OS Opinions?

Update!What is the EASIEST distro to learn Linux with?Also, where can I find some Linux tutorials? I'm looking for tutorials written in layman's terms, not a bunch of command line junk ;]......Yeah, I know... we have too many computers...So basically, I rounded up all our old PCs to see what's worth keeping. So far, I've completely restored 2 of them back to day one. One of them was already running XP, the other was running 98, so I installed XP on it. The one that came with XP I decided to "Vista-ize" using CharredPC's WinXP Overhaul Guide. Check out my pics, and then make sure you check out his I'ble, I definately reccomend it.Anyway, down to business. Okay, so 1 machine is running XP in the guise of Vista. I like it so far. But what about the other four? Well, let's not get too carried away. I know that at least one other works, so let's get started with that...I want to make the other working PC to run some sort of Linux. Probably Ubuntu, based on research thus far. But, what better way to get feedback then from the Instructables community?So what do you guys think? Which version of Linux do you like best? Which ones can I make look like Vista, XP, or Mac OS X?As for the other three PCs... one of them I want to gut and salvage parts to make a NES PC for my brother (okay, I might use it too...) I'll probably get a version of Linux for that, too; maybe DSL.

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OS on SSD vs OS on HDD

If I decide to build a computer should I put my primary OS on a Solid State Drive? Would this make it more stable/improve performance any? Or should I just stick with a regular hard drive. Thanks for any help.

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os in samsung netbook

Just wanna ask.... can i change my os in my samsung netbook???? for windows is bugging a damn sh** in my head... i thought that this os is easy to use and user friendly... but there are programs that i can't use and run and customize in this os... pls help me.... looking forward for your help...

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PC Jukebox OS?

Hi guys, I recently salvaged a decent PC runing on a Pentium 4. I got a LCD monitor with it too, and was in hope of making a DEDICATED jukebox. I was wondering if ther is some OS for  a pc thats sole purpose is to store music and replay it, with some customizations available of course. If not, I see that there are plenty of jukebox software out there to install on linux or XP, but I was wondering if there was any program that executes itslef when windows start. Please and than you for any help!

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Linux Is The Best OS?

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Apple OS on a PC? Answered

After seeing www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/487585, I learned that they used iStopMotion for the graphics. Also, I was able to play on a Mac, and I have to say, I kinda dig it. Is there anyway possible for me to install the Apple OS on my computer and still keep my current OS (Windows XP)?

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Os X on PC? Answered

I have an old xp machine with -440mb ram -550mhz intel pentinum 3 -usb 1.1 ports -only a cd drive (not dvd) -10gb built in hdd -8gb usb for extra storage -xp service pack 3 installed -SSE (NOT SSE2 or SSE3) I want to install any version of osx on the machine (I don't care what happens to xp). Which version do u recomend and how. Thanks in Advance

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Copy CD Answered

I have a copy of Windows Xp, but it is the CD that you can only use like 3 times or it is not supposed to work or install the OS. I would like to know how to get the data off the CD without using one of those times it can install the OS. I am Using a Mac and want to run bootcamp. I saw this for PCs  and I wonder if it helps you answer my question? http://www.poweriso.com/tutorials/iso-maker.htm

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Cut n Paste with Android?

Annoyed with droid. Cut n paste feature...   when pasting, a long press will cause a " paste" icon to pop up... SOMETIMES... but icon will disappear if you press longer than 0.72 second, or thereabout.  Is there a more reliable paste option with android?  It often takes 5 or 6 tries to get that 0.7  plus or minus 0.02 second sweet spot.

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I need help identifying a half built server I found in an old storage unit?

We were recently cleaning through a storage unit. I came across what appears to be an old half-built (desktop) server. It is not completely built so I am looking to finish building it. It is custom built, so there are no stickers or modal numbers that I can see. It has 4x 1gb ram chips. Two hard drives (with room for three more), fans, processor, and dvd drive. I knew how to insert the ram chips but I don't know how to connect all the power cables inside. I'm hoping to find instructions some place. I could use some help. I have done some computer programming, so I know what the parts look like and function to some degree but not enough to put this together. I don't want to risk damaging it since it may be worth a lot more than a 10+year old pc. I don't think there is an operating system loaded, and I'm not sure how to go about that either. Any suggestions?  Although I can't find any stickers, there may be some other label located somewhere, but it wouldn't be too obvious. Any suggestions on where it might be located?

