Preparing The Hard Drive
Step 4 of 7, Part A
This step involves two sets of tasks: first, preparing (making room) for Linux partitions and second, creating Linux partitions.
First, you will be given a few options depending on what (if anything) is currently on your hard drive. We will check the Manual option and click Forward, no matter what is currently on the disk.
Note: If you want to install Ubuntu to a second hard drive with Windows on the first, just follow the directions for a blank hard drive.
- For disks completely partitioned for Windows, follow step A.
- For disks that are totally blank, follow step B.
- For disks with Windows and un-partitioned free space, skip to step C.
A. If your hard disk is completely partitioned for Windows, select your Windows partition and click "Edit partition."
In the first box, enter the size to which you want the Windows partition to be resized (in megabytes) and select "do not use the partition" in the second box, then click OK.
For example, let's say you have a 60 GB hard drive with just Windows and you want Windows and Ubuntu to share the hard drive equally. You'd change the size of the Windows partition to 30 GB (30,000 MB) and you will be left with 30 GB of free space for Ubuntu.
A dialog box will appear asking you to confirm changes to the disk. This is the last chance you will have to back out before committing the changes. When ready, click Continue.
B. If you have a single hard disk that is completely empty, the first step will be to create a new partition table. Do this by selecting your empty device, which is usually labeled HDA (for IDE) or SDA (for SATA, SCSI, and USB), and then clicking "New partition table." If you are installing Ubuntu to a second hard drive with Windows occupying the first, the second drive will most likely be labeled “HDB” or “SDB.”
A disclaimer warning of data loss will appear. If you have multiple drives, verify that you have chosen the correct one and click Continue.
C. Select the entry marked "free space" and then click "New partition" to create a new partition.
sudo apt-get install *app name here*
One issue that you may encounter is GoogleGears that is 32bit only, but you can easily find Gears for 64 bit (without Google trade mark).
@thepinkpanther: Linux ain't Windows. Linux is Linux, so if your goal is to run Windows apps all day, I don't think choosing Linux as your primary OS makes the most sense.
@fordry06: That certainly is a problem. Now, most hardware manufacturers don't disclose all the information about their hardware, so it's quite hard to write perfectly working drivers for OSes other than Windows. Although it's not Red Hat/SuSE/Ubuntu/(Insert Linux vendor here)'s fault, as a user, you don't really care about that, do you? Basically, for a lot of hardware out there, you have to fight to get it to work in Linux. For me, I got a bog standard laptop. In Ubuntu 9.04, pretty much everything I use worked out of the box. Now, certain things aren't working as well, such as my card reader only reading SD and MMC cards in Ubuntu... but I don't use anything other than SD cards. So for me, it's working just fine. For others... not so much. And regarding your games in Linux, see what I said above to thepinkpanther. Linux ain't Windows.
Well, having gravitated away from games, and not being particularly loyal to any company or OS or anything, I really honestly don't care if I'm on *gasp* a Mac or Windows or Linux. So it all works out for me. Hey, if you really want me to get philosophical then let me just say that I think you can enjoy life best when you stop caring about all the trivial things. Why should I care what Microsoft has to say about Apple or vice versa? Why should I care when a Linux zealot declares the start of the nineteenth Crusade against Sata- er, Bill Gates?
Flame on! or not.
Summed it up quite nicely