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Old 10-14-2013, 06:45 AM   #16
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I sold my eeepc 900 with this on it.

I prefer AntiX but figured a Desktop Environment vs a Window manager would be simpler on a new user.

On my 701SD which I had for sale but no takers, I threw one of this guys respins on it, Slack0, and it works OK.

http://extonlinux.wordpress.com/

Lots of live version respins to choose from.
 
Old 10-14-2013, 07:01 AM   #17
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It is great, but I am looking for the most user friendly, hook up my printer(s) Canon 280 and a brother 5420.
I'm hardly a printer expert, but you'll probably need to d/l and install the linux drivers for both printers.

http://www.canon-europe.com/Support/...XMA_MP280.aspx

http://welcome.solutions.brother.com...l&c=us&lang=en

In which case, it wont matter much what distro you use.

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I just gave my aspire one win 7 the Dban. I have crunchbang on my eee pc.
The main reason why people go looking for 'easy' distros is becaue they cant figure out how to install video and other drivers.

EEE PCs mostly use intel video. Wireless could work 'out of the box', or it might not, depending on what wireless chip you have.

The aspire one could have any number of hardware setups.

If you've got 'open source friendly hardware' the distro wont matter much.

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To all that have helped me in my quest for point and shoot, I am down to the final 3:

Mint
PCLinuxOs
Zorin (on the fence with Manjaro)

Zorin sounds almost too good to be true-straight out of the box! Has anyone tried it??
Mint- just a ubuntu based distro. It does have easier driver installation with whatever 'jockey' (ubuntu hardware drivers tool) or whatever its rebranded to (and that which wont help with the printers as far as I know).

Manjaro- no! dont! Arch based, rolling release, and if you dont have much experience it more than likely you _will_ break it when updating.

Zorin- I've tried it, ages ago, and wont try it again. I'm totally off ubuntu based distros, dotn like the 'pay to d/l the full version' model, and dont think that a windows look-a-like desktop is a good or even sensible idea.
 
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:08 AM   #18
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To add to Cascade9 info. If going with Puppy based. http://www.google.com/cse?cx=0159956...ers&gsc.page=1
 
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:36 AM   #19
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Manjaro- no! dont! Arch based, rolling release, and if you dont have much experience it more than likely you _will_ break it when updating.
You might as well say "Ubuntu will break because it's based on Debian Unstable." Neither statement would be true because they both have their own repositories.
 
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:54 PM   #20
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That answers that! Ubuntu it is. I just checked to see if printing requires cloud. I love my new Chromebook- Rok- I just kept breaking my 900- so off I went to best buy- I have a regular wireless printer. I also have Brother. Buying yet another printer was a no go with me

, I did the following: I remoted into a friends Chromebook, she added me as a +g user. I sent her my drives, she add them to her google cloud giving me access- then I had her delete my +g account from her side and I was stand alone cloud ready. I much prefer plug and play.I respect everyone's suggestions, but if David and Rok agree on the same distro- I am reading and downloading tomorrow.

Thank you all- your consideration and willingness to help is appreciated 1000 times over!


Health and happiness to you and yours!

I remain, Xfool
 
Old 10-15-2013, 12:03 AM   #21
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You might as well say "Ubuntu will break because it's based on Debian Unstable." Neither statement would be true because they both have their own repositories.
Umm.....totally different situation. Manjaro is a rolling relase, ubuntu isnt.

In my experience rolling release distros have a higher level of risk than normal distros when updating, and more updates.

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I respect everyone's suggestions, but if David and Rok agree on the same distro- I am reading and downloading tomorrow.
Maybe I'm blind, but from what I can see neither DavidMcCann or rokytnji suggested ubuntu.

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That answers that! Ubuntu it is.
If you do go for ubuntu, be awre that the lastest versions (13.04 and the upcoming 13.10) only have 9 months supoport.

You might be better off with 12.04 LTS if you dont like reinstalling ever few months.

BTW, ubuntu has created its own dekstop- unity. Some people like it, most dont. You can have other desktops apart from 'unity', but the other dekstops have varing support lengths- lubuntu 12.04 (lxde desktop) only has 18 months, xubuntu 12.04 (xfce desktop) has 3 years, kubuntu 12.04 LTS (KDE dekstop) has 5 years.

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Old 10-15-2013, 06:29 PM   #22
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Well, if going with Ubuntu based. Here ya go when it comes time to figure out the printer or any thing else involving Ubuntu.

I like to cheat when it comes to searching. It keeps me from asking questions most of the time.
 
Old 10-15-2013, 11:07 PM   #23
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Cascade9, I am the blind one, not you- I am a twit. I did not mean to say Ubuntu- I am going for PCLinuxOS. I also meant to say that I think that David and Rok were heading in the same direction, instead of agreement. Good Lord, no more coffee after midnight. I value your knowledge- which is obviously extensive- but I have been helped by Rok and David before and if either or both said "put tinfoil on your head, stand on one leg, hold your netbook as high as possible and then you will have wifi" I wouldn't hesitate. I would grumble, but I wouldn't hesitate. (plus Rok always has the best links-I search and search then come in here and he just chucks the very one I was looking for at my head-) I have followed David around the forum. His explanations and step by step help is always dead on and done in a manner that makes one feel informed, not an idiot, and lends confidence.

I apologize if I have been helped by you previously and don't have you on my wish list to answer my posts. Given your excellent advice here, I may have to stock up on tin foil

The xfool.
 
Old 10-19-2013, 11:44 AM   #24
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Ok. For PCLOS forum searching pay attention to how I did this
 
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Paying Attention!! Thank you
 
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