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Real Deal 19 is up - Ubuntu

by acedtect-20196213851867054973637995818137 / August 22, 2006 8:44 AM PDT
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A new podcast?
by AndyInTN / August 22, 2006 10:41 AM PDT

CNET could make a brand new podcast and talk solely about how to do things with Ubuntu Linux. There are definitely enough topics that could be covered!

Great episode! Keep up the great work.

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(NT) (NT) Maybe a podcast to talk about good free software.
by cars4less201 / August 22, 2006 12:59 PM PDT
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by myabr7 / August 23, 2006 10:21 AM PDT
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I totally agree! That would be a great podcast, actually, i might do it, if you think i should, let me know, if enough people think so,i'll do it! Let me know at !

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Ubuntu/Windows boot issue
by acedtect-20196213851867054973637995818137 / August 23, 2006 2:40 PM PDT
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Remember that little boot issue I mentioned? Well I can't get the Windows XP partition to boot. From what I've read I think the boot.ini file is wrong after the partition and I need to change the number of the Win partition in that file. However I can't get Ubuntu to read the NTFS partition (and even if I could, writing would be a problem) and I don't have a windows boot disk. FreeDOS and OpenDOS have both failed to boot as well. It's a ThinkPad T42.

Any ideas?

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Oh, by the way, its Mandriva, not Mandrake anymore.
by AndyInTN / August 22, 2006 5:01 PM PDT

Although I still say Mandrake, too.

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by beelissa / August 24, 2006 9:28 AM PDT

Tom, good show. It made me think I might just be able to do this.

I have a couple of questions. First, disk space. We have an older machine -- Pentium III I think, but 512 mb of RAM. I think the hard drive is 40 gb, it's essentially full, and the only way to get more space is to delete games the kids want to play. This would be the machine I'd try this on, because my husband would kill me if I messed up the laptop. So, how much disk space would it take to install Ubuntu?

Second, I use Paint Shop Pro quite a lot. The version before they were bought by Corel, I think it's version 8. Anyway, would this run on Ubuntu? And, can you explain more fully -- you said you can do email and surf the net and do word processing, open office, etc. Do you have to download and install programs to do these things or are they built in? I mean, would I use Firefox, Thunderbird, Open Office? Or is there a browser built right into the OS? And, if I would use Firefox, would I have to reinstall it, or could I use the one already in the Windows part of the computer? Is that a stupid question? It seems to me I'd install it again, thus taking up more disk space . . . but what do I know?


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by udayan71 / August 24, 2006 11:57 AM PDT
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That machine will run Ubuntu well, I think the OS takes up about 2GB of disk space.

As for photo editing, on Linux there's a great and well praised application called GIMP.

Firefox and Thunderbird are distributed with the Ubuntu OS (I believe). Open Office is pretty great. I know for sure that Firefox comes with Ubuntu. You can't use the Windows version, but it's there on the Linux partition and will run just like the Windows version.

It will take up about 20MB of space on the Linux partition, surely that's something you can afford on a 40GB HDD?


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