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Making the switch from Windows to Linux

Discussion in 'OFF TOPIC' started by Prime Time, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. ChrisW Well-Known Member

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    If I didn't game so much on my PC, I'd run Linux. It just sucks to have to run WINE to play the games through.

    Ubuntu was cool, and fast. Pick your distro and push forward!
     
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  2. Prime Time RODerator

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    It took longer than anticipated, but seeing as I'm not too tech savvy, it's still amazing that I'm posting this from my brand spanking new Linux Mint OS.

    To show how inept I am at pc stuff, I burned the Linux ISO file onto a DVD using my AMD pc, which of course turned out be worthless on my Dell because it doesn't have the capacity to read an ISO file(which I should have figured out ahead of time).

    So now I'm running the Linux from a SanDisk out of the USB port. So now I have to boot it from there each time. Lots of exploring to do. Hope I don't blow it up.
     
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  3. PhxRam The Estimated Prophet

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    I was going to hold your hand through the process but figured it was best to let you figure it out.
     
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  4. PhxRam The Estimated Prophet

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    I am still unsure as to why that didnt work.
     
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  5. Boffo97 Well-Known Member

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    I'll probably be Windows forever myself.

    Even though the situation is much better than it used to be, there's still far more games for Windows than there are for Mac, and far more games for Mac than there are for Linux (Barring putzing about with WINE or tools.)
     
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  6. PhxRam The Estimated Prophet

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    Dual boot
     
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  7. Prime Time RODerator

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    You gave me plenty of advice.

    It says to insert a DVD because there's nothing there. I did a check on the AMD and it says the DVD was fine. Maybe my Dell isn't set up for that. It only has one slot. At the very least I can continue to boot it into the Dell from the USB and bypass Windows XP.
     
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  8. PhxRam The Estimated Prophet

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    You got Internet up and normally that is one of the hardest steps other then video.

    Good job.
     
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  9. Prime Time RODerator

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    The videos work fine. My first stop, after ROD of course, was You Tube. Linux makes the initial startup simple but now it's getting everything to work in the way I'm used to. Next stop is finding a task manager.
     
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  10. Prime Time RODerator

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    Explored Linux Mint over the weekend and managed to install it on my hard drive over Windows XP in my Dell. All seems fine so far. Up next is to install it on the AMD pc.
     
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  11. PhxRam The Estimated Prophet

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    What are your initial thoughts?
     
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  12. Prime Time RODerator

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    Relief. Didn't want to pay $100 for Windows 7 or 8 or take the pc's to the local computer store. Money's tight these days.

    LM seems to be a bit quicker and is put together in such a way that there's not much of a learning curve when migrating from Windows XP. Linux made it quite easy. There are some minor differences but those will be figured out in time. At the moment I'm getting ready to hook up Mozilla Thunderbird.
     
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  13. Stranger How big is infinity?

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    i have a 9yr old Lenovo X61 laptop running Ubuntu and it's awesome. bout it off ebay for $195. Great way to preserve an old machnie
     
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  14. cracengl Member

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    I've used Ubuntu a few times when trying to recover deleted files. You may give it a shot too. If Linux is much like Unix, it'll be an adjustment in thinking, although I read someone talking about Mint, so I guess that would make it more GUI like, no?
     
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  15. Prime Time RODerator

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    Mint is very much like Windows XP but there are some differences. I'm posting this from a Chromium browser which uses the Chrome engine but is tweaked for Linux Mint. Like anything else new there's a learning curve. I'm glad I made the switch away from Microsoft.
     
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