UNIX OS.. Set Up...


Hi Buddies..
I am kinnda beginner in computers.. Need some help with this.. I have WIN98 machine in my home.. I have Internet
Provider as EROLS.. I want to get into Unix environment .. Can I do that in this machine without disturbing my
WIN98.. If so how? andwhere to get Unix from?? How to set up Unix?? any help wud be really appreciated..

Regards
rnarang98Asked:
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tfewsterCommented:
Yes, you can install Linux on your PC [It will make a new partition out of the available space] and choose at boot time whether to run Linux or Windows.

You can download Linux (see www.linuxhq.com/dist.html ) or buy it, which gets you manuals & support (see
www.redhat.com )

Installing Linux is straightforward, but takes a bit of care and planning - if you need any help, post another Q. with the details of your hardware and which Linux you have gone with.

Have fun!

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samriCommented:
rnarang98,
    The are a few UNIX variant that are suitable for PC and compatibles (x86) machine.  The one that I normally (recommend) is Linux http://www.linux.org especially RedHat (http://www.redhat.com), because it's easy to install, and configure, plus the GUI is cool.

    Another variance is Solaris.  Perhaps you have head of Sun Microsystem.  They too have a version of Solaris for Intel machine (http://www.sun.com/solaris)

    Distrubing you WIN98 - depends on whether you still have any more free space on you hard disk.  I would recommend you to get another hd, or try to repartition you hd into a few partition.  Check out PArtition Magic.  They are very good.

samri
   
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rnarang98Author Commented:
Cannot it be Just Unix.. Unix itself seems so scary.. and you are trying to jump me to Linux :)

I have 8GB harddrive 96MB RAM 400 Processor.. what versionof Linux u suggest me to install anyhow?
Do I need to create partition on my hard drive before I start installing Linux?

Thanks alot for reply ..
Regards
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rnarang98Author Commented:
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rnarang98Author Commented:
I have 8Gb HD.. Do I need to do partition? If Yes.. How to go about it? Never done a partition and especially when my C: drive already contains few important applications.. I don't want to get into the mess of formating my hd and installing WIN98 again...
Please help me with this..

Regards
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rnarang98Author Commented:
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tfewsterCommented:
Don't panic! - Linux is just one variant of Unix, but it's as good as any to start with. Your machine is fine for Linux - It's not as resource hungry as Windows!

The utilities that come with e.g. RedHat Linux will do the partitioning for you without messing up Windows, or you can get a third-party utility to do it.

If you've got 1Gb free space on your 8Gb disk, that will give you plenty to experiment with without having to resize partitions later - tho' as samri says, a second HD would be simpler and 100% safe.

The choice of which Linux is yours - they are all "free" - You download for the cost of a phone call & do it all yourself, or you pay a few $ for the CD, manual and support; I personally would recommend paying a bit for RedHat, just for the support.

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rnarang98Author Commented:
Official Red Hat Linux 6.1/Intel Standard Edition -- is this what I want?
What is Linux Server now? Am i just setting Linux OS as I have WIN98 OS.. or is this some kind of server .. Wud I be working on a standalone PC for accessing my LInux or do I need to connect to INTERNET for doing that

sorry for so many questions but I am increasing the points also.. :))

Regards
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rnarang98Author Commented:
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tfewsterCommented:
Standard edition gives you everything you need to get started with Unix as a "standalone" system, (but with dialup/ network access to servers, so it's equivalent to your Windows PC).

In fact, it WOULD be a multi-user system, supporting telnet & ftp connection to it, but you wouldn't be using those features immediately.

You won't be able to use Windows at the same time as Linux - But you might eventually decide to scrap Windows altogether :)

The Deluxe version might give you some useful tools for later on, but you can download what you want then anyway.

The professional edition is for if you want to set up a secure, dedicated web/ftp server - You could buy an obsolete PC to do that, and use your existing PC to network to it.
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