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Old April 23, 2011, 06:24 AM
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this is for my cousin .he is downloading ubuntu 32bit desktop version now.
he has xp and win7 32bit in his pc ..

have some doubts

1.he has xp in c driver win 7 in d drive .planning to install ubuntu in e drive ..is this setup ok ?

2.how safe is ubuntu ? he is planning to use this one for browsing

3.is there any internet security available for ubuntu ?

4.is it possible to install yahoo messenger in ubuntu ..for video chat ?

5. is it possible to play crysis or any other games in ubuntu? (he has a gts 250)

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Old April 23, 2011, 06:28 AM
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1) Yes
2) Safer than Windows
3) Not needed
4) There are alternatives that may work
5) No
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Old April 23, 2011, 09:22 AM
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There's a bunch of instant messenger clients for linux, it'll be easy to find one. As for games there are some fun ones for Linux as well, he also MAY be able to use Wine to play a few, however performance varies with machines and nothing is guaranteed to work. Linux isn't a gaming platform.

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Old April 23, 2011, 09:35 AM
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There's a bunch of instant messenger clients for linux, it'll be easy to find one. As for games there are some fun ones for Linux as well, he also MAY be able to use Wine to play a few, however performance varies with machines and nothing is guaranteed to work. Linux isn't a gaming platform.

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Wine only works so well for certain things.

The biggest issue is getting a web cam to work. Support has gotten WAY better but it can still be a hit or miss.
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Old April 23, 2011, 10:37 AM
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Although not the most ideal solution, you could always run VMware/VirtualBox/etc to run Windows for Yahoo Messenger within Ubuntu.

But I'm sure you can find some native Linux client that will work.
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Old April 23, 2011, 11:40 AM
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Ubuntu is a Good Linux distro for the average user that is used to Windows . there is a surprising amount of free software out there which runs off of Linux that is just as good and sometimes better then Windows based software it is just that most people are Brain washed to use Microsoft things
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Old April 23, 2011, 12:27 PM
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why webcam is a issue in ubuntu ?
there is a new version of ubuntu (11.04) releasing this april 28th. will it solve such issues ?
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why webcam is a issue in ubuntu ?
there is a new version of ubuntu (11.04) releasing this april 28th. will it solve such issues ?
Because a lot of webcams require specific drivers and linux may not cater to them.

Do your research first.
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Make sure to update Ubutu
I was hacking pass words or folding fore some one on mine shortly after I installed it on my computer.
Up dates fixed it.
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Can he get his hands on a second (smaller) HDD? If he wants to run a dual boot system, but wants to ensure that his win7 install doesn't get messed up, I'd suggest disconnecting his win7 drive and installing ubuntu on a completely separate drive. That way he can use whatever F-Key his motherboard uses to select between the two drives as boot drives.
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