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I want to give Linux a go, have been looking around and reading various about Linux, but I can't decide which one to go for, are they all that different?. One of the ones is Mandriva-linux-free another is Linux Mint plus loads of others....
Anyone know which is best to go for?
I want to keep Windows XP for the time being so will put it on another drive from what I gather.
P.S Going out now so will reply later
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Ubuntu is regularly quoted as being one of the most user-friendly versions to learn with.
Ubuntu is a very good linux distribution to get started with.
Ubuntu's definitely worth a go for general use. Been using it at work (and home) for over a year with no problems on several desktops and laptops in total. The support on the Ubuntu forum's good too.
Mint is based on Ubuntu and installs more stuff such as media codecs and drivers out of the box (or at least it did a version or two back when I tried it). Personally I prefer just to install the drivers and codecs I need but Mint's approach helps if you like an instant out of the box experience.
You don't need to put it on another drive by the way. As long as you have the space it'll install alongside XP.
Ubuntu seems to be a good choice at the moment.
I've just installed the eee version on an Asus eeePC.
This ran from a memory stick, so you could test it before risking an installation on the PC.
Hi I have two PC's that DUAL BOOT, running DEB Linux - UBUNTU 7 / UBUNTU 8 (and Windows XP)
I am just starting out with these. Basically because of the constant changes in computing start costing me too much.
Ubuntu Runs programs such as GIMP (photo editor), PICASA 3 (very useful of quick simple photo editing and sorting images), INKSCAPE for vector diagrams (Very USEFUL). Open office for your documents.
ALL with out spending a penny!
YOU can install some windows drivers / programs using something called WINE. I have not yet mastered this.
I choose UBUNTU because of the ease of install, both fresh and dual boot.
I did some research first to find what programs run and do the job I need doing. You should do the same.
Two words of warning if you get some sort of a software failure, it can be tricky to sort out, However the UBUNTU forums are very good and supportive.
Second make a list of all the extra hardware you need to plug into your pc such as scanners, printer, USB add on's, to run on you PC/MAC. Then check that some clever people have pre written drivers to make them work. For example a lot of HP printer work fine, alot of epson printers are supported, BUT some more specialist kit does not have drivers written. My Aldi 500gb Qdrive works fine ,my older SEAGATE 400gb drive does not.
Hope this is helpful (Note my 2-3 year old PC's take about 26 seconds to start and 12 to close down. which I think is quick
Thanks to all of you for the replies and help, I think it's time to download Ubuntu then. I shall give it a go and let you know how I get on with it.
Thanks again, much appreciated.
One more question: can you run AVG and Zonealarm as I do with XP?
The general view seems to be that Linux is more secure inherently and therefore you don't need the same level of third-party add on protection over the top. There are plenty of free and good firewall and antivirus products available though. I run a firewall personally, but then I'm paranoid
For starters, see:
Basic ubuntu security
Thanks for all the help, I'm now running Ubuntu and I'm vey impressed with it. The computer starts up in no time and runs like a dream.
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