Windows died...moving to Linux and VMware--I hope

By be30013 ·


Windows won't boot from any drive; all of which are Sata.

The board doesn't support pata, nor does it have a floppy controller. I'd like to run Linux with VMware and attempt Win Vista that way...just slightly confused on this.

The following is what I'd like and and seeking your thoughts on the how to portion...

boot/OS drive, 160gb
storage=+3TB via 750gb drives

board has 6 sata ports
pcie has 2 additional sata ports.

overheating is not an issue-
600w psu

I will obtain any flavor Linux, but I want to run Windows via VMware to use data that is on most of the other drives. Those drives use True Crypt which I'd like to run when mounted over VM. I don't want to use any of the drives over Linux, mainly because I don't understand how to use Linux over the home network and don't want to erase them or further risk destorying them.

My question for the masses is:

1-What is your Linux of choice and why?
2-Do I need VMware wkstn or server?

I can fumble my way through Linux with techrepublic posts and google; though using root and su are still very foreign to me.

Could anyone detail the requirements to format, install Linux, update/patch, then install VMware to usability by chance?

Thanks in advance!

Can IM/PM me for info if needed-


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I think the question

by The Scummy One In reply to Windows died...moving to ...

shouldnt be
1-What is your Linux of choice and why?
and should be
1. What ver. Linux would best suit my needs (description of needs).

For a sturdy bloated Linux, SUSE works fine for my needs, however others have very differing opinions.

Installing Linux these days is not hard unless you want to compile it yourself. Most of the downloads are pretty good (from what I have tried).

A few good sites for Linux is a must check out site. is a great site for learning command lines and moving from Win to Linux -- helps to choose a distro -- Another distro chooser

Hope this helps a bit.

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Excellent post, thanks

by nepenthe0 In reply to I think the question

I've been considering Knoppix, to run Linux from a CD. These references will be most helpful.

Rick/Portland, OR

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When I finally decided...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Excellent post, thanks

to step into the waters of Lake Linux, I started with Knoppix Live CD. I used it for a couple of weeks, primarily to test my hardware, ensure that that the soon to be Linux machine could talk with the XP box, the printer would work, and anything else I could think of.

Things went well enough that I'm playing in different versions (Ubuntu and Mint currently) on a couple of different machines. Ubuntu has been on my primary machine for a good 6 months now (I think maybe more) and Mint on an old laptop for about 3. The laptop is the one that gets the regular experimental installs, fwiw.

Linux suits me fairly well. Would dump Windows, but have to have it for work.

Have fun!

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Thanks, Boxfiddler

by nepenthe0 In reply to Excellent post, thanks

I needed a bit of encouragement to take the leap. Windows 7 has me spooked. I tried my best for several weeks to adapt to Vista Home Premium, failed, and in total exasperation bought Vista Business hoping for more interface control.

Fortunately, the Vista Business installation DVD couldn't find the hard drive, so CompUSA swallowed the cost and I jettisoned Vista forever. If Windows 7 is built upon such confusion and unfriendliness, I want no part of it.

So I'm following in your foosteps with Knoppix, and hopefully when Windows 7 is launched, I'll be positioned to reject it if it's as abusive as Vista...

Rick/Portland, OR

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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Thanks, Boxfiddler

Study up on Unix/Linux terminology. You mentioned 'unfriendly' and Linux names things in a not so friendly manner (IMO). It takes a little getting used to, but it's not as blech as Vista.

Also, while I think of it, Ubuntu 7.10 came with a virtual machine installable. It's called Virtual Box and is by Innotek (I think Sun bought them?). I've been fiddling in it and it wasn't too bad to set up - probably easier for more experienced users.

Jaqui has a pretty good video that walks through installing PCLinuxOS here:


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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Thanks, Boxfiddler

I took a Unix class last semester. We used a book called Guide to UNIX Using Linux by Palmer, Dent, and Gaddis. It's a good book for introductory information on Unix file structure (which seems to be shared among the various Linux distributions), among other things.


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