Hello out there! I want to switch from XP to Linux.
I'm sure I can help you with that.
-it seems to be more secure from malware (although I will still run Avast, Comodo and SuperAntiSpyware)
Correct. One of the reasons for this is that you have to explicitly
give permission to programs that need access to system files. Antimalware programs aren't needed unless you're going to be moving files between a Linux machine and a Windows machine.
-change of scene!
Agreed, seeing the Windows desktop can get boring after a while.
-seems more modifiable to what I need
I'm not experienced in modifying Linux, but even so, it is more modifiable the Windows from what I've seen.
-might take up less power (thought this comp seems capable of lasting at least 5 hours with me running heavy apps)
Compared to Windows, the system requirements are initially higher, but Windows' system requirements tend to increase after you add more programs. This is not a problem with Linux (from my experience)
I'm using an EEE PC netbook (with about 70G on two drives, but no CD drive), so I'm going to go for Ubuntu Netbook Remix (a friend reccommended Ubuntu in general, but I find screenshots looking like XP and would like a change)
I recommend Ubuntu as well, but that's not really fair since I haven't actually fully tested the other distros.
Actually I'd like to use Fedora, if this is what its capable of looking like: http://whyoh.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/p...-eee-screen.png.
Most distros are capable of looking like that. What you're seeing in the screenshot is a custom theme with widgets. Here's what Fedora looks like by default: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fedora_(operating_system)
Will I lose the existing mp3s/pictures/programs?
Most distros will resize your Windows partition in order to preserve your files. To ensure your data is not lost, I would recommend defragging your drive several times.
With Ubuntu, you there is a program called Wubi
, which installs Ubuntu as an application. This eliminates the need to repartition or format your hard drive. I do not know if Fedora or other distros have a similar application/feature.
If you do have a spare partition, however, you can play all your media on Linux. As for your programs, you'll have to either find out if that program is officially available for Linux, use Wine
or find an alternative
Can I do a dual boot with a USB?
You might want to look at these links:http://www.pendrivelinux.com/usb-ubuntu-90...nstall-windows/http://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu-linux-...-904-usb-drive/http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=7353663http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraLiveCD/USBHowTo
I'd like to be able to play the Sims (which I do on XP with daemon tools and iso files)
According to this
, (or more specifically this
) the Sims works under Wine with some minor issues.
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Edited by MadDawg, 19 June 2009 - 01:00 AM.