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    Hello, i am new to the computer world.....I was wondering how do i switch
    my laptop computer from windows XP to a Unix or Linux OS....I have never actually
    seen these OS so would i still be able to surf the internet and stuff?

    thanks,

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    Hi,
    What you might want to do is try a "Live Linux CD" which is basically a Linux distribution which runs from your cd drive. That way you can try out Linux and get a feel for it without having to install it. If you do that, be aware it will run more slowly than if it were installed on your hard drive. You might want to try Knoppix, but a Google search will locate some other Live Cd options. Installing Linux will entail dealing with some other issues, particularly if you want to keep also Windows on your laptop.

    Why don't you try that first, see how you like it, come back and tell us what you want to do? I'm sure I and some of the other Linux users here would have some more helpful advice.
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    If you are absolutely new to computers, the easiest way
    would be to get a friend help you. Otherwise, I would advise
    downloading SLAX . You download an ISO
    file, burn it to a cd. When you boot this cd, it temporarily runs
    Linux on your computer without installing it. If you already
    have internet service, and are connected, there's a good
    chance it will automatically recognize this and you can surf
    the net. It is a good way to test drive Linux before you
    install. Installing is more complicated, and usually involves
    removing Windows from your computer, along with all
    your existing data (although not strictly necessary in all
    cases)
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    Euhmm ...what ?? ...

    Ok ...It seems you are a littlebit interested in computers, otherwise you wouldn't be on AO (unless you'" a troll )... So how come you never saw "this" OS called Linux.

    Anyway ...cutting this answer short, as it has been asked "SO" many time in "SO" many alterations ...

    You could start by reading THIS

    Then you could use THIS to find out even more.

    Then you could download, burn and use one of THESE they are Linux Live CD's ...so you can run them from the CD you burned..this way nothing needs to be installed or altered on your PC.

    Start with that ...It will teach you alot about Linux ...Then if you have more specific questions you can always come back and ask them

    This is just friendly information ... but these questions and lots like em, have been asked before ..many times ...just use the search function of AO.

    Oh btw ..."offcourse" Linux can go on the internet

    [edit]seems like preacherman481 and rcgreen beat me to it [/edit]
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    i am running the slax cd now so this is a version of linus ......hmmm
    i didnt know that

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    how do i do a print screen using slax?

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    i am running the slax cd now so this is a version of linus ......hmmm
    ?? Are you janking my chain ... You have it running allready ...how in the hell can't you know that that is Linux ...didn't it say Slax Linux Live CD when you downloaded it ???

    In KDE there should be a tool called "Ksnapshot" that you can use to take screenshots

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    Originally posted here by Stealth75711
    i am running the slax cd now so this is a version of linus ......hmmm
    i didnt know that
    Hi again,
    Where did you get your Slax?
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    i am taking college courses on network security and the instructor gave me a copy
    but i didnt know what it was till now

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    here is a screenshot of it

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