Few questions before moving from Windows to Linux Ubuntu
bsilver at chrononomicon.com
Tue Feb 26 13:33:13 UTC 2008
Asif Kilwani wrote:
> I read the features of Linux Ubuntu and GUI is mind blowing, However
> before moving to that I want to ask few questions
> 1. Can Linux and Windows to be installed same time? Can I choose which
> OS to boot?
Yes, using the boot loader. If you're new to Linux (or playing with
OS's in general) you'll want to make sure you BACK UP your hard drive
before doing the install. BACK UP BACK UP BACK UP.
> 2. During Windows can i switch to Linux and vice versa
practically no. :-)
Okay, here's how you would do it...seriously, it's how I've resorted to
doing it in the past.
1) 2 computers. They can be had relatively inexpensively, either one of
the Walmart specials or an old computer someone is ready to chuck. If
you're not a high-end user, an older P4 with 512 meg of RAM will work
for many many purposes most people use computers for today (except
games). Use it as your sacrificial lamb for learning Linux or use it as
a demoted Windows system.
2) virtualization. While games won't work and again it won't handle 50
meg Photoshop work like a bat out of Hades, it is usually adequate for
most purposes. There's another learning curve for most new users to
setting it up and using it, but VMWare server/workstation can be had for
free, as can Virtualbox.
If you're really nervous about trying out Linux, I'd recommend using
virtualization software on Windows (the Windows version of VMWare or
Virtualbox) and installing Ubuntu on that to test out, or get an
inexpensive P4 with at least 512 RAM and install Ubuntu on that,
connectig your computers to a $40 soho switch like a Netgear product and
getting it online with that.
> 3. Will Linux automatically load the drivers of all installed hardware
> or I've to install separately?
If the hardware is supported, it will use appropriate drivers. If it's
marginally supported you may need to tell it to use restricted drivers
for advanced features or performance enhancement (there's a restricted
driver manager that can enable/disable them). If you have questions on
whether it's supported you should probably google the item with the
keywords ubuntu or "ubuntu compatible" to see what you can find, and if
you can't find anything, ask the list if anyone has the hardware in
> 4. Will giant software developers like Adobe softwares will work on Linux?
Directly? Usually not. I heard Google was working on some deal with
WINE to improve compatibility to run the CS products with Linux, maybe
it was in conjunction with Crossover. WINE has a list of products that
it has good luck in handling, like Minesweeper, Solitaire, and Office.
Most Linux users find alternative software to use instead unless there
are features they absolutely must have available (such as opting for the
GIMP instead of Photoshop), or they opt to dual-boot or use
virtualization software to access the features they need, or complaining
bitterly on mailing lists about why Linux will never take over the
desktop because they can't run their Windows software and doesn't work
like Windows and is missing Windows menus and XYZ features that Windows
has...but they don't want to run Windows.
Sorry, that slipped out...
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