fauxpas wrote:I've been into computers for decades and have been a windows man for all that time.
Occasionally I throw a linux distro on to see where they have come and wait to see it's limitations before reverting back to windows...
I've been on mint 12 kde for a while now and find only a handful of things I need to boot into windows for...
Wether any linux distro will be able to totally replace windows is dependant on what you run on the computer... Is the software I use able to be loaded onto linux? If not is there a linux alternative? If not can I run the windows software through wine?
In the past I'd always find way too many limitations... Now, I use mint 99% of the time and only load windows for dvdfab copy software and powerpoint...
Regarding the hard drive I suggest you do what I did for a nice useable dual boot setup...
Partition 100gig for windows... Then 800gig as a storage drive for music video etc... Then create a 100gig partition for linux and a 4gig swap partition...
Make the 800gig storage partition as big as you can to fill the drive... Anything in that partition will be able to be accessed easily by both operation systems...
Hi 'fauxpas' and 'all prior posters' who has kindly replied with advice, particularly from my 13y/o poster who helped his Grandad get to grips with Linux - makes me feel my age when I type this. I understand that there are a number of 'Linux' OS's out there and I have just seen a note that I made to remind me that on the 26th of this month 'Ubuntu 12.04' was due to be launched to the public, which if I am correct is a Linux system. Is this site dedicated to 'Linux Mint' and what are the differences/advantages/disadvantages between all of these 'Linux' systems and 'Mint'; are some more directed at professional useage?
Fauxpas, is 100GB each not an awful lot of disc to be allocating to the two OS's, why so much? I was thinking that something like 25GB each would be more than enough including updates etc - anybody care to enlighten me on this? What do you use the 'swap partition' for; obviously to 'swap' something around but what; the OS that you want to use? Am I not better having a separate partition for the video processing - I seem to remember reading a while ago that this was recommended for reliability in the 'conversions'. Would the 'video' encoding program be better on its own partition? I've heard the term 'dual bootable', which I can understand refers to the two OS's that you have got on the hard disc, but how do you swop between the two; is this done when you turn on the computer and you are presented with an option as to which OS you wish to proceed with, or can you switch between them as and when you wish?
From what little I have read about any of the 'Linux' systems; I am given to understand that they place only a small footprint on the hard discs and are not prone to attacks by hackers, who wish to wreck peoples operating systems - I noted that even the Mac's have been attacked recently, so will this spread to Linux? Be interesting to hear your views on this.
100gb for an OS is an ok size, but it also depends on what you plan to do with it. I curently have mint installed on a 40gb partition and its pushing the size limits after installing extra software, and some general acumualation of downloaded files and software to play with. I also have another computer with mint/windows7 dual booted with about 80gb each, and my main gaming windows install has its own 500gb drive. 100gb may seem to be a lot, but it is a 1TB drive, and assuming its on the desktop can allways have extra drives put in (They are a bit expensive right now, but by the time you fill up the 1TB they should have gone down a bit, just bought a new 1TB drive for $80). Linux doesnt really need a lot of space depending on the version, and what you plan to do. But if youre new to it you will probably want some room to play around, install a few diffrent desktop enviroments (Gnome,KDE, Maybe even XBMC(Xbox media center, Great for playing movies and streaming media)
The swap partition is a partition that linux uses in a way simaler to ram. One of the stikied topics in this section of the forum explains how to dertime how much you need, and how to properly set it up. I highly recomend reading the topic about installing mint as well, If I had read it before I would have made some better choices, such as having the OS in one partition, and all of my data in another, With linux you wouldnt even see that you are using a diffrent partition for your home folder, but it makes upgrading much easier.
I dont know much about video editing personaly, so I cant help much with that, though Im sure there are linux programs for it, but cannot say how good they would be compared to something like final sudio (or is it final cut?) or Sonys Vegas software.
Dual booting Very simple, Im not sure if its better to install windows first, then linux, or if it makes no diffrance, Ive only even installed linux after windows.
Once you install linux , it will automaticly install a program called Grub. When ever you boot up the computer it will present you with a choice of OS to boot into, as well as a few testing and recovery tools (At least with mint) I belive theres options to have it boot into a default OS without bringing up the menu unless you press a key during start up, but I may be wrong.
The main reason Linux is more secure is that it is open source. When theres a security hole found, you dont have to wait for a large company to go through the process of finding it, fixing it, and releasing an update. You have the whole world able to do this, and while the whole world doesnt many people do and as such youre able to recive a much faster update then with windows and mac. Another thing is being free software, most groups have little issue saying "oops, theres a security issue with our distro/software, install this patch, our bad" then a company who has to wory about share holders and a corporate immage. I have no idea if thats actualy how it is, but Im sure it makes a diffrence at some level that its not a big company product but a community project.
As far a learning how to use linux, it again depends on what you plan to do. There is a lot that can be learnt, and probably a lot that will need to be learn to use linux, but at the same time in the Month or so Ive been using it Ive found many things just work. I was told installing a network printer on linux would be a nightmare, and that it would make me switch back to Windows. Couldnt have been easier. With windows I had to download software and drivers to get it to work. Linux I just said I want to install a printer, Linux gave me a list of printers it found, mine was there, I told it to install, printer said it had the wrong driver, so I picked a new driver from the list, and boom, Im printing.
I agree with esteban1uy, I plan on bringing my grandmother a few live cds to try out and see what she thinks. The tighter security, built in remote desktop support, and just the fact that it comes with office, a pdf reader, flash and all the codecs and other software you need really would make both her life, and mine easier. Shes not bad with computers, she was one of the first people around here to get the apple when it came out, and used to teach others how to use them for a living, but she tends to get annoyed when thinks stop working how she would like, and doesnt want to have to keep up with updating her software and other tasks.
(For some reason, when I read over my post I read it in the voice of John Redcorn)