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    Default Which flavour of Linux is best and VMware

    Hello all,

    Am finkin of having a play with Linux but not sure of what flavour to go for. Any suggestion and why would be appreciated.

    I'm also unsure how I should set up my system. I could load VMware ESX then run win2k3 and Linux in separate VMs. Or should I just load up 2k3 and run VMware and have Linux in a VM?
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    Ubuntu is very easy to use.

    One of the better user communities out there,.. plenty of guides and information around its use and doing things its way.

    I think it all depends upon what you plan on doing with each system and what you're more comfortable with.

    If you're a M$ man,.. then you'd probably want to use 2003 as the base - if it were me I'd be using Linux as the base.

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    You might want to have a quick look at this...
    What would you do if your server was stolen or failed beyond repair?
    http://www.2000cn.com.au/shadowprotect.html

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    You might want to scroll right down to the botton of that page!
    Wubi seems much simpler than messing around with VMware.

    I use Ubuntu for 2 years now but I also like Open Suse for better KDE functionality.

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    I have ubuntu and fedora core 8 running in vmware vm's. works fantastic!

    No big deals in setting up. Install VMWARE, set up a VM, boot VM follow linux install prompts.

    Trying to get MAC OSx86 Leopard to work in a VM, now thats another story!!!

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    Perhaps I am missing the point but if Linux can read an NTFS file system or run in a seperate partition why not just duel boot 2k3 and Linux.

    For what its worth I run XP 64 bit (which is Win 2k3 with an XP front) but use a VMWARE to run XP 32 bit at times so I can run a VPN client that won't work in 64 bit and it works really well so I imagine Linux under VMWARE and 2k3 would be ok too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SystemRat View Post
    Perhaps I am missing the point but if Linux can read an NTFS file system or run in a seperate partition why not just duel boot 2k3 and Linux.
    That is what most ppl do including me.
    One of mys PCs has Ubuntu Studio8.04, Ubuntu Gutsy, Suse10.3, WinXp and Win98 all happily united. Never saw the need for VM.

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    You can also install the ext2IFS driver on XP, 2003 or Vista and see the ext2/ext3 file system.
    What would you do if your server was stolen or failed beyond repair?
    http://www.2000cn.com.au/shadowprotect.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo123 View Post
    Ubuntu is very easy to use.
    One of the better user communities out there,.. plenty of guides and information around its use and doing things its way.
    Precisely, the community and knowledge base on the forums is what makes ubuntu so much easier as a first nix os.

    I think running windows from ubuntu is the best option, but it is up to you. I have read on ubuntu forums, it's better/faster to have windows running via ubuntu......but there's always some fanboy'ism - my mate seemed to have ubuntu running nicely via windows.

    I had xp running via vmware on ubuntu and it worked very well and was quite painless to setup.

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    I have tried Debian in its various flavours (Ubuntu etc) and prefer Mandriva, its seems to configure easier than any other Linux distro Ive used particularly if you are using WiFi, I have it running on my Dell Centrino laptop as a stand alone system and dual booted with Win XP on my Core Duo desktop. I bought a DVD from here it was cheaper than downloading the distro. Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeroyPatrol View Post
    Hello all,

    Am finkin of having a play with Linux but not sure of what flavour to go for. Any suggestion and why would be appreciated.

    I'm also unsure how I should set up my system. I could load VMware ESX then run win2k3 and Linux in separate VMs. Or should I just load up 2k3 and run VMware and have Linux in a VM?
    Suggestions welcomed.

    thanks......Leroy
    Leroy, get yourself August's PC User mag (out now). There is an article on Ubuntu that they have packaged adding their own features and they provide an iso for burning to dvd and trying. Haven't tried it myself but have used Ubuntu in the past and it's pretty user friendly.

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