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Old 10-12-2021, 12:12 PM   #1
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Windows user plan on trying Linux 20.2 have partition and compatability questions


Hello Iím coming over to the dark side. Is anyone aware of Linux 20.2 issues running on an old Dell Latitude E6410?
Also my HD is 200GB with 100 gigs used by Windows 10. If I partition 50GB for Linux will that be a good start for a 6 month test drive?
 
Old 10-12-2021, 07:35 PM   #2
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Most Linux distros need less than 20GB of space for the OS, some quite a bit less. So, yes, that should be adequate for a test drive.
 
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:50 PM   #3
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That'll be plenty - you can always resize later in need. I presume that's Linux Mint 20.2 - that's important info to include in future if you have problems.
 
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:13 PM   #4
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Welcome to LinuxQuestions.

As an alternative you can run linux within a virtual machine like VirtualBox. It isn't going to be as fast as physical hardware but will give you an easy way to try different distributions if you do not like Mint. The guest machine just looks like a file to the host.

Another option is to run WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). There are several distributions available like Ubuntu, debian or SuSE. Just like VirtualBox you do not have to re-partition the hard drive nor worry about the bootloader if or when Windows is updated.
 
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Old 10-13-2021, 03:33 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by smatte View Post
HIs anyone aware of Linux 20.2 issues running on an old Dell Latitude E6410?
I recommend doing some web searches with the "Install Linux on" prefix, e.g. like this or this.

First result for each query:
https://images10.newegg.com/UploadFi...4467322134.pdf (2017)
https://www.reddit.com/r/linuxmint/c...ution_version/ (2018)
You might want to consider newer results.

I'm under the general impression that older Dell laptops are very suitable for Linux distributions.
 
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Old 10-13-2021, 03:59 AM   #6
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Most Linux distros need less than 20GB of space for the OS, some quite a bit less. So, yes, that should be adequate for a test drive.
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Welcome to LinuxQuestions.

As an alternative you can run linux within a virtual machine like VirtualBox. It isn't going to be as fast as physical hardware but will give you an easy way to try different distributions if you do not like Mint. The guest machine just looks like a file to the host.

Another option is to run WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). There are several distributions available like Ubuntu, debian or SuSE. Just like VirtualBox you do not have to re-partition the hard drive nor worry about the bootloader if or when Windows is updated.
These are two options I never thought about - Thanks. I guess Iíll go to Virtualbox.org and try Linux.
 
  


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