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Old 01-31-2006, 02:51 PM   #1
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Getting tired of having to deal with MS security problems ...

Howdy do,
I am about too through with the constant scans (spyware, antivirus, defrags, scan disks, etc,etc,etc.) to make sure that my laptop doesn't peter out on me. I was thinking of a MAC but I have a fairly new (8 months)laptop and would like to convert. I have been seriously considering about going to Linux but not sure about what distro to go with. I don't consider myself to be any kind of a guru but I do know my way around a bit. Can you help!!! I kind of makes me wonder if MS really knows what it's doing. I'd like something that operates smooth and with the least bit of worries. Thank you!!!

Acer 2304LCi
Celeron M 350
512 MB mem
60 GB HD
802.11 b/g wireless (Inprocomm)
Broadcom 440x 10/100
Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics
Old 01-31-2006, 03:04 PM   #2
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If you are completely new to linux i would go with mandrake or fedora core.
Old 01-31-2006, 03:09 PM   #3
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Fedora 4 is a good distribution.
Old 01-31-2006, 03:09 PM   #4
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Try out's quite nice and easy to move from Windows (if you wish it to act more like Windows, not meaning the "buggies" now, maybe Kubuntu instead of Ubuntu - it's the same, except that the desktop environment is not Gnome but KDE which may "feel" a bit more familiar at first), doesn't need too much setup, works like a charm (at least mine does), and is ready to use from the first boot. Oh, and has graphical installer, doesn't ask for too complicated stuff while installing etc..

Ubuntu comes with Gnome desktop's a smooth, good-looking, easy-to-use and user-friendly. Only not just like Windows. Kubuntu, which is (as I said) Ubuntu wih KDE, looks a bit more like Windows, acts a bit more like Windows, and so on..nice too, and so on, but maybe not just quite as user-friendly as Gnome. Or then it is..find out the desktops, KDE and Gnome, can be switched afterwards you lose nothing.
Old 01-31-2006, 03:14 PM   #5
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I, like you, got really sick and tired of MS. Way too costly and everything you wanted to do cost more money.

I first tried Linspire, which costs ~ $50 and I added the Gold version of their program warehouse for another ~50/year. I was tickled with it all mainly because even @ ~$50 I could use it on all (5) of my computers at home and the license covered them all. But, alas, I was unable to use it on my main computer because of some glitch in the download. So I opted to return it for a refund.

However, I was undaunted in my search for a better system and found Ubuntu. It was shipped to me completely without cost and it loaded very, very easily and it comes with everything that you could want. Just keep in mind that once the basic program is installed you have to nose around a bit to find all the goodies that you would like to use. But basically all the Windows compatible programs are already there with the basic desktop. I just love it. I had no problem with my wireless router, my Palm Pilot interface, etc. I do have a wierd glitch with my contacts in my email, but nothing that can't be worked out.

By the way, did I mention the support? The poeple here at Linux Questions.Org are the greatest. I am a total newbie when it comes to the programing side of this thing and I have no problems whatsoever.

I have several copies of Ubuntu left since they sent me 15 free copies and if you would like one, just let me know.

Later, redriverd
Old 01-31-2006, 04:46 PM   #6
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Second the motion for Ubuntu.....

That said, you can pretty much pick any of the common free distros. Chances are very high you'll try at least two before settling down.

Do NOT, however, expect instant gratification, freedom from hassle, etc. The only promise is that your Linux issues will be **different** from those you had with MS.
Old 01-31-2006, 04:58 PM   #7
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All of the posts above are right.

I usually recommend trying one of these quizzes which may point you to a linux for you:
Old 01-31-2006, 05:32 PM   #8
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I agree with the other two here. Give Ubuntu a go, It is great for a person with little or no linux experience. You *MAY* have an issue with your wireless but we're here to help if you need it.
Old 01-31-2006, 06:09 PM   #9
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My opinion has changed over the last few years. Went from Win 98 to linux becoming very anti MS. Since I have come to believe that every operating system has its' place. I do keep a partition with Windows on my pc now. I use it mainly for playing games, I stay off the internet with it and it is good. For every thing else I use linux. I trust it on internet with router for hardware firewall. I even find different distrobutions of linux are better at certain things. I use Mandriva for my main 1.8ghz machine because it has all the bells and whistles and a vast amount of available software that is basically installed by a click of the mouse once you set up your urpmi repositories. I use Vector linux on an old 266mhz laptop because it makes it run like a new laptop. Incredibly fast on old hardware, but not quite as visually stimulating as Mandriva. For helping friends out with botched pc's I will bring Damn Small Linux live cd, only 50meg and has the tools to recover stuff of the drive of dead pc's, securely wipe out drives or what ever needs doing. Helix has tools for recovering stuff that has been deleted on drives as well as lots of other security tools. Lots of choice and they all have different strengths and weaknessess. Reading reviews and trial and error gets you to where you want to be.
Old 01-31-2006, 06:17 PM   #10
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I like Fedora Core. It has good hardware detection, an easy installer, and a nice package manager.

Only one thing I can say is unsatisfactory: MP3 support doesn't come default, you have to install it from other repositories.
Old 01-31-2006, 07:34 PM   #11
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Okay, I read this thread with interest. I am surprized no one has mentioned MEPIS. I tried all the above, including SUSE 10. By far I found MEPIS to have the most intuitive installation and setup. It recognized all the hardware and mounted all my partitions. As with all distro's I struggled with the Screen resolution, but googled and used these forums (which btw I totally agree is the best out there). MEPIS, like ubuntu, uses synaptic PM; but unlike ubuntu, allows you to login in as root, and modify things. I kinda like that than the sudo thingy, as my command line is a lot rusty!. Navigation thru the menus is a pleasure and whatver you need is just right where you are most likely to find it. (Uses KDE instaed of GNOME). All the multimdia play right out of the box; unlike in SUSE I had to download a whole hoard of XINE accessories to get amaroK to work. I would stringly recommend MEPIS, and btw new version is about to come out (not sure when exactly), but I give it a try.
my 2c,
Old 02-01-2006, 12:13 AM   #12
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I actually started with knoppix and my first linux problem was how to install it. I thought that because of the problems instigated by using a dist. originally made on a cd it helped me learn a lot faster.
Old 02-01-2006, 02:34 AM   #13
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I tried several Distros before finding one that really worked well. Ubuntu would not find my ADSL router but picked up my 3-Com modem (dial-up) with no problem. The Distro that really worked for me (apart from a few errors on my part) was Mandriva 2006.
LinuxQuestions is great, no problem to big (I hope).
Old 02-01-2006, 05:46 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by pljvaldez
I usually recommend trying one of these quizzes which may point you to a linux for you:
You can find one here - I took it myself and the results seem very reasonable.
Old 02-01-2006, 08:03 AM   #15
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OP gone--we're talking to ourselves again.....
We may have failed in that we did not address his comment about wanting something "smooth and with the least bit of worries".......

OP joined in Oct 2004 and made his 1st and only post over a year later---who knows what he is really looking for......


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