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Old 03-12-2015, 12:59 PM   #1
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From XP to Ubuntu to Lubuntu


New member that finally installed an open source OS.

I am competent to create an image on DVD or USB, first introduction to Linux was in 1999. Basic DOS knowledge.

Looking for guidance on this new endeavor on a basic level as I am not a programmer.
 
Old 03-12-2015, 04:03 PM   #2
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radioburningchrome,

Welcome to LQ.

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From XP to Ubuntu to Lubuntu
It would appear that you are running Lubuntu (only) on a former XP computer.

Are you experiencing any specific problems with Lubuntu?

I find that many new users somehow expect Linux to be difficult to use because perhaps they have heard (wrongly) that it involves extensive use of the command line.

There is no need to be a programmer, unless you want to be.

The most difficult part for a total novice, in my opinion, is the actual installation and partitioning process.
If you have managed this yourself or with some additional help then you are probably over the worst.

A vast amount of software is pre-installed with the major Linux distributions, so just use the computer as you did with XP, for web searches, emails, Skype, YouTube etc.

A small amount of command line work in Terminal may be involved from time to time (e.g. installing a new program) but the APT package management tool is easy to use and there are plenty of basic tutorials.

Here are 4 short ones:

http://www.aboutlinux.info/2005/12/c...r-for-new.html

http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/588

http://www.techspot.com/guides/835-l...d-line-basics/

http://www.techspot.com/guides/844-l...-line-part-ii/

If you come across a particular problem then do a Google search first, then ask on LQ.

If you need specific advice there are usually plenty of LQ members only too willing to help.
 
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Old 03-12-2015, 04:28 PM   #3
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Hi...

Welcome to the forum

I also have Lubuntu installed on my laptop. Was there anything specific about this distribution that you were wanting to know?

As a side note, almost twenty years ago, I spent about three months in Delaware (in Newark) at the University of Delaware as kind of an exchange student from the University of Oregon. I think it was more laid back than the northeast in general but you could definitely see the influence from New York and New Jersey. Very high paced. But I was in a college town close to Wilmington, the central and souther part of the state may be quite different.

Regards...

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Old 03-12-2015, 06:26 PM   #4
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radioburningchrome,

Welcome to LQ.



It would appear that you are running Lubuntu (only) on a former XP computer.

Are you experiencing any specific problems with Lubuntu?

I find that many new users somehow expect Linux to be difficult to use because perhaps they have heard (wrongly) that it involves extensive use of the command line.

There is no need to be a programmer, unless you want to be.

The most difficult part for a total novice, in my opinion, is the actual installation and partitioning process.
If you have managed this yourself or with some additional help then you are probably over the worst.



If you come across a particular problem then do a Google search first, then ask on LQ.

If you need specific advice there are usually plenty of LQ members only too willing to help.
Thanks for the information. I usually do a google search first, sometimes it just gets me confused.

My jobs have made me familiar with use of terminal emulation, using VT 100 to program/test/troubleshoot equipment.

Installed Ubuntu first and it ran too slow (pc is 2.08Ghz Amd,80 gb drive, 1gb memory- upgraded from 512). Searching led me to Lubuntu which runs better on my old desktop.

Only problem with Lubuntu is getting youtube to work successfully and the ever popular no sound issue.

Cost factor and frustration with Win software (and wife crashing pc monthly) pushed me over the edge to Linux.
 
Old 03-12-2015, 06:31 PM   #5
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Hi...

Welcome to the forum

I also have Lubuntu installed on my laptop. Was there anything specific about this distribution that you were wanting to know?

As a side note, almost twenty years ago, I spent about three months in Delaware (in Newark) at the University of Delaware as kind of an exchange student from the University of Oregon. I think it was more laid back than the northeast in general but you could definitely see the influence from New York and New Jersey. Very high paced. But I was in a college town close to Wilmington, the central and souther part of the state may be quite different.

Regards...
Thank you.

Still learning with Lubuntu.

I am a recent transplant from NE PA, so I know the NE attitude too well. Delaware is a bit "calmer" but the drivers are worse (#6 worst in US). I work in Middletown and live in Sussex county. It is very slow down here, hence the LSD stickers (Lower Slower Delaware).
 
Old 03-12-2015, 06:39 PM   #6
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With your 1GB of memory it may be an idea to give Zorin OS 9 Lite a try.

The review on Linuxed seems positive:
http://mylinuxexplore.blogspot.co.uk...best-lxde.html
 
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Old 03-12-2015, 06:43 PM   #7
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Just some more information:

Installed Lubuntu from a dvd I made. Initially did the dual OS mode, but decided to go full throttle and install Lubuntu only.

I am curently a contractor with the state and the equipment I maintain runs a proprietary software for the last 16 years, which needs defragmentation semi annually. This opened my eyes (again) that there is life beyond Windows.

In 1997 I went to night school and received my computer diploma technician. Became annoyed at the money I spent and jobs available at that time. I was hired on shortly after by a telecom company and stayed in that field for 11 years.

In 1999 the systems engineer where I worked was talking how he was running Red Hat Linux at home and how well it worked for him. My interest was started, by information was not as available as today.
 
Old 03-12-2015, 06:50 PM   #8
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Additional info on Zorin OS 9 Lite:

You can add a whole load of additional software in one go using “Ubuntu After Install” PPA.

The video performance is also supposed to be better than in Lubuntu.
 
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Old 03-12-2015, 06:57 PM   #9
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With your 1GB of memory it may be an idea to give Zorin OS 9 Lite a try.

The review on Linuxed seems positive:
http://mylinuxexplore.blogspot.co.uk...best-lxde.html
Not too familiar with Zorin OS 9 Lite. Lubuntu was the choice based on my perception of "more support"?

I have another XP machine that might get that OS in the future.

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Old 03-12-2015, 07:15 PM   #10
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Only problem with Lubuntu is getting youtube to work successfully and the ever popular no sound issue.
Hi...

You (or where you work) aren't too far from where I was at. I even went through there on some trips south.

Are you still having the problem you mentioned above? I've not had this issue at all.

Regards...
 
Old 03-12-2015, 07:20 PM   #11
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Hi...

You (or where you work) aren't too far from where I was at. I even went through there on some trips south.

Are you still having the problem you mentioned above? I've not had this issue at all.

Regards...
My commute is about 55 minutes each way for now...

Installed chromium and minitube. Both not currently working. No sound as well. Fire Fox is being used currently.

Did not dig too deeply as I am prepring to visit family for the next 4 days.

Blame it on being a newbie!

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Old 03-12-2015, 07:20 PM   #12
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There is also Peppermint OS Five:

http://mylinuxexplore.blogspot.co.uk...move-over.html
 
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:23 PM   #13
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Was reading that earlier today and printed information.

Is video support better than Lubuntu?
 
Old 03-12-2015, 07:57 PM   #14
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With your 1GB of memory it may be an idea to give Zorin OS 9 Lite a try.
Unless they recently changed it, Zorin Lite is based on Lubuntu. And, given Zorin's whole claim to fame is to try and get the desktop to "look kike" windows, this would be a complete waste of time, as the Lite version looks just like Lubuntu with a "Z" for the menu button! And there is the whole support issue also.
 
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Old 03-12-2015, 08:03 PM   #15
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Only problem with Lubuntu is getting youtube to work successfully and the ever popular no sound issue.
I also had to do something with an XP PC and I installed Xubuntu 14.04 as a dual boot.

As far as Youtube, what is the problem? I use Chrome browser which uses HTML5 by default now for Youtube and I don't have any problem with youtube.
 
  


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