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Link to this post 22 Aug 12

Dear Team : i am Ruman and want to install Linux but which OS will be suitable for my HP G72 120 SD laptop , why i want to download ? cause i want an OS which has no bugs and errors and keep me safe with various viruses, i use to watch movies and play games emailing social media and browsing , that's it kindly help me with this

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M 330 @ 2.13GHz, 2133 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard F.37, 4/7/2011
SMBIOS Version 2.6
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
HDD 500 GB
Display : ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430,Display Memory:1775 MB,Dedicated Memory:504MB,
Shared Memory: 1271 MB


Link to this post 23 Aug 12

All software can have bugs, errors and viruses, however Linux based system tend to have less bug and errors and little risk from viruses. One thing that you may have issues converting to is the fact that windows based software such as games and applications cannot be installed on non-Windows operating systems, in addition the blue-ray library is currently not complete to the point where it can play all disks.

This information is not meant to scare you, but to give you realistic expectations.

Your hardware is newer and fulfills the requirements of all x86/32-bit and x86_64/64-bit Linux based operating systems. For a beginner We generally recommend Ubuntu, Fedora or Zorin. As a gamer, Ubuntu may be the best option since they are trying hard to get commercial software available and valve is working on a steam game client for Ubuntu.

Link to this post 5 days ago

Hi Moderator,

I know this is an older post but I wanted to mention a couple of things.

It's hard to explain to people that picking (and liking) a particular distro is akin to "Is Coke or Pepsi better?" Well, whichever one you like is better, but you have to taste them first.

I know there are (literally) thousands of distros you could have pointed the OP to but you have to use your own experience and try to guess what the person might like.

Lately, I've been what one guy on the forums referred to as a Distro Hopper. :)

I'm trying out Linux Mint 17.2, Debian 8.2.0, and openSUSE Leap 42.1.

I've been favoring Linux Mint 17.2 with Cinnamon desktop. It allows you to do about 99% of what the OP said he wanted to do. Since it's based on Ubuntu, the work they're doing to procure code to run more widely available commercial apps, non-free stuff is also available to Mint.

I think one of the main reasons it's so easy to adapt to Linux Mint is that with the Cinnamon desktop, a Windows user can migrate pretty painlessly.

Also, I noticed you didn't mention Wine to the OP and that may have led to a complete How-To on your part so I imagine that's why you purposely didn't mention it.

Anyway, not to barge in on your advice and I hope it doesn't seem that way. :)

Cheers and to all a good day!


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