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I wish to use free OS but I'm scared of..

By casper11
Jan 11, 2009
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  1. hi there i need help

    All my friends are using Microsoft OS but I wish to try something like linux OS and I don't wanna waste my hardisc space to do a dualboot on my computer and yet I'm scare that after i've using linux OS ,my computer is unable to read or share file with them..:(

    pls tell me what i should do now...
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Run live Ubuntu from CD
    It's free, takes up no disk space (actually you can even unplug your Harddrive !)

    Once you feel comfortable with it
    Install it (or not, your choice)

    Linux makes it easy
  3. casper11

    casper11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 95

    what about the reading and sharing files amount my friend??

    it will be a major problem if i can't do my homework and something like powerpoint presentation..
    u know as a student.. we do a lot of homework together and discussion.... ??!!
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    What?

    Anyway, Ubuntu can save any data to USB drive or anywhere

    Really the LiveCD is the best first choice ;)
  5. casper11

    casper11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 95

    erm... that is not my point..
    what i mean is , for example, if A is using Microsoft word to do an assignment and I need to recheck for A. how?? am I able to read and edit?? and what if I'm A and he need to edit my assignment. will he able to read my file and edit it??
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Running Ubuntu Live will not change anything on your HDD. The OS will just boot temporarily from the CD and allow you to try it out. After that, if you restart the PC and remove the CD, you'll be able to boot into Windows normally.
  7. casper11

    casper11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 95

    if i only run ubantu OS on my computer, will I still able to share, read and edit file with them?
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes you can edit or whatever
    You can mount the Hardrive or plug in a USB flash drive and edit from there
    You can use the Internet, and fileshare all day long
    All whilst using Ubuntu LiveCD only (A fully operational Operating System, and world respected)

    So far, your first question is fully answered
    But the best option is for you to try it and see for yourself
    Some (millions of users) like Linux more than MS, and use Linux for absolutely everything
    Some (millions again) like MS only
    It all comes down to choice (be that financial\security\ or compatibility; note: there are hundreds of Advantages and Disadvantages)

    They all started by trying it first ;)
  9. casper11

    casper11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 95

    so you are sure about JUST using ubuntu live CD ONLY( without other OS running) i can still share, transfer, edit and read file(s) from and through Microsoft office, i guess just use ubuntu.

    now, pls tell me more about ubuntu or maybe other OS that will suit me.

    I'm a collage student who need to get along with other students( Microsoft XP/ vista/ 98 user). I'm not really a PC game person but I do sometime. I'd be happy that I've a very fast computer too.
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Absolutely :grinthumb


    Microsoft office :confused: No that's Microsoft !
    Ubuntu is free and uses free programs like OpenOffice


    Too much to say
    Here's lots of info from their actual home site: http://www.ubuntu.com/products/WhatIsUbuntu/desktopedition



    Well if you need compatibility with others, try Windows and Office
    Ubuntu is a totally unrelated Operating System
  11. casper11

    casper11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 95

    i'm using window XP with Microsoft office 2007 at the moment. When you mentioned about windows i guess you are referring to Windows as OS or not??
     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes

    But I'm starting to think that you may stay with Windows after all this ;) (just a hunch)
    Really Ubuntu is free, and does not hurt your computer to try it
    I have about 50 Linux CDs with me (mainly due to revision updates)
    I can boot from my (free) Ubuntu right now, with no issue whatsoever
    I feel everyone should keep a Ubuntu Live CD handy, just in case Windows faults, and you need to get on the Internet straight away

    Anyway, this thread is fully covered I feel ;)
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Stick with Windows if you're a student and use the computer for important assignments etc. Some documents created in MS Office may not be completely compatible with OpenOffice and vice-versa. Also, you need to pay for official Ubuntu technical support, unlike Microsoft's products.
  14. casper11

    casper11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 95

    ok


    that is what I'm scare of..

