On Fri, 17 Mar 2006 16:22:31 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> __/ [ 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 have found that to be a pretty simple minded approach, and not really
very useful. I think it's better to spend some time doing research at
somewhere like distrowatch.
>> 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).
> Also recommended:
That's a good reference, but probably a bit overwhelming for most of us.
>> 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).