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Windows XP...
HoDog14 Apr-13-02 09:22 AM
I just bought a new Athalon XP 2000+ with a mother board and memory. It says that Windows XP Home will work the best for this setup. If I buy Windows XP Home, is there any limit of home computers that I can install Windows XP Home in (ie: is there any kind of protection device in Windows XP Home that will prohibit me from installing it on other computers)?
Thanks.

1. RE: Windows XP...
lbyard Apr-13-02 10:53 AM
In response to message 0
One. It is protected and must be activated with Microsoft either through the Internet of by phone. OEM versions marry themselves to the computer. There are, I understand, corporate versions that do not have to be activated, but these are companies who buy licenses in quantity. To put it on more than one computer would also be illegal. Larry

2. RE: Windows XP...
DJ Net2Infinity Apr-13-02 12:05 PM
In response to message 1
Thats another reason why people should try a distribution of Linux, heck I can legally hand it out on the street corner.

4. RE: Windows XP...
lbyard Apr-13-02 12:43 PM
In response to message 2
I cetainly agree that free is better, but it would be nightmare trying to support Linux as the desktop operating system for the average user out there, wouldn't it? Could you send me a copy (see Contact info)? I can't seem to get a download to go to completion. I have not played with Linux, but I used to be a BBN Tech Support person and we used and supported UNIX. Larry

5. RE: Windows XP...
DJ Net2Infinity Apr-13-02 08:33 PM
In response to message 4
Yeah Larry I'll send you Red Hat 7.2, if you buy the retail version of Red Hat ( I'm sure its the same with other other distributions) for 50 bucks you get a instruction book as well as year of phone support. If you are interested I can come up with an How-to article dual booting with Windows and just a normal install, using Red Hat. The other distos are the same but as I have no experience I wont be able to comment on their installs but I can steer people in the right direction to find support. Linux is no harder than windows to support and new editions of Linux have a Gui that makes them look exactly like windows. Sometimes brand new hardware is hard to support because the driver hasn't been created yet ... but AMD works with all of vendors of Linux to make sure all theirs is compatible. The only issue I have ever had with Linux is getting it to recognize a cardbus pcmcia modem, it took me 2 hours to resolve but its well worth it to never see a BSOD again.

6. RE: Windows XP...
lbyard Apr-14-02 12:33 PM
In response to message 5
Brian, thank you. If you want to post the How to, I'm sure there are readers who would benefit. For now, I just want to try it-out and see how well it does as a file server in a Windows network. Larry

7. RE: Windows XP...
DJ Net2Infinity Apr-14-02 01:48 PM
In response to message 6
It works great as a file server using SAMBA, it allows you to connect to it as a file server or use it through your workgroup, and get to it through your network neighborhood just like any other machine. Most people don't realize that Linux supports NetBEUI and the like, and interfaces with Windows with ease. The company that I work for does alot of small lans (i.e. 4-10 machines) and we just setup a Linux box as a fileserver and then use a workgroup, and in others we actually use it as a domain server.

9. RE: Windows XP...
lbyard Apr-14-02 02:29 PM
In response to message 7
Just the sort of networks I usually do up here in Maine, although we used to build much larger ones... I thought it would network OK, but "works well" includes how easy it is to fix when it breaks and how often it breaks. I also want to get an idea of how easy it will be to talk users though problems/configuration, etc. as compared to NT and 2000. The rough commonality of those interfaces with Windows 9x makes it easier to do phone support. Some of my customers are hours away by car. A poor user interface, absolutely terrible printer support, and more complex workstation configurations, were the main reasons I dropped Novell years ago and went to NT (and the advent of Directory services turned-off some of my customers). Perhaps Linux has improved, but UNIX, as I knew it, would be harder to support than the various Windows products. I am very reluctant to pay the Microsoft price to upgrade my own servers, as are my customers, if Linux is really a viable alternative for small businesses. Funny how a thread on XP has become a discussion on Linux? Well, maybe not if one considers Product Activation and other initatives, upgrades that are more hype than real substance, and the security problems... Larry

10. RE: Windows XP...
ad_pellaeon Apr-19-02 05:27 PM
In response to message 9
Just as a note, http://www.linuxiso.org/index.php is a great site for downloading ISO images of all the major Linux distributions. I recently downloaded Mandrake 8.2, and it installed perfectly on my Dell Dimension 8200 computer. Just thought you would like that URL.

~Robert


11. RE: Windows XP...
DJ Net2Infinity Apr-19-02 05:39 PM
In response to message 10
Thats because all Dell hardware is Linux friendly, you can get a Dell pc brand new from them configured with Red Hat. They have been doing this for a number of years, and I bet other pc vendors will start doing the same .. very soon.

12. RE: Windows XP...
lbyard Apr-19-02 10:02 PM
In response to message 11
From my earlier post: "but "...works well" includes how easy it is to fix when it breaks and how often it breaks." And http://duxcw.com/dcforum/DCForumID3/436.html shows that Dell no longer qualifies in my considered opinion. Larry

13. Linux Download
lbyard May-08-02 04:14 PM
In response to message 10
Robert, Thanks. Linuxiso.org worked great. Downloaded all three Mandrake CD images yesterday. Iíve been trying for months to download them from various sites, but they always failed before completion. Brian, I did not receive those Redhat CDís, but I guess Iíve got a full plate for now. Larry

14. RE: Linux Download
DJ Net2Infinity May-08-02 07:43 PM
In response to message 13
Hum I'll have to check with the guy in shipping about that, but I will get you out a copy of 7.3 ASAP.

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