Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Faqs! Facts! Fax! Windows XP vs Linux

Filed under
Linux
Microsoft

Q. I have an AMD computer, which I set up to dual boot to Windows or Ubuntu Linux until I rashly tried to install XP Service Pack 3. It went well at first but the computer rebooted before completion and the promised safeguard of a System Restore failed to work, leaving a blank screen and no error message. I am forced to use the power switch at the wall socket to reboot.

Do I now have to reinstall Windows XP (and Ubuntu) or if there are ways of retrieving files from the Windows partition using Linux. At present Ubuntu indicates the HDD cannot be mounted but gives an example of a forced option. Do you think this would work or just make the situation worse?

To be honest I find Linux systems more interesting (and this one very stable) so maybe after following Bill Gates through different versions of DOS to Windows is it time, like him, to leave?
Mike Cheshire, via email

Q. I am very pleased with my Asus Eee; Linux entails a bit of a learning curve but reasonably easy to master. I have installed the 'Advanced' KDE desktop and am pleased with the way it is running, apart from one small niggle. When I open File Manager my Windows home network icon is not shown. I have to first open the Administrator File Manager terminal and click on the MS Home icon. The icon is then visible in the previous terminal. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Ted Wooller, via email

more here




More in Tux Machines

Vector Linux 7.1 Light

If you find yourself needing a new firefox but your computer and glibc is too old, Vector Linux 7.1 light will fit the bill. People who are more comfortable with a SysV style init over systemd will breathe a sign of relief. All in all VL 7.1 is a viable choice for users who wish to continue using their older computers with a modern web browser. Read more

Ubuntu Touch OTA-9.5 Hotfix on Its Way to Fix the Big Mir Issue on Ubuntu Phones

Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak today informs us that the Ubuntu Touch development team is considering and preparing to release the promised OTA-9.5 hotfix to Ubuntu Phones users to fix the big Mir issue that made users' smartphone unstable. Read more

Open Source Desktop: Good News and Bad News

The good news is that open source has become the leader on the desktop. The bad news is that a single desktop is not the leader, and that leadership on the desktop may no longer matter. Obviously, the first statement needs qualifications. It clearly does not refer to the number of users, since officially Linux has yet to break 2%, although, depending on your logic, the actual figure might be several times higher. Read more

KDE Applications 16.04 Release Schedule

The release schedule for the upcoming KDE Applications 16.04 bundle has been firmed up. The approved release schedule puts the KDE Applications 16.04 release on 20 April, while leading up to that is the dependency freeze on 16 March, the 16.04 freeze and beta release on 23 March, and the release candidate on 6 April. Read more