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Old 05-07-2005, 01:35 AM   #1
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Hi,

I am newbie, so I'd appreciate that people with a quite good knownledge could help me with my problem.

I have an old labtop that runs with Windows 2000 perfectly, but I want to try it out Linux, don't mind if I'm not saying it correctly.

But what are in your opinion the best solution for me? Gnome, Debian...? Don't know almost anything about it, so please guide me a little bit.

Thanks!
 
Old 05-07-2005, 01:47 AM   #2
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Dios10:

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux. In my opinion, since you are a n00b, and I've found it to be exteremly newbie friendly, I would suggest downloading Mepis from www.mepis.org.

This will download a LiveCD iso. Burn that to a CD and bootup your laptop using the Mepis CD. This will boot up and if everything is reckognized and works properly with the LiveCD you have the option of installing it to your HDD from the LiveCD.

Mepis is a Debian based distrobution with the option of using KDE 3.3.2 or Gnome Windows Manager.

Hope this helps.

efanning
 
Old 05-07-2005, 01:50 AM   #3
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I would first suggest if you have a CDRW drive then burn some live cd distrobutions.
http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=cd
Try them out and see which ones you like best and suit your hardware req...

Then you can either install the Live CD on your Hard Drive or D/L the full blown package...
http://www.linuxiso.org/

If your old system does not have a CD or able to boot from one there are other options like creating boot floppy disks and installing boot managers that will allow you to boot CD's even if your bios does not support it.

Good Luck

KC
 
Old 05-07-2005, 01:51 AM   #4
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Yeah thanks, I'm a

But, I don't see any free versions there on the MEPIS?

And I've heard a lot good about Gnome... should that be difficult for me to install?
 
Old 05-07-2005, 01:56 AM   #5
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Hmmm... In case that I want Gentoo... will I later on have to install some more elements or do all features come in one package?

And here http://www.linuxiso.org/distro.php?distro=45 I have Windows NT 2000 30GB (dont know RAM), but which should I choose?

Thanks for you support, nice..
 
Old 05-07-2005, 03:09 AM   #6
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You will want the i386 Universal. The minimal is for network installation.

Here are some other system req:
http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handboo...?part=1&chap=2

KC
 
Old 05-07-2005, 01:24 PM   #7
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Quote:
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Yeah thanks, I'm a

But, I don't see any free versions there on the MEPIS?

And I've heard a lot good about Gnome... should that be difficult for me to install?
Mepis is nothing but free, Dios10. You should be able to go to mepis.org and click on the download link on the left hand side and select a mirror to download from. I would suggest mrbass.com, it seems to be the fastest site to download from.

I also agree with kencaz as far as downloading a bunch of LiveCD's and running them from the CD first to see what works best with your laptop and which one you like better. Once you find one that works great, you can install it to your HDD. That's the nice thing about Linux, you have a wide variety of choices to choose from.

You could go here and read some of the reviews of various different distro's before you make your decision.

efanning

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