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#1 2012-09-28 16:00:46

Monty
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From: Minnesota
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Hello!

It's been a long time since I've joined a forum, but I'm hoping I can get into this one. I'm Monty, I'm from the United States, and I'm currently a new student studying computer science. I've been a Windows user for my whole life but since beginning taking computer science courses I've really gotten quite interested in Linux. I'm hoping to get more and more familiar with the system as I gain knowledge in the field. There's so much I want to learn! Crunchbang seems like a totally awesome distro for me to use as I've tried various others with varying success. So really, I'd say I'm hear to learn. I hope that goal is a sound one.

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#2 2012-09-28 16:09:08

VastOne
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Re: Hello!

Welcome to CrunchBang and the Community Monty, we are glad to have you!

There is a great group of people here that will help you on on this journey, we have all been there at one time.


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#3 2012-09-28 17:14:41

dura
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Re: Hello!

Yo Monty. I am also here to learn. Let's learn together.

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#4 2012-09-28 17:41:39

cJones
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Registered: 2012-02-21
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Re: Hello!

You will learn a lot from #! and the members of the community. Welcome, and enjoy!


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#5 2012-09-28 17:59:44

Monty
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Re: Hello!

Thanks everyone! I'm currently trying to figure out the best way to run #! I have Windows running on my laptop right now, and I'd like to continue to do so for gaming and a few Windows only programs, but I really want to run #! for the majority of my work. I've contemplated partitioning, but it's such a hassle re-installing Windows and moving files back into place. Any insight into this problem?

@d! That'd be awesome, how much experience do you have?

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#6 2012-09-28 18:04:56

cJones
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Re: Hello!

So right now you only have Windows installed and are running #! from LiveCD, correct? If so you should be able to shrink Windows without reinstalling.

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#7 2012-09-28 18:05:22

VastOne
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Re: Hello!

^^ I would use Windows to resize it's partition to leave 100-150 gig free. (Note you do not need this much, #! will run on approximately 6 gig but you want space for needs for /home and growth)

Then install #! on that new partition and let grub be the boot manager and you are good to go.


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#8 2012-09-28 18:10:01

Monty
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Re: Hello!

Currently I've just been running it from a bootable USB.

I didn't know you could shrink the volume without having to format. That makes things much simpler! I will give it a try and post results.

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#9 2012-09-28 18:11:54

VastOne
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Re: Hello!

Monty wrote:

Currently I've just been running it from a bootable USB.

I didn't know you could shrink the volume without having to format. That makes things much simpler! I will give it a try and post results.


Here is a good How To on doing it..


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#10 2012-09-28 18:18:26

Monty
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Re: Hello!

Will I need a SWAP partition like with Ubuntu? I've heard various things about whether or not you need it depending on your RAM.

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#11 2012-09-28 18:21:02

VastOne
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Re: Hello!

^ Yes, and AFAIK,  debian requires it and will not install without it.

The swap partition can be as small as 4 gig and never be used...  so it is a pain to need and never use.


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#12 2012-09-28 18:38:09

Monty
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Re: Hello!

After further thought I think I'm going to just install #! as the only OS for now, as I probably shouldn't be playing games during semester anyway. wink I can always create a partition later for Windows if I want it back I guess. Wish me luck.

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#13 2012-09-28 18:57:34

cJones
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Re: Hello!

Haha good luck (even though #! is a very easy install and you won't really need any). It's almost been a year since I had a working Win7 partition and all I miss is Reason5, Skyrim, and Word (libre has some bugs/formatting issues I'm not fond of).


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#14 2012-09-28 19:43:49

Monty
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Re: Hello!

It is successful, but right away I've noticed that my trackpad isn't working and only my USB mouse is. Some sort of missing driver I assume.

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#15 2012-09-29 06:32:29

vicshrike
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Re: Hello!

Hi Monty and welcome to the forums. Remember that it is easier to install Windows first when dual booting. Because Windows does not recognize any other operating system, Linux does. I do think it is possible though, but I do not know the how to. I am saying this since I got the impression that you ditched Windows and installed #! on the whole disk. Have fun with #!


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#16 2012-09-30 07:29:39

mariannemarlow
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Re: Hello!

Welcome Monty.

Love the name, one of my budgies is also called Monty, he's the smallest, and the boss! big_smile


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#17 2012-09-30 08:14:22

AlanD
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Registered: 2011-05-12
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Re: Hello!

Pretty sure you can install without a swap partition. You can also use a large file as swap space, much like the windows page file.

I've installed a lot of distros without swaps; if you have enough memory it never gets touched anyway.

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#18 2012-09-30 08:58:22

neuton
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Registered: 2011-12-16
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Re: Hello!

i had a dog called monty smile

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#19 2012-10-03 01:54:35

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Re: Hello!

Right, well, welcome to #! smile

First; UNIX (and later Linux) evolved from a networked operating system, unlike Windows. Fun command-line tools from way back in the 1970's still work and are used everyday to make things happen.

Second; always keep a Windows box around. You have to test for compatibility. Just for fun, install Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, as well as using IE. You'll notice small differences in how things are rendered.

Third; whatever your question is, someone has probably already gone through it. Search the forums, and then ask. There are lots of smart people (myself excluded) willing to give another a hand.


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