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junior aspirin
March 29th, 2006, 02:37 PM
hi. a relative of mine wants a pc. he has never used one properly before and will only need it for the basics. here is my plan...

buy a prebuilt pc from a highstreet retailer (its just as cheep as a self built one, and i dont have the time), partition the hard-drive, shrinking the preinstalled windows xp partition to 5-10gig, then install ubuntu.

i want to do this 1. as it would take me just as long to install all the software on xp as it would to install linux. 2. more secure, viri etc, 3. want to keep windows incase linux dont work, and/or things need windows to work (internet connection setup for example)

i think the way i would do this is with gparted? or can i do it through the ubuntu install disk. i have never taken much notice since i have a separate hd for windows and linux.

how would resizing the windows partion best be performed on a brand new pc with xp preinstalled?

aysiu
March 29th, 2006, 03:31 PM
i think the way i would do this is with gparted? or can i do it through the ubuntu install disk. i have never taken much notice since i have a separate hd for windows and linux. Follow these instructions:

http://users.bigpond.net.au/hermanzone

For a pre-built desktop, I recommend an eMachines computer. I have two, and Ubuntu loves them.

junior aspirin
March 29th, 2006, 03:55 PM
wow thanks, that site has a link to this site: http://www3.telus.net/linux4u/ has a step by step guide to resizing.

oh and thanks for the eMachines tip, now i have just got to study the hardware to get a decent yet value for money one. hopefully avoiding the sales man stating it has all that FREE software: antivirus, works and all that rubbish you never need.


edit: it appears eMachines was bought out by Gateway... hmmm. just have to inspect the hardware instead.

anyone know of a brand to specificaly go for or avoid? i built my pc up, so premade machines is a step back for me!