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By: Roy

Tue, 27 Nov 2007 16:07:17 +0000

Wanna ask that possible to running two OS on my PC? i mean i had window xp sp2 on my PC now so i would like to install Linux Ubuntu on my PC..since i just started learn it at my college..if it is possible then what are the instructions i have to follow and what i'm going to do on the partition to set up the partition for Linux since we have window xp sp2 installed?

By: Justin Hitchborn (hitchface)

Sun, 25 Nov 2007 03:31:10 +0000

To a person who doesn't know much about PCs, that last comment can be difficult to understand. It is all about perspective. If you know Windows very well and that's all you've used, Linux may well give you more trouble than if you were starting from scratch. Important to note that from either direction, you still have a learning curve. And a note on installation of programs: When you think of the average Windows user, their thoughts (simplified) are "I want this", so they double click it. Follow supplied instructions. Done. For Linux, you actually have to be aware of a Package Manager before anything leads you to it. Even then, not all of the programs out there will be in said manager. So how do you install an app now? Type in code. What's the code? Gotta search it up...not as straightforward. Not putting down Linux, because I love using it. However, people used to Windows will find themselves confused over these things.

By: lel

Sun, 14 Oct 2007 13:10:00 +0000

> Adding and removing programs is not as straightforward as Microsoft Windows. Well, for anything available from the package manager it is easier and more straightforward IMHO. The different methods may look like this for Ubuntu, from easiest and most common method to hardest: Easier than windows for thousands of software titles: - Use Add/Remove program. A few clicks and apply. Done! Same as windows for applications like OpenProj: - Download a .deb (think .msi), right click and install. Almost as windows for applications like Google Earth: - Download a .sh/.bin (think .exe), set executable and run. Harder than windows for beta apps like linuxdcpp: - Download source, unpack, type sudo ./configure && make && make install Eventually applications will end up in the package manager once they are stable. For proprietary apps like Google Earth, their repository can be added to make it accessible from the package manager. It will then also be part of the automatic updating.

By: Pres

Sun, 14 Oct 2007 06:29:15 +0000

How do install a program which I saved in the desktop or any other folder? What are the most commonly used command codes?

By: CyberInferno

Sun, 14 Oct 2007 05:53:45 +0000

Will Linux run on my computer? If your computer is able to run Microsoft Windows XP, it can run any distro of Linux you choose. --- Correct for desktops, not laptops. Laptops are not universally compatible with all Linux distros/kernels. It might also be fair to mention hardware incompatibility. Linux runs on my laptop. It does not have any decent support for the graphics controller, though, so it runs only at 640x480. Adding and removing programs is not as straightforward as Microsoft Windows. --- Using a package manager and checking boxes is not as simple as clicking "Agree" then "Next" a thousand times for both installation and uninstallation of software? It's also all within a single program. You can make the claim that dependencies complicate the issue, but when they're automatically selected based on necessity, it's pretty simple. I wish Linux could remove dependencies when the software that required them is removed, though.