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Old 02-26-2011, 03:17 AM   #1
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Looking for a Linux that operates similar to windows


Hello everyone.My name is Shawn, I am new to Linux and I am by no means a computer expert, geek, I T Person, what have you. I have just bought an Acer One D255E. Comes with a 1GB DDR3 memory. Yesterday, I also bought a 2MB memory upgrade from Crucial.com and bought an Ubuntu flash drive from eBay. I am experimenting with replacing the Windows 7 starter that is on here. Any ideas as to how all of this will turn out? Also plan to run a printer and other stuff, as though this notebook were a desktop. The advantage is that when I need to take the notebook with me, I can. However, most of the time, it will be stationary 24/7. Will I have a hard time running printers and such?
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 03:27 AM   #2
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Hello and Welcome to LinuxQuestions,

The first thing you'll need to understand is that Linux is in no way similar to Windows. Once you get that you can start learning Linux. Linux has come a long way and is not at all only for the geeks, expert or others. You could start with Ubuntu Netbook which should do a great job on your newly bought hardware. Installing and using a printer with Linux is not hard at all and most of the time just connecting your printer is enough (depending on the printer being supported). Any questions or problems you can always turn to LQ for answers. Have fun with Linux.

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Eric
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 03:28 AM   #3
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Welcome to LQ

Boot from the ubuntu flash drive, and see if all your hardware is supported.
You can also use live CD's
If you have problems, just come back and ask.

Kind regards
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 03:29 AM   #4
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You can check support for your printer in this database:
http://www.openprinting.org/printers
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:45 AM   #5
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The first thing you'll need to understand is that Linux is in no way similar to Windows. Once you get that you can start learning Linux.
This ^

One of the biggest problems I see with people new to using Linux is that they encounter something that doesn't work exactly the same as it does in Windows and then declare that it's either too difficult or 'rubbish'. (I've also seen the same attitude with people using Mac OS X for the first time.)

If you are 'Looking for a Linux that operates similar to windows' then my answer to your (rather vague) question "Any ideas as to how all of this will turn out?" is "quite badly". Linux is not Windows. Let go of the concept that all operating systems should work 'similar to Windows' and you'll probably get along fine. If you have questions, post here and someone will help you. If you want software, e.g. Adobe Flash, search for it in the Ubuntu Software Center and install it from there.
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:33 AM   #6
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I'm quite surprised that nobody has posted it yet
http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:37 AM   #7
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kde desktop may make you more confortable if you are familiar with windows. Although it does have simularities it still so much different. Distros like kubuntu (ubuntu with kde desktop), fedora and lots more have this prepackaged.
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:00 AM   #8
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I'm quite surprised that nobody has posted it yet
http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm
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Trying to use Linux the same way one uses Windows is a mistake. The sooner you ditch your preconceived notions of what an OS should be, the better. Don't be afraid of Linux just because it is different. Relish the differences and learn from your mistakes as you go.
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:01 AM   #9
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I don't understand why you want to remove Windows and replace it with "a Linux that operates similar to windows"? Why not keep the preinstalled Windows if you like using Windows? If you decide you want to give Linux a try, the first thing to do is run the Ubuntu USB in "live" mode for a few days, or even weeks, evaluating whether you like it and whether it supports your hardware. Once you're ready to make the leap, you can then install it side-by-side Windows (as a "dual boot") or even inside of Windows (using WUBI) so you have your choice of operating systems--the best of both worlds.

Under no circumstances do I recommend erasing your preinstalled Windows 7 on your new netbook, until you are an experienced Linux user and are 100% confident you will never need or want to use Windows again for any reason. Even then, make sure you have a fully-functional restore option (I'm not sure what Acer's policy is) so that you can easily revert back to Windows in case you get tired of Linux or decide to sell the netbook someday.

All that being said, Linux is a wonderful operating system, and I encourage you to give it a try! We are here to help if you have any questions.
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:32 PM   #10
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Greetings.

