College student with new laptop hates Vista, should he download linux or spend $100 for XP home edition?
Question: what about linux compatibility with other apps when compared with XP? I'm doing this because it is frustrating that my new laptop is horribly slow despite 1 GB RAM and a duo core.
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In a way, Doug is right. First, riddle me this - what do you do with your laptop? Browse? Surf? Check email? Write a lot of documents? Make presentations? Spreadsheets? Play games? Then Windows is much stronger at all these than Linux is. By stronger, I mean: - Better UI - More options and applications - More support Linux is good, no doubt, but Windows supports *FAR* more applications than Linux does. The urge to switch to Linux should be tempered not by the UI but by what you want to do with your machine. Make a list of what you do. Then Google that list for support on Windows or Linux. If most or everything you do is unavailable on Linux (or has a simpler, poorer version on Linux), then you're better off on Windows. As for paying more to downgrade to XP, I'd say no. Why pay more for that? Eventually, most Windows apps will move to Vista. Additionally, many apps that work on XP also work on Vista (definitely FAR more than Linux). If you *MUST* try Linux, do a dual boot. That will help you straddle the fence before you make a costly or wrong decision or mistake.
You start it the same way (basically) under Vista as you would under XP. Click the start button (which now looks like the Windows logo in a circle), select "computer" (instead of "my computer"), and then double-click the CD drive to open it. Or, if the program follows convention, you can type WindowsKey+R to open the "run" dialog, and then type "d:\setup" (replacing "d:" with the appropriate drive letter of your CD drive).
1. "Linux compatibility." A: With your hardware, it can be a little hit or miss. Generally, your video, keyboard, all the basic stuff, should work fine. Your Ethernet port will almost definitely work. Your wireless driver may not work, but you can use something called "ndiswrapper" to use Windows drivers for it. The only thing I think you might not get working is your modem, which you may or may not get working (I've never gotten one working.) B: Software. Linux, generally speaking, does not run Windows programs. Some can be made to work with "Wine", with varying degrees of success. Most programs have some sort of Linux equivalent, anyway, so you may not be hurting too much. 2. Did your laptop come with Vista? If so, I believe you may be able to "downgrade" from Vista to XP free of charge. This depends in large part on your OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=543 3. There are ways to help speed up Vista. If you are interested in talking to people about how to fix problems with Vista, there is no better place than: http://www.msfn.org/
You need to go to your laptop manufactures web site,and see if they have drivers for XP. @ : - }
If you already have Vista, why would you want to PAY to downgrade? You should try Linux, perhaps Ubuntu, or Mandriva. You could also download the Linux Mint LiveCD, I find it to be a good Linux distribution with support for everything you could want, and Beryl 3-D effects. Even though you are on Linux and it's "safer" you must not forget to set strong passwords, a firewall and such things, just in case.
There are no downloads, other than trials, and not for 2003 http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;326246 Personally I would use Open Office, I even have legal versions of Office Pro 2007 and Vista and I still prefer open office. Its free and easy to find with no stupid product key 'http://download.openoffice.org/2.2.1/contribute.html?product=OpenOffice.org&os=winwjre&lang=en-US&version=2.2.1' or just go to 'http://www.openoffice.org/'
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