Which free linux is best for Professional use . i don't know about linux and i have already WIN XP?
2006-12-28 09:13:24 UTC
i like to install a linux on my PC . i have already windows xp . i like to install windows and linux in one pc kindly guied me

Nine answers:
The Twist
2006-12-28 09:16:17 UTC
Any linux is good for professional use, unless the professional is running Windows software that won't run on linux.

To install a duel boot, you'll need to install XP first and create a second partition, or have a second hardrive.

After windows is installed, you install linux on the free partition (which will partition it some more) along with the bootloader of your choice, I personally use grub, but thats just me.
2006-12-28 11:56:46 UTC
It depends of what you mean by Professional use? I'm a IT professional, and I love being able to get any Linux software that I become interested in, installed easily. Debian has more software than any other distro in their repository. I like Ubuntu on my workstations because it's more up to date than Debian. Ubuntu is a Debian derivative that has almost the amount of packages when you enable the universe and multiverse repositorys.

Synaptic is a good graphical way to install more software

Automatix is a good program to easily add greater multimedia support, and most popular apps in their latests versions.

Having Windows on the computer is a good start because it harder to create a dual boot setup with Linux installed first.

First you need to resize your windows partition, but you need to backup your important data first because there is a small chance that something bad can happen in this process.

Burn and boot the Gparted LiveCD

It will run a easy to use program. Resize your Windows partition so that there is at lest 6 GB of free space after it (or to the right). Your computer may have a another partition at the beginning, leave that alone. After that is finish have the live CD restart your computer. Next run the Ubuntu setup (Or your choice of Distro)

When the setup asks how to set it up, you can tell it to automatically use free space on the hard drive. You can also use the partitioner, create a partition that is 512 MB smaller than what it defaults to. It should create a EXT3 partition that will mount as "/" next create another partition this time make sure to change file system type to "swap". The Linux installer will automatically find Windows, and setup it up as a menu option in Grub (Linux boot loader)

Here's a guild that help you with installation

After your done you probally want to access your Windows Drive in Linux

This guild can help you with that.
Mike K
2006-12-28 09:21:52 UTC
It depends on what you want to do.

If you just want to use Linux to get to know it and don't want to risk damaging your Windows installation, get Knoppix.

This is a Debian based Linux OS that boots off of a CD. You simply download the image, burn the CD, boot off it, and away you go.

You will get many different opinions on what version of Linux to use. This is all related to personal experience and preference. My favorite is Fedora Core. There are several different versions of Fedora Core available for different levels of hardware. It has a couple of different GUIs to pick from, and it is based on Red Hat Linux.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is probably the most mainstream Linux OS out there today. It can be purchased OEM with many PCs, (IE the Dell Precision Line) and is supported and patched to meet business patch requirements. Fedora Core is a good way to try out a Red Hat like OS without purchasing it.

You can find Fedora Core at:
2006-12-28 09:17:53 UTC
I'm fond of Ubuntu ( ). It's easy to install and work with. However, you didn't say what you wanted Linux for. If you don't know about Linux, why are you trying to install it?

I have no experience with multiple operating systems on one computer, but I know that it's possible. Depending on what you're trying to do, you may want to use a program such as VMware to run one operating system on a virtual host within the other. That way, you only have one operating system as far as the computer is concerned, and you can run both Windows and Linux simultaneously without rebooting.
2006-12-28 09:22:08 UTC
1. All 811 GNU/Linux and *BSD distros contain or can grab, all the PROFESSIONAL TOOLS now standard for the Internet, programming, and even those used by Microsoft for coding and internet, on their 45,000 servers, for (since 1997),, and, all corporate connectivity, and the Redmond dev. labs.

Start with as a liveCDrom. Upon install, by clicking the icon on the desktop, you get all 5500 great games, applications, Browser and Office Suites, and compilers!

Perl, php, C, C++, and tons more! FREE! PLUS, programming tools!

Recommend you also contact a Linux User Group, as there are 700+ at

and, refer to the forums at the PCLinuxOS site! 24/7/365 help!
2016-10-28 17:28:17 UTC
in case you have already put in homestead windows XP then, you are able to desire to unpartition between the drives and then insert the bootable Linux disc and restart the gadget. Then, you ought besides Linux from the disc and the technique would be temporarily defined after which you would be able to desire to maintain on the approach by utilising telling the OS to apply the unfastened area, that's the unpartitioned section. Your Linux is able to apply as quickly as you have put in thoroughly.
2006-12-29 17:35:50 UTC
I would recommend Red Hat for professional use. If you are new to Linux, I recommend starting off with Ubuntu
2006-12-28 09:51:32 UTC
Without a doubt it is SUSE Linux. Redhat is a distant 2nd.
2006-12-28 23:53:14 UTC
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