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yami280
June 5th, 2008, 11:41 PM
Hi, I've been using Windows for years but recently I got a new computer. It comes with Vista and I hate it. I want to dual-boot ubuntu but I don't know where to get started. Also, I was wondering if I hibernated while in Windows would the GRUB menu show up when I turned my computer back on. I am also wondering if the Microsoft Office 07 programs work on Ubuntu.

Crafty Kisses
June 5th, 2008, 11:46 PM
This link should answer all your questions: http://www.psychocats.net

billgoldberg
June 5th, 2008, 11:46 PM
Hi, I've been using Windows for years but recently I got a new computer. It comes with Vista and I hate it. I want to dual-boot ubuntu but I don't know where to get started. Also, I was wondering if I hibernated while in Windows would the GRUB menu show up when I turned my computer back on. I am also wondering if the Microsoft Office 07 programs work on Ubuntu.

1.) download the file (.iso) here:

http://www.ubuntu.com/GetUbuntu/download

2.) burn the image to a cd

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BurningIsoHowto

3) boot from cd

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootFromCD

4) run the installer

use the first option to install ubuntu and keep windows, so you can then dual boot.

Use the slider to give more space to ubuntu.

5) ubuntu comes with OpenOffice, it should have everything you need and reads/writes to microsoft office formats

6) I just posted a blog post about the things I do after a fresh install.

It could save you some time, so you don't have to figure all of it out yourself.

You might not understand a few things, but that's what the forum is for.

http://linuxowns.wordpress.com/2008/06/05/setting-up-ubuntu-from-scratch/

darth_indy
June 5th, 2008, 11:47 PM
Hi there, and welcome to the Ubuntu forums!

Dual-Booting Ubuntu is really easy, actually. I'd suggest that the first thing you do, however, is try out the LiveCD, and make sure all your hardware works. It often does, but it's always best to play it safe :)

You can use the same LiveCD to install Ubuntu. To start out, I'd suggest the Wubi install, so you don't have to deal with partitioning. All you need to do is insert the LiveCD in Windows, and it'll autostart.

As for the question about Grub and Windows hibernate; I don't have experience with that, but I wouldn't think so. Or if it did, you'd just have to make sure Windows is selected and let it boot up.

I don't think Office 2007 works, but unless you do very, very advanced PowerPoint, you won't need it; Ubuntu comes with OpenOffice, which is an excellent (free) alternative. Also, if you must have Office, I know 2003 does work.

EDIT: Here's a tutorial:

http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-desktop-ubuntu-8.04-lts-hardy-heron

It not only walks you through the install, but other basics as well.

yami280
June 5th, 2008, 11:57 PM
Ok, thanks. Ya I never tried OpenOffice. I tried to install it onto my computer and it made Windows Explorer Crash so I had to do a system restore.

yami280
June 5th, 2008, 11:58 PM
This link should answer all your questions: http://www.psychocats.net

Ya, I just saw that on the sticky in this forum.

Okay, I think I'll install Ubuntu. I just need to know if it will interfere with any of my Vista things such as hibernating because I hibernate my Vista alot.

yami280
June 6th, 2008, 12:13 AM
Okay, I read the instructions on http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-desktop-ubuntu-8.04-lts-hardy-heron-p2
I'm partioning my hard drive from Vista manually. How much space does Ubuntu need?

Phonan
June 6th, 2008, 02:29 AM
4 GB is the minimum, and it's recommended that you use around 8 Gigs at least for your Ubuntu partition. Of course, files etc. will change your size requirement accordingly. For more info on system requirements, check the documentation here:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements

Good luck!

yami280
June 6th, 2008, 04:59 AM
Ok, I'm on Ubuntu right now. I need help. I'm trying to install Java using the terminal but when I type su it asks for my password but when I try to type it nothing comes up.
I know that its not supposed to show something but when I put my password in it says su: Authentication failure

omi291
June 6th, 2008, 05:03 AM
Ok, I'm on Ubuntu right now. I need help. I'm trying to install Java using the terminal but when I type su it asks for my password but when I try to type it nothing comes up.

type in your password anyway and it should still work. When I use sudo in the terminal and it asks for my password, nothing comes up when I am actually typing.

yami280
June 6th, 2008, 08:15 AM
type in your password anyway and it should still work. When I use sudo in the terminal and it asks for my password, nothing comes up when I am actually typing.

yes i kno that but i typed it right and eveyrtiem it says authentication failed. i fixed it though i changed my password to something shorter and now it work. My password was 15 characters before.. is taht why it doesn't work?

yami280
June 6th, 2008, 10:08 AM
ok i did everything and now i have ubuntu and everythings working.. I just have one problem.. my resolution is really low and everything looks really big.. the highest i can go is 1024 X 768. and it still looks really big. also. where can i get themes for ubuntu. i tried gnomelook but theres alot of different files there. I don't know whats what.