Originally Posted by in2media
ok im at a loss here guys,
im sick of windows, i need a linus distro to run on my dell latitude d520
Notebook: Dell Latitude D520
Processor: Intel Core Duo T2300
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 128 MB
Display: 14.1 inch, 16:10, pixels
all i need it for is office ( mainly writing)
idjc internet radio
what does everyone recomend
I can tell you from experience that the GMA 950 and the Core2duo will work with nearly all modern Linux distros
(the ones mentioned below definitely do)
Office (as in openoffice.org) comes with many various distros out of the box (including the ones mentioned below), so no problem there.
The only potential problems you might encounter are with the wireless internet, but many distros offer proprietary drivers included (distros mentioned below will, too).
My suggestions would be:
(Easy as Pie)
(Made for Windows converts)
3.) Linux Mint
(Based on the amazingly easy Ubuntu, except there is a control panel that makes it easy to edit your settings, and more proprietary drivers)
If you own an MP3 player with many MP3s and AVIs and MPEG-4s, or you are an avid watcher of youtube and need the Flash Player, PCLinuxOS comes with great support for that. Mandriva has most of them, and in Linux Mint, you will have to download the "Restricted Extras" package (not very hard):P
Also have a look at this website that compares Linux distros side-by-side (I saved you some time by comparing Mandriva and PCLinuxOS already
Also have a look at this website: http://distrowatch.com/
And heres a Quiz! Yes a quiz! to find Linux distros for you: http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/
Also, please look at the link in my sig for the Linux newbie guide. It will answer every newbie Linux question you throw at it.
Good luck, Linux is fun, free, and best of all, you have literally thousands of Linux users who will help whenever you have a question.