__/ [ ray ] on Friday 17 March 2006 15:56 \__
> On Fri, 17 Mar 2006 05:37:32 -0800, bobby wrote:
>> All this is new to me. I need to know if I can install Linux on a
>> Windows XP machine. If so where may I get more information on this
>> process. Thanks.
> Yes. It is quite easy with most modern Linux distributions. I'd suggest
> you visit www.distrowatch.com to learn about your choices - there are over
> 350 active Linux distributions - I'd also suggest you stick with something
> near the top of distrowatch's hit page rankings. You can use the Linux
> install procedure to resize your hard disk partitions and set up
> partitions for installing Linux - usually recommend a swap partition of
> about 1gb and then one other partition for the OS install.
While on the issue of distribution choice:
> I'd suggest you try some of the Linux 'Live CDs' first - just to get a
> feel for Linux and see if you really want to do this. Live CDs boot and
> run from the CD without touching the hard disk - they are also a good
> check of hardware compatibility. Knoppix is the 'gold standard' in live
> CDs (there is also a Live DVD available). Most Linux systems use either
> Gnome or KDE as the desktop environments - to get a tast of something
> quite a bit different (you won't suffer from environmental shock with
> Gnome or KDE - they are similar enough to MS desktops that you won't have
> a problem) I recommend the Elive Live CD (it can also install to the hard
> disk with a button click).
> You'll find several 'howtos' about dual/multi booting and other valuable
> resources at www.tldp.org (The Linux Documentation Project). I have also
> found useful info at www.yolinux.com and iosn.net (they have some nice
> Linux tutorials).