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    Default New "scared" user exiling from windows!

    I done with Windows
    I will ONCE AGAIN attempt linxu, but i am not sure if this is for me. I consider myself "above average" on pcs and stuff but i want to get some advice.

    I have tried the following distros and have ended up going back to windows

    lindows
    SuSe 9.1
    Sude 10
    ubuntu
    slackware
    even red hat

    I have problems with divers etc etc etc

    Any comments on what i can expect with open suse11?

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    Default Re: New "scared" user exiling from windows!

    OpenSUSE 11.0, comparably, has great package support and driver support.

    One of the first things to install once you have completed the installation of OpenSUSE 11.0 itself is the video card drivers.

    The two major drivers can be found below:



    The best part about installing your drivers is that may, or most for that matter, use a "1-Click Install." A 1-click installer simply requires you to download the package and YaST will walk you through the process, and basically do all the work for you. OpenSUSE, with some exceptions, also has a package or application to replace most Windows programs, and for free. But, by far the best thing about OpenSUSE 11.0 and OpenSUSE in general is the community support. Between the technical support of the Forums, and the bug reporting of Bugzilla, there is a great deal of community support and advice that comes along with OpenSUSE 11.0. If you need a installation guide, you can find the official tutorial by clicking here. I've also written a tutorial on installation (found here) if you need any further help with the installation process and the follow-up to that process.

    If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

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    Default Re: New "scared" user exiling from windows!

    Thanks!

    Couple of questions

    1. How hard will the transition be from windows to linux?
    2. Do you recomend dual bool?
    3. Is there any emulation for windows?
    4. What is the true advantage of running linux over windows?

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    Default Re: New "scared" user exiling from windows!

    Couple of questions

    1. How hard will the transition be from windows to linux?
    It depends...on your willingness to overcome some hurdles, on your willingness to get frustrated, willingness to solve problems, and willingness to learn.
    2. Do you recomend dual bool?
    Multi-booting (dual/triple/hex/whatever) is a good idea. You can also install "virtualbox" and run WindowsXP/Vista in a Small window in your SUSE desktop (or whatever GNU distribution you choose).
    3. Is there any emulation for windows?
    Search for WINE (Wine.Is.Not.an.Emulator haha)
    4. What is the true advantage of running linux over windows? No such thing. What's the true advantage to having a pair of sandals over shoes? Personal choice. Windows is good. I just like GNU better. I like ssh, openoffice, gimp, firefox, security, regular updates, built into my operating system right outta the box. Take care asking others (and asking your self) this question, as there is no "true" answer to it. It is largely a matter of opinion.

    Ubuntu is an 'ok' distro. Slackware I dislike. SUSE is my favourite. Fedora is also quite good. Trying multi-booting Windows + SUSE 11 and get ready for a ride!! Stay tuned to the forums for lots of help.

    Good luck
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    Default Re: New "scared" user exiling from windows!

    Well... i just deleted my entire WINDOWS xp PARTITIOn

    I have 2 hard disks, so hopefully i wont loose all my mp3 and videos on my other drive!

    Now, I really want to "push" myself and quitting widows, but like you mentioned, it will be a process. So what do you suggest as the best option?

    The virtualbox thing or duaboot?

    I want to keep windows as an emergency thing, but i want to use MOST of my desktop with suse now

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    Default Re: New "scared" user exiling from windows!

    Use virtualbox. Good for 'emergencies.' If you need help with vbox, start a new thread.

    You can assign windows 265MB ram with virtualbox to run. Works totally fine. And you can make it run in full-screen mode with virtualbox Guest Additions.
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    Default Re: New "scared" user exiling from windows!

    Quote Originally Posted by dhound View Post
    So what do you suggest as the best option?

    The virtualbox thing or duaboot?

    I want to keep windows as an emergency thing, but i want to use MOST of my desktop with SuSE now
    If you have a paid for copy of MS-Windows, I recommend a dual boot. My reasons are:
    a. it can be useful to have a bootable independent OS to help determine if problems are OS related? software related? or hardware related,
    b. if you need to upgrade your BIOS, many manufacturers no longer use DOS boot floppies, and many also do not use USB sticks, but instead many manufacturers of motherboards now require one have MS-Windows. I don't know if virtual box windows client will support a BIOS upgrade

    Here is a basic openSUSE concepts guide:
    Concepts - openSUSE

    And a reminder: Linux is NOT Windows

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    DO NOT choose KDE4 as an installation option -- it's just there for the guru's and the young warriors to test it for the developers.
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    Default Re: New "scared" user exiling from windows!

    HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

    TRAGEDY HAPPNEDD

    i have or had 2 HDDS one with windows and the other one with ALL MY MP3s, pictures etc.. and i installed linux there and now everything is gone!

    help!

    what can i do to recover it

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    Default Re: New "scared" user exiling from windows!

    Quote Originally Posted by dhound View Post
    HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

    TRAGEDY HAPPNEDD

    i have or had 2 HDDS one with windows and the other one with ALL MY MP3s, pictures etc.. and i installed linux there and now everything is gone!

    help!

    what can i do to recover it
    Don't panic yet. Tell us a bit more -- what do you get and what makes you think the data in windows are gone?

    From Suse, execute this command in a console and post the results here:
    sudo cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
    and this too:
    sudo /sbin/fdisk -l
    Describe on which drive windows was installed and on which partition and which version of windows was it.
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