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Instal windows os on server?

Hello! Can some experienced guy can say me do I can instal win7 on server? I have an old HP ProLiant DL580 G2 .. what actually runs with winserver 2000. 4 years didn't done anything, just yesterday figured out to turn it on! First I had problems : Parity check 2 memory Dimm problems but they are solved now! I just though What can I instal on this server? It is clean and there is no os in hard drive. It asks to boot from cd... so I'm wondering what can I instal on it!! Please any suggestions? Thanks!

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Custom uber simple OS?

After playing in the world of arduino for a while I have become curious if it is possible to use a common cpu, motherboard ect. To do the same thing as with a small microprocessor. Could one for example load the arduino bootloader to a cpu or just write to it with serial in order to use it for purposes similar to arduino and picaxe.  I know its a weird and wasteful idea but im just curious if it is even possible with modern electronics. I dont think it would be hard to find a junked old desktop and even if it was 1 mhz (much more likely to be 1 ghz) it would be extremely fast. Could you imagine an arduino with that clock speed! You could measure the length of pulses much smaller and you would be able to potentially handle 32 bit and maybe even 64 bit operations. Just a curious thought I had, could it be done and what would you do with such a system

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HELP, i need to reinstall windows to my computer! I installed linux then, ALL my files and windows vista have been lost!

HELP i need to reinstall windows and ALL my files back on my computer!!! I installed Linux but that is the only OS i can run... while rebooting, it wont give me the choice of running windows vista! i didn't back up anything as i was lazy and didn't want to get a secondary hard-drive. can i at least recover all my files? how do i recover windows without a CD?

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Windows 95 Answered

Hello, I have been trying to install c++ on windows 95 with 2 versions of Bloodshed Dev.cpp software, When I installed it things were fine, but when I try to run the app I get an error that says "A required .DLL file, SHFOLDER.DLL was not found." Another version of Devcpp also meant for windows 95 gave me an error about a missing .DLL. I believe these are vital to the OS files and since they are missing it is a bad sign.What should I do to make it work without messing up my computer? Thanks for your help.

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Nacho Installs Ubuntu. Looking for Kid-Friendly Apps.

. I had two HDDs fail at the same time on an old computer that the neighborhood kids use to surf the web. I went ahead and retired the old P3/550MHz machine and replaced it with a P4/1.8GHz unit I had laying around. Instead of using Win XP Pro, I decided this would be a good time to start switching my computers to Linux. Downloaded Ubuntu 8.10 and once I figured out that a 2.5GB HDD was too small (Ubuntu would install OK, but run out of disk space when updating) and upgraded to a 20, the install went without a hitch. . Looking for suggestions on "edutainment" apps to install for kids from ~5yo to ~16yo. Computer is a 1.8GHz P4 with 256MB RAM, so the apps can't be resource hogs. TIA.

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PC refuses to install any OS

I have a PC that I need to get operational again after an accident with some overclocking software (either ClockGen or setFSB). The actual hardware seems to be working, and will install several different versions of XP as far as the first reboot, on which it will BSOD and restart the install in a loop. I have also tried installing Ubuntu from a USB drive, which I know works, and the computer does not accept it as bootable. The system has been unplugged with the BIOS battery out for a couple of months, so the BIOS is not causing it. It is running with minimal hardware, as follows: Intel Celeron D @ about 2.5GHz Replacement 20Gb IDE HDD, or original 150Gb (both do the same thing) on IDE1 CD/DVD drive on master of IDE2 I know it's pretty much obsolete, that's why I need it. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated, thanks in advance.

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What are some things can use windows server OS?

Can someone hit me up with some links to websites with windows server 2008 tutorials or how to's? (even better instructables) Thanks in advance!

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Will My Computer Run Hackintosh OS X Leopard? Click For Specs!

Will My Dell Dimention 4550 run OS X Leopard with any hackintosh distro Tech Specs: CPU: Intel Pentium 4 CPU, 2.53 GHZ RAM: 1 GIG Graphics Card: Nvidia Geforce FX 5500 WHICH IS NOT THE STOCK ONE THAT THIS COMPUTER CAME WITH, I DO HOWEVER HAVE THE STOCK ONE! Sound Card: Creative SB Live Series (WDM)

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Is mac or windows better??

