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I Want To Try Linux [very Origional Topic Title :)]


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#1 twiztidjuggalo666

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 08:37 PM

ok so i use my dads computer and my dad loves xp
i find it to be very ok
definetly my fav microsoft operating system
but i want to try linux, more specifically pclinux 2007 [ http://www.pclinuxos.com/ ]
now i know many versions of linux have a feature called live cd wich i think is two thumbs up
so if i burn the iso of pclinux2007 to disc [ i use isoBURN ]
and i put it in my computer and restart it will it instantly run in linux using the live cd
if i download somthing through linux will i be able to acess it when back in windows
when i restart my computer and i take the linux disc out will it go back to windows xp with all the stuff i have on here still on including the stuff i did downloaded with linux
will i be able to use programs like my games and opera web browser in linux


basically i want to use linux and my dad wants to use xp but i dont want to get rid of xp or the stuff on xp but i dont want to download something using linux and it dissapearing when i revert back to xp. i just want to be able to use linux when i use the disc and when i take it out im right back to xp again and my dad wouldent know any change

is this how it works or are there complications and other things like that

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:44 AM

I know with Knoppix, which is another live CD, you can save data to a folder on the drive so that you dont' loose it -OR- save the data and your configuration to a thumb drive.

It might bet a good idea to try to get ahold of a computer of your own somehow. If you blow up your dads machine you may end up living on the street!

Edited by frankblourtango, 11 December 2007 - 09:48 AM.


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Posted 11 December 2007 - 01:06 PM

:thumbsup: I applaud the move to linux, and to answer your yes. Must linux distros have a Live-Cd. I personally use Debian/Ubuntu and Ubuntu definately has a Live CD. Another nice thing, it will usually set up a dual-boot OS and a loader to choose between the two. Good Luck.

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#4 twiztidjuggalo666

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 06:57 PM

it will usually set up a dual-boot OS and a loader to choose between the two. Good Luck.


that is so awsome so that way i can just leave the disc in and my dad can do his buisness whenever

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 10:38 PM

it will usually set up a dual-boot OS and a loader to choose between the two. Good Luck.

Only on a PCLOS install.....

that is so awsome so that way i can just leave the disc in and my dad can do his buisness whenever


You won't be able to leave the PCLOS cd in the drive and have your dad use his XP in normal boot mode. You may be able to access a boot media choice when you boot up by pressing one of the f keys, f8, I believer. Other than that you'll need to set you PC to boot from floppy and have a boot manager on that disk that will allow you to choose which OS you want to boot.
If you like PCLOS, I use it as my main OS, why not use the utility there to resize the windows partition and, depending on your storage size, set up a Linux partition and, if needed, a swap partition and install PCLOS as a dual boot system. That way you can boot to Linux and your dad can boot to XP. If you set your Linux browser to save to the Windows download folder that's already set up your dad will be able to use any Windows related things you download. I have 3 desktops and one laptop set to dual boot with PCLOS and either Win2K or Win XP.
Welcome to Linux.

Edited by daklander, 17 January 2008 - 10:39 PM.





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