Terry Brown 09:45 16 Apr 2011

I am thinking of trying Ubuntu, would I need a clean partition to load it on, or can I load it on the same area as my XP operating system. Thanks Terry

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 09:58 16 Apr 2011

If all you wish is to try it then run it from a live CD. If you decide you like it then install it on a clean partition.

  Taff™ 12:15 16 Apr 2011

Wubi Installer This shows you how to install it on a separate partition if you like it enough running from the CD.

  raziel08 13:01 16 Apr 2011

Alternatively if you don't want to have to deal with partioning your HDD then you could also run it as a virtual machine.

I would suggest virtual box which can be downloaded from here http://www.filehippo.com/search?q=virtual

This will give you all the advantages of installing it direct to the HDD without having to edit the boot menu.

  dms_05 14:12 16 Apr 2011

If you burn a Live CD then place that in your DVD/CD drive whist running XP you will be offered the chance to install Ubuntu fully BUT within the Windows partition. It's VERY simple and does absolutely everything for you. If you decide you don't like it simply Uninstall as you would any other program. It uses Wubi as suggested by Taff. Absolutely nothing to loose!

Ubuntu comes in a variety of forms. One I specifically like in Mint see www.distrowatch.com for a whole list of Distro's.

  LastChip 14:18 16 Apr 2011

If you're going to try Linux, don't automatically go to Ubuntu.

Yes, it is by far the most well known distribution (distro), but not necessarily the best. But don't misunderstand me, there's certainly nothing wrong with it.

Linux Mint (in my view) is better than Ubuntu in as much as it loads multimedia drivers from the start. Thereby making it a media distro straight from the box.

The point is, there are a couple of thousand different Linux distros, many of which are for specialist use. However, there are probably a dozen or so that are suitable for new users and mainstream use. Amongst these are: Ubuntu, Linux Mint, SuSE, Fedora, Mandriva, PCLinuxOS and more.

You are spoilt for choice, so automatically gravitate to just one.

link text for the so called top ten and take your pick.

  Terry Brown 09:53 18 Apr 2011

Thank you all , I knew there were variations, but noy so many, I will try them out (in a virtual system) to see how I get on and take it from there.


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