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Old 08-04-2010, 12:25 AM   #1
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I need help choosing a linux distro for my laptop


okay guys i just recently bought a new laptop.
I want to put linux on it, well more like dual boot it with windows 7.

I've used ubuntu on desktops before and i liked it A LOT.
but i just want some recommendations on what to run on my laptop

I just want to be able to browse the web, listen to music, download movies and music and stuff like that. Nothing like video editing or things of that nature.

Simply i just want a good OS for when im not using windows (i would like to use windows for just burning cds)

here's some of my computer's specs

It's a Toshiba satellite L505D

it has an AMD Turion II Dual-Core mobile M520 processor
2.30 GHz

4gb of RAM (3.75 usable)
and its 64 bit operating system.
 
Old 08-04-2010, 12:30 AM   #2
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I've used ubuntu on desktops before and i liked it A LOT.
Then go for Ubuntu
 
Old 08-04-2010, 12:32 AM   #3
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Then go for Ubuntu
i was wondering if there's something better out there.
i have read that openSUSE works well for laptops.
 
Old 08-04-2010, 12:34 AM   #4
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Hello,

It all depends on what you want to do with your laptop. If you only want to do the things you mention, you could go for Peppermint Ice, which is pretty fast, shiny, and comes with what you need. You could also have a look at this distro chooser to limit your choices a bit.

What I don't understand however, is your statement:
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Simply i just want a good OS for when im not using windows (i would like to use windows for just burning cds)
You can burn CDs with Linux too you know If that's your only reason then throw Windows out the window and just install Linux.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 08-04-2010, 12:36 AM   #5
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They all work on laptops.
Slackware, debian, suse, ubuntu, mint,...
 
Old 08-04-2010, 12:39 AM   #6
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You can burn CDs with Linux too you know If that's your only reason then throw Windows out the window and just install Linux.



Eric
I've had many problems before burning cds with ubuntu :l
all my burns would end in error, but i've never had a problem burning a cd on windows.
 
Old 08-04-2010, 07:48 AM   #7
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What errors, exactly?

And how did you try burning the CDs?
 
Old 10-10-2010, 11:17 AM   #8
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What was the problem exactly in Ubuntu?
If you want to change from Ubuntu but like something similar, I would say go to Linux Mint (and definitely throw Windows, that terrible memoryhog, out of the window!).
 
Old 10-10-2010, 11:34 AM   #9
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Try using k3b (a KDE CD-burning app) in Linux - it's an excellent program.
For a distro recommendation Fedora13/KDE works great on my laptop.
 
Old 10-10-2010, 11:50 AM   #10
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I've had many problems before burning cds with ubuntu :l
all my burns would end in error, but i've never had a problem burning a cd on windows.
You have nothing to worry. Brasero (gnome) is good and K3B (kde) too. There are many CD/DVD applications in the free software community. Most Linux users Create and Burn media using free software. We do.

Take their advice above and be confident. You can always post any problem here and we are eager to help everyone. The choice of distro depends on your intention and purpose. I use Slackware for my laptop, workstations and server.

With your specifications you have nothing to worry.

Good luck.
 
  


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