Formally known as My Adventures into Christian Homeschooling (2).
let me know how it goes, a friend was talking to me about it. She moved and we never finished talking about it
Is there away I can test it out?If so how?
I don't know if there is away for you to test it before you actually have it. I was able to test it because we have his and her laptops. DH had loaded linux onto his laptop as a way to totally get rid of Vista. He just hated Vista. I after seeing his laptop with the new OS (operating system): Linux; asked him some more questions about it and asked him if this or that would work on it. He was willing to let me use his laptop as the "tester" to see if all my stuff would work with linux.Over all I was pleased. There have a been a view things that I have had to give up, like the kids games. However linux has it's own games that are FREE and they really do compare to what the kids are using, now. So it wasn't a horrible trade off.
I dont have anything really dl on this computer so I would not be losing anything :)Oh I can Not stand VISTA. I hate it so much.
Hi Renee - this is DH of SAHMinIL, also known as DarkPinguis. Regarding testing Linux - actually it is possible and recommended to test before you install it to make sure your system will work well with it. I like Ubuntu Linux (current version 9.10) because it seems to be most popular, has a lot of community help (more information on finding things out with Google searches, forums, etc.), and has easy updates and installation of software. Tons of free software (open source software which means has no license and is freely available to anyone) is included and available to download. When you download Ubuntu Desktop version from their website http://www.ubuntu.com you download a large .iso file which you save to your normal Windows file system (save it on the Desktop or My Documents or whatever) then use a CD burning software to burn the .iso file into a CD. There's not enough room to explain all of that but I can say that you must have a CD burner (hardware) and a CD burning software (may have come with your Window system or use a free one like CDBurnerXP that I like). An easier alternative to all this burning is to just have them mail you a CD. Whatever is easier for you. You can put the Ubuntu CD in your CD drive and reboot your computer and (providing your computer will boot from CD) you will have the option at the initial menu to Try Ubuntu. Do that, see how it runs, understand that nothing is installed to your hard drive so won't damage your existing installation. If you like it then you can choose the Install Ubuntu option and let it guide you through installing and configuring. I recommend doing the necessary research with Google and Ubuntu searches to make sure you know what you're getting in to. It's a big decision and can be frustrating but can also be fun. I'm familiar with Ubuntu but by no means an expert and have to look on the web for most everything that I don't know or is new to me. Enjoy :-)
Ok, Thanks :)
If you are interested in getting the free CD, then you need to go here: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu Towards the bottom of the page you'll see the section that will allow you to make a CD request. The CD is free, but it can take up to 10 weeks to get it.