August 6, 2015

How do you change to Linux from Windows XP?

I am new to linux?

They are all very configurable to make them work as you want to work tham my...

They are all very configurable to make them work as you want to work tham my han quoc

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I have a link to a migration pdf file. It was created by PCLinuxOS to make...

I have a link to a migration pdf file. It was created by PCLinuxOS to make migration much, much easier. Click here to view and print for your reference.

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You give no specifics as to how you want to switch. This makes this a tough...

You give no specifics as to how you want to switch. This makes this a tough question.

If you want to go cold turkey, which I would recommend, then it is pretty simple. Get the install image for the Gnu/Linux distribution you want and install it.

Back up all data to a stick or DVD disks first. No matter how you want to install.

The installer will give you some options as to how you want it to handle partitioning. One will be to use the entire disk. Choose that if you have only Windows on the disk. This will wipe the disk clean and install the Gnu/Linux OS in its place.

This is a steeper learning curve but a much faster one than dual booting.

If you want to dual boot so you can switch back and forth then the installer should also give you the option to do that.

I will go so far as to recommend the Mate Desktop Environment. This will probably be the easiest for you to transition too from XP. I switched from Windows (Vista) to a similar DE and found it extremely easy to use.

There are many other options as to DE, I use Xfce and think it is the very best. You, however, may not agree and many Gnu/Linux users will not agree. That is why there are so many choices.

There are many choices in Gnu/Linux. Some people think this is a fault making it look complicated. I think it is a strength making it easy to find and environment for you to feel very comfortable in for the way you work.

They are all very configurable to make them work as you want to work.

I, personally, would not recommend Ubuntu or any of the other offerings of Canonical. I did start with Ubuntu myself and it is, of course, up to you.

If you want a distro known for ease of use for a noob user I suggest Mageia 5 which is very good. Use the Default DVD installer and it will install all the non-free software you may need. Their Live install CDs will not do this but you could run one to see what it looks like.

I use Debian and obviously think it is the best. But, again, this is a matter of oppinion and it is up to you. Debian is not hard to use but doesn't go out of the way to be simple for a noob. It doesn't install non-free software on any official install images and therefore using some other OS may well be best for you.

WP era computers may well need some non-free firmware.

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