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Old 12-15-2017, 08:24 PM   #16
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Unless you're a newbie that prefers the "windows feel", then Linux Mint XFCE edition.
Old 12-16-2017, 03:39 PM   #17
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I just installed Xubuntu on an old laptop. It's a light-weight distro that's perfect for old equipment. Also LTS, IIRC...
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Did you verify the optical discs before you tried to use them? I have had optical media that seemed to be fine. The burning process didn't complain or anything. But when using them failed I looked at them and one was almost transparent. Something a dd+cmp or dd+md5sum would have verified long before using them to verify failure.

Optical drives also don't last long. I've often had to have more than one of them on a system to be usable. And cleaning the lens once a month might be considered neglect.

There are other methods to install debian. I prefer the debootstrap installation method. Although I wouldn't recommend debian to anyone "new" to linux. I've been able to make it work over the years, when others failed. And I find it the least annoying linux distribution. But there's enough quirks especially with new hardware and old distro (stable) that it's hardly a recommendation for newbies. That being said, the usual selection process for debian is to press enter (for defaults) until it's installed. Although that might have been unique to the 26 floppy installation days, but I doubt it. The modern equivalent IMO is make oldconfig for the kernel build process. About the only time I had to detour from debian defaults was back when probing PCMCIA would hang the laptop. The only detour these days is upgrading to testing or sid since the hardware is too new to use stable.

Ubuntu mate or fedora would probably be the easier install IMO. I last used fedora on v.23 and the installer was amazing. It had a lot of annoyances as a distro, but the installer was pretty slick.
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I agree cleaning the lens of an optical drive should be done regularly. I saw it kinda often on my notebooks.

An install and forget distro is linux mint. Only distro without many headaches to get a browser running, to chroot from there.


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