I'm wondering what is the superior OS. Mac or Windows?

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How to make my own linux UI/DE from scratch?

Hello! I want to make my own Linux OS, but I want to build my own UI/DE from scratch, I have a dashboard I made, but I don't know how to implement it as a DE/UI, Please Help!  (I am making a game console type of OS)

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How can I make my own operating system?

Hey guys. I want to make my own operating system. I need a NOOB-FRIENDLY guide, as I dont have very much programming skills. PLEASE HELP ME! I REALLY WANT TO MAKE MY OWN OS! Thanks!

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Laptop Death... Maybe???

Ok i have an old laptop maybe 5 or 4 years old. used to run well has 512mb ram and a dieing battery pack. it got a virus so i formated it and installed windows xp. everything was going fine but a week later the computer shut down randomly usually 3 to 5 times a day. sometimes it shuts down before the the laptop logo comes on. i just push the power then 2/3 seconds later then BAM it shuts down. is the computer dieing or was it the os install. any ideas

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Favorite Flavor of Linux?

I have used LinuxMint, Ubuntu, Slax, and Puppy. I must say, Ubuntu is my favorite, followed by LinuxMint. What's your favorite "flavor" of Linux?

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Where can i get a mirror of KMidplay?(BeOS Program)? Answered

Found here.Both links are broken, Anyone have that program or know where i can get it.Its for BeOS, Do not ask why, its a long story.

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how to make a operating system? Answered

I would like to know how to make a  operating system. i had in mind using a kernel from linus (if theres any better could you suggest it to me). and going on from there but i have no clue where to start. can someone help me?

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Do you own Windows XP if you have a product key? Answered

I have a used laptop with a Windows XP product key on the bottom.  I would like to format and start fresh, but don't have the install disks.  Is it legal to use a downloaded version of XP and use my key?  Is this even possible?  Thanks in advance.

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How to give the most/ free up ram to a program on the dell dimension 8200? Answered

I want to use a old dell for a small server but it lags horribly.  Is there some way to free up space.  Im using windows is there another free os I can use.

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I just recently got a iMac from my little cousin and he made two admin accounts but forgot the password to both of them?

I need to find a way to get into them/ reset password/anything to use the computer. Oh and it's running OS9?

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Anyone know what this is?

I just got hooked up with digital tv today, and www.wegener.com/PRODUCTS/STREAMING_MEDIA_DECODERS/SMD_515.php these are what they gave me for set top boxes. Little IPTV streaming boxes. I noticed there was a spare led labeled HD on the front, and upon further inspection, I found a ide connector and a power connector for a 3.5 inch hard disk. Normally my isp would want me to rent a different receiver for PVR functions, and additionally a lot more per reciever. This box can use a hard drive, but when I put one in, nothing happens when I plug it back in. Now apparently, from what I've read, my isp might have installed their own firmware onto the boxes, but I do not think that is the case, the menus look like the one's I've seen online. I expected for there to be an extra option pop up in the menu when I powered it on with a hard drive installed, but that was not the case... is it the format? I have a 40 gig in there (for a tester) formatted as fat32. What am I doing wrong here?? Oh yeah, and theres a screenshot I got off my tuner card, it only shows this "boot" screen when you unplug the power and plug it back in, otherwise when you switch it off, it seems to go into a "Soft-off" mode, and the hard disk I noticed also continues to spin after it's been turned off... I don't like that :S Anyways, I can't find anything online, so much as a quick reference manual on wegener's website, but it didn't provide anything useful, it vaguely mentioned the recording function, but nothing of installing a hard disk or setting it up. I assume there should be SOME kind of menu/setup I can get into to setup the hard drive/view more options other than the audio format and some other minor options I can currently see like menu appearance. I'm super fascinated to see if I can get a hard drive actually functioning on here, like the remote even has a record button on it, so obviously it was meant to be a pvr, just they expect you to pay them out the nose for them to put one in for you.

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Whats the best linux os for torrents?

