Installing Linux?

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  1. Posts : 1,136
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    Installing Linux?

    Got an old dell xps 8100 desktop that has windows 10. I never use this desktop and basically don't even have access to it. So i like to try to install linux on it.

    Anyone here done it and recommend it? I want to see how its like.

    I googled linux download and i see a few links off google but not sure which one it is.
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  2. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2

    Linux Mint was my main OS in 2019. It worked fine.

    Releases - Linux Mint
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  3. swarfega's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    I can recommend Manjaro KDE. It's suitable for beginners.

    When you come to install it, select use entire disk and it will overwrite the Windows install. Once installed, I highly recommend enabling the AUR repository by going into the Add/remove software program and clicking on the hamburger menu at the top and then the AUR tab.
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  4. RickC's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro (+ Windows 10 Home VMs for testing)

    I've tried numerous Linux distros and always come back to Linux Mint.

    Your Dell XPS 8100 will run the latest Linux Mint Cinnamon flavour (version 20.1; codename Ulyssa) just fine.

    (For less well specified hardware I've used Linux Mint Xfce.)

    Hope this helps...
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  5. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2

    I still have Linux Mint Cinnamon installed on an external device although I seldom use it.
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909

    I carry an 8GB USB thumb drive with Linux Mint 20 on it for use as a diagnostic tool. I have a Notebook with a 32GB drive that can't run the last few Versions of Win10 [not enough storage space] but works fine with Linux Mint at 1/3 the drive needed. It has a Celeron M CPU. I've had a Dell Latitude E6410 with Linux Mint but put Win10 back on and donated it plus 3 others to Vision Beyond Borders who took them to Honduras. At one time I had a Notebook with a Celeron M that didn't work with Linux Mint 14 but fine with 13, it was a CPU limit.
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  7. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit

    paulyjustin said:
    ...............So i like to try to install linux on it....................Anyone here done it and recommend it? I want to see how its like.
    Mint Cinnamon would be the standard recommendation, but I can't in good conscience recommend that you try Linux at all, other than PURELY as an experiment so you can say "I tried it".

    As opposed to accomplishing anything useful along the lines of what you do with or anything else.

    "Can of worms" comes to mind. Quite a big can. Enormous and expanding at the speed of light. Forum-humbling.
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  8. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909

    I could have mentioned that a spare Desktop can be used with the same monitor presently in use by connecting through a KVM switch, one Keyboard one Video one Mouse. I went from a 2 computer to a 4 computer, have 2 Versions of Win10 RTM, one has the Insider Preview test machine and the 4th has Linux Mint, press a button selects which computer to use.

    The only real limitation with Linux is in having the same programs as run on Windows, many will be free but many are paid-for and may not fit into what the user wants but the same situation exists for Macintosh. There are a number that are cross-platform such as LibreOffice, VLC, etc., the Software Manager in Linux helps finding and installing something needed [recommended method].
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  9. Posts : 79
    Windows 7, Windows 10, Linux Mint

    Choosing and using a Linux distro

    I've been a Linux user for about six years or more. I now use Linux Mint as my main day-to-day choice, on a laptop, although I still use Windows from time to time (mainly because I have one or two favourite software programs which are Windows-only). On a couple of laptops I have Linux Mint and Windows 7 or 10 in a dual-boot setup, to give me immediate choice.

    If you are new to the world of Linux, the range of 'distro' options can be daunting. Some are very user friendly and have good help forums. Some assume a level of geekiness and knowledge much greater than the average user possesses. Some are easier than others for a Windows user to adapt to. And computer configuration and processing power is a factor: while there are Linux distros that suit older less powerful machines, some of the more popular Linux systems need fairly up to date hardware.

    To try out Linux on an older and less powerful computer, I'd recommend Linux Mint XFCE version (the Cinnamon version has more demanding graphics and so is more resource hungry); or MX-Linux. Others worth a look would include Linux Lite and - perhaps - Manjaro and PCLinuxOS. But a glance at the specifications for the Dell XPS 8100 suggest it has the resources to run almost any Linux operating system smoothly.

    A general search of the internet will deliver a daunting range of Linux-related systems, sites and reviews. A good and comprehensive list of Linux options can be found at, and it's worth following the links on that site not only to get to the website for each distro but for the reviews.

    One really good thing about Linux is that it is almost always possible to download any distro on to a USB stick or burn to a CD/DVD, and then run a "live session". This offers the equivalent of a 'test drive' to see how appealing the interface is, and how well the computer hardware copes, before actually installing anything. Once installed, any Linux distro will run faster than in a live session off a USB or disk.

    Despite my comment above regarding software, there is almost always a free, Linux-compatible or open source equivalent for almost any Windows program (Libre Office instead of Microsoft Office, etc). Finally, It is immensely satisfying to be able to use open source software; and while good security habits are still necessary, it is nice not to have to worry quite so much about viruses, malware and other such headaches.

    Try a few flavours of Linux. It will be an interesting experience (and you might even become a convert!)
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  10. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    Windows 10 IoT

    I'm a big Raspberry Pi enthusiast. IMHO Linux is just a different experience, the other side of the coin so to speak. I run PiOS formally known as Raspbian, which is a custom version of Debian for the ARM processor. No harm in giving Linux a try as you can always go back to Windows if it doesn't work out. I still run Windows 10 on my main desktop PC and laptop. Windows 10 on ARM won't officially run on my Raspberry PI's so I haven't tried it. There are advantages and disadvantages to going Linux. It will get you a different skill set in the end, if you stick with it.
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