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Jillian 13. May 2009 02:13 AM

I Am Downloading Ubuntu
What does the amd64 mean in this link ? Does this mean amd processor ? Mine is Intel. So what is this ?

wdhpr 13. May 2009 02:24 AM

Is your processor 64 bit? I am runnings winxp the32 bit version. I also dual boot to mepis using the 64 bit distro. It works because I have an amd64. If your intel processor is 64 bit. You should be able to install the 64 bit Ubuntu distro.

Your link is for the distro's iso.

Jillian 13. May 2009 02:51 AM

Yes I have Vista Home Premium 64 Bit. i just wondered if the AMD64 meant an AMD processor . as My processor is Intel

Jillian 13. May 2009 02:52 AM

I also don't know how to partition my hard drive. although I am not there yet by a long shot. Not even downloaded yet. jst starting . I am so scared that I am going to mess my computer up and this ain't no cheap computer.

bk_7312 13. May 2009 10:50 AM


Originally Posted by Jillian (Post 4816)
I also don't know how to partition my hard drive. although I am not there yet by a long shot. Not even downloaded yet. jst starting . I am so scared that I am going to mess my computer up and this ain't no cheap computer.

I once faced that problem before, no big deal. According to your other thread, you ordered MEPIS LiveCD.

But according to this thread, you're downloading the Ubuntu .iso file? Putting that aside, partitioning your hard disk isn't very difficult and is quite safe as long as you have a backup image of it before doing anything (backup important files). It can be quite dangerous if not handled properly, make sure you computer doesn't power off or anything while partitioning or updating system infos.

A word of advice, partition your hard disk while using Windows, else if you do it using a LiveCD, the next time you boot to Windows, it'll panic and run a scan to check why it has lost a chunk of it space.

Jillian 13. May 2009 04:19 PM

i have finally got it partially going. Every time I clicked on Firefox at the bottom , it would come up and say Firefox was already running. And had links to download Firefox. Anyway , I just did not like the looks of Linux. Boring colors. I will stick with Windows . More eye candy browser with IE and Firefox.

Sope 13. May 2009 05:11 PM

Actually, the look and layout of Linux is highly customisable, even to the point of making it look like Windows Vista!

However, before you go any further, it sounds like you would certainly benefit from doing a lot more research into Linux before attempting to install it on your current system. IMHO, the most important of all, is making sure you have a reliable backup image of your entire hard drive before attempting any sort of partitioning and multiple OS installation.

Doesn't mean you can't have fun playing with the various live CD's in the meantime though.:)

Jillian 13. May 2009 11:40 PM

Thanks Sope. No , I am not going to install it yet awhile. I will just use the CD

Jillian 14. May 2009 09:07 PM

Hey , I had trouble with Mepis , but used the Live Disc with Ubuntu 9.04 and had no problems at all. I really liked it , except for the color. I love Blue. The only thing is when I got ready to close out , there was not a button to either Shutdown or Log off or Restart. I had to literally press my tower button and then the options came up. I really do not like that at all. there should be a button for this on start .

Jillian 14. May 2009 09:12 PM

Also , I had to log in here using IE for some reason when I tried to log in using Firefox , it said that Access Denied. And I thought well , they have banned me for sure lol. I deleted all cookies and internet files , Firefox cache everything. Then came back and it told me Access Denied. I could see Jillian at the bottom of the page where it shows those that are here. So I then tried IE and it logged me right in . Something strange going on with my Firefox, but can't figure out what.

Jillian 15. May 2009 12:06 AM

Well , I was able to log in this time using Firefox. Did not do anything different.

Jillian 15. May 2009 10:08 PM

Well , I have tried MEPIS , Ubuntu 9.04 , and Kubuntu 9.04 and I don't like any of them. Infact , I don't like Linux at all. I was really curious about it because I had heard all the raves coming from mostly techno-geeks or those persons who want to see Microsoft's monopoly broken.. I decided to try it. Well , I don't care for this. It has a long, long way to go. Windows isn't perfect by a long shot , but it makes Linux look like the dark ages to me. I deleted all my Linux links and all the Linux messageboards , and destroyed all my LIVE CDs. I have made my decision. I will keep good old Windows. Warts and all.

peter 15. May 2009 11:32 PM

Thank you for reporting so honestly on your experience, which more-or-less mirrored mine. Linux does have its place, but I don't think it's on the average users desktop unless financial issues are paramount. Most users want to buy a well-priced, complete PC in a supermarket, and have it work straight-out-of-the-box when they plug-it in just like their TV. A perfectly normal commercial aspiration which the market nowadays pretty-well provides.

grimbles 16. May 2009 01:04 AM

Hey Jillian - Good on you for having a go!! Trust me when I say, your thoughts on Linux are shared by many (including myself) does indeed have a long, long way to go. Peter put it more succinctly than I ever could.
At least you have tried Linux and can now offer an honest opinion based on your experiences.


wdhpr 16. May 2009 03:06 AM

Maybe its just not the right time
Just to chime in.

Linux I believe is a process. It has to improve to become a viable option for most people. I do not believe I am a techie, although I have a functional linux OS on my computer. I like Jillian, almost ran away form linux as though it was the plague. I decided to stick with it because I enjoy the challenge. I also understand why people give up on linux. Its a frustrating process.
I do however praise those for at least giving it a try. As a advocate for linux I know this only helps the linux community understand what needs to be done to make the linux platform a viable option for users.
My motivation to support linux is mostly based on my belief that it will give those around the world with limited resources a chance to experience and learn the power of computers. A chance to learn a skill which can help them improve their quality of life. (I know it sounds a bit touchy feely).
It also it serves to give microsoft a boot in their complacent rears:D


Jillian 16. May 2009 01:35 PM

Thanks wdhpr , but I did not run away from it lol. I simply did not like the thing and made my choice of Windows after trying three different distros. And as peter said , most people want a computer that works right out of the box , and most people , includes me. I for one , don't like to have to add on and on and on. I want the major things already there when I plug it in. I just have absolutely no patience with such and would rather spend my time more constructively . But , again , as peter said , Linux does indeed have its place. But I say , not on my computer. And , thank you Jim and I did make my choice based on my preferences after giving Linux a try. Before , I could not honestly compare it to Windows , but now I have made my choice; and to each his own thing that makes him/her happy.

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