Ive been using ubuntu for day to day activities and i jus wanted to know what would be the best Linux distro for downloading torrents!! Im looking for a quick setup that will be run through web ui. im still pretty new to the linux scene been on and off for about 2years!  So all help appreciated! PS iburst sux for south african users dont subscribe to them bad customer care and billing department.

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Is it legal to run Mac OS X in Windows on Virtualbox?

Just wondering cuz i was thinking a bout doing this.

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Moving Programs from one OS to another?

Hi! I dual boot XP and Ubuntu 10.10 on a laptop. XP runs really really slowly. I want to move some programs from the XP partition to the Ubuntu partition and run them with wine. However, when I try to do this, it runs, but I get an error telling me that I need to reinstall because there has been a problem. No more details than that. Has anyone done this before and can give me some advice? Also, yes I have marked them as executables and they are large programs... like Photoshop and Dreamweaver, so not just a simple exe to transfer. Thanks!

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Windows 7 Screenshots

These are so far the most reliable screenshots of Windows 7 I've found.Some are pretty incredible.

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Help...Fedora 9 Question.

Okay. So.I dunno, guys. I keep hearing "Linux this, Linux that", but I really don't know. It's not working for me so far. And I've been at it since March.Recently, I made a LiveUSB of Fedora 9 (I'm not allowed to install Linux to HDD until I buy my own PC). I experienced problems with the LiveUSB; mainly, the "persistent overlay" was not being recognized. After more than several attempts, I got it to work.Now I'm trying to install AWN. I opened up Terminal, typed in su, and then typed in this:yum install avant-window-navigatorand it installed. It didn't say anything about errors or anything. So I went to Applications > Accessories and sure enough, there it was. I clicked it. I saw a window flash at the top left of my screen, and then nothing. Three more tries. Same reaction each time. Now the way I understand it, I need Compiz in order for AWN to work. I though Fedora 9 had Compiz. Do I need to enable a setting or something?Does anyone have any idea what I'm doing wrong?

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Battle of the os's: Solaris,Windows,Linux,Mac,Unix......

What do you think THE BEST OS is ?

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Is it legall to install mac os on vmware and if i have some questions? Answered

Is it legal to install mac os on vmware and is it possible to install it on a pc without hardware virtualization support???

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Can Automator run on Mac OS X Jaguar?

I have an old iMac DV (2000) which has Mac OS X Jaguar on it. Can I copy the Automator program from another Macintosh running Mac OS X Tiger onto my iMac and run it?

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CNC stepper motor controller for USB-with a MAC OS X? Answered

Does anyone know how to make a CNC stepper motor controller for USB-with a MAC OS X?thank you!?

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Best applications to put on Mac OS 9?

I have an old Mac that I took apart, and I am planning to use it in a project. What programs should I get? I'm pretty bored with the stuff that came on it... Games? Other fun things to do?

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Is making a Linux-based OS and selling it legal as well as copyrighting certain included software that I make?

I would like to know before I begin work on my dream OS If I cant base it on Linux can I base it on Unix?

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How do I reset all Finder preferences if I have changed the folder view settings in Mac OS 9? Answered

I own a 2nd hand iMac G3, and one day I was exploring Mac OS 9's folder view preferences, when I accidentally set Finder's icon view settings to 32x32 and when I booted back into OS X, opened up a Finder window and looked in my OS X applications (because Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X boot from the same hard drive), all the icons were stuck at 32x32. Any ideas on how to fix this? I've tried deleting the OS X Finder preferences, deleting all the .DS_Store files and OS X is still showing icons at 32x32. Can any one help me to fix this without reinstalling OS X Jaguar? (I don't have any install disks).

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Flash Drive Shrunk? Answered

My 8GB flash drive can only be formated for 250MB.  I installed an OS and now I took it off and reformatted but I can only get 250MB out of my flashdrive.

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How to build a computer cluster?

Does anyone know a good way to connect some computers together to form a computer cluster that I can use as a single computer. My goal is to add on to it to increase the speed/capacity of the unit.

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microsoft's 235 patents ...

Microsoft claims the opensource community (mainly Linux) violates up to 235 of their patents. Though, as Microsoft don't provide any list of these patents, some says it's just a campaign of fear and destabilization ... Do you know some examples of Microsoft's patents that are actually violated by Linux ?

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