July 16, 2017

switching from windows 8.1 to linux

i bought a dell Inspiron 1520 for 14 bucks,i replaced the HD with a 320 gig HD and installed windows 8.1 on it. i would like to use linux, How do i do it, i been chasing my tail around this website trying to find the right download, btw, im a novice user. it was sugested that i try this OS. if i can get the hang of it, i will put it on all my pc's

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Sorry for the cloning but Linux.com has an issue with their site.

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<p>Raybynum, you're free to choose dual boot or single. Second advice from Torrey Dale is bad. So I advice you to first clear what you'll do with the computer. After that search for distro matching parameters of your machine. Then create a live compact disk, DVD or flash drive and test the chosen distro to see how it behaves. If you like it and you want to have a dual boot go and make it.</p>

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Raybynum, you're free to choose dual boot or single. Second advice from Torrey Dale is bad. So I advice you to first clear what you'll do with the computer. After that search for distro matching parameters of your machine. Then create a live compact disk, DVD or flash drive and test the chosen distro to see how it behaves. If you like it and you want to have a dual boot go and make it.

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Raybynum, you're free to choose dual boot or single. Second advice from Torrey Dale is bad. So I advice you to first clear what you'll do with the computer. After that search for distro matching parameters of your machine. Then create a live compact disk, DVD or flash drive and test the chosen distro to see how it behaves. If you like it and you want to have a dual boot go and make it.

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To choose the best distro, you should check the pros and cons of some of them before you decide to use any of them.

Your hardware is a bit old so I recommend you to use Lubuntu

Anyway, check this list best Linux distro and choose the one that is suitable for your needs.

Regards,

 

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Consider Linux Lite (www.linuxliteos.com).  It has a detailed installation guide with screenshots.  That guide can be seen here:

www.linuxliteos.com/manual

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If you don't have to have a dual boot scenario, consider Linux Lite (www.linuxliteos.com).  They have a detailed installation guide with screenshots, great for novices.  See the link to the installation guide here:  

www.linuxliteos.com/manual

If you do need a dual boot scenario, the installation procedure will include an option to install Linux Lite "Alongside Windows 8.1."  I would advise against that, though.  If you don't want to yet commit to running Linux exclusively on this laptop, just see how it runs in a Live session.  That's the environment you get before you actually click on the link to install. 

 

Cheers!

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