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Postby Abstract » Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:22 pm

I am "upgrading" from windows to linux. I am planning to install on a laptop (centrino 1.5Ghz, 512Mb Ram, 60GB HDD). Are there any versions which are particularly newbie friendly. I would ideally like a free version which I don't have to download as I currently have a slow connection, but I be prepared to spend a small amount for a cd/dvd.
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RE: Linux newbie

Postby A-Wing » Fri Sep 02, 2005 8:59 pm

I might be a good idea to try 1 or 2 live CDs to see which distro suits you. Knoppix and Ubuntu/Kubuntu may be a good place to start.
There are a few places that sell the downloaded CDs and DVDs such as CheepLinux or LinuxISO (shameless plug).
The 2 hardest things with modern latops are the wireless chipset probably won't work out of the box and you may need to install a package called ndiswrapper to install your windows wireless driver. The next is widescreen laptops based on intel and several other graphic chips need a small bios hack run before the GUI starts to make use of the widescreen.
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RE: Linux newbie

Postby linuxgirlie » Fri Sep 02, 2005 9:41 pm

You may want to say what make/model you wish to run on to make it easier. Mandriva I have had alot of luck with wireless onboard chips esp. if they are intel!! One word of advice thought www.google.co.uk/linux is the one of the best resources you will have...apart from us here ;)
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RE: Linux newbie

Postby fingers99 » Fri Sep 02, 2005 10:12 pm

In this instance
www.google.co.uk/linux is the one of the best resources you will have...
including us here! My recommendation, do a google for linux myLaptop and see what distros others found worked fine on your laptop.
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RE: Linux newbie

Postby linuxgirlie » Fri Sep 02, 2005 10:18 pm

I thought I said apart from us :( ...hehe
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Postby jer1ch0 » Fri Sep 02, 2005 11:04 pm

I run Ubuntu on a Pentium 1.5Ghz, 256Mb Ram, 40GB HDD. I use this pc for surfing the net, email, Photoshop, backup for my desktop and a bit of text/word work.
It's connected to the net via a 3com router and works perfectly.
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