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how to run linux OS on vista

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Dear sirs,

Wish that post finds you well and in a good health

I saw one of my friends running Linux on WINDOWS VISTA.

I would like to do it on my laptop.

can any one append med with some information about


Also I need to know from where I am able to download LINUX OS and how can I do it using VIRTUAL MACHINE PROGRAM

Thank you in advanced

NB: I do have a good background in windows vista installation

Mar 20 '08 #1
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Ok, look up VMWare Player, I think the Windows version is free. To get the OS, you'll need to locate an image. First, pick a distro, I recommend Ubuntu to new Linux users, since it does a lot of the tricky technical stuff for you and has a GUI install. It also has a wider library available than most distros since KDE and GNOME software is relatively interoperable there. Once you've picked a distro, DL a LiveCD (or request one be sent to you, if you have a lot of patience). I'm not really familiar with the details of using VMWare, but their documentation should help.
Mar 20 '08 #2

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Thank you I start my download I appreciate your help
Mar 21 '08 #3

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Cygwin is another option, depending if you just want to use some specific tools (where Cygwin would work), or if you need a GUI and want to really get into Linux, how it works, installing it, administering it, etc... (VMWare is definitely a better choice).
Mar 21 '08 #4

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There are also some Distributions of Linux that come with a built in Emulator (normally QEMU) and can therefor run nativelly under a Windows system. Examples are DSL, DSL-N and Puppy-Linux. However I agree, in most cases Ubuntu in a virtual machine would be the best choice. You can get preconfigured VMs for the VMWare Player (which is, indeed, free) or the VMWare Server (also free, has a few more functions like creating own VMs, but doesn't support some of the newer features) with preinstalled [K][X]Ubuntu. Just ask aunt Google for help.
Mar 25 '08 #5

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I use a program called virtual box that lets me have any number of gust os on top of my host the site to get virtual box is and then just down load it and make a virtual pc then load your os and your good to go.
Apr 25 '08 #6

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Hey, I just saw that the newest version of Ubuntu Linux comes with something called "Wubi.exe" - it allows you to install Ubuntu within Windows like any other program, start it like any other program and, if you choose to, deinstall it like any other program. As Ubuntu is a major distribution, this might well be interesting for you.

May 2 '08 #7

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Thanx a lot!!! gr8 info
May 2 '08 #8

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First of all appreciate you for your esteemed information

I download Wubi-8.04 and it is working great with the XP.

What I want to know is about lunix

how many different version exist and what is the different between them ?
May 5 '08 #9

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Lunix is a specific distribution, but I expect that's not what you were asking. There are a number of 'flavors' of Linux, called 'distributions', or 'distros'. Each of them has its own little quirks, from different desktop environments to how much they expect the user to configure. The easiest way to classify distros (at least in my opinion) is by a combination of how much configuration the user does directly versus how much is done automatically and the software available either prepackaged or in the distro's repositories. I think of there being three 'classes' of distros: newbie-friendly, requiring some experience, and requiring a great deal of experience.

The best known distros in each class:

Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu/anything else that ends in Buntu

Some experience recommended:
Debian/non-Ubuntu derivatives thereof
Fedora/most of its derivatives

Lots of experience required:
Gentoo/its derivatives

This has a lot more information than I could ever fit into this post.
May 5 '08 #10

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If I could just put my 2 cents in. Someone had mentioned vmware player earlier. Personally, you get a lot more functionality and options out of the vmware server, which is also free of charge for Windows and Linux.

One nice thing as well, is that vmware contains a plethora of appliances, which are essentialy images of already installed virtual machines. They have them for many window, unix and linux flavors. Check it out!


May 6 '08 #11

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