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Old 04-05-2014, 08:28 AM   #1
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Will Linux work well on my Toshiba?

I currently have Windows but have been told I should switch to Linux, I have a Toshiba and want to know what the advantages or using Linux will be. Thanks
Old 04-05-2014, 08:59 AM   #2
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Toshiba has made several diffrent models of computer, and it is likely that Linux will run better on some of them than others. What are your hardware specs?

What is Linux? It is a different operating system (like if you were a Windows user switching to Mac for the first time, or vice-versa) so its main advantage is, if you are the type of user who enjoys trying new things, learning different software, "do it yourself" projects, etc. it will give you an unfamiliar and challenging alternative to Windows and Mac.

A good next step for you is to burn some Live DVDs or Live USBs of a few different Linux distributions or "distros" and test-drive them in Live mode ("try without installing") for a few days. Here is a nice comparison of the Top 10 distros:

Another way to easily try Linux with no fuss is to purchase an Android phone or Chromebook.
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Some advantages are

1. Safety. Linux is designed to be more secure than Windows. It's difficult to make malware for Linux and no-one seems to attempt it. No worrying about viruses.

2. Convenience. A Linux distribution consists of Linux and a large bundle of software. A few programs will come on the installation disk, and the rest are in the on-line repository. No more searching the internet for a free or cheap program. You can get everything from one place, so running an update will get the bug and security fixes for all the software in one go. Have a look at the sort of things you can use:

3. Adaptability. A lot of people have said that they dislike the user interface of Windows 8. Well, hard luck, they're stuck with it. Linux has a variety of user interfaces: big, small, plain, fancy:

4. Reliability. Windows tends to deteriorate over time: the file system fragments and registry ties itself in knots. Linux just keeps on going.

5. Support. Look at all the expert advice being given here, then think of the Microsoft helpline where some underpayed clerk may well end up suggesting you re-install.

So, what to try. As Snowpine said, we need to know how much memory your computer has. Some distros will squeeze into 128MG, some really need 2GB to run at their best. One catch may be your printer. A few makes just don't get supported, like cheap Lexmarks. You can read about distributions at distrowatch, which has links to their websites and to reviews. There's a review section here: I review almost everything that comes out. Currently, two of the best for a beginner with a reasonably sized computer (preferably 1GB) are Linux Mint and PCLinuxOS.
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Originally Posted by matthewcomegetsome View Post
I currently have Windows but have been told I should switch to Linux, I have a Toshiba and want to know what the advantages or using Linux will be. Thanks
I would try a LiveCD first and see if the hardware is supported i.e soundcard, graphic card, wifi card and etc...

Some wifi cards will work out of he box and some may require additional packages and tweaking.

If all is satisfy, you can install linux along side windows for a dual boot system.

The second option is to install linux in a virtual machine using virtualbox or vmware player and both are free to download.


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