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Old 11-09-2012, 02:57 PM   #1
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Hi I have tried several versions of linux and like the way it runs but always seem to have problems getting WiFi to work and also problems with printer drivers. can anyone recommend a good version for a beginner.
 
Old 11-09-2012, 03:18 PM   #2
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mint is good.
 
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:28 PM   #3
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Anything on this list should be fine:
http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major

If you have any more issues with wireless, give us the details---on modern distros, wireless should work "out of the box"
 
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:40 PM   #4
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Hardwareproblems (or hardwaresupport respectively) depend on the kernel, not on the distribution, you can use any distribution as far as the kernel isn't too old.

Markus
 
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:53 PM   #5
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Hardwareproblems (or hardwaresupport respectively) depend on the kernel, not on the distribution, you can use any distribution as far as the kernel isn't too old.

Markus
well often yes, but for example, CentOS on a brand new laptop may well be SOL for the wifi chipset without a lot of messing around.
 
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:34 PM   #6
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As for printers, it is best to research them before you buy one. Many will not work with Linux. I have had good success with HP printers though. If you gave us the brand/model in question we could help better.
 
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:09 PM   #7
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Used Ubuntu and the wireless work without a hitch
 
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:38 AM   #8
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I think the majority of printers are now supported by Linux. We're starting to see this written right on the box.

+1 for HP--especially lasers

For color (photo-quality), Epson is still my top choice, and they are well-supported also
 
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:36 AM   #9
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Any desktop disto(Fedora, Ubuntu, Suse) should support most of printers due always fresh kernel versions.
 
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