Can I switch from Windows XP to Linux?

I am thinking of switching from XP to Linux for my operating system. I use Messenger 7.0 currently. Are there any complications?

6 Responses to Can I switch from Windows XP to Linux?

  1. it is just a matter of reformating the hard drive to get rid of all XP stuff. after that you can put linux on it with no problems.

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  2. Why don’t you do both! There are Linux Platforms that run off of a CD!

    You could dual boot the programs.


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  3. I have used Gaim on my Linux box.

    “Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM and ICQ (Oscar protocol), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Lotus Sametime, and Zephyr networks.”

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  4. Why not try both. You can leave XP installed and install Linux OS also.(dual boot) Many linux versions have a LIVE cd that you can run in RAM to see if you like before you commit to an install. Here is a link to Ubuntu (a distro of linux that is liked by many and very user friendly.) It will only cost you the price of a blank cd which you probably have a spare lying around already and some of your time. If you like then you can join the legions of many who like to STICK IT TO THE BILLMEISTER!!!

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  5. You CAN switch, but you will have lots of complications. Your hardware should be okay, but much of your current software will not run, though many companies are now making versions of their software for Linux/Unix/FreeBSD (they’re all unix of one sort or another), you would still probably have to switch versions for a lot of it.

    I don’t know if Messenger is going to run on Linux or not. I’m pretty sure you’d have to switch versions, if there is one available for it.

    There are web browsers and special software, like Trillion (sp?) made to make windows programs work with unix, but if you have expensive software you might want to check to see if you’d have to buy a new version.

    It’s possible to install two operating systems, I know people who have done it and just switch between them, but I’m not techy enough to tell you how.

    Linux is a wonderful OS..but you’d have to be pretty techy to use it as your only operating system.

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  6. I strongly suggest visiting “The Linux Documentation Project”
    They have TONS of info on Linux, dual booting, switching, etc.

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