How can i run a distribution of linux on my Windows XP desktop that way i dont have to install Linux?
Question: If you look at the picture in this link (http://kde-cygwin.sourceforge.net/qt3-win32/screenshots.php?img=kde-3-konq-website.jpg) you will notice they have Linux running in some sort of program called (Cygwin/XFree86) look on their taskbar, how do i do this??
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Cygwin ( http://www.cygwin.com ) is a Linux-like environment for Windows. It provides a software interface that allows Unix programs to use resources of the Windows system, and supports a variety of packages ranging from Perl to emacs to X11. There are enough differences thanks to compromises with the Windows environment that you should look at the solutions mentioned by others here (live CDs, virtualization) if you want a hassle-free experience. But if you are a tinkerer, don't be afraid to dive in.
You are probably going to get a few answers with this one, but no matter what anybody says, Ubuntu is the best Linux distribution in the market today. 1. So which version or distribution of Linux do you recommend for me ? -- i plan to use ubuntu I agree 100% 2. How different is Linux from Windows ? Will i face any problems ? Its different, however Ubuntu uses gnome which is very similar to Windows. Now underneath the operating system is very different, for example, there is not concept of drive letters which can be confusing, also there is no "program files" directory like in windows. instead when you intall a program it get installed in several directories with weird names, (all over the the place, and its not intuitive like windows) 3. Do Linux have software's and apps like windows all over the internet? And from where do i download them? Installing a program is the EASYEST thing in the world, just go to the synaptic application inside Ubuntu and search for the program and install it, as simple as that. you rarely have to go to any website. 4. How to learn Linux ? Is it easy ? Its easy for simple things but it can get harder, but after a while you get used to it just like anything else. 5. What are the benefits of using Linux over Windows ? Plenty... and I am not talking from a geek point of view, as you use it you will realize how good it really is, you can even install and run Windows programs on it, and it is as simple as downloading the program and running the installation and Ubuntu will take care of all the rest and even add it to the main menu (under the WINE category). Also like I said before installing programs is way better than Windows, since everything is free you can download and install them all using one application. Also forget about viruses or spyware ever, they just don't make them for Linux. Ubuntu is all I use at home. Hope this helps.
MOST of the distributions comes with what is known as "live cd". This means you don't have to install, just insert the CD, restart PC and boot from the CD. This loads complete LINUX and allows you to do anything you would normally do with few limitation: 1) space. you won't have lots of room to store/download stuffs. although you can save stuffs in different drive 2) all settings and changes are lost when restart/shutdown 3) slow slow slow. because it runs from cd. if your cd is very speedy, this might not be a big deal, but still... 4) did i mention it will be slow? 5) #3 okay let me stop with slow issue there are some small distributions that allows you to boot from USB pen drives which is bit faster then CDs. There are other options such as using as "virtual machine" using programs like Virtual PC or Parallels or VMWare. this will allow you to use LINUX inside your windows (almost like PC inside another PC)
You will need to create at least two linux partitions. A data partition (perhaps set it up 16 gb ext3). And a swap partition (swap file type - you can set it up to be 1 gb). The swap partition is used by linux as a virtual memory space. Make sure you make your linux data partition bootable, because linux will automatically give you a menu (boot manager grub or lilo) that you can load either windows or linux at startup.
Here is a list of mirrors to download cygwin: http://www.cygwin.com/mirrors.html and the cygwin user guide is here: http://x.cygwin.com/docs/ug/cygwin-x-ug.html I don't know what linux runs like under cygwin the only way to find out is try it, live CDs don't run as well as an installed version, if you want to try out linux properly, create a small partition (about 5gb) & install linux to this, you can try out several distros by dual booting with this partition.
Assuming you already burned both Linux ISO files to CD / DVD, give Oracle's free Virtual Box a try: Download and install it, then, get the Vbox Installation Guide from there, too, for the 'slightly geeky' step by step instructions. Check out the Screen Shots, too. When both Distros are successfully installed, you will be able to run all 3 OSes at the same time. TIP: This also assumes your laptop's CPU supports Hardware Visualization, AND has at least 3 GB of System RAM. On W 7 + VBox, I'm running Linux Mint, 98Se, and XP, just for the fun of it. That's 4 OSes running at once.
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