Hey, I'm a potential new user of Linux. Got a Question.

And as a potential new user, I've been looking around and researching Linux for quite awhile - well actually for the last 2 days or so. I've found a listing of possible "distributors" through a website called linux.org.

To explain my needs, I am a player of World of Warcraft and an amateur artist. My computer is an AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3000+ 2.01 GHz, 2.50 GB of RAM, ASUS K8 Motherboard, and I use Windows XP Corporate Edition (Cracked) in a Maxter 152 GB Hard Drive, with additional IBM Deskstar 19.1 GB Hard Drive, and I also have a WD 232 GB External Hard Drive. I have around 109 GB of free space on the Maxter that I use for my WinXP OS on.

What I need to know is could you tell me or recommend what to get for a Linux OS on my machine, and how would I partition my Maxter Hard Drive, and how much space would it literally take?

Linux distribution

carputer's picture

I was reading the July edition of the Linux Journal and there was a person that was having trouble with the Ubuntu OS system and saying it was unstable. If there is a better OS system than Ubuntu then someone is keeping a secret. If there is a more stable OS system the someone is keeping it a secret. I maintain about 10 computers and I must say that it gives me a great respect for the Linux distribution-Ubuntu. I would have to say that the Ubuntu long term distribution is the most perfect and the most complete software in the world. You must use the correct hardware; if you have a 32 bit CPU then go with 32 bit Ubuntu if you have a 64 bit machine then use 64 bit ubuntu for the best performance. Mother board features can be an issue with some Linux distributions. At this point if I were building a Linux machine I would go with a Gigabyte (ATX Form)
motherboard. If I were getting started in Linux I would buy an O'Reilly book (an up to date one) which is way less money that buying any retail distribution OS software. With the O'Reilly books you get the privilege of having some questions answered.

mp3 player - linux?

Nellie's picture

Hello linux gurus out there,

I use ubuntu and I love it. I have to say though that my husband is the linux expert at home. All I do is browse the web and use open office.

So, I would like to get an mp3 player for my husband for his birthday. We have several computers at home, servers and what not. None of them run Windows though (and my husband takes special pride in that).

Does anyone know if any mp3 player will interface with linux? I guess I am worried about how he would download his music from the computer to the player unit.

Thanks a bunch, guys and girls, for any advice you may have!


choosing linux

Anonymous's picture

I have found Ubuntu to be most reliable for a new user. I made the switch a year and a half ago while in grad school. You may want to copy your existing data first to another drive and converting your external drive to ext3 filesystem using gparted. If you have trouble reading or writting to your drive you may need to change the permissions. There are many great step by step instructions online to set up a linux OS, from websites such as sourceforge. You may want to check distrowatch.com for a list of OS's available.If you find that you need to use windows -- you will have several options to run windows along side your linux distribution such as dual boot, run windows inside linux, and run linux inside windows. Goodluck.

hey potential user

bootdoc's picture

First you will have to dl gparted and burn the iso to cdrom. Place cdrom in drive and reboot the machine. Make sure that you have cdrom as the first boot device. Once your machine has booted to gparted you must shrink the windows partition. Select the maxtor drive and resize it so that you have at least 20 gigs to use for the linux install. I recommend using Kubuntu ver. 7.1 gutsy gibbon for you linux distro . Dl the iso and burn it to cdrom. Place it in the drive and reboot. There will be an install icon on the desktop. click it and follow the directions. When you get to the disk partitioner it would be good to create separate partitions for /, /home and swap. I ususally use 5 gigs for /, 1 gig for swap and the remaining space for /home. This way when you want to upgrade the os you won't lose your personal settings or data.