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    Super Noob needs some help

    I've been wanting to try out Linux for years, but I dare not just uninstall XP and start cold on Linux. I want to ease into it I finally have my chance, because I was given an extra machine that can I can run Ubuntu while I keep XP on the laptop.

    Here's what I want to do:

    I don't want to clutter my desk with an additional monitor/keyboard/mouse that interfaces with my Ubuntu desktop. I'd like to make it so that I can somehow "switch" to the Ubuntu desktop while still using my laptop monitor/keyboard/mouse.

    I have looked through the forums to see if I could help myself, but the answers just haven't been simple enough for a Ubuntu virgin such as myself.

    Thanks for any help in advance.

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    Re: Super Noob needs some help

    Quote Originally Posted by brentdavis29 View Post
    I've been wanting to try out Linux for years, but I dare not just uninstall XP and start cold on Linux. I want to ease into it I finally have my chance, because I was given an extra machine that can I can run Ubuntu while I keep XP on the laptop.

    Here's what I want to do:

    I don't want to clutter my desk with an additional monitor/keyboard/mouse that interfaces with my Ubuntu desktop. I'd like to make it so that I can somehow "switch" to the Ubuntu desktop while still using my laptop monitor/keyboard/mouse.

    I have looked through the forums to see if I could help myself, but the answers just haven't been simple enough for a Ubuntu virgin such as myself.

    Thanks for any help in advance.
    You could always dual boot. There are many how-tos out there. Try a quick search on it. Should have many returns. I'll see if i can find the howto I first used.
    -Registered Linux User #445483

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    Re: Super Noob needs some help

    You should try Wubi.

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    Re: Super Noob needs some help

    Dual-Boot would be the best option so that you can keep your Windows XP and still be able to try Linux on the laptop without losing any data.
    Once you familiarize yourself with the dual-boot process, you will find it to be very easy.

    You would basically partition your hard drive to run both Windows and Ubuntu. I used to own a Dell Laptop with only 30 GB of hard disk space and I partitioned the drive 'half and half'. (15 GB for Windows and 15 GB for Ubuntu)

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    Re: Super Noob needs some help

    brentdavis29,
    I would suggest that you check out this: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=801404 . This is listed in that guide and I would recommend it: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/

    For the two computer-one keyboard/mouse issue try this:https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SynergyHowto
    Last edited by jmszr; February 22nd, 2009 at 01:22 AM.

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    Re: Super Noob needs some help

    You are going to need a keybaord, mouse and monitor, you could use a USB KVM to switch between your laptop and desktop. About the only way you could do what you want is with remote desktop viewing which is not optimal.

    Jim

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    Re: Super Noob needs some help

    Here's a pretty simple dual-boot process:

    http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_w...rst.htm?page=1

    Be sure to back up all your files in Windows in the case of a problem.

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    Re: Super Noob needs some help

    The nearest thing to what you're looking for is Wubi.

    http://wubi-installer.org/

    As mentioned by someone else in this post.

    You could also run Ubuntu in a virtual machine, like VM Ware or Openbox.

    .

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    Re: Super Noob needs some help

    try wubi that should do the trick for you :O)

    http://wubi-installer.org/

    its straight forward

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    Re: Super Noob needs some help

    Quote Originally Posted by chen74 View Post
    try wubi that should do the trick for you :O)

    http://wubi-installer.org/

    its straight forward
    wish i knew about this 12 hours ago

    ah well, i've learnt alot by diving in at the deepend

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