LinuxXp if it still exists is very similar to WindowsXP. You could use IceWin with the XP look. Super friendly type distributions include PCLinuxOS Mandriva Ubuntu. Gnu Linux is not Windows. It has its similarities but it is very different.

With all the illusions of a theme, eventually you will learn that you are no longer in Kansas. For example, hardware compatibility is still very much a problem even with simple devices like a printer or WIFI. Some Internet games will not work with FireFox for Linux. If you need Windows applications, you can find their equivalent or use something like WINE, which doesn't always work. Troubleshooting comes with the Gnu Linux territory.

However, once everything is set and working Gnu Linux will work for a longtime. Almost no viruses, and it rarely slows down overtime. Once you start and it "clicks" with you, you rarely choose to go back to Windows or anything else, but like arizonagroovejet said, the learning curve and the differences tend to scare some away.

If you want to dip your toes into Gnu Linux, you could try the somewhat friendly PuppyLinux with a Frugal Installation so that you don't need to erase anything.

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Old 02-26-2011, 11:34 PM   #11
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[B]Thanks to all the posters out there. Some of your answers were indeed friendly and some were like being judged from people with little lensed, steel rimmed glasses over a muffin and a double homosexual latte. I'll say this for the LQ community, there sure is a broad spectrum out here!

Let me clarify some points of my question by saying,that Linux for me does not have to be like Windows, it's simply that Windows is all that I know. It's akin to a person from the U S visiting Europe for the 1st time and can only pick one country. A wise traveler would pick England. I would not want to go there, I would want to go to Germany, Austria or Russia,someplace where chics have big noses.(I like to bite them.) However, before someone chokes on their muffin, lemme quit digressing. I would choose to go to England, even though I really wouldn't wish to go there BECAUSE, the language is the same. Not exact, of course but enough to get by on. Now if I tried to bite a woman's nose in say, France, I'd be in cuffs before I got within 3 feet of a nose and tossed into a cell where I would be served quiche, salad and bannana nut bread, because I was lost and didn't know all of the nuances of being social and the fine art of conversation in order to accomplish my objective.

To say it again in short order, I'd be in a heap of trouble before I even got started!

I am no fan of Windows, a virus got my last computer. I am trying Linux because it's safe, unless I bite the wrong nose and someone writes a special virus, just for me. Odds of that happening? Zero. Way zero.

So I am willing to learn something new, I just don't want to have to be a NASA kind of person, just to email and surf the net.

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Old 02-26-2011, 11:54 PM   #12
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I think that you took it wrong, what they are trying to say is that linux is not windows and you can actually design your system anyway you want it.
As far as functionality and simplicity ubuntu may be your choice.
But you're not limited to that, after learning linux you'll find the distro that most suits you.
 
Old 02-27-2011, 12:53 AM   #13
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I think that you took it wrong, what they are trying to say is that linux is not windows and you can actually design your system anyway you want it.
As far as functionality and simplicity ubuntu may be your choice.
But you're not limited to that, after learning linux you'll find the distro that most suits you.
Thank you. Please understand, I am not upset and my attitude isn't sour. That was my tongue and cheek humor, used to try to make a point.

I look forward to learning Linux and I gotta start sommewhere. May as well be here and now. )
 
Old 02-27-2011, 01:20 AM   #14
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Have fun with the linux adventure, I've been on this ride for about a year.
I foundout about the forum after getting in trouble, you're 1 step ahead.
 
Old 02-27-2011, 01:33 AM   #15
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Hello,

Believe me, you don't have to be a NASA person as you said. The only things you'll need are patience, logic and a sense of adventure. Those things get you a long way. But first of all, free your mind from the Windows brainwash, that probably will get you going in notime. The worst error one can make when starting with Linux is to try compare things. They are two different worlds. When you get that clear you're good to go. Enjoy Linux!

Kind regards,

Eric
 
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