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Halo wrote:If you want to screw around with Linux then don't make it your only operating system. It doesn't support a lot of windows programs because... they're windows programs. It can emulate them but just about everything in linux takes a degree of tinkering. When you feel like browsing the web and messaging boot into Linux, but when you feel like getting some work done boot into Windows.
If you want a 'stupid proof' distrobution to try out I've been hearing a lot of good things about Ubuntu. I use Arch myself but that wouldn't be for you... it installs with no graphics system at all. You basically build it from the ground up and that requires hours of hair pulling and reading through the manual. In the end you only use exactly what you need, but it took me about a week of configurations to play around with that.
When you install Ubuntu the first thing you want to do is get a copy of Crossover office. It makes installing various windows programs (Dreamweaver MX, Photoshop 7) a point and click process. Just because they run... it doesn't mean they run 100% perfect. So it's still wise to use XP and Linux instead of JUST linux.
You'll need to reinstall XP again. When the option to format comes along you'll want to delete all partitions. Then make your windows partition smaller than the full size of the drive. Leave about 10-15gb blank for Linux. Then install Ubuntu. It should ask you where to install and if you want to dual boot with Windows. When everything is installed, on boot you'll get the option of booting Windows or Linux, and you can have the best of both worlds.
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