I cannot tell you how many times I did just that:
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Ditto. My motto has always been “Procrastinate . . . Tomorrow”
Be Here Now is what I say and let’s do it tomorrow. Haha!! One thing I’ve been putting off for years now is using Linux but yesterday I decided to download Knoppix and burn a CD. Have to say I have no problems using it, so now the next step is to download and install Ubuntu. While i know too much about Windows I must say I’m sick of it. And I don’t play games and despise Microsuxs, so i basically have no excuse other than procrastination. Thought ya’d get a kick outta that Luke!!
Starhawk – awesome! Ubuntu is really easy to install on a clean drive. Unfortunately if you want to dual boot it with windows, you may need to resize your windows partition – and not all linux based tools know how to do that with a NTFS partition.
I remember I had this issue once, and I used the Gparted version that was on System Rescue CD to do the job.
If Knoppix works on your machine, then Ubuntu will most likely have zero problems with it either. Big issue areas with respect to Linux are dialup modems and wireless cards. Fortunately, hardly anyone uses dialup anymore, and wireless is not an issue unless you are using a laptop.
BTW, you do know that you can get Free Ubuntu CD’s shipped to you?. I got mine some time ago:
Anyways, good luck. It’s a great experience.
Oh, and if you ever find yourself needing IE to access some dumb site, see this post. It worked like a dream under Dapper. :)
I knew you would like that Luke!! Knoppix works fine on my machine except for a minor sound card issue. I’ve been reading about Linux for years and even use a few linux/unix tools which have been ported to windows/dos. In theory some of that info has sunk into my subconscious, tho there is a world of difference between reading about something like linux and using it.
I was motivated to download Knoppix the other day facing a windows BSOD and my machine would not even boot into safe mode. I have no Win 2000 installation CD and in my arragance no emergency boot disks either, aside from perhaps Dos or free Dos on a floppy. But really I could care less about the win 2000 on my machine, i bought it used and always planned on putting XP on it as well as one of the versions of Linux floating around these days. Anyway i can fix about any windows problem and that one was no exception.
But i decided i might consider downloading some tools to deal with future problems as well as creating some kinda backup, boot disks and stuff. Advice i actually give everyone, tho i don’t always listen to my own advice. haha!! But i always knew Knoppix is a good tool to have around. And my machine actually seems faster running Knoppix off of a CD than it does running win 2000.
Thanks for the tips :) Of course I have read your blog here, all of it!! What can I say i like it! So i was aware of the Free Ubuntu CDs as well as the running IE in linux thing. I had heard of both before as i do read alot ya know. haha. I just about NEVER use IE and could easily live without it tho there are a few very few mind you but a few windows programs i would hate to give up.
I bought a new HD but been putting off installing it and right now I am trying to decide whether i want to keep windows, maybe clone it on the new HD or just wipe it all off and go with a straight Linux system. But regardless thanks for the System Rescue CD link and the Gparted partition tip. :) I’ll probably download the CD iso today and burn it. Tho yesterday I downloaded the Ultimate Boot CD, the full version with the INSERT linux OS and it contains a very similar tool, QTParted.
So I now have all kinds of tools to deal with most computer problems i am likely to run into. haha. Plus as you can tell I downloaded Ubuntu and am taking it for a test run off of the cd. No problems there and i can’t wait to get around to installing it with or without a windows dual boot!! And yeah it will probably be a great experience and its a good thing i like problem solving because i know there is alot I am going to have to learn!! haha.
And my machine actually seems faster running Knoppix off of a CD than it does running win 2000.
Hehe… Ubuntu running from the disk should be fast as lightning for you then. :mrgreen: Plus you don’t have to deal with the overhead of running a bloated antivirus suite, antispyware toos, and a bloated 3rd party firewall product.
On my XP machine I run McAfee AV, Windows Defender, Spybot and Comodo Firewall. The amount of memory McAfee and Comodo eat is absolutely criminal. I used ZoneAlarm but it was as resource hungry as Comodo, and recently it decided that it wouldn’t work with McAfee suite (known issue – McAfee and Zone have some kind of grudge thing going and they play dirty).
On my Ubuntu machine I don’t really bother that much. I have ClamAv installed, and if I use an open wifi hotspot I just lock it down with firestarter (a nice graphical frontend for iptabs). Btw – firestarter is in universe so you can get it via apt.
Qtparted and Gparted are essentially the same thing. They are both front ends for parted.
Oh, and I’m glad you like the blog. It’s always good to know that someone is enjoying these things. :)
Update: yesterday was the big day. I installed the new HD, cloned win 2000 onto it, made it the master drive, and installed ubuntu so that now i have dual boot system. The installation itself was painless and easy to do. Managed to install some plugins to play mp3s and install firefox 2. Not as easy, tho not terribly hard. Hmmm ya’d think firefox 2 would come with ubuntu instead of version 1.5, or included in their packages. Anyway i figured that out this morning. Still need to set firefox up the way i want it, extensions and bookmarks and all as well as personalize ubuntu some, set up a user account for my brother’s son who is living here and install some more software, esp ClamAV and so on.
Ubuntu does seem quicker than windows certainly boots up quicker. haha. Tho i feel windows is slowed down alot by all the stuff i run in the background, ya know “bloated antivirus suite, antispyware tools, and a bloated 3rd party firewall product” and more. Anyway thanks for your tips and your blog here, it’s partially responsible for my choice to install Linux. Tho i’ve wanted to for years, reading this blog motivated me somewhat:D
Awesome! I’m glad to hear that it all went well. :)
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