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#1 hintswen

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 06:07 AM

I was thinking of puting Linux / Unix on a old computer i've got but i'm not shure what to put on it, what i'll need etc. and if i shuld really bother with it. (BTW i currently use windows)

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 08:34 AM

Well you will need a Linux distribution.You can visit
http://linuxiso.org to see the many different versions available.
Just starting out you should stay with the easier ones such as:
Fedora
Mandrake
Xandros (this one is not on linuxiso, www.xandros.com)
You need to download the iso images and burn them to disk
http://linuxiso.org/viewdoc.php/howtoburn.html
And of course the computer you're going to install it on.
Will this be a dual boot system or just Linux?
Is there any thing unusual about the computer?
Be sure to read this, Intro to Linux:
http://linuxiso.org/viewdoc.php/introtolinux.html

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 05:56 PM

depends what u mean by unusual. it would be just Linux. computer is VERRY old(and kinda slow). if/when i switched it to Linux what is the easyest waay to get it back on the net(networked)

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 06:54 PM

Unusual hardware. Linux is very fussy when it comes to WinModems, a particular version of modem that uses Windows software to operate.
Once the OS is installed you only need to be plugged into the router
and it should grab an IP and gateway when it boots up, same as Windows.

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Posted 19 April 2005 - 12:42 AM

any places i can go for lists of good software, games etc.? Also I have to reformat before i install it correct?

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Posted 19 April 2005 - 06:11 AM

Not re-format..re-partition.
Linux will live happily next to Windows.
(personally "I" would wipe the hard drive and just install Linux)
When you download Linux it's usually 3-4 disks full of software and games.
Linux comes with thousands of programs.
http://freshmeat.net/ has more software then you can imagine.

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Posted 21 April 2005 - 02:45 PM

I would suggest trying what is called a 'live CD' distribution- its an operating system that runs from a CD- if you like it, install it to your hard drive and away you go. you will need an empty partition on the drive or a fresh , empty HDD. most distro have easy-to-use formating tools.

try Beatrix Linux- its a small, full featured distro that has succesfully and painlessly booted on every PC I've ever tried. when I say painless, I mean pop it in, turn on the computer and wait 1.25 minutes. automatically mounts drives, detects and starts network services and loads a fast, easy GUI (Gnome). comes with web browser, office software, chat and email. I'm a big fan.

aLinux (formerly Peanut Linux) was another flavor i liked a lot- has loads of little games:). stay away from any distro that has more than one CD- it's probably too much for your old machine.

Edited by caterbro, 21 April 2005 - 03:29 PM.

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Posted 22 April 2005 - 11:16 PM

would i be able to emulate linux or something(so i can be in windows and have a linux window open which i can switch between or something while i wait for my computer to get back? (waiting for a computer in a different state then i will install). also is there some software i can use to remotly access a linux computer from a windows computer?

and thx 4 the links

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 06:49 AM

would i be able to emulate linux or something

http://www.cygwin.com/

is there some software i can use to remotly access a linux computer from a windows computer?

http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 04:42 AM

dam... that comp i got there is AMD and 2 old for linux. unless i find a old version

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 04:57 AM

If it has Windows on it now Linux will work fine.

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 03:41 AM

dam... that comp i got there is AMD and 2 old for linux. unless i find a old version

NOT too old for linux- the whole idea is that you can run older machines on it.

try the Beatrix or try Feather or any number of others. linux was designed for older x86 machines, NOT just intel chips or AMD chips. runs on anything with a processor and a BIOS. :D

you might have to bite the bullet and turn your PC off to install linux. there are many options to run xWindows cygwin, blahblahblah, but for an older machine, you might be better off saving all your files (.docs, etc) and then putting the linux cd in and letting it format and reload your drive. it's a big step, so make sure you back up all your important data first.

you cannot re-partition an active drive during operation- you have to start over, and create multiple partitions, and re-install windows from scratch. or add another, blank hard drive.
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