With the demise of XP I am ready to give Ubuntu a try on one or both of my machines. Previously I have run Ubuntu from a CD but of course couldn't install any upgrades or additions to it.
I don't know what you would like or need to know about either machine so here goes.
Machine One is a dual boot machine with XP Pro SP3 and Win 7 64 bit on it & a conventional BIOS. I am using EasyBCD in XP to allow me to choose between the 2 OS's. The MB is an Asus Rampage Extreme with 6 GB of RAM and a 640 GB HD with 3 partitions, one for each OS and one for storage. The graphics card is GeForce 8800GTS and the sound card is an X-Fi that plugs into the MB in it's own PCIe x-1 slot. The mouse is a USB PS-2.There are dual DVD optical drives but no BluRay.I'd like to make an image of XP and install Ubuntu in it's place but am not sure if I need to add the EasyBCD to Win 7 to allow the system to 'see' Ubuntu or not?
Machine Two is an old Dell that runs XP Pro SP3 32 bit, but no other OS.BIOS is a standard one needless to say the mouse is USB and there is only one CD drive no DVD. The HD has 3 partitions one for the OS, the other two I made for Ubuntu and for storage. The connection to the host machine one is wireless via D-Link with the current drivers for XP SP3, DD_CC_WDM Radeon ENU 29602. I don't know if all Ubuntu versions will find the wireless connection or not. The Dell has only 2GB RAM and a 80GB HD, sound card is on the MB as far as I know. As in the first instance must I use Easy BCD installed on XP to allow it to recognize Ubuntu?
As you can tell, I have no idea where to start, but am willing to try and learn the Linux/Ubuntu commands etc. but I don't even know what version to install on either machine and even if it will boot up when done! I know there are always new version of Ubuntu, but some seem to not be updated as often, so what to choose for the long haul and the best chance of working?
I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who can offer some guidance to a really newbie to Ubuntu. I do a lot of music editing and photo editing as a hobby so both of those are important, if not only on Win 7 but Ubuntu too if possible
Thanks to all in advance, I have ton's more to ask but this is quite enough for now I think!