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djwini
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:18 pm Reply with quote Back to top

i am dabbling with using the linux ubuntu system on my computer. but i am way over my head. does anyone use this system that can give me some pointers?
 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:16 pm Reply with quote Back to top

djwini wrote:
i am dabbling with using the linux ubuntu system on my computer. but i am way over my head. does anyone use this system that can give me some pointers?


I have used it(my laptop is duel boot windows XP and ubuntu 7.04), but am definitely not an expert. I will say it is one of the more user friendly versions of linux out there.
I assume you are using it off a live CD? or do you have it installed on the computer? also what version of the cd are you using? the current version is 6.10 but I find the 7.04beta is much better(7.04 final should be out sometime in april).

ubuntu forums are great, you can search and find out anything you need to know. I'm not sure where to start with pointing any thing out to you, but if you have any questions I have no problem trying to help.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:58 pm Reply with quote Back to top

have you tried using gsak in ubuntu? i am reading about something called wine that lets you run windows programs in it.
i have been running off the live cd, but my wireless card doesn't work from that. so i am in the process of installing it to my hard drive. when i left for work, it still hadn't finished loading. i'm hoping it will be done when i get home. my other hope is that it didn't mess up the rest of my system.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 10:38 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I have not tried using gsak in ubuntu, though have used wine to get other windows software to work under ubuntu.
There is a small program you can install in ubuntu called automatix, that will make it way easier to install wine & many other useful programs.
http://www.getautomatix.com/

Allot of wifi cards are based on the broadcom chipset, which isn't supported natively in linux. you can get these cards to work using the windows driver and the ndiswrapper(it's kinda a pain to get working)
I'm not sure if your laptop has a wifi card(sticking out the side) or if it has an internal card. if yours has an internal card you could just replace it with one that works in linux out of the box. My laptop had a dell 1370 mini pci internal wifi card, I bought a intel 2200bg mini pci card from new egg for $30, now my wifi works even when using the software off a live CD. I also get much better wifi range than I did with the dell wifi card. in one park near home I used to see 5 wifi hotspots, now I pick up over 20.

For installing ubuntu, you can resize your windows partition and have both windows and ubuntu installed, but if your not sure what your doing you can mess up your windows install.
 
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