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29 / M / Cambridge UK
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Posted 4/4/07
jay do you know if they fixed ubuntu cd so that it works well on the p965 chipsets yet last time i checked any1 with a half decent pc (i.e c2d on a p965) had to install off a usb stick =(
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Posted 4/16/07
I've just installed Ubuntu on my PC, and whenever I try to open something that I've downloaded other than images, it tells me that the Archive type is not supported.
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24 / M / San Diego
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Posted 4/16/07
I used Ubuntu, I still have it on my harddrive... I would probably use it more, but a lot of my work is on microsoft office... idk, Windows has always worked fine for me so I'm not complaining
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30 / M / USA , 27576
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Posted 4/16/07
I really like using Ubuntu but, i can't figured out how to play mp3 on it, does any body have a link to some web page where i can find how to play mp3s. ty.
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27 / F / Planet Earth
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Posted 4/29/07
This is perfect!!

I need help!!!!
I really want to install Linux on another partition so I went to disk management and I only had C: and 'Unknown partition'

First of all, is there any way of knowing what's on the 'unknown partition?' I have no idea and I don't want to delete it and screw up my computer.
Second, I've googled instructions on how to create a new partition, right click on the black stripe window in disk management and choose 'create new partition.' The black striped window isn't there

I'm even reading tutorials on how to run Linux so I'm really keen on trying it out. So please help me
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Posted 4/29/07

gopherthegold wrote:

I think more people will hop over to Linux when Vista starts to rain down brimstone. So far, I'm convinced that you'd be better off trying to tea-bag a blender than to install Windows Vista on your home computer. You may as well let The Man put a barcode on you and go to Camp THX-1138 for a couple years.

The only reason I don't Linux is because I have a lot of multimedia apps on my mac-beast and am not convinced that I could be any safer when I am already browsing Firefox on a non-admin account with a firewall and Norton. If there is more that I can do in Linux that I can't do now, or anything I'm missing, tell me.


I have Vista and no.
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27 / F / Planet Earth
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Posted 4/29/07
Nobody wants to help me potentially convert to Linux?
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21 / F / SDF-1
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Posted 4/29/07
Ubuntu is pretty cool. Anything is better than OSX for macs.
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27 / F / Planet Earth
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Posted 4/29/07

n0odle wrote:

Ubuntu is pretty cool. Anything is better than OSX for macs.


That sure helped.
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30 / M / Japan
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Posted 4/30/07
Hmm... funny, I'm not surprised that Jay started this thread... I just saw the term "winblows" and that was it.

My friend uses Ubuntu and I found it a bit too overwhelming for me to appreciate. Fine, call me a clueless idiot, but I've never been too good with the code. Can someone lay out for me the benefits of having an open sourced OS?
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Posted 4/30/07

Applecri wrote:


n0odle wrote:

Ubuntu is pretty cool. Anything is better than OSX for macs.


That sure helped.


You're being serious about not knowing how to install a OS? o_O

You need a software to help partition your HD. Try PartitionMagic, I use it and its great.

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Posted 4/30/07
Partition is the scariest part of installation. I think its what deters most people in installing OSs. Being able to test a OS before totally switching in a dual-boot is probably the best experience. (Granted, there are LiveCDs. But to be honest my experience with those is that they are slow as dirt)

on PartitionMagic...
Damn sam! that costs $70.
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Posted 4/30/07
I dual boot Windows and Ubuntu. With desktops Linux is definetly cheaper, all the more so if you're building your own, but I didn't find much of a price difference in laptops.

One problem with Open Source is a lack of drivers, as a lot of companies only bother supporting Windows. I advise checking compatability lists before you buy anything. Usually not a problem.

One thing you also might want to note is that if you're using a partition manager from a different partition (ie the install cd with your shiny new linux os), make sure that your windows (ntfs) partition is shut down, not "hibernating" or "quick-restoring" or something like that.

For most users I don't think that the shift to Linux is a good idea, but this is mainly because I'd rather not have endless stupid questions in help forums, distracting the savy users from my stupid questions.

And @Applecri, explain exactly what you've done so far and I'll try to help if I know anything.
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27 / F / Planet Earth
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Posted 4/30/07

vondg wrote:

I dual boot Windows and Ubuntu. With desktops Linux is definetly cheaper, all the more so if you're building your own, but I didn't find much of a price difference in laptops.

One problem with Open Source is a lack of drivers, as a lot of companies only bother supporting Windows. I advise checking compatability lists before you buy anything. Usually not a problem.

One thing you also might want to note is that if you're using a partition manager from a different partition (ie the install cd with your shiny new linux os), make sure that your windows (ntfs) partition is shut down, not "hibernating" or "quick-restoring" or something like that.

For most users I don't think that the shift to Linux is a good idea, but this is mainly because I'd rather not have endless stupid questions in help forums, distracting the savy users from my stupid questions.

And @Applecri, explain exactly what you've done so far and I'll try to help if I know anything.


Well, I'm pretty computer illeterate but here goes:
I was trying to create a new partition to install Linux on that so I went to disk management, saw two partitions, "C:" and "unknown" and I can't create a new partition because the option isn't anywhere to be found. So I thought if I deleted the 'unknown' partition I might be able to make a new one. But i don't know what's on the 'unknown' partition so I'm worried I'll ruin something by just blindly deleting it.
SO I was wondering if there was anyway in finding out what's in the unknown partition!!
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Posted 4/30/07
I suppose I'm computer literate at about a 3rd grade level. Here's my take, and of course I recommend second opinions if any are available:

Don't worry about the unknown drive. No documents/apps will be located there. I don't know enough about the Disk Management tool to say for sure, but I'm assuming the unknown drive is either from a virtual drive installed by an mp3 player or a swap drive.

Often the distribution of linux that you're installing will have setup program with a partition manager built in. This generally has all the information you need to either remove windows and install linux to all the hard drive or to split up the partition and install a boot loader like GRUB. At least in the user friendly flavors of linux. Avoid Gentoo.

There was an Ubuntu project to allow you to install Linux while in Windows, check it out if you want. [url=http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/instlux]instlux.

I suggest Ubuntu if you're new as it is rather easy to use and has a nice community. The fact that it has a billionaire sponsoring it and so support is rapidly going up is a plus.
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