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I hope someone can help. I currently run windows 7 but please don't hold that against me! My warranty runs out next month on my laptop so I want to change it to Linux as I prefer it. I haven't used Linux for 2-3 years so I am sure everything will have changed. I think it was PCLinux OS I ran back then. I am looking for the best distro to use now. I quite liked that one so I was thinking something similar. I know that asking a question like which is the best one is going to leave me open to all sorts of opinions lol. I have a Toshiba laptop that has a dual core processor with 4GB RAM. Almost certain that isn't enough info but can find out more if need be. Basically I am looking for something that is easy to install and compatible with that. I also want to know what site is the best one to download from. I didn't install it myself last time but I am guessing the best way is a bootable CD. Last time I tried to make one it didn't work and I have no recovery disks for this laptop so want to make sure I get it right first time.
P.S. btw hi! lol and I am fairly computer illiterate so please could I have help in plain english :S
For a beginner I would recommend ubuntu http://www.ubuntu.com/
You can however take a look at http://distrowatch.com/
Every distro in the top 10 should do.
I would suggest to download a live cd, and see if all your hardware is supported.
I also want to know what site is the best one to download from.
Thank you to all who replied. I will definitely look into distrowatch.....will let you know what happens lol If you hear screaming it means I got it wrong! I have heard of mint before so might look into that one first...have never been the biggest fan of Ubuntu but will not rule it out. Would also be interested in any other suggests.
Last edited by buttonsbabies; 03-09-2011 at 07:59 AM.
I'm using Arch. If you follow the steps, it can be the system for you. But the community around Arch is somewhat of a hardened one...do not be alarmed...
I used Fedora some time, but the ttl (time to live) is quite short. Go for a rolling release if re-installing is not your sport (was NOT mine)
Arch has the advantage that you make it what it is. The wiki and documentation are great and super-easy to follow, the forum can be a ... well.
And, hey, whatever you choose, I'm sure you'll fall madly in love with it
@ cascade - NO INSULT TAKEN! At all, you have tons of reasons to call Arch not appropriate for a beginner...take it from me. I chose it because it is a rolling release.
But...Ubuntu, Fedora or perhaps Debian SHOULD be the staring point.
Hey, no isnult taken, believe me!
@ buttonbabies - I'd go with Ubuntu, but as you said:
lol thank you cascade and linusr. Good to know PCLinux OS is still around....had lots of fun with it. As for Arch I have a vague recollection of it being installed by someone I knew in a programming mode....although it might have been a different distro I am thinking of...well either that or he had far too much time on his hands lol. Either way, good advice to steer clear of it so thanks again.