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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] buying new linux dedicated PC, advice sought
- From: "Amos Shapira" <amos.shapira@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 11:05:06 +1000
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On 22/07/07, Rufi_Dukes <rufi_dukes@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I was wondering if there is anyone here who could help me by looking
at the quote below (from pioneer) and telling me if there are any
obvious specs that jump out and strike the reader as odd, or as
overkill, or under-resourced, or in any other way out of balance..
i'm a newbie who is attracted to this deal because it comes with
ubuntu pre-installed (the only one, as far as i know, available to me
BUT! i want to be sure that everything will work when i get it, bc i
want to hit the ground running with my ubuntu experience
1. if a company like pioneer says it will pre-install ubuntu, can one
be reasonably sure that they bed all the software in and test drive it
in the factory before shipping it to me?
2. can i expect that there will be no compatibility issues
3. how important is the 64/32 bit issue?
Some things I learned about this issue in the last few days:
1. If you want Adobe Flash, Skype, Google Earth or many other proprietary
programs to run then you need a 32-bit environment
2. OpenOffice wasn't ported to amd64.
3. It is VERY EASY to setup a useable 32-bit chroot environment which will
make things run almost transparently for you ("mount --bind" and schroot
To sum - you might have some learning to do but it'll work.
4. finally, is my method good? ie, would i better off just getting a
windows computer and then installing ubuntu from a CD (i am not a
natively brilliant adept at computers, so my way forward will have to
be with lots of good books, good advice and support)
I'm always in favour of installing the OS yourself if you can. It's very
simple with the latest crop of Linux distros and you might learn something,
plus you can probably buy a PC without windows and save yourself the Windows