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Old 01-15-2014, 06:53 AM   #1
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Question Need help on Linux installation


Hi, I'm newbie to Linux .
I have bought a Lenovo G510-2843
( 4th gen i5 , 4 gb RAM, 2gb ATI GRAPHIC, 500 GB HDD , FreeDOS )
it came a Windows 8 driver cd . i planned to install Windows 8 in future in dual boot if needed in future .
I need help on which distro of Linux to install and how to install.
( I'm going use it for programming , GNUradio ,other open source tools )



It is printed on box that " some features are only available while running Microsoft Windows. "
will i miss any features by using Linux
( like Dolby Avanced Audio v2 ).
 
Old 01-15-2014, 06:59 AM   #2
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please reply guys
 
Old 01-15-2014, 07:01 AM   #3
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You can use just about anything debian and ubuntu should work well.

Dolby? I still wonder why they put that in laptops and pc parts. I rather just route everything to my proper pioneer receiver with 5 150 watt speakers to do that job. If i want proper sound using te pc i would get a proper sound blaster and not the cheap crap they put in.

But for programming you wont miss anything. If you use only truly opensource your sound and video performance will be degraded but more than adequate for what you need.

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Old 01-15-2014, 07:14 AM   #4
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should install ubuntu or Linux mint
will the wifi and Bluetooth well because i will use them often
 
Old 01-15-2014, 07:59 AM   #5
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That depends. If intel based you are golden. Rtl so so for wifi. Bluetooth generally ok. That windows was for support mainly for graphics and dolby.
 
Old 01-15-2014, 11:27 AM   #6
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I would suggest you to install Linux Mint. But be aware that when a new version of Mint is out you will need to fresh install. To avoid headaches separate your home partition.

There are other good distros out there but to suggest you one of them We would need to know how much Linux learning you are willing to do.

Ubuntu will probably be fine for you. Actually go ahead an install whichever you have already downloaded try it for two weeks if you don't like it install the other one.

Good luck to you.
 
Old 01-15-2014, 11:37 AM   #7
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One of the differences between Windows and Linux is that the GUI is not built in to Linux: there are several available, so you get to choose.

Ubuntu uses Unity, when makes your computer look like a tablet or smart phone. Some people like that, others feel (as some do with Windows 8) that this is a bit silly. So, if you prefer Windows 8 to Windows XP, you might like Ubuntu.

Mint is Ubuntu with less proneness to bugs and a more traditional interface: Mate (plain) or Cinnamon (fancy).

Another good one is PCLinuxOS, which defaults to using KDE, the eye-candy champion. PCLinuxOS differs in being rolling release. That is, it doesn't have versions: it's continually updated, so you never need to re-install.

Get the live disks and you can try before you install, and see which you feel happiest with.
 
Old 01-15-2014, 12:28 PM   #8
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thank you everone,
i downloaded Linux Mint 13 LTS, checked md5sum signature .. burned it using InfraRecorder on a DVD. but the DVD doesn't boot after restarting ... freeDOS installed by default comes up .
i also changed boot priority
does it have something to do with UFEI
but i tried changing it to legacy in boot menu .
Can anyone help me please !
 
Old 01-15-2014, 12:35 PM   #9
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burned it using InfraRecorder on a DVD
I'm not familiar with InfraRecorder but CD/DVD burning software should have an option to 'burn as an image' which you would need to do. If you just burned it as data, your DVD is now a coaster. With windows 8 you would need to disable secure boot and if you have the option, enable legacy boot.
 
Old 01-15-2014, 12:47 PM   #10
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yes i burned it as IMAGE not data .
i cannot see any secure boot option
but i changed everything to Legacy .
but still DVD doesn't boot
 
Old 01-15-2014, 02:13 PM   #11
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managed to boot as live cd
Bluetooth doesn't turn ON
 
Old 01-16-2014, 12:04 AM   #12
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Bluetooth not working on Linux Mint 64bit xfce

i tried Linux mint 13 LTS 64bit Xfce as liveCd . it showed some error while booting ..
Bluetooth doesn't work .. no adapter is found .
i will work if i install Linux mint 13 for liveCD
 
Old 01-16-2014, 07:35 AM   #13
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you can install it and right after installation you could update your system. there have been several updates since the release of that live image you have downloaded it, so chances are some of the errors you get have been fixed by now.

But you can install it and later on you can switch to a different distro if you are not happy with linux mint.
 
Old 01-16-2014, 08:08 AM   #14
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OpenSuse is a pretty bulletproof install. I've never found a way to mess it up, and that's saying a lot!
 
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i tried Linux mint 13 LTS 64bit Xfce as liveCd . it showed some error while booting ..
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i will work if i install Linux mint 13 for liveCD
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