Can I install Linux OS in my desk top

Computer - Linux OS
@yugasini (12814)
Anantapur, India
March 6, 2013 12:53am CST
Hi Mylot friends, Today I have read an article about "Linux" operating system, unix is have more facilties and accessibilities in their version. I wish to use Linux based operating system in my desk top. Is it possible to me to install "Linux" soft ware in my system and can use it. After installing Linux, my system have two operating systems one is MS OS and Linux. How far it is safe for the system? share your experiences in mylot
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@topffer (31202)
• France
6 Mar 13
I have installed my first Linux in 1994, so I think I can help you. I am using Gentoo Linux as my main OS on all my computers except a desktop where I have kept Windows for gaming. Your system will be completely safe after installing Linux, because Linux needs a Linux partition to run -- or 2 partitions, depending of your preferred Linux flavor --. Before creating a new partition to install Linux on your HDD, I would recommend you to test it first with a Linux boot CD to see if it is convenient for you. Although many people are choosing Ubuntu because it has a Windows friendly interface, it would not be my choice for a beginner, and I recommend to my friends wanting to try Linux to install another flavor of GNU Linux, Puppy Linux : it is very small -- less than 200 Mb for basic versions against 2.5 Gb for Ubuntu --, one of the fastest Linux available because it works completely in RAM, and you can choose to run a version compatible with Ubuntu to install software from Ubuntu repositories if you don't want the normal Slackware compatible release -- not a bad choice at all : more software are available for Slackware than for Ubuntu --. It is also portable to an USB flash drive, so you can bring with you easily your Linux desktop everywhere -- if the BIOS is able to boot on an USB drive --, and you will be able to install it easily on your HDD if you like it. The puppy linux community is very active and special versions called "puplets" are frequently released to do particular tasks -- office, sound, video... Do a search on "puppy linux puplets" and you will be amazed --. To try it, just download and burn an ISO image from the main site : http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm
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@yugasini (12814)
• Anantapur, India
7 Mar 13
Hi topffer, Thanks for the response and your effort to teach me about the Linux OS, have a nice day.
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@Ghajini (776)
• Philippines
10 Mar 13
Yeah PuppyLinux is my favorite linux distribution, it's lightweight and somehow easy to use, since I am not really a linux expert. In fact, it could actually give new life to old or computers/laptops without hard disks, since all you need is a bootable usb flash drive that has puppy linux.
@pals101 (2011)
• Philippines
6 Mar 13
Yes, its possible to have both operating system installed in a desktop/laptop/server. But take note, because you are having both system take note also of the speed, memory, cpu and availability of the disk space. A dual system system needs a larger capacity. How safe it is? It is really is safe and very much convenience, and must be a techie guy or know a person who is techie enough to configure and install it perfectly.
@yugasini (12814)
• Anantapur, India
6 Mar 13
HI Pals, Thanks for the response and participating in my discussion, may be you are right that dual system needs a larger capacity. I do not know my system capacity, how can I know the capacity of my sytem? If Linux is safe and convenience why people are still using the MS OS till, even the other system is good accessible for operating? have a nice day.
@giex22 (273)
• Cebu, Philippines
6 Mar 13
@yugasini try to type dxdiag in your run command then hit enter a window will pop-up showing your system information. or go to start all program accessories system tools system information... many people use ms os 'coz it is user friendly easy to use and lots of fresh applications. happy mylotting:)
@yugasini (12814)
• Anantapur, India
7 Mar 13
Hi Giex, Thanks for the response and participating in this discussion and for the inforamation how to check information about my system. At present I am using the MS OS in my system and I do not know about the linux OS also, but I have read an article about it in some other site. I have to learn lot of things from friends about the system, have a nice day.
