September 28th, 2003, 07:35 AM
I am personally interested in Linux. When I get my own computer I really want to instull and use it, but right now I live at home and use a family computer. Me and my dad want to experiment with Linux, but my mother and sister would be pissed if they couldnt chat/check email. I found a site that I think might be useful for learnin about the Linux command line. It lists several emulators and I was wondering if anyone had any opinions as to which one I should download, and if they had any comments on how to use the emulators. Kinda working with nothing here.
If anyone would like to visit this site, which looks to be very newbie'ish and informative, here is the address. http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/linuxcommand.org/index.php
September 28th, 2003, 07:45 AM
I haven't looked at that link, but I dont' have to. If you want to learn linux and only have access to windows, you are going to want to download cygwin and play with it. It is available from www.cygwin.com. It'll give you the a great linux-based prompt to work with as well as most of the basic linux utilities and languages.
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September 28th, 2003, 07:56 AM
Re: Linux Emulator
Contrary to popular opinion, you dont have to dump Windows. You can simply create a 'dual-boot' partition, in which you can seperately choose what OS you want to load.
Originally posted here by Epison07
Me and my dad want to experiment with Linux, but my mother and sister would be pissed if they couldnt chat/check email.
Check more on that here: http://windows.ittoolbox.com/documen...ent.asp?i=1850
Yeh, cygwin is cool. You can also check out lindows here http://www.lindows.com/
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September 28th, 2003, 08:10 AM
September 28th, 2003, 10:58 AM
You could also run Linux by using Vmware or Connectix without having to dual-boot your machine. A 30-day evaluation of VMware workstation is available from
I'm not sure of the present position with Connectix, re evaluation software, as it is now a Microsoft product
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September 28th, 2003, 11:07 AM
If your totaly new to Linux, Cygwin isn't the way to go, to fiddely, I would suggest tryint the SuSE Live Eval. Easy to use, stabile and does not install any thing on your computer, the entire OS can be run of the CD. Knoppnix is good too, but I'm not sure its as use friendly as SuSE.
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September 28th, 2003, 09:58 PM
Personally, if you're going for a no-risk solution to learn off of and maybe try out a few different distros without having to deal with a dual-boot or messing with another computer all together, I'd go with jm459's suggestion of VMWare. It's very simplistic to use, and if you have the room, you can put multiple distros on there and switch back and forth while running in Windows. The only major drawback to VMWare is it tends to be a memory hog, so if you're letting Window's manage your memory, it might not be the best way to go, but if not...at all costs I think it would be the best solution.
I think a couple of nice distros to start out with would be Mandrake or RedHat...I'm still particularly fond of RH, as I run it on this computer as well. It's extremely easy to use and configure. (Also, you might want to check on VMWare with the newest version of RH out, there are some slight compatibility issues...which I easily worked through. Their guides are very thorough).
September 28th, 2003, 10:26 PM
If you have a cd-burner i would check out this link
it shows a boat load of linux distros that run off a CD. Personally i have used Knoppix, SuSe Live Eval, Slackware Live (and gentoo has a nice one with a UT2003 demo on it ) they are all really nice. While i am no linux guru i do recommend a "live cd distro" to any newcommers. It will give you a nice experience with linux without having to just "dive-in"