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Old 10-24-2009, 07:43 PM   #1
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What OS/software should I get for my inspiron e1705?

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I am new to linux. I'm wondering what would be the best OS for my laptop? Right now I'm considering ubunta and slax ware.

And what should I use for antivirus/security software?
Old 10-24-2009, 08:25 PM   #2
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Which operating system you choose is all a matter of personal taste. Many people install one system and then, as their knowledge of other Linux distros grows, they experiment. I use VirtualBox, a program that lets me install multiple guest operating systems on a host system. My host system for several years has been Ubuntu and therefore, in my opinion, it is the operating system that I would recommend to you.

Ubuntu runs well on the Inspiron e1705.

Antivirus software is available for Ubuntu but is really not essential. Linux is structured differently to Windows and is inherently a very secure system. If you feel more secure having an antivirus program installed, use ClamAV.
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Originally Posted by Harmonica View Post
Right now I'm considering ubunta and slax ware.
that'll be Ubuntu (Ubuntu Ubuntu or Kubuntu or maybe Xunbutu....well, it doesn't really matter, because you can always install Ubuntu {ie, with the Gnome interface} and click the button in synaptic to pull in kde or XFCE over the net, to give you what is in effect, kubuntu/xubuntu as well) and I think you mean slackware rather than slax. In any case, I think you should probably start by trying out one ore more of the *buntus as the learning curve is shallower.

If you want to try out stuff, I handful of live CDs would give you an idea of how things look without too much messing about, although live CDs do run somewhat more slowly.

And what should I use for antivirus/security software?
Well, for AV, common sense is a workable solution, but you'll probably find that you are happier for a while with some kind of AV; ClamAV as suggested earlier...or do the thing that you should always do when wondering about adding software; go into the package manager (synaptic for the *buntus, but whatever the relevant one is for the distro at hand) and do a search -in this case on antivirus or AV- and see what is available at the click of a mouse button (plus some net bandwidth).

Did you also mean a firewall? Well iptables is the firewall, but there is a massive choice of front ends for configuring it (or you can do it directly, if you'd rather). By now, you'll probably have guessed what the next step would be.
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I have an E1705 with Fedora 11. Installed without any issues. Everything works great. Like they said earlier it's up to personal taste. I would think Ubunto or Slax would install fine, but you won't know until you try. Live CDs might help make the decision easier.

AVG has an antivirus program for linux. I tried to install it, it installed fine, but couldn't figure out how to get the GUI to come up. It's not a big deal cuz I don't need AV anyways. ClamAV would work, but from what I understand it can only be used from the command line. It's good if you use an e-mail client and want to scan e-mail.



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