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    Newbie Alert

    Hi...

    I'm VERY new to the whole of the Linux lark and I'm hoping to pick up some tips and tricks from you all.

    I'm very impressed at the mo with Hardy Heron 8.04 (I've only had it installed an hour, though!)

    So please be gentle with me and if I ask any stupid questions, I apologise in advance!

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    Re: Newbie Alert

    Welcome to Ubuntu.
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    Re: Newbie Alert

    Quote Originally Posted by Grez View Post
    Hi...

    I'm VERY new to the whole of the Linux lark and I'm hoping to pick up some tips and tricks from you all.

    I'm very impressed at the mo with Hardy Heron 8.04 (I've only had it installed an hour, though!)

    So please be gentle with me and if I ask any stupid questions, I apologise in advance!
    Don't be ashamed, we all were (or are still) new to Linux at one point, so we know it can feel strange at first. Just ask when you have trouble, don't be afraid to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smartboyathome View Post
    Don't be ashamed, we all were (or are still) new to Linux at one point, so we know it can feel strange at first. Just ask when you have trouble, don't be afraid to.
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    Re: Newbie Alert

    Hmm. Considering you just joined a year ago, I would hold off on guruship.

    (I know this isn't the only linux forum out there, but from my experience it is the most active)

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    Re: Newbie Alert

    Quote Originally Posted by Achetar View Post
    Hmm. Considering you just joined a year ago, I would hold off on guruship.

    (I know this isn't the only linux forum out there, but from my experience it is the most active)
    Before I joined, I was rewriting Ubuntu from scratch, so I had no need for this mainstream support forum. It was only until someone showed me cowsay that I decided normal ubuntu was for me.
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    Re: Newbie Alert

    new to linux and just join. i am using xp now on my desktop. can i install ubuntu and try out without removing xp. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfc369 View Post
    new to linux and just join. i am using xp now on my desktop. can i install ubuntu and try out without removing xp. thanks
    You can just boot from the Live CD and try it without making ANY changes to your machine. Bit slow running from CD though.

    You can run an Open Source virtual PC like VirtualBox for Windows and install Ubuntu in there. Nice and safe - again a little slow and you will not get good 3D graphics performance etc.

    There is an installation from within Windows which creates a virtual hard disk (as a big file in Windows) which you can then boot to.

    Finally you can use the installer to shrink your Windows partition and dual boot with Ubuntu on a proper partition - be careful during the resizing and creating of the Linux partition that you do not accidentally destroy your Windows data (unlikely, but there are lots of posts where people have managed this). As always, you should have a backup of all your data...
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    Re: Newbie Alert

    Quote Originally Posted by pfc369 View Post
    new to linux and just join. i am using xp now on my desktop. can i install ubuntu and try out without removing xp. thanks
    Hi

    I downloaded the Live disk image from

    http://www.ubuntu.com/

    Click on "download" and "desktop edition" and pick the 64-bit version if you have a 64 bit machine.

    It downloads a .iso disk image, which you can then burn to CD rom using Nero. (The download took me about 90 mins on a 1Mb/s broadband connection).

    You can then use the CD ROM to boot your machine and it will start up using Linux. I was very impressed at how well it worked for me last night and so did the full install this afternoon.

    I got this machine 3 weeks ago with Vista pre-installed. It popped, crackled, froze, re-booted and generally pigged about to some fine order for the first day or so. In fact, I was on the verge of taking it back. Just booting up Vista with nothing else installed took about 2 minutes of HDD time after the desktop appeared, and there's lots of unknown HDD access when you're doing very little with the machine.

    Not so with Ubuntu. I've been very impressed by the speed and stability of the thing, as well as the number of packages that are freely available for it.

    I'm currently dual-booting but....

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    Re: Newbie Alert

    Quote Originally Posted by Grez View Post
    Hi...

    I'm VERY new to the whole of the Linux lark and I'm hoping to pick up some tips and tricks from you all.

    I'm very impressed at the mo with Hardy Heron 8.04 (I've only had it installed an hour, though!)

    So please be gentle with me and if I ask any stupid questions, I apologise in advance!
    Welcome to Ubuntu.

    Don't run anything as root that you don't have to.

    System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager

    This is your friend! Files here work and install proper and easily.

    System -> Administration -> Software Sources

    This will allow you to add additional repos, there are even more out there but these will cover most everything you'll need.

    Compiz-Fusion is FUN, and adds a great deal of interesting desktop functions and pretties that you just can't get in $hitdows. I used the how-to here, http://www.howtoforge.com/compiz-fus...rce-fx-5200-p2 and it worked perfect.

    Any specific questions please ask!

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