August 9, 2015

How to switch from Windows to Linux?

I currently have Windows Vista and would like to switch to Linux. How do I go about it?

I agree. Some distros lag behind the bleeding edge a bit to try for better...

I agree. Some distros lag behind the bleeding edge a bit to try for better stability and are better suited for desktops if you need that. Other distros like Redhat/Centos/Scientific (pay for support, free clone, free clone), are better geared for servers.

Mint looks nice for the desktop. Ubuntu seems to have more support from some vendors for some reason.

Then unlike Windows where you have the single desktop, in Linux you have a variety of desktops to choose from: Gnome and KDE are the most popular, perhaps, but there are others. I personally hate the new Gnome because without extensions you can't even put anything on the desktop. KDE does look nice. There are also Cinamon, Mint, xfce, and others.

Then you will need to consider if you have apps that demand Windows to run and how you will solve that. Also those that demand Internet Exploder and how to solve that. VirtualBox can help run a virtualized copy of Windows (should be a legal copy, mind you), or some things can actually run well from WINE.

You can download a live CD of Knoppix, CentOS, Ubuntu, Mint and others, boot to that CD and have a working copy before you to see if you like it before diving in. Be prepared to learn different ways of doing things. For example: no more drive letters. in NIX there is a / (root folder) and everything else is represented as being under it--even drives, devices, etc.

There are many sites that can tell you open source alternatives to the software you may now be using on Windows. I'd check all of that out as a starter. The apps are really what tie you to one platform or another.
Even Microsoft is dumping Internet Exploder and going with Edge, probably because they need their junk to run on multiple platforms and Internet Exploder is a nightmare of standards violating compost and the cause of much grief for many a web developer.

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just do it. backup you data, install Mint and do anything to stick with it....

just do it. backup you data, install Mint and do anything to stick with it. after a week try Ubuntu and do the same, then Fedora. after three weeks you'll be much more experienced ;)

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Don't worry, Linux benefits from a great sense of community whose...

Don't worry, Linux benefits from a great sense of community whose friendliness will surprise you. If you try to do something complicated but can't succeed, there are a lot of people around to help you out. //goldpuma.com/images/best-web-hosting-compare-hostgator-bluehost-godaddy-review.gif)

First you must make your decision about choosing the right Linux distro for you. This is your first step and in my opinion an important factor for having a good experience with Linux OS. //goldpuma.com/images/cheap-monthly-web-hosting.gif)

Honestly, my experience with Linux distro comes from vps and dedicated servers which are used for hosting websites and those were pre-installed for me, so I can not help you regarding this. However, there are many resources on this website for switching from Windows to Linux. //goldpuma.com/images/bluehost-promo-discount-coupon-code.gif)

Have a look at:
https://www.linux.com/learn/tutorials/769024-replace-the-retiring-windows-xp-with-linux
and
https://www.linux.com/learn/new-user-guides/403-switch-to-linux

Hope this helps.

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Well first, you want to download a distro of Linux. The most downloaded Linux...

Well first, you want to download a distro of Linux. The most downloaded Linux distro of all time in called Linux Mint ( can be found at http://linuxmint.com ) go ahead and download it.

Once you have done that (skip this is using USB drive) insert your DVDRW Disc. in windows, double click the downloaded ISO file. A menu to extract the ISO file to the disk should come up. Go ahead and wait while extracting.

If you are using a USB Drive, download Rufus ( http://Rufus.akeo.ie ).
Once done, run it, select your ISO file, and then select your USB drive, and than run the tool.

Reboot your computer, and enter your bios, and select the USB as your default boot drive. F10 to save and exit.

Now you can install the OS or test drive it.

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Log on to distrowatch and do a lot of reading. Do a search on distrowatch for...

Log on to distrowatch and do a lot of reading. Do a search on distrowatch for distros that might be a good fit for your hardware. Download one that you think you might like. Get one that has a live version so that you can run it to see how it is without installing it. Get Gparted and find out how to partition your hard drive if you don't know. Try Linux Mint or PCLOS. Both of these have several flavors, (kde, gnome, xfce) and others. Do more reading to try and determine which desktop environment you mnight like. email me if I can help.

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Hi Huguette,...

Hi Huguette,
I don't know if this is allowed, but as I want to ask The Community the same question, it seemed sensible to join you here. Hope you don't mind.
After the depressing performance by Microsoft over their Windows 10, I felt it was time to quit, despite nearly 30 years with Windows.
My problem though, concerns the cost of replacing my CorelDraw and Office software, so that it runs on Linux. I only have a pension and it certainly won't run to new stuff.
So, in addition to being pointed in the right direction as regards changing to Linux, could someone let me know the pitfalls of porting Windows software across please.
Thank you,
Ian

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First step: ask permission from Jesus...

First step: ask permission from Jesus
Second step: Download and burn linux mint
Trird step: Boot from the disk and run the intaller

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