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Old 03-17-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Question Mint or Ubuntu for HP Compaq 420


Dear All,

Although I have spent around 7 years with Linux but I have never ventured into any Desktop friend Linux OS. I have been playing around with RHEL only.

Now, I have decided to quit windows (for my office laptop HP Compaq 420) and move on to Linux, but the tricky part is drivers.

I have googled out that the best OS to start with is Mint or Ubuntu since they come with default drivers (for most of the hardware).

These are the software I am intending to use on my Linux OS.

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- Evolution (or any other Email client which has the ability to use PST files)
- Oracle Virtual Box
- Microsoft Lync
Please suggest.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-18-2013, 02:23 PM   #2
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Only you can decide which is best. Mint and Ubuntu are basically the same. They are built from debian sources and are popular. I tend to prefer OpenSuse right now but have liked Gentoo (very demanding OS but fast) Slackware and a few others. Look at the top choices at places like distrowatch. The top 20 or so should allow to do all what you need.

One part of the choice is to start with your hardware. Not all distro's work well with older hardware.
 
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:09 PM   #3
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Mint is more reliable: being based on Ubuntu, they get the chance to remove the bugs! You may also find the Cinnamon or Mate desktops in Mint more like what you're used to than the Unity desktop in Ubuntu.

You may find a suitable substitute for Lync:
http://linuxappfinder.com/communications
 
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:17 PM   #4
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Many thanks Jeffro and David, I tried Ubuntu 12.10 through a USB and found everything running well except that I was not able to use Evolution with Exchange 2010. I am still trying to make it work.

I also heard from a colleague that Fedora works good on my laptop. Any inputs on it ? Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-20-2013, 12:47 PM   #5
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Fedora is a bit bleeding-edge: you never know what they're going to do next. Also, it's only supported for a year, unlike the long-term-support versions of Mint and Ubuntu which have 5 years' support.
 
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Every member on LQ would have a good suggestion based on what they know/like/use. You seem like you have some time to try a few. Once you get one you like, I'd suggest you stick with it for a while. Each distro has slightly different ways of doing tasks. The learning curve for each won't easily help you when you change.

Fedora and choices like Centos/Scientific would be similar in ability I'd think. If you were able to run Ubuntu then you should be able to run Fedora (redhat based) distro's.

If you want to you can post a new topic on getting Evolution to work on your email server.

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Old 03-21-2013, 02:02 AM   #7
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Every member on LQ would have a good suggestion based on what they know/like/use. You seem like you have some time to try a few. Once you get one you like, I'd suggest you stick with it for a while. Each distro has slightly different ways of doing tasks. The learning curve for each won't easily help you when you change.

Fedora and choices like Centos/Scientific would be similar in ability I'd think. If you were able to run Ubuntu then you should be able to run Fedora (redhat based) distro's.

If you want to you can post a new topic on getting Evolution to work on your email server.
Thanks Jefro and all,

I guess I have got few options now and its time to choose which one is the best for me. I will do it as soon as I get time from operational work, have lots of things piled up

I am marking this thread as solved, as all you guys have helped me out. Thanks again.
 
  


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