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Old 06-19-2013, 11:25 PM   #1
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linux newbie..dont know how to get into GUI mode..does any GUI exists for linux..??


Hey all

I just bought a Acer Aspire one lap yesterday and it is preinstalled with Linux os.
I have never used linux before and dont kno w what exactly to do now..im thinking t o be with it but does any gui exists for linux and if so, how to get into it and does it need any process..please help..
 
Old 06-19-2013, 11:44 PM   #2
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What version of Linux does it have? That would be useful information in trying to help you.

Linux has oodles of GUIs. There are KDE, Gnome, XFCE, LXDE, Fluxbox, TWM, Enlightenment, FVWM, and Black Box, just to name a few off the top of my head. Most Linux distros come with a default GUI installed. Some, like Slackware, come with multiple GUIs installed and you can take your pick or install a different one of your choosing.

If you boot to the command line, you can try the command startx after logging in. That's the normal way to start a GUI from the command line. If no GUI starts, the error messages should tell you something.

Here are some references that might help:

http://linux.about.com/. It's oriented to Ubuntu, but it's full of good info.

http://tille.garrels.be/training/tldp/. Machtelt Garrels's Intro to Linux.

http://www.slackbook.org/. Slackware oriented, but excellent on the basics, such as file structure, permissions, and the like.

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Old 06-20-2013, 01:59 AM   #3
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Itz linpus linux liveCd edition v9.2 b120106..
 
Old 06-20-2013, 02:24 AM   #4
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Did you try the 'startx' cmd as mentioned above, although I thought that version defaulted to a GUI?
 
Old 06-20-2013, 03:25 AM   #5
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Yes..i have tried the startx command but it is showing command not found..
 
Old 06-20-2013, 03:45 AM   #6
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Hi,

it may be useful if you clarify something: in the first post you say linux is installed on this machine, bug in post #3 you say you are using "linpus linux liveCd edition v9.2 b120106". This name seems to indicate you are not running an OS installed on the hard drive, but rather running the OS from a live cd. Can you clarify?

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Old 06-20-2013, 05:51 AM   #7
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In addition to previous advice you can burn a livecd and set your bios boot priority to boot off a cd if one is present and try that. It should put you into a gui straight away. I don't think you'd want to stick with Linpus for very long anyway.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:54 AM   #8
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Actually i dont have any idea whether it is installed on the hard disk or not....and there is cd drive in this..
 
Old 06-20-2013, 07:09 AM   #9
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Linpus Linux is a dumbed down version of Linux and some versions of it came even without a GUI. If you are new to Linux I recommend to download and install Linux Mint, openSuse or Mageia, these distributions are aimed to be extra newbie and user friendly and will give you the choice of a couple of desktop environments.
 
Old 06-20-2013, 07:19 AM   #10
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Can you say where can i download it from...linux mint or the rest two...
 
Old 06-20-2013, 07:21 AM   #11
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Can i install windows 7 on it now..??
 
Old 06-20-2013, 08:24 AM   #12
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Can i install windows 7 on it now..??
I've never installed any windows from 0 to 1000000 but I think the best practice is, if you want a dual boot machine, to install windows first and then install the linux distro of your choice. When you turn on the machine you will get a menu where you can choose one or the other OS to boot up in.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:34 AM   #13
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Get Linux downloads from www.distrowatch.com.
As above, if you want to dual boot with windows, putting windows on first seems to be the go.
 
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Can you say where can i download it from...linux mint or the rest two...
http://www.linuxmint.com/
https://www.mageia.org/
http://www.opensuse.org/

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Can i install windows 7 on it now..??
Of course, if you feel more comfortable with Windows just use that.
 
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This is farfetched, but is it possible that this box has been booting to a CD in the drive?
 
  


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