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August 3rd, 2009, 09:02 PM
hey guys my name's travis, im new to ubuntu forums, im still running xp pro, just wanted to talk to some people who have it, and could give me some advice
August 3rd, 2009, 09:07 PM
Hey Travis welcome. Here's a few sites to help you get started:
August 3rd, 2009, 09:08 PM
Welcome to the world of Ubuntu.
Feel free to ask questions. We might not be able to answer immediately, but don't give up: being a large group with a wide array of experience, there's bound to be someone with an idea or two.
August 3rd, 2009, 09:16 PM
August 3rd, 2009, 09:19 PM
Download Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope LiveCD ISO and slow burn to CD-R media
Boot it up in your equipment and take it for a test-drive to see how you like it and whether or not it works well with your hardware
If you like it and decide to install it then safe-boot back into XP and defrag two to four times
****MAKE A FRESH BACK-UP OF ANY AND ALL DATA YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE!****
Then boot back into the Ubuntu LiveCD and use the partition editor to reduce the size of your NTFS partition
I STRONGLY recommend reducing the size in several steps. After each step in the reduction process you should reboot into XP so checkdisk can "fix" things nice and easy. Once checkdisk has done it's thing and you've booted into XP then you'll need to defrag a time or two again.(I know this SOUNDS like overkill, but it has always worked for me and I've never had a problem with Windows after such a size reduction)
I usually smash my NTFS partition down to 20GB which can require quite a few reduction steps(especially if you have a 500GB hard drive).
I have posted previously on my procedures and have included a screenshot of my partition layout on my triple-booting netbook(XP, full Jaunty, and Puppy Linux).
August 3rd, 2009, 09:30 PM
I would suggest this sticky by umg6hr: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=801404 . The links to Psychocats Ubuntu Guide: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/ and Free Ubuntu Pocket Guide by Keir Thomas: http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html (free .pdf download) are of particular note but the entire sticky is full of a lot of good information.
Feel free to ask any and all questions you may have - someone(s) on these forums should be able to help you out.
August 4th, 2009, 12:08 AM
wow, can't thank you guys enough for the info, appreciate it
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