Installing Linux?

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  1. Rocky's Avatar
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       #11

    I really like Ubuntu. It works so good right out of the box.
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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       #12

    Rocky said:
    I really like Ubuntu. It works so good right out of the box.
    I like Linux Mint, really great for rehabbing those small light Notebooks with a 32GB SSD that have space issues with Win10 and keeps them from the landfill, have 2.
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  3. Rocky's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro,
       #13

    I like Linux Mint as well, I like the looks and feel and everything about it. But for me and my hardware and my computing habits, Ubuntu does what I want without any fuss or muss.

    To the OP. There are hundreds of different flavors of Linux. Tell us more about your hardware and what you want to accomplish and we can recommend a specific flavor of Linux.
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  4. pparks1's Avatar
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       #14

    paulyjustin said:
    So i like to try to install linux on it.
    you got nothing to lose but a little time and maybe some hair.
    paulyjustin said:
    Anyone here done it and recommend it? I want to see how its like.
    I started my Linux journey in 1999 and have been supporting it professionally since then.


    paulyjustin said:
    I googled linux download and i see a few links off google but not sure which one it is.
    There are tons of distros out there. It's a great thing about linux and a frustrating thing about Linux. I'd stick with a popular distro to start, as help will be more abundant.

    You can keep up with the distros and what's popular here: DistroWatch.com: Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD.

    Ubuntu is a great place for beginners. People here have mentioned Mint, which is built on Ubuntu, but includes third party tools and such so things like videos and MP3's just play right out of the box. You cannot go wrong with either of those distros.

    My go too's are RedHat based, but i stick with the enterprise flavors for what I do
    RedHat Enterprise Linux, or CentOS, or the newer clones Rocky and alma linux.
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  5. Posts : 31
    Linux
       #15

    I gave Linux Mint a spin once upon a time, but I felt uneasy about their dependence on Ubuntu repositories.
    If you go for Ubuntu itself, consider a lighter, more traditional flavor such as Xubuntu or Ubuntu Mate. With the primary Ubuntu flavor, they try too hard to keep you away from the stuff that makes Linux Linux: it makes me feel blindfolded with my hands tied.

    I am now on ArchLinux, but I would not recommend it for a first acquaintance with Linux.
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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       #16

    I think if you dig far enough it will show that Linux has its roots in Unix which as I got a glimpse of was not so much for end users/consumers.
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  7. Posts : 79
    Windows 7, Windows 10, Linux Mint
       #17

    siepo said:
    I gave Linux Mint a spin once upon a time, but I felt uneasy about their dependence on Ubuntu repositories.
    If you go for Ubuntu itself, consider a lighter, more traditional flavor such as Xubuntu or Ubuntu Mate. With the primary Ubuntu flavor, they try too hard to keep you away from the stuff that makes Linux Linux: it makes me feel blindfolded with my hands tied.

    I am now on ArchLinux, but I would not recommend it for a first acquaintance with Linux.
    There's a limit to how far this Windows 10 forum should go in debates about Linux. But for those like the OP who are exploring, and for some of the rest of us who work comfortably with both Windows and Linux, it's perhaps worth noting a few useful tips about choices, given that Linux offers such a huge range of possibilities.

    I agree that Arch Linux is not a sensible option for newcomers.

    Mint is one of many distros that is built on - or is a variation of - Ubuntu (which ultimately is owned by a commercial enterprise, Canonical). That doesn't make it a bad choice: on the contrary Mint is one of the most refined and reliable as well as one of the most user-friendly Linux distros.

    But for those who for one reason or another are uncomfortable about the Ubuntu relationship, the Mint developers also offer Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) which is based on Debian, an open source base and long-established, so reliable. I'd also recommend MX-Linux - also Debian-based, lightweight (good for older less powerful computers), with a helpful community and advice sources.
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  8. Posts : 31
    Linux
       #18

    br1anstorm said:
    But for those who for one reason or another are uncomfortable about the Ubuntu relationship...
    That was not my point. I was uneasy about Mint relying on repositories which are not under their own control: inconsistencies may creep in. This is not a problem with Ubuntu 'flavors'.
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  9. pparks1's Avatar
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       #19

    br1anstorm said:
    There's a limit to how far this Windows 10 forum should go in debates about Linux.
    Sure, as long as we aren't fighting I don't see any issues.

    I'm a long time Windows certified and Linux certified systems engineer. We can all help each other out. Right tool for job. Besides with WSL2 and such, Linux is becoming a standard component of Windows.
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