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OzzY



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I just came across this: http://goodbye-microsoft.com/

I'd like to try Debian, so what do you think about this?
It looks too much nice! I don't need to burn a CD!
Has anyone tried it?
Post 01 Jul 2007, 16:08
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i don't know, but it loos like a very nice idea.

For sure, let us know after you finish it.

By the way, for testing some linux distro, it's best to install it into virtual machine.
Post 01 Jul 2007, 16:14
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OzzY



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There is also a beta one for Ubuntu: http://wubi-installer.org/

I really like this idea!
I hate having to burn CDs for doing one installation and then I find I don't like the distro. Or I'll have to burn a new version and the old version CD becomes trash.
Post 01 Jul 2007, 16:29
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I think I'll be doing the normal installation by now.

Both projects look interesting but looks like they haven't got enough users and are still beta or in early stages.
But the idea is great: You don't have to create partitions (it seems it installs as file in Windows partition and add a entry to boot.ini), you don't have to burn a CD, it's a net install with only the packages you select to install (on Debian) and the full Ubuntu in all it's flavous (Gnome, KDE, XFCE,...) and looks easy.


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By the way, for testing some linux distro, it's best to install it into virtual machine.

Yes. It's sad that on this machine VMWARE runs very slowly. But on my new machine with more RAM I may be able to run it.
Post 01 Jul 2007, 16:37
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f0dder



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Appearantly those "install to a file" work well enough, even on NTFS. Linux *supposedly* handles NTFS write decently enough now, as long as it doesn't have to extend the file (which you don't with a fixed-size image like that).

Testing a distro in a VM is good for initial stuff and getting the hang of things, but you'll need to run "on the metal" to get a sense of how well the stuff runs, to use proper video acceleration, etc.
Post 01 Jul 2007, 21:11
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