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Old 08-10-2015, 02:02 PM   #1
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Lightbulb new to linux ,would like advice on Which AMD products will work best so I may build m

I am thinking of using AMD A10 -7850k cpu with a Gigabyte GA=F2A88XM-D3H mother board with a Sentry power Supply725w Xpp725hs in a Atx case ,A solid state drive 120gb for the OS,seagate 3TB HDD (ST3000DM001) ,KINGSTON
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What version ,release , Or Distribution Of Linux will work best , I am tired of windows and tablets are to small for the Old eyes ,I use a 23in screen or larger.
I currently have a cannon MG5420 printer and a TP link AC1750 router where can i find and download the drivers for them can i put them on a sd card for install when my build is ready

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Any version. I suspect you're just looking for desktop Linux, not a server and not command line, correct?

Try MINT, MINT Debian Edittion, SUSE, Fedora and see what you like. You should be able to boot each of those via Live USB or Live DVD so you can play with them prior to installing.

MINT and others also have different desktops which for MINT you can choose as part of your install image, see the variations for KDE, and MATE.
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These days Linux is not fussy about hardware, except for some video cards - usually older ones. The best bet is to search on-line for the name of the card and "linux" and see if you find lots of cries of woe! Your printer is more likely to give trouble than your computer: some manufacturers, like HP, offer drivers for almost everything; Lexmark generally only support their laser printers.

Choosing a distro is a very subjective thing. I always advise starting with the GUI, which you get to choose in Linux.
Gnome: looks a bit like a tablet (or Windows 8). Ubuntu do a nice implementation.
Unity: looks like a giant phone. Only available from Ubuntu.
KDE: lots of eye-candy and very versatile (and you get a proper menu/start button). PCLinuxOS and Open SUSE are the experts here.
Xfce: traditional interface (more XP than 8). Antix MX and Xubuntu are both good.
Mate: also traditional. Mint is the best version.

The distros I've mentioned are all high quality. You can read reviews via their pages at

I don't recommend Fedora - often very experimental - or Mint's Debian Edition - may give problems when updating. Theya are both nice if you know your way around, but they're not for beginners.

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Almost all modern distro's have a way to run them live. Either from cd/dvd or usb you should be able to boot and test a bit. Usb would be faster but still generally slower than internal hard drives.
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