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På 2007-03-02, skrev Tim Coddington:
> Not certain how much an emergency this is, but I would like to get to work asap.
> So I just got a new motherboard/cpu/memory/DVD/dual-output monitor and would like to load Linux onto it.  System information follows:
> Motherboard:        ASRock ConRoe945G-DVI
>     Buget motherboard ($73) with DVI Graphics-SI RoHS DVI graphics card for a dual monitor output
>     http://www.legitreviews.com/article/419/1/
> CPU:                   Core2 Duo E4300    1.80GHz @ 800 FSB, 2MB Cache
> Memory:              Kingston PC2-5300, DDR2 667MHz, 1GB stick (2 sticks to match slots for total of 2GB)
> Ports:                  2 - USB 2.0 (USB01), 2 - USB 2.0 (USB23), 4 - SATAII, VGA, DVI, Parallel, RJ45 w/ 10/100/1000
> Power supply:      500W ATX Ultra V Series
> Disk Drive:           SATAII, 300MB/s, 250GB, 16MB Cache, 7200RPM Western Digital Caviar
> DVD Rewriter:      LG GSA-H22L 18X Super Multi DVD Rewriter w/LightScribe
> Fan:                    XDream for Socket LGA775
> Case:                  Ultra Wizard Steel Series ATX Mid-Tower PC Case
> Monitor 1:            NEC JC 2148-UMW    June 1999, 21 inch boat anchor
> Monitor 2:            Unknown 21 inch boat anchor, probably NEC also
> Keyboard/Mouse: Unknown, generic
> So these parts are all laying around on my floor now and :):):) I'd kinda like ta put it all in the case this next week.  But I need an operating system for it.  Would like to use web apps (Mozilla?), listen/watch to CD/DVD, run 2 monitors, load with Star office, JAVA, C++, PERL, + others to practice programming, a way, if possible to get a couple older windows applications running.
> Would you be so kind as to suggest a good OS and version and tell me where to download it from?  Something fairly easy to load and a bit generic so anyone can help if I get stuck.  (I'd like to try to load it myself.)

I suggest Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy). You can get it from one of the mirrors
listed from ubuntu.com. The default install image is a graphical
installer; it is very easy to use but fails occasionally on some
hardware configurations. The 'altinstall' image has a text-mode
installer that is only slightly less easy to use and it is very robust
(I have never seen it fail). Getting the dual-monitor setup working just
right is a little fiddly; you should consider getting help at a LUGOD
installfest for that*. DVD playback requires proprietary software not
distributed with Linux (any version) in the typical case of encrypted
DVDs (most off-the-shelf DVDs of Hollywood movies are encrypted). You
can learn about that and other software addons from the Ubuntu Guide

[*] http://lugod.org/if
[**] http://ubuntuguide.org

For older windows apps, there are two approaches: emulating a windows
box (meaning there will be an actual copy of windows running inside a
virtualized environment within Linux); this is typically done with
Win4Lin or VMWare (both proprietary programs that can be purchased for
under $100). Recent Intel and AMD CPUs (perhaps yours included) support
native virtualization instructions, which allows you to use Xen* to run
Windows inside Linux; Xen is free and available as a package in Ubuntu.


Alternately, many older windows applications can run with the Wine
compatibility libraries*; in this case no actually windows OS is
required. This is the preferred method when available. Not all software
is compatible but many common apps are.

[*] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wine_%28software%29 and

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are not on them already. Don't hesitate to ask for help there at any
stage of the process. Have fun!

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