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Old 03-31-14, 08:01 PM   #1
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Linux advice

So I am loosing my job and one of the many things to deal with is the fact that I am about to have to give up my computer. I have a lesser portable that I can use but I need to put a hard drive in it and I am not going to buy a copy of MS Windows when buying food may be a problem in the upcoming weeks.

Around 2003/04 I tinkered with Mandrake/KDE Linux and so I am looking at loading Linux on the portable. Any Linux users here? Any recommendations on a distro? I am effectively starting out as a noob but I am an IT guy so the learning curve shouldn't be quite as steep.

I am on Linux Forums but thought I would ask here too. Thanks in advance for the input.
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Old 03-31-14, 08:15 PM   #2
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See, people don't want to talk bikes on a Linux forum... but they do want to talk Linux on a cycling forum.

Depending on how old your machine is, I would vote for one of the Ubuntu derivatives (Lubuntu/Xubuntu), Puppy, or Linux Mint. You may want to stick with the previous Long-Term Support (LTS) release in the case of Ubuntu (and derivatives), which was 12.04, as it may be more compatible with your hardware.

Whether you want to get deeper or more complicated depends on what sort of IT guy you are. I have Debian on my netbook, Arch on a rather old Dell 12" XPS, and openSUSE on a first-gen Intel MacBook Pro. If you are not afraid of the command line, CrunchBang (based on Debian) is another good one.

I am sorry to hear about your job, perhaps you will rebound soon!
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Old 03-31-14, 08:20 PM   #3
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Manjaro is worth checking out IMO. It's Arch based. Have only been using it for a month but am really liking it. Easy install, everything worked out of the box and they operate on a rolling release schedule.
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check out distrowatch.com
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If you are a newbie to Linux.. Go Mint for an older machine or Ubuntu for a newer one. I would'nt try to run Ubuntu on anything with less than 2 gigs of ram. It'll run.. but it will be SLOW. Personally, I love Mint. It's lightweight, full featured and has lots of support. I have it on a Dell with 1.5 gigs of ram and it runs great.

At least at first. If you are an IT guy, you should be ready to move to something more difficult after a while. If you want to!


Also, check this blog out: 12 great Linux operating systems for netbooks Everyday Linux User
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I run Linux mint on a slow netbook and it runs really well.
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Lubuntu or Xubuntu. I agree with BBA, run the latest LTS release, 12.04.
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check out distrowatch.com
Yeah, go here and peruse the top distros off the list and then plug them into youtube and see how many screencast reviews you can find.

Matter of fact, search up "tostoday" in youtube because he tends to do a good job of explaining Linux to novice users coming over from Windows (he's a dual booter), whereas somebody like "Spatry" is geared more towards the advanced Linux user (he's an Arch guy).
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I like Arch a lot. My go-to machine at home is an Arch box, as is my workstation here in the office.
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You don't need a hard disk - if you have a CD drive or USB ports then you can run your linux distro from there, e.g., The LiveCD List - I run Tails once in a while and LPS in the past also.

If you want to boot from USB drive the easiest way is to create the USB from a Windows machine (google linux usb creator I think should do it). If you have a local linux user group they should be able to get things up and running.

If the portable you have once had Windows running on it, then if there is a product key label on the back it is possible to get Windows up and running again (though I think XP is losing its support this year).
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You don't need a hard disk - if you have a CD drive or USB ports then you can run your linux distro from there, e.g., The LiveCD List - I run Tails once in a while and LPS in the past also.

If you want to boot from USB drive the easiest way is to create the USB from a Windows machine (google linux usb creator I think should do it). If you have a local linux user group they should be able to get things up and running.

If the portable you have once had Windows running on it, then if there is a product key label on the back it is possible to get Windows up and running again (though I think XP is losing its support this year).
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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts ? The Register

I installed a copy a few days ago for a few hours - has definitely matured into a perfectly respectable operating system.

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