@owlwings (38301)
• Cambridge, England
6 Mar 13
It is quite possible and perfectly safe to have two operating systems on one computer. This is called a "dual boot system". The method of creating a dual boot system varies depending on which version of Windows you have. Once you have both Linux and Windows installed, you will be able to choose which operating system you use when starting up (you will not be able to switch between one and the other without rebooting and you cannot run both of them simultaneously). There are many pages on the Internet which give detailed instructions on creating a dual boot system and it is best to search for instructions which deal with your particular version of Windows and the version of Linux you want to use. One of the most popular versions of Linux is Ubuntu. If you simply want to try it out (without installing it), it is possible to make a CD (or a USB drive) which is bootable and will run the full version of Linux by simply starting the PC with the CD (or USB drive). This is a very good way of exploring the capabilities of Linux without actually installing it on your hard drive and you will also be able to test whether all of your hardware is supported by the drivers correctly. In order to create an autorun CD (or USB), you will need either a CD write drive or a blank USB memory stick of more than 700Mb (1Gb, at least). You will also need software which can write an ISO file to CD to create the bootable CD/USN drive. If you choose to use a USB memory stick, you will also probably need to configure your BIOS boot menu to boot from USB. The advantage of using a bootable CD/USB memory to boot into Linux is that you will be able to test whether Linux supports all of your hardware before you actually make any changes to your PC. Once you have made sure that everything is working properly, you can then use the CD or memnory stick to install Linux on your hard disk.
@yugasini (12814)
• Anantapur, India
6 Mar 13
HI Owlwings, Thanks very very much for your response and detailed information about Linux OS, I am having 8 GB usb pendrive. I have not understand you will also probably need to configure your BIOS boot menu to boot from USB can you guide me step by step to download the Linux and other thing to USB drive and how to operate them in my computer after downloading, this is also if you are have enough spare time to guide me, have a nice day.
@owlwings (38301)
• Cambridge, England
6 Mar 13
You will find the detailed instructions and all the necessary links here: http://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick Note that your USB pendrive should be 2Gb or larger and you should remove any files you have on it already and format it before starting because the Ubuntu installation will very likely delete all the files already on it. Once Ubuntu is installed, you should be able to use the rest of the space for files in the normal way. I can't give any more detailed instructions about entering the BIOS setup and configuring the boot menu to start from USB because every make of computer is slightly different. The manual for your computer should tell you how to access the BIOS menu and what the different options are. The instructions given on the page above should cover the process for almost every PC. Once you have played around with Ubuntu booting from a USB and decide to go for a dual boot system, the detailed instructions can be found here: http://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot Some final words of warning! Read ALL of the instructions several times through and decide which parts apply to your particular situation. It is very helpful - indeed, practically essential - to print them out so that you can follow them step by step. Take particular note of all the resources needed and collect them FIRST before starting on the installation. There may be parts of the procedure which you don't understand. Use a search engine to help you find and understand information which is confusing. Do not start to follow instructions until you know all that you need to know about EVERY step. If you find yourself hopelessly confused, be ready to admit that it may be too advanced for you at the moment!
@yugasini (12814)
• Anantapur, India
6 Mar 13
Hi Owlwings, Thanks for the response, and it looks like some confusion to me when installing. It is better to do with the help of any known person about the system and software. If not I have to be in soup when the system does not work with Jam, any how I am going to my place soon, there I know a netcafe person there I will know about all these things and then install it if it is ok to me, any how thanks for the information have a nice day.
@Strovek (870)
• Malaysia
7 Mar 13
One option is to request for a live disk and boot it up using that. This will allow you to try Linux without actually installing it. However, it might be slow but you can learn about the system before deciding to install it. There are some sites that will allow you to request free live DVD. They will send the DVD to you. Alternatively you can just download it and use a burner to make your own bootable DVD. With the Live disk, it just boots up into Linux.
@yugasini (12814)
• Anantapur, India
7 Mar 13
Hi Strovek, Thanks for the response and participating in my discussion, I am trying to use Linux without installing it in my system. If it is difficulty to booting and using the Linux OS in my system. What is booting means running the cd or software in to the system is it right? I do not have much knowledge in computer, have a nice day.
@Strovek (870)
• Malaysia
8 Mar 13
A live disk is a DVD or CD that can be boot up (start). If you have such a disk, just put it in your DVD drive and it will boot up. For some computers, you need to press the spacebar to tell the computer to boot from the DVD. The same is true if you want to boot from a USB drive. However, in most cases, you might need to go into the bios to enable that feature, so the first option is much easier. Yes, once you use a Linux live disk to boot up, the computer will run Linux without affecting your harddisk. So you can start using it without worrying about it affecting your computer.
