October 18, 2015

Switch from Vista to Linux?

Hi All, I'm tired of the problems with Vista. I've heard nice things about Linux, so I want to change. Currently I have a Dell XPS 210 (yes it is an old PC, but I like it). Now can anyone advise me which is the best version to install for this PC? Kind Regards, Donal

I'm a Linux Mint fan, but there are plenty of other distros that are great. ...

I'm a Linux Mint fan, but there are plenty of other distros that are great. I'm running the Cinnamon desktop, but if you experience problems, the Mate desktop is more compatible for older hardware. As for the transition between Windows and Linux, the forums are great, and you'll be surprised as to the availability of software available in the various repositories. Finding and installing (or removing, for that matter) is every bit as easy, if not easier, under Linux. I dumped Windows 7 about a year ago, and I haven't looked back. As to which is better, 32-bit or 64 bit, you might find that the 64-bit version may be better... On my laptop, for example, the 64-bit OS utilizes the full system memory, whereas the 32-bit OS is unable to access a portion of the system memory.

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I would strongly suggest Linux Lite (www.linuxliteos.com). It has great...

I would strongly suggest Linux Lite (www.linuxliteos.com). It has great documentation, a great support forum, and it's designed to appeal to the user coming from the Windows world. I have it running on my own PCs, and I've replaced Vista with Linux Lite on several PCs of friends and family. I've also used it to replace Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8/8.1. Everyone is very happy with it.

The default specs of your PC should be fine. Your PC comes with a 64 bit duo core processor, but if I were going to do the install for you, I would try downloading and running the 32 bit version of Linux Lite first.

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Since your PC is old, use a lightweight distribution, like Lubuntu....

Since your PC is old, use a lightweight distribution, like Lubuntu.
Lubuntu Official Website
Lubuntu is both fast and easy to use compared to other distributions. Linux is a great thing for old PCs if you don't like their speed, viruses, or, in the case with Vista and Windows 8, general OS problems and you don't want to waste money on a new PC.

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