 13.04, the "wubi" install is no longer be available. Instead, it will be better to install ubuntu alongside Windows on its own PC. If you are using ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10 use this site for instruction on installing uubntu on windows, [url=https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wubi]Your text to link here...[/url]
    Link to this post 27 Jul 13

    Estelle Angelinas said:

    I recently discovered a different way to install Ubuntu desktops through the windows Ubuntu installer. It worked for the latest version... no need for iso disk or usb stick. Of course you must have Windows installed on your computer... below is the link.
    (http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/windows-installer)

    Some may have already heard about this, but as usual I am late in learning.

    As of ubuntu 13.04, the "wubi" install is no longer be available. Instead, it will be better to install ubuntu alongside Windows on its own PC. If you are using ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10 use this site for instruction on installing uubntu on windows, Your text to link here...

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Unable to open pdf docs received
    [quote="mustardseedcba"]This is the msg. popup. "Could not create the archive Archive type not supported." My equipment is an Acer - Aspire 5570-2977; Intel Pentium dual-core processor T2080; Windows Vista Home Premium Please explain in non-technical terms. Very much a noobie, here. Thank You [/quote] You need to have a PDF viewer install. Evince is the default pdf viewer. To make sure it is installed(if you are using ubuntu), open the dash and type "terminal" to up the terminal window. In the window type, #whereis evince. This will tell you if evince is install. By the way, what flavor of ubuntu are you using,e.g, ubuntu with unity, kubuntu, xubuntu or lubuntu?
    Link to this post 27 Jul 13

    mustardseedcba said:

    This is the msg. popup.

    "Could not create the archive
    Archive type not supported."

    My equipment is an Acer - Aspire 5570-2977; Intel Pentium dual-core processor T2080; Windows Vista Home Premium

    Please explain in non-technical terms. Very much a noobie, here.

    Thank You

    You need to have a PDF viewer install. Evince is the default pdf viewer. To make sure it is installed(if you are using ubuntu), open the dash and type "terminal" to up the terminal window. In the window type, #whereis evince. This will tell you if evince is install.

    By the way, what flavor of ubuntu are you using,e.g, ubuntu with unity, kubuntu, xubuntu or lubuntu?

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