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Santh Narayanan
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I am totally new to LINUX/UNIX.
I am planning to buy a new Dell Dimension PC. My main purpose of buying is to have both windows and Linux (red hat) installed on it. What it your recommendation, whether to get the PC customized by DELL or do it our selves by downloading the red hat version. Is there anything else I need to buy like software for running Linux?
Any advice is appreciated
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Santh
 
Adrian Yan
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if you want to learn linux, the best way is to build one yourself. My recommendation is debian, but redhat i suppose is the the one for newbies. you should install it yourself. Once you have linux installed, you don't need to buy another software.
 
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Dell has been known to ship machines with Linux preinstalled, though I don't believe they've ever offered a dual Windows/Linux system.
Due to the cost, it's better to order Windows preinstalled rather than pay up to $200 extra to add it. Plus that way you get a version of Windows customized to fit the Dell hardware.
One problem you might run into is if you're ordering a system that doesn't have enough space to accomodate a second disk drive to hold Linux. In that case, you'd need to repartion the orginal disk and risk destroying your copy of Windows.
Dell has been known to use special disk controllers, so it's a good idea to see if you need to get drivers for them. As far as systems that Dell actively supports, the preloaded copies are, I believe Red Hat, though they may also have a SuSe system.
 
Santh Narayanan
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Thanks for your advice.
I will talk to Dell customer Service and find out their recommendation.
 
Greg Harris
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i have SuSE 8.1 Linux and winXP on a Dell Inspiron 8500... no problems, except the wireless card is not working on linux, yet.
visit the www.tuxmoble.com and research your laptop and distrobution.
i formatted my hdd (except for a 30M partition that is required by the laptop), created 2 partitions, reinstalled xp and then installed SuSE.
i originally installed RedHat 8.0, but it had some problems with the nvidia drivers, so i just switched to SuSE... no problems with the graphics.
 
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