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Want to move on from XP to Linux, please help

  1. Jun 15, 2005 #1
    I just inherited a rather slow computer running XP, which of course makes it run much slower with all of the lovely viruses that come with it. I want to completely unistall Windows XP, completely wipe the harddrive, and install Linux. How can I do this? I've already looked up a bunch of sites but none seemed to help.

    Also, I need a Linux suggestion. I've run Knoppix but I don't care for it too much. Fedora possibly? Suggestions please....

    Many thanks,
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  4. Jun 15, 2005 #3
    I started with Fedora when I made the switch and it was quite easy, I then switched to Ubuntu. So I would agree with dduardo, Ubuntu is a good choice.

    also check out

  5. Jun 15, 2005 #4
    Thanks guys, but I'm still stuck with completely wiping Windows and keeping my comp intact... can you help me?
  6. Jun 15, 2005 #5
    First step, download ubuntu, or whatever distro you are looking at.

    Then burn it to a cd/dvd.

    Then put the cd in and setup your bios to boot from the cd. (When you start your computer you will see something like press Del to enter bios. Or some other key.

    From there just check out the link that dduardo posted about install instructions.

    When you install ubuntu you will (should) have an option to format the harddrive, which will erase the harddrive, including windows xp.
  7. Jun 15, 2005 #6
    Just wondering, why did you swtich from Fedora to ubuntu?
  8. Jun 15, 2005 #7
    I was using fedora core 2 at the time and it was out of date. I was actually going to upgrade to fedora core 3 but I decided to give Ubuntu a shot since I had heard some good things about it.
  9. Jun 15, 2005 #8
    Lately I've been doing the same thing. I've made two changes:
    i. I will no longer install linux on partitions, I'm running it on vmware. I recommend this. I just hate partitioning my drive, I rather have linux on a separate box.
    ii. I'm moving away from Redhat (i've never upgraded to fedora).

    Ubuntu seems to be the most popular in recent times and I'm going to try it along with Gentoo, Suse and Slackware. In vmware I can load many OSs (once the space is available). When I'm done trying them I will delete a couple (I think I will keep Ubuntu and Slackware).
  10. Jun 16, 2005 #9


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    What's 'vmware'?
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    vmware is virtual machine software. It basically simulates a computer.
  12. Jun 16, 2005 #11
    I have never used Ubuntu, but use Fedora core a lot... dduardo, why are you recomending Ubuntu? Just curious!
  13. Jun 16, 2005 #12
    I've done my homework on the different OS's for Linux and it seems to me that Mandrake 10.1 is the best for me, it uses a nice graphical KDE (or Gnome if you prefer) interface and it is good for newbies such as myself. Does anyone have any thoughts on Mandrake?

    Also, if I format my drive after I install Linux, won't that delete Linux as well?
  14. Jun 16, 2005 #13
    Most (if not all) distributions come with GNOME and KDE.

    Yeah, if you format your drive after installing Linux, that will wipe everything.
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    Jameson, it's not Mandrake, it's Mandriva.

    Anttech, I haven't personally used it, but i've heard very positive comments about Ubuntu. I've also tried Fedora and Mandrake and know they aren't all that great. That is why I am recommending Ubuntu.
  16. Jun 16, 2005 #15
    So how would I go about only deleting Windows?
  17. Jun 16, 2005 #16
    I use Mandrake 10.1 and really like it. I'm struggling to completely move over to Linux as I need to be compatable with work computers, but Mandrake is the best distro I've tried. I've used Red Hat and Fedora, but Mandrake was much better.

    Suse looks pretty good too. I've never tried Ubuntu, but have heard good things about it.

    Installing Linux will format your drive for you.
  18. Jun 16, 2005 #17
    I have used ubuntu and mandriva (aka Mandrake 2005) and I liked them both. The only reason I'm still using xp is because of compatibility issues with my wireless adapter and games and stuff like that. Once I get to college (this august) and have a direct connection, I'm going to try to switch entirely over.
  19. Jun 16, 2005 #18
    So I'm at the Mandriva download site and I have no idea which version matches my PC and processor. The computer I'm going to use it on is a Compaq and it runs a 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron processor. Thanks for the help!
  20. Jun 16, 2005 #19


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    Jameson, the installer will walk you through what you need to do. I think your confused when your disk gets formatted. For example, if you have windows installed already then the Linux installer will first format the drive (if you tell it to) and then install linux.

    If you want to install both windows and linux on the same drive you first want to install windows and give it 50% of the space. Then install linux and tell the installer to use the other 50%.


    You can download mandrake here:


    All you need are the three cds for mandriva 10.1
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  21. Jun 16, 2005 #20
    I think I'm up to date on the partitioning part. What I was referring to are the different versions on the Mandriva website... I'll paste them.

    LE2005 ISO CD for i586:
    LE2005 ISO CD for x86_64:
    LE2005 ISO CD for PPC:

    which one should I use is the question
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