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#70 - imashitbricks (03/09/2015) [-]
I do have a question though. I'm currently using my dad's old Toshiba Satellite that I fixed it's not really old, maybe like 3 years, he just bought a new one when his girlfriends son spilled soda and this one and it stopped working, I was able to get it working again though and he told me I could take it, it can run things like Civ V on medium to high settings though so I'm not complaining haha it's running on Windows 7. I can partition the HDD and install Linux right alongside Windows and just dual boot right? That being said what should I expect with Linux? I've been learning how to code in HTML for around a month now but that's about my coding experience.
#71 - justsomenamelulz (03/09/2015) [-]
Simply put, yes you can partition the HDD and then install Linux for dual boot- but you have to do it right.
As you're running Windows, I imagine you're just using one primary partition. The idea is for you to shrink it so you have enough space for the Linux installation. This can be tricky as Windows (hilariously enough) on purpose uses completely non-contiguous chunks sometimes and can have one tiny piece of information that belongs to system files which you can't do much with. Say you're using 40GBs out of a 500GB hard drive- I've seen, on more than one occasion, non-contiguous blocks for system files at least 100GBs in. Shit's hilarious.
So if you do shrink your partition and it does not go down much- this is why (Microsoft does its best to not play nice with others and this is a fine example).
"...what should I expect with Linux?" - That's a loaded question for a few reasons. Here's a very small breakdown of what to expect (from dumbest/simplest to more complex or abstract):
- It's an operating system (Fun fact: Linux in itself refers to the kernel specifically, as a Linux 'Distribution' is what covers the entire OS, Linux kernel included. Usually it's a mish-mash of various software suits and applications sets like the GNU toolchain and other stuff like a Desktop Environment like Gnome, KDE, Xfce, etc)
- It is not Windows. While some of the desktop metaphors that have been established by the likes of other OSes such as Windows, Amiga, etc, have neatly translated to a lot of Linux distributions- it is not all entirely like Windows. Now, a lot of similarities do remain regardless (e.g. Some hotkey assignments such as ctrl + c to copy, ctrl + v to paste, etc)
- The two MAJOR parts of Linux distributions sits between the GUI (Graphical User Interface) and the CLI (Command Line Interface). The CLI is equivalent to 'cmd' in Windows, but far more powerful. The shit I can do using the command line in Linux is pretty neat.
- You have a lot more choice, and a lot more capabilities to customize. To the completely uninitiated this can be sometimes daunting- but it's far less scary than you might think. For example... You have the ability to choose from multiple Desktop Environments that provide a GUI interface and applications for you to use. This can range from Gnome, KDE, Xfce, Cinnamon, Unity (Ubuntu uses Unity), etc. The best thing to do is to go on youtube and see a few RECENT videos of demonstrations or people using those DEs and figure out which one resonates with you the most. I'm a huge proponent of Gnome/Cinnamon, for example, but a lot of people I worked with/know like Unity or Xfce, etc.
- Once again, it is not Windows. The guts and architecture of the operating system are much different than what you may be used to. This is something that you can learn over time by either using it or reading up on this shit. I recommend both. It took me at least a month or two to get used to the basic notion of how the OS is laid out/cooked up. The filesystem layout is different, the way you install applications is different, etc.
- Leading up from the last point... The way you install applications is different- but I actually have come to prefer it to the method in Windows. You have what is known as a package manager that comes in one of two counterparts- a CLI counterpart and a GUI counterpart. I imagine you'll be wanting to get your feet wet using the GUI first- so I recommend sticking with that before you start poking around on the CLI. Anyways... The package manager allows you to install what is referred to as 'packages' that can cover anything from applications to documentation, libraries (e.g. like .dll files are in Windows) from online repositories. You CAN download packages from websites and install it that way like in WIndows- but the package manager/repo route is usually best.
It's a lot of stuff to dig into, but well worth it. As far as trying a Linux distribution? OpenSuSE or Ubuntu is a good start.