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Going to give Linux a shot for a while, anything that I should know?

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  1. JC316

    JC316 Knows what makes you tick

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    I have decided that since I am switching to Vista after Christmas and I am really not playing any games, that I would give Linux a shot for a while.

    So far, I am going to go ubuntu 64 bit, with WINE for games. Is there anything specific that I should know? The user guide for ubuntu seems really simple, just like windows, but I don't want any surprises.
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    ermm , the settings can be a bit fiddly and the ui needs some getting used to. oh be careful when installing it as it can mess up your windows partitions , so make a back up, other than that its pretty straight foward :)
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    Yeah, there are lots of surprises hehe. Ubuntu is pretty simple though man, its for real people they say. I used it before, supposedly they fixed their ATI drivers. I played diablo in wine though, worked almost perfectly, somewhat scaled back audio though. Not many people work on support for diablo though, I hear guild wars and WoW work with wine though. My girlfriend's been using only ubuntu on her dell inspiron, it's been working out alright.
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    I am not concerned with my Windows, I am fixing to do a complete format anyway, so it doesn't matter.
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    Don't go Ubuntu X64.. you will see zero good come from it. Less stable, and harder to get things setup. with zero reward for effort. Just stick with Ubuntu x86 (32bit).

    Trust me I've been down this road with both 7.04 and 7.10.. it's just not worth it.

    *Edit: As a matter of fact you might be best off with Linux Mint x86 ( http://linuxmint.com/ ). It's based off Ubuntu 7.10 and thus is software compatible, but it makes setting graphics drivers up allot easier with Envy built in. Plus an assortment of various tweaks Ubuntu doesn't offer.
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    I would try a liveCD first to check for any issues, I think Ubuntu has one. I know Linux has some problems with WIFI and 56k modems. I tried a few liveCDs and none would work with my WIFI.
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    Most distro's have a live CD now. Mint is very good and now comes with compiz/beryl installed at load. linux does have problems with wireless cards...but if you have a name brand card it should work. i DO recommend a high speed internet connection for sure. run the update manager after you install. ALSO... i would suggest using Cedega for windows emulation instead of WINE. good luck, don't give up, and.. have fun. linux is great once you learn how it works.
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    It would be unwise starting off with a Live CD because as you already know what live CDs are and how they work, you'll find the OS crawing on your system, things taking too long to load, etc. Instead I'd suggest that you maintain your Windows installation, repartition your hard-drive and set out a single 8 GB extended partition. Don't format it. Now start-off with the easiest and most inviting Linux distriution, Ubuntu. Unlike other free distributions like OpenSuSE and Fedora, this is a very slim and easy to install distribution. Install this on the new partition, get a feel of it and use the package manager to download and install from a wealth of applications and games. This is how your love-affair with Linux should begin, slow, intutuve and steady.;)

    Good Luck!
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    ...And if you're going to use Linux for a while, and not playing games, I'd suggest you remove one of your 8800 GTS cards and keep it aside for a while, just to save power. Use the NVidia Xserver driver from its website and be extra careful while installing the driver. Read online documentations and visit as many Linux forums as you can. There really aren't any Linux games that would require the power of two video cards. The best you could do is Unreal Tournament 2004. And even a 8400 GT can give you the best experience.
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    Ubuntu and unstable? Kma. Ubuntu 64-bit is the most stable Linux distro you can find.

    ChaoticBlankness, listen to me buddy, Ubuntu is a really nice piece of software, it's the Firefox of Linux distributions. Slim and no-bullshit.
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    hey btarunr, the Ubuntu mainstream install disc is both a LiveCD and Install. The main use for it is to see what problems you'll be running into, and what drivers are going to need messing around with.
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    I know. What I was trying to tell him was that he can use it full-fledged with all the device drivers after he installs it. Should he choose to use it as the live-CD, he won't be able to install the drivers as end of each session, changes made should be saved somewhere and that somewhere is the hard-drive and since his hdd has Vista installed and the NTFS file-system, Ubuntu cannot write into an NTFS partition by default. And since we are dealing with a person who's flirting with Linux for the first time, we should encourage him to install it first in on a fresh partition, install all the drivers and then get a feel of it and not a slow live CD that crawls as that could be quite a put-off especially for someone who's using Win Vista.
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    i agree here. when i first tried out linux(it was ubuntu, lol) i tried it using a live cd and was utterly unimpressed because of slowness and lag. i decided to install it on a computer much older than the one i tried the live cd on and was surprised at how smooth and responsive it was.
    stay away from live cd's, they'll turn you off from linux, i almost never tried linux again, but i'm glad i did!
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    I have both ubuntu 64 and linuxmint 32, I will give them both a shot lol. Thanks for the advice everyone.
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    Gave linux mint a shot on the live cd that I made. It was very nice, but I am going to try ubuntu next and see what happens.
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    ubuntu is really nice
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    Posting from Linux mint. I had ubuntu 64 installed and had some bugs, like my ATI driver not working right. Fixing to install the driver for linux mint, see if it does any better.
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    what version of ubuntu did you use? i think i used either 32 bit or 64 bit(probably) ubuntu gusty gibbon tribe 4, the inbuilt drivers worked great, didn't need to install ccc and all of that.
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    well, my first linux experience wasn't good at all. Everything worked great, except for those damned drivers. Too bad too, cause I REALLY liked it.
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    Am I one of the only ones that thinks that Ubuntu is a bit overhyped? I find Fedora just as easy to use.
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    Fedora doesn't come in a single CD that can start off as a live CD and that you can install with a few clicks. Ubuntu deserves the hype.
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    Not really. I want all the extra features Fedora has on the disk.

    The biggest thing I hate about Ubuntu is how it lacks a true root. Thus, it's folder layout isn't standard. Some programs don't play well with this layout, unless they are custom compiled for Ubuntu, or you have to go thru some other weird workaround.

    Ubuntu doesn't deserve the hype in my book.
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    For people like you who have a good know-how of Linux, I'd suggest Fedora or the superior OpenSuSE. But for Windows users who are just giving Linux a try, Ubunu is the way to go.
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    Ok "buddy", any X64 linux is less stable than the x86 equivalent.. and on top of that it makes software and drivers a pain in the ass as it forces you to compile source if a x64 binary isn't offered. For someone wanting to just get into linux needing to compile more stuff just to use it is a bad idea. Think baby steps. ;)
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    For now, stick with 32bit, i've been having trouble with 64bit linux. Software compatibility = major fail.

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