May 28, 2014

Laptop Linux?

I have a Dell laptop (1420 i think) I like the laptop size, keyboard, display ect.. have had it for lots of years and dont want to get rid of it but running vista has just bogged it down that last few years and I am tired of messing with it. I am currently typing on a Asus Eee PC running the 3 or 4 installment of Ubuntu on it (it came with XP) and have been happy with its performance but it is a little to small for me to get real excited (not an OS problem I know) So I think I can be happy with the Dell Hardware and a Linux OS but I have just started reading about Mint and everything points to desktop replacement OS is there a better Linux supported OS for Laptop? Also any recomendations on how to wipe clean my current Dell OS for a clean install of Linux? I did this years ago with the XP on the Eee PC but can remember what I used to get all the junk out for a clean install. Sorry to be so long winded Thanks in advance for any help Scott

Was just reading a step by step article on how to install Ubuntu 14 and all...

Was just reading a step by step article on how to install Ubuntu 14 and all the software you might need for a desktop replacement. It's a good read.

http://www.howtoforge.com/xubuntu-desktop-14.04-trusty-tahr-tutorial

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Scott, with the little bit older hardware you are running you should have...

Scott, with the little bit older hardware you are running you should have fantastic out of the box driver support. Dell actually sells new laptops with Ubuntu preloaded and supported so on your next hardware refresh you could go that route.

Until then you are on the right track with a distribution like Linux Mint because it is a touch lighter and will be a little smoother experience than some of the heavier Unity based Ubuntu distributions. That said if Linux Mint doesn't get you going in the talk of Linux replacing XP the Xubuntu 14.04 LTS was released and is getting fantastic reviews. It is much lighter and may offer a nice experience for you while retaining a good level of compatibility with Ubuntu.

As arochester mentioned there are plenty of ways to try a distribution out and just about all of them have LiveCD's that let you try it out or perform the installation right from them.

Both Linux Mint or Xubuntu is a smooth installation process and will give you options to keep your Windows installation if you choose or allow you to blow it away.

Since you are most interested in Linux Mint they have a great guide book that talks about the installation process. Here is a link: http://www.linuxmint.com/documentation/user-guide/Cinnamon/english_17.0.pdf

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1) Linux Mint comes as a LiveCD. You will need to change the Boot Order/BIOS...

1) Linux Mint comes as a LiveCD. You will need to change the Boot Order/BIOS so that it starts from the CD-Rom. At first it will run entirely from your CD-Rom. If the disk is taken out it will be as though it was never there. It will not affect your Hard Drive at all. ...Unless you tell it to install. So you can try it out without installing.

2) You do not need to wipe the Hard Drive clean. Save anything you want from Vista onto an external Hard Drive. As part of the installation process Linux will re-format and wipe anything on the disk. Be careful! If you have a Recovery Partition and you tell Linux to use all of the Hard Disk it will wipe out Recovery. If you can and want to, make a Recovery CD first.

3) You can try various distros of Linux first, if you want to and to find out which one you want. Look at http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/2012/09/5-ways-to-try-linux-without-mes... and http://www.livecdlist.com/operating-system/linux

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