Best Linux OS for my needs....?
Question: I am sick of windows. (SICK SICK SICK of windows.) I want to try Linux. The things I use my computer for are internet (I prefer google chrome,) viewing images and translating them (Japanese - English - Chinese.) I am also a writer. I need something somewhat minimalistic and well organized that won't break all the time. Since I'm new to Linux I'll need something I can either get a walk through for or that is new-user friendly. It doesn't have to be gorgeous, just well designed. I would perfer something that takes less than 20 hours to download via cable modem if that's possible. THANKS in advance. AND my computer is probably seven years old.
Best Answers: Best Linux OS for my needs....?
PCLinuxOS the KDE version. Ubuntu is not easy until you have it set up. Mint Linux would be a better choice it also is Ubuntu based. You can run a Linux LiveCD to check it out to see if it is a version you would like to install to the hard drive, but I would run it dual boot with Windows for several reasons.
You will need to create at least two linux partitions. A data partition (perhaps set it up 16 gb ext3). And a swap partition (swap file type - you can set it up to be 1 gb). The swap partition is used by linux as a virtual memory space. Make sure you make your linux data partition bootable, because linux will automatically give you a menu (boot manager grub or lilo) that you can load either windows or linux at startup.
I would normally say linux mint but on a 7 YO computer it maybe more then it can handle this may take a little trial and error to get a good distro that fits your needs maybe xubuntu its smaller worst case try the really small distros like DSL, stitaz, puppy, and deli
Yes of course you can have in USB. when running Internet you will get caught in the web of viruses coz there will be no security in that USB OS. coz its a very small in size and missing of dll's which are useful when accessing. My Advice: Purchase it. You can have Dual Operating System in single Laptop.
I would suggest ubuntu because is is well designed and has a lot of tutorials. And the gOS is new and more minimalistic and is based on linux and google, so I assume would have chrome available. Good luck
I can tell you a way to restore the old way of booting, namely only Windows. - boot from the Windows CD - choose "repair console" or so; I think you do it by pressing "e" - wait till the console loads, then type in "fixmbr" and press ENTER - you will be seeing a warning but don't worry, it will affect only the boot region of the hard disk - when it's done, take out the Windows CD and type in "exit" to reboot - that's it
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