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Old 10-01-2012, 06:57 AM   #1
technicalthug
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Distro for new Laptop:- Lenovo T530


Hello all,

Just bought a new laptop and wondering what people's experiences are with new laptops and certain Distro's (especially those that arn't completely supported)

My main question is it better to stick with a more flexible tuneable Distro (Slackware, Gentoo) or going with the more popular and supported Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, Fedoras.

Thanks.

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Old 10-01-2012, 11:26 AM   #2
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If most of the hardware is newly manufactured (eg. few month ago), then, you would probably go with Ubuntu or distros based from Ubuntu.
Or, if most of the hardware is old (eg. few years ago), then, you can use a more advanced Linux distribution.
 
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:46 AM   #3
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If hardware is supported or not depends mostly on the version of the kernel in a distro. So you should just go for the newest version of the distro you like and have a look if your hardware is supported.
 
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:36 PM   #4
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Thanks guys

This was one of those lightbulb moments... CentOS, Redhat, Debian are all running old but stable kernels. Ubuntu/Mint are on the debian "testing" branch so running newer Kernels. So i will use my Distro of choice, but ensure that i'm on a testing/current branch. I've been using OS X for too long :0 thanks guys.

Now it's back to picking myself a Distro

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Old 10-01-2012, 11:34 PM   #5
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Still, choosing a distribution depends on your taste, like: what do you need?, etc.
It is best to try it on a VM first, like: VirtualBox or VMWare. so you can get the taste of each distribution without doing any changes to your hard disk.
 
  


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