Changing from Windows XP to Linux
What would be the best Linux for me to use? I use my computer for playing a few games like Spore, Star Craft 1 & 2, Command and Conquer 3, Civilizations 4 and a few others. I also use it to to surf the internet & facebook. I also download movies and music. I have a Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.2GHz, 3.00 GB of RAM with 120 GB of free space and a NVIDIA GeForce 9600 series graphics card. Also would I have to reformat my computer to install Linux? I'm not the greatest with computers, but do know how to do a few things as I've had my computer since Nov. 2007 and the only real problem I've had since then is when Windows XP stopped doing updates. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
Thank you very much for the answers, it took me a little bit to get linuxmint...
Thank you very much for the answers, it took me a little bit to get linuxmint installed. Had to figure out how to use BIOS and it ended up being a problem with my dvd driver. I'm slowly going through Linux Mint and like it so far. I completely got rid of Windows XP as its probably only going to keep getting worse, if you are not an expert with operating computer.
I will look into trying Zorin after I get use to Mint.
Zorin is another option for a distribution and with the latest release of...
Zorin is another option for a distribution and with the latest release of Wine, I'd check WineHQ for those game titles and see what kind of results they have. For stuff that just won't run any other way -- you can always run a Virtual Machine install of Windows and run them that way.
As far as whether you'll have to reformat or not. You could run Linux within Windows, but then, why would you? I'd format and start fresh.
Your computer seems OK to run Linux. I recommend Linux Mint(linuxmint.com) as...
Your computer seems OK to run Linux. I recommend Linux Mint(linuxmint.com) as it is very intuitive and similar to XP. You will not be able to run many of your old programs, and rather will need to find alternatives, especially when it comes to games that aren't on Steam.