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CRGraphicDesign 10-09-2012 02:20 PM

New to Linux
I am new to Linux. I want to learn how to build Arduino data loggers and have a few ideas for using Rasp Pi. Has anyone used a Dell laptop as a standalone Linux machine? The reason I ask is that my old Dell Inspiron 6000 hard disk crashed a few months ago, bought a new one laptop, but I still have the old one that just needs a new hard drive. I lost the dell recovery cd and would like to use the laptop to teach myself linux.

jv2112 10-09-2012 05:04 PM

Burn a live DVD or USB stick and give it a try. No reason not to :)

JaseP 10-09-2012 05:10 PM


Originally Posted by CRGraphicDesign (Post 4801514)
Has anyone used a Dell laptop as a standalone Linux machine?

That's a little like asking if anyone has used a Ford truck to haul anything from one place to another,... And the answer is yes,... Lots of people here...

JV2112 has it right... burn a distro and get going,... don't be shy asking for help...

jefro 10-09-2012 08:38 PM

"Has anyone used a Dell laptop as a standalone Linux machine?"

I'd guess a few million or so.

You might be able to use the old desktop as it is. Boot to a network. is a neat trick.
Live cd/dvd's and usb's could work. In fact a real install to a usb drive may be fine. Flash drives in the 8G range cost almost nothing.

One may find that running a free virtual machine on a newish system would be excellent to try. It is very easy and safe.

reidbarcus 10-09-2012 09:48 PM

New to Linux
I am a teacher at an alternative school and I like to think there are no stupid questions. That being said, I shall now expose my ignorance by revealing how I gave up trying to get any distribution to work on an old HP. I gave up but we did recently get an old Dell D620 with 1 gig and a 20 GB drive easily install Ubuntu 12... ... So welcome! I am trying to set up a teaching lab to learn networking with Linux ... And I need some old computers or parts for my class to work with. Does anyone near Tulsa have any old computers laying around they might donate to an Alternative School Teacher?

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