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Old 05-11-2006, 01:19 PM   #1
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gonna switch to linux!


i am kinda new to linux, and i want to dual boot with windows.

i am gonna be getting a new shuttle pc (the X100), and i want to put linux on it.

heres the specs:
1.83GHz Core Duo T2400
512MB PC4200 RAM
945PM motherboard
250GB Seagate hard disk
Matsushita UJ-845S DVD writer
ATi Mobility Radeon X1400
DVI-I, S-Video out
10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11a/b/g WLAN
USB, FireWire

i have two questions:

1. does linux support this hardware?

2. if so, which distro do i need? there's too many!
Old 05-11-2006, 01:30 PM   #2
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1) Search the HCL (hardware compatibility list) or google for an answer to your question "does linux support..." Probably does, but it's always better make sure; I'd google for those hardware names if they are not compatible with any Linux distribution.

2) Actually "Linux" means just the kernel. Nearly all, if not all, Linuxes are based to the same kernel sources (don't blame my knowledge, it's limited like everyone else's, so there might be some other sources) so the kernels are the same. It's the applications that come along, and the way the whole system is constructed (ie where certain files are placed, how you manage services etc.) that builds up a distribution. So after all, it does not matter that much which one you pick. I suggest installing one that has a package manager so you don't have to solve dependencies manually when installing new software (so you'll just have to run one command to get the app); some, especially older, distributions might not have one. Probably all the distributions of today do have a package manager. Then you should pick a distribution that's easy to start with (installing Gentoo might not be the easiest thing for a newbie, but when you get into things, it might be interesting). My suggestions for you are Ubuntu Linux, Fedora Core or SuSE. Google and the websites of those distributions give you more information about what kind of dudes they are and how they differ (Ubuntu is a Debian-based, Fedora is RedHat-based etc.)

Ubuntu is easy to install, user-friendly (if Linux is), nice, has a lot of apps ready for you in it's reposities on the net, has a very easy-to-use package manager (works way better than that of Fedora's, yum, for example) and the newest version (stable comes out next month) is very nice. Try the Live-CD of Ubuntu out, if you like.

Just don't give up for small problems; most of us do have problems starting the use of Linux, but they'll solve out with the support of other users. I hope you a nice stay with Linux
Old 05-11-2006, 01:40 PM   #3
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The best way to find out if your hardware is supported is to download the latest Knoppix Live CD (or DVD), put it in the drive and see what you can do with it. Check and make sure the video, sound, etc all work.

Then take the quizes in my signature and see if there's any particular distro that comes out for you. You can also visit and look at the top rated distros. For newbies, the usual suspects are Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, Mandriva, and I guess Fedora (though I've never been a big redhat fan...). Personally I like Debian...


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