    what is that?? what do u mean??
  15. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    If you purchase Windows
    You can get non stop free support from going to Microsoft servers (ie Updates Phone\Email online support etc etc)

    But if you use the free Ubuntu, you do not get free support (actually you do from the forums - just not official support ;) )
  16. casper11

    casper11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 95

    beside I'm using laptop with intel CPU, T2080@1.73GHz, 1.99GB of RAM
  17. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Well it's a bit fast for Ubuntu :p
    But Windows Vista may be a tad slow with it ;)

    Xp may be just right :D
  18. casper11

    casper11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 95

    this is one of the good thing and one of the bad thing too!! because I need to check on the update and save it and install it.. now my Xp has used about 16GB...
  19. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I'm not sure what you're saying :confused:

    Ubuntu is just under 700Meg to download (ie the size of a CD ;) )

    You can use CCleaner to remove unnecessary temp files in Windows (I use it everyday)
  20. casper11

    casper11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 95

    yes.. I agreed. ccleaner is a good stuff..
    i use it everyday too..
    I'm sorry that the 16 GB has included all the installed softwares too..
    things like adobe flash player 10 active X, adobe flash player 10 plugin adobe reader, avira antivir personal,cleaner,safari,java(TM) 6update 11, intel graphic media accelerator driver,K-lite mega codec 4.1.4,microsoft compression client pack 1.0 for window XP, microsoft Office Enterprise 2007( plus all the security updates), malwarebytes's anti-malware, microsoft user-mode driver framerwork feature pack 1.0( i don't know what is that), mozilla firefox, realtek high definition audio driver,realtek GbE & FE Enthernet PCI NIC driver, bluetooth software, windows Genuine advantage validation tool, SUPERantispyware free edition, windows internet EXplorer 7 ( plus software updates and security updates), windows live Essentials, windows live sign-in assistant, windows live upload tool, windows media format 11 runtime, windows media player11, windows xp-software updates, windows XP service pack 3, and ( finally) Zonealarm
  21. casper11

    casper11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 95

    which live CD do u think is suitable to me? and what is the meaning of Platforms?
  22. tragicallyhip

    tragicallyhip TS Enthusiast Posts: 106   +9

    With regard to choices of linux distro's Ubuntu is a good jumping off point,many use the live CD but I recommend Wubi 8.10.This will install the os as a loop on your hdd with complete functionality but can be removed from your system via your ADD/REMOVE software in control panel.
  23. casper11

    casper11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 95

    do you know where I can download?? and how to download it?

    I believe that u know that " I'm a collage student who need to get along with other students( Microsoft XP/ vista/ 98 user). I'm not really a PC game person but I do sometime. I'd be happy that I've a very fast computer too."

    and "beside I'm using laptop with intel CPU, T2080@1.73GHz, 1.99GB of RAM"
  24. tragicallyhip

    tragicallyhip TS Enthusiast Posts: 106   +9

    wubi8.10 can be downloaded from the wubi site ,in regards to file sharing with windows users Linux uses a program called Samba. Video tutorials on it's use can be found on YouTube,just make your search "ubuntu file sharing with windows users". this should help you out a great deal.Samba is compatable with all Linux distros.Should you want a more user freindly and more intuitive os go LinpusLinux they provide iso downloads of linpuslite (ie. the Acer One) as well as linpus9.5 and 9.6.Unfortunately Wubi is a Ubuntu only utility but you can run linpus and others using VirtualBox.
  25. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,522   +298

    Honestly, I don't think you should run Linux in any form. I can tell by your tone you are hyperconcerned about any compatibility issues. That is a deal breaker right there.

    Sure people will tell you you can work with Windows users, and you can open and colaborate with them freely, and to some extent that is true, but it is never 100% fluid. You will always run into some little issues, and mostly they have workarounds. But from the tone of your posts I get the impression you are extremely anal about not having to do any of that, and that simply isn't going to happen at this point in time.
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