@Strovek (870)
• Malaysia
8 Mar 13
To get the live disk, you need to follow the download instruction from Linux site you are downloading from, each of them provide you instruction on how to download and create the live disk. I noticed you are from India. There is an alternate option of buying the DVD. I found a site that does that for those residing in India (I am not familiar with them but it looks like a good alternative). http://www.zyxware.com/requestcd This is where I found it: http://saysprasad.wordpress.com/2009/05/20/request-an-ubuntu-cd-fedora-linux-mint-or-any-gnulinux-distribution-in-india/
@patnopy (721)
• Philippines
7 Mar 13
i think it is possible to have mac in linux OS but i never yet try that but i tried before two OS which is winME and WinXP
@pals101 (2011)
• Philippines
8 Mar 13
You can have a dual boot system with: Mac and Linux Linux and Windows Windows and Mac -All of this can be done..
@patnopy (721)
• Philippines
8 Mar 13
yes right but as i say i never yet try it in beside i don't have interest about mac and linux
• South Africa
24 Mar 13
You can 2 OS on one pc people have been doing it for years. Nothing wroth with it at all. Just dont get any files mixed up, this is why i recommend you use a completly different hdd for linux and another for windows. Its called a dual boot system and its perfectly safe. Its exactly the same as having 2 pc's but you can only use one OS at once :) i hope this helps
@yugasini (12814)
• Anantapur, India
27 Mar 13
Hi Friend, Thanks for the response and suggestion, I have not interested about Linux at present. To know about Linux I have posted this discussion in mylot, it is time to me to earn money not to earn knowledge. Because now a days money is more important than learning for elderly people like me, so little learning and more earning at present have a nice day.
• United States
6 Mar 13
You could use vbox to make a fake Pc with on your PC. Or you could watch the video on how to boot 2 operating systems.
@yugasini (12814)
• Anantapur, India
7 Mar 13
Hi Bugmanavery, Thanks for the response and participating in my discussion, due to curiosity I have posted this question. Because I have read the benefits of using the Linux OS. If it is difficult to run in my system or if face any difficult in loading or running it is waste of doing that thing. It may damage my system, have a nice day.
@avonrep1 (1863)
• United States
6 Mar 13
Wow many of the responses are really complicated, everyone is right you can load two and run two OS. The easiest way to do it, is to reformat the computer, when you reformat separate the drive into two partisans then add your MS OS to the main drive, the load the Linus OS on the other partisan. That way you don't need any other hardware. It's amazing what companies have convinced people they need in order to do stuff. You will need some knowledge on loading operating systems on a hard drive, or find someone who knows what they are doing to do it. If they want you to buy additional hardware beware, cause unless your system is older than 1999 your hard drive will have plenty of room.
@yugasini (12814)
• Anantapur, India
7 Mar 13
Hi Avonrep, Thanks for the response and participating in my discussion, I am already said that I do not know basics and I have not learned any basics even in these 5 years. Somebody have to teach me basics then only it is easy to me. I cannot format the computer,even If I format it and I do not know how to install MS OS in my system and I do not have the original OS system also. I will try to know about this Linux with any local friend and then I will apply it in my system, have a nice day.
• Indonesia
6 Mar 13
Of course you can, you just need : 1. Linux Distribution ISO/CD 2. CD Burner (if you want to burn it on cd) or 3. Unetbootin (This is my favorite software to burn iso to flashdrive) Just be careful not to install it on the same partition where your current OS installed, so you can dual boot it without removing another OS. Get more information first before attempting to install Linux distribution of your choice.
@yugasini (12814)
• Anantapur, India
6 Mar 13
Hi Starfield, Thanks for the response and participating in my discussion, though I am doing on line work since 5 years my knowledge is little for participating in these sites and sending some mails. So until unless I know all about Linux installation and other things, it is not to go for Linux immediately so after learning more I will do it in my system. Have a nice day.
• India
6 Mar 13
well my friend as far as I know Linux is one of the safest operating system present in the world, this is because it is free from viruses as it just don't support them also there are only few number of softwares that can be installed on Linux unlike windows, so that makes Linux virus free and yes you can install it anywhere means on any pc and desktop, just make sure it supports minimum pc requirements to install Linux on it.
@yugasini (12814)
• Anantapur, India
6 Mar 13
Hi Himanshuorange, Thanks for the response and participating in my discussion, what is the difference between MS OS and Linux operating system. If both are equal and same why people still not accustomed to use Linux system. I could not trade the difference in between them, i have read lot of uses Linux sytem somewhere in other site, have a nice day.
• India
31 Mar 13
Yes brother you can install LINUX OS in your computer because it require some type of programming to do at BIOS. But you can easily handle it. Its good operation system compared to other.
• Malaysia
14 Mar 13
to be easier, you can use virtual machine to load linux. hassle free. no worry about the space on hdd.