LinuxQuestions.org
Support LQ: Use code LQ3 and save $3 on Domain Registration
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 09-11-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
snarph1122
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2012
Posts: 11

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
what would be a good distro for a Dell Latitude D620


First post my name is snarph and I like to play with every thing any way thanks for any and all information

I am not totally new to linux but may as well be

any way I have a dell lap top a Latitude D620 that I would like to load linux on

suggestions, pros cons would be greatly appreciated

Oh yea I am planning on running only linux on it if I can get it functional
 
Old 09-11-2012, 08:05 PM   #2
snarph1122
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2012
Posts: 11

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
bump
 
Old 09-11-2012, 08:10 PM   #3
TobiSGD
Moderator
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Germany
Distribution: Whatever fits the task best
Posts: 17,130
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825
Hi and welcome to LQ!

You should be able to run any 32 bit distribution on that machine. Since you are new to Linux we need information on what you want to achieve with Linux to give you proper recommendations.
For example, if you just want to have a functioning and easy to use system without making much learning effort Ubuntu, Mint or Mepis would be a good recommendation.
If you want to learn the inner workings of the system it would be better to have a look at Slackware, Arch or Gentoo.
 
Old 09-11-2012, 08:16 PM   #4
snarph1122
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2012
Posts: 11

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by TobiSGD View Post
Hi and welcome to LQ!

You should be able to run any 32 bit distribution on that machine. Since you are new to Linux we need information on what you want to achieve with Linux to give you proper recommendations.
For example, if you just want to have a functioning and easy to use system without making much learning effort Ubuntu, Mint or Mepis would be a good recommendation.
If you want to learn the inner workings of the system it would be better to have a look at Slackware, Arch or Gentoo.

Thanks for the reply well I would like a bit of comfort prior to going all text and command line I am still very use to the windows GUI but that is why I am wanting a linux machine to push my comfort zone a little

can I go with the the one of the three you have listed and still ramp up with the learning curve :inner workings ?
 
Old 09-11-2012, 08:32 PM   #5
TobiSGD
Moderator
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Germany
Distribution: Whatever fits the task best
Posts: 17,130
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825
Of course. You can start with the easier distros and if you are more comfortable with Linux may be change to a different distro or learn about the inner workings of those distros. Just keep in mind that the purpose of these distros is to hide those inner workings from the user.
I for example started my Linux journey with Ubuntu, switched after I became comfortable with it (and started to feel limited) to its mother distro Debian, made a short visit to Arch and the landed at Slackware, which is still my preferred distro.
You can also have more than one distro on the computer, so that you have a more user-friendly system for your everyday tasks and a second system that you start if you are in the mood for experimenting with it.
 
Old 09-11-2012, 08:49 PM   #6
snarph1122
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2012
Posts: 11

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
well that is encouraging like every one in the world that thinks even for a second that paying 200.00 every couple of years to be part of a OS that only dose what the designers want it to do when there is alternatives is kind of like shooting your self in the foot to see if you like it
 
Old 09-11-2012, 09:50 PM   #7
jefro
Moderator
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 15,374

Rep: Reputation: 2198Reputation: 2198Reputation: 2198Reputation: 2198Reputation: 2198Reputation: 2198Reputation: 2198Reputation: 2198Reputation: 2198Reputation: 2198Reputation: 2198
Try some of the live cd's at www.distrowatch.com for starters. They may need up to 1G ram so we may need to know more about your computer. Live cd's are a easy way to see if you might like the distro.
 
Old 09-12-2012, 03:06 AM   #8
jsaravana87
Member
 
Registered: Aug 2011
Location: Chennai,India
Distribution: Redhat,Centos,Ubuntu,Dedian
Posts: 558
Blog Entries: 5

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Hi


Quote:
what would be a good distro for a Dell Latitude D620
Distro which you are more familiar to install and configure is a Good Distro .But for Beginner my choice could be Ubuntu ,Second options could be Centos
 
Old 09-12-2012, 04:17 AM   #9
TobiSGD
Moderator
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Germany
Distribution: Whatever fits the task best
Posts: 17,130
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825Reputation: 4825
I wouldn't consider CentOS a good choice both for a beginner and for a laptop.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dell Latitude D620 and Ubuntu 10.10 Problem with Hibernation deity_me Linux - Laptop and Netbook 1 10-21-2010 09:36 PM
Compiling linux kernel 2.6.26 for Dell Latitude D620 futureishere Linux - Kernel 9 09-20-2009 02:14 AM
dell latitude D620 red hat 4 - screen resolution olivomartino Linux - Hardware 4 01-30-2007 11:56 AM
FC5 and Laptop Dell Latitude D620 zillah Linux - General 3 11-07-2006 12:51 AM
Need a good distro for Dell Latitude l400 Kuroyume Linux - Distributions 1 07-02-2006 05:03 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:13 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration