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Old 06-23-2016, 07:44 PM   #1
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Greetings to all in the forum.

I've been a Windows user all of my life, have recently retired from my National Accounts Coordinator position with an Electrical Distributor, and am in the process of wanting to try something new.

I have an old Dell PC that was running Windows XP, and since I have no better use for it, I've decided to see what happens when I travel into uncharted waters.

From what I've read I need to choose a distro, so I'll be reading on the ones suitable for audio and graphics editing; DAW (digital audio workshop), audio editing and graphics (photo) editing.

If I cause any commotion someone simply reach out a smack me LOL.

I hope to be on a lot more once I've "found my way" around what to do, how to do it, and everything in between.

Let's make sure you all stay in trouble.

Thanks,
Raoul

Music: A five letter word to describe Ecstasy starting with the letter "A".
 
Old 06-23-2016, 08:00 PM   #2
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Welcome to Linux and LinuxQuestions!

"old PC" and audio editing don't exactly associate well, in my mind, but it's worth a go.

I started with and still use Slackware, and maintain a website that attempts to explain how to do art on Slack. Feel free to check it out.

Otherwise, SUSE is a pretty darned friendly and long-term support distro. It can pretty much do everything you might expect from an OS.

But as you probably know, there are lots out there; try some out, see which one "feels" best for you. It's all Linux, at the end of the day, so just pick one that installs nicely on your box, and dive in! that's my advice. (Oh, and have fun. Really, if you try to make it a THING, it feels like work. Just relax and have fun with it, your successes and failures alike. It's all part of the learning process!)
 
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:02 PM   #3
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Lubuntu is probably good for your computer. it is a lightweight OS of ubuntu. I don't use my old windows xp dinosaur as a main, but Lubuntu ran really fast on it.
Its good if you have under 1gb ram. I don't know too much more about linux, but from what I tried, Lubuntu runs well on old systems.

Link to Lubuntu: http://lubuntu.net/

Im sure other people can recommend better if there is better, but as a basic start for a slow pc, Lubuntu is good. if it doesn't work well, Xubuntu or other lightweight distros will work.
 
Old 06-23-2016, 08:08 PM   #4
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Thanks notKlaatu and codwwe348.

The "old PC" will not be the main unit, although if I really get interested in Linux that may be subject to change, so it's anyone's guess at this stage. For now I'll do the research that everyone at the site offers me, take notes, and ask plenty of questions.

Thanks to both of you for the quick reply.

Raoul
 
Old 06-23-2016, 09:13 PM   #5
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by old xp computer

just how old and what are the specs
as in is is a 15 year old pentium4 machine ?( i have a old box like that )

the CPU ?
the amount of RAM ?
what is your 3d card if you have one ?

i do not do too much audio but imaging i do do
started in photographic darkrooms back in the 80's

and currently work on nasa/jpl image data from spacecraft

now on my old and now mostly net only 15 year old computer
( pentium4 , 1 gig ram ,and a nvidia gforce2 )
i run Scientific linux 6.7 on

on my current and now aging computer
( i5 ,8 gig ram and a gts 240 nvidia card -- 5 years old )

i run OpenSUSE 42.1
 
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Is the word "audio?" 5 letter word.

If you want to use real time or near real time then that Dell needs to be pretty darn good. Video and Audio on Linux is still a resource consuming task. Some linux distro's offer what they claim to be real time but it is simply a near real time but may suit your needs.


(ahhh, wish BeOS was here still)

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Old 06-24-2016, 04:26 AM   #7
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Hello and welcome to the forum, Raoul

Since this thread is starting to turn technical in nature, I've asked a moderator to move this to another forum. Here's why.

Regards...
 
Old 06-24-2016, 04:32 AM   #8
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Quote:
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From what I've read I need to choose a distro, so I'll be reading on the ones suitable for audio and graphics editing; DAW (digital audio workshop), audio editing and graphics (photo) editing.
Just to demystify the distros a bit, they are simply pre-packaged and pre-configured arrangements of programs. Within certain limits, any one of them can be changed to be like any of the others by adding or removing programs. One of the main points of GNU/Linux is that you can customize it to suit your needs. It's kind of expected. Since you mention audio, I'd focus on those applications and work from there. At the low end you have Audacity and at the high end you have Ardour. Both are available for pretty much every distro.

I'm not that into audio any more but one thing that might be an advanced usage option, on new hardware, would be getting a kernel modified for low latency. Re-configuring and compiling a new kernel is probably unnecessary as there may be low latency kernels already made for some distros. Ubuntu has that option available, so if you use Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, or Ubuntu Studio, you can swap out the generic kernel and use another one. it might be similar for Linux Mint and the others. Again, that's advanced usage.

Have fun.
 
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Reband, will you also run linux on your main system, or just your old system?
 
Old 06-24-2016, 11:21 AM   #10
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Ubuntu Studio

All of your DAWs and everything come built in.

After that:

Quote:
sudo apt-get install lxde
then reboot and log-in to the lxde window manager by selecting it as the default in the top, right hand of your log-in screen.

Last edited by biosboy4; 06-24-2016 at 11:46 AM.
 
Old 06-24-2016, 11:40 AM   #11
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Welcome!
Over at distrowatch.com, at the top of the page, is a link entitled, "Major Distributions." It might be worth taking a few minutes to peruse it.
Enjoy.
 
Old 06-25-2016, 01:18 AM   #12
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Thumbs up Hi

+1 on posting specs

then my first thought is always a netinst or some other CLI start but depends on you?

Do you want to keep xpee (...backups...) or dual boot?

Either way download a lot of the "top" ones and spin them live, if they work well then install and play with it... you can make more partitions and install many (free) to try as well.

Have fun!

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Old 06-26-2016, 10:59 AM   #13
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Greetings to all in the forum.

I've been a Windows user all of my life, have recently retired from my National Accounts Coordinator position with an Electrical Distributor, and am in the process of wanting to try something new.

I have an old Dell PC that was running Windows XP, and since I have no better use for it, I've decided to see what happens when I travel into uncharted waters.

From what I've read I need to choose a distro, so I'll be reading on the ones suitable for audio and graphics editing; DAW (digital audio workshop), audio editing and graphics (photo) editing.

If I cause any commotion someone simply reach out a smack me LOL.

I hope to be on a lot more once I've "found my way" around what to do, how to do it, and everything in between.

Let's make sure you all stay in trouble.

Thanks,
Raoul

Music: A five letter word to describe Ecstasy starting with the letter "A".
Look at the sticky; Newbie alert: 50 Open Source Replacements for Windows XP

Please consider reading http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...#faq_lqwelcome so you can compose a post that will help you to help us diagnose the issues.

Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
 
  


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