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I'm about to receive a new laptop in the mail and as it will be secondary PC, I thought it would be fun to try linux. My question is the obvious one: which distribution should I try?
The laptop is an old one. The relevant specs are:
Dell Latitude C400
Intel 830M Graphics chip w/ 48mb video memory
What I'm looking for in a distribution is
1) ease of use: I'm not an idjit, but I am also not a hard-core computer geek. (in other words, it has to be GUI and make for a relatively easy adjustment for a lifetime windows user).
2) fast/light: all I want to run on this laptop is office software and maybe the occational media file (i.e. some music). Oh and I also want to get a wireless NIC card for a bit of web browsing. No fancy applications though. it's an old machine and I want to get it running as smoothly and quickly as possible.
3)free w/ reasonably large and supportive community.
Right. Anyone have any ideas? I was thinking about Fedora. But not sure which core/test. Should I just go with the latest one? Any other distributions I should think about?
Thanks a bunch (in advance)!! This community is pretty freakin' impressive! I'm sure I'll be back with other, even more obvious questions. Cheers!
There are I'm sure lots of people with lots of opinions. I would give Ubuntu a shot. Its a one CD download, so it's not huge. It gives you a nice GUI (Gnome), Open Office etc and a nice set of other software without being monsterous. I don't actually remember how big it is installed, but I seem to remember it was like 2.5gb. It's been a while. It is a free distro. It configured everything I had perfectly including scanner and printer.
If you try Fedora, get the latest I guess. I havent used Fedora, ever... LOL. I used Red Hat Linux (precursor to Fedora) for quite a while and it was a nice distro IMO.
Wireless, well I've configured it, but it wasn't as simple as it should have been. I guess it depends on the card that you have. Drivers are the big issue here, or at least it was.
There are a lot of really nice/smart people here that are willing to help. I am sure more will post on this topic. This is a regular topic here on the boards but everyone is unique.
Distribution: Ubuntu, Debian, Various using VMWare
3rd for Ubuntu.
1) That computer is definately not old. Old is a 486 with 4Mb RAM and 1Gb HDD .
2) Most Ubuntu config is graphical. There are a few times with any distro that it may be easier to use the command line instead of the GUI, but most things can be done using the GUI. The installer is not GUI, but is similar to the 1st stage of the Windows install.
Go with PCLinuxOS. The install will take you about 20 minutes. It comes with all the cool multimedia plugins and apps already installed. Unlike Ubuntu where you have to spend an hour installing things like Flash, Java and codecs.
It also works as a LiveCD so you can try it out and make sure it works before you use it.
It runs great on my Dell C600 with a PIII and 256mb ram, even with the ATI Rage video card.
First of all, thank you so much! Wow! Really kind of you all.
I've been looking at Ubuntu and I looks right to me.
I'm a bit unsure about which version of the distro to install (and also unsure whether or not this actually matters in the end).
I've read good things in the Ubuntu forums about compatibility between my laptop and the new (or upcoming) Dapper Drake release. But as it has not been "officially released" I'm a bit hesitant. Should I stick with the (old) 5.10 version or go with the new (dapper drake) version? If I install the new version in a pre-release form, will I have to reinstall when the official release becomes available or will I just be able to update? Sorry for so many questions. Just want to try to start as well as I can. Once more, thank you so much for all your help and advice!
i havent tried ubutnu/kubutnu for mroe then 5 minuites but apparently it has good support for laptops, so give that a shot, like soemone else mentioned give pclinuxos a shot, its great. Its 1 cd its packaed to the brim with software, its all setup, the control centre isnt screwed up like mandrivas (i know its actually mandrivas control centre but it works stright off, you dont get asked to download something so you can set up your firewall because its already been installed).
Well - Kubuntu is fine as are a lot of others. In terms of versions - you usually want the latest stable version (ie - not prerelease). The only caveat is machines that have some strange quirk - in which case you find the one that works ;-)
When starting from scratch, I also recommend live CDs to find what you like and don't - you can get these for a couple of bucks (I mostly use BudgetLinuxCDs.com but there are a lot of good ones, another that comes to mind is OSDisc.com...) Experiment while you have an empty machine! Later it will be harder.