Well, I meanJanuary 16 2011 at 9:16 PM
Vince (Login MoxiFox)
Response to I see.
you could try it out if you want ... and see what you think. Dave and Jack seem to have mastered Linux (but then, they keep endlessly changing versions too! Why?)
You can download free Linux distros which run directly off of CD's or DVD's. You just burn the downloaded .iso by using something like Nero burning program and selecting "burn image to disc."
I wouldn't recommend actually installing Linux to your hard drive (as a permanent 2nd system), because there can be complications with getting rid of it later if you decide Linux isn't for you.
However, you CAN download and install a virtual machine maker/player which allows you to create different operating systems and then "play" them on your computer (inside of W7) as virtually real operating systems!
VMware player is free to download and use and you can create virtual machines with it. Virtual Box is another free one. Microsoft gives away PCvirtual too. Of the 3, I've found VMware the most user friendly and fully packed.
You can run XP inside of W7 and be working in XP the same as you always "used to" ... with no different feeling than you had when you used it for real. You just need an XP installation disc, install it inside of the virtual machine "envelope" and go from there.
I've run XP, 98, ME, Linux Zorin, W200 and OS-2 warp ... inside of VMware. (95 didn't work for me though).
If you're interested in trying Linux, my recommendation is to try the "live CD" method first ... and then install it into a virtual machine envelope. That way, you don't mess up your hard drive.
The beauty of virtual machines too ... is that you can COPY them. You make a virgin system and then use a copy of that for developing (installing programs) ... and then save that and work with copies of that. Any time something corrupts or gets messed up, you can simply delete it and fire up a new copy.