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#1 isosoclese

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 05:04 PM

Hello

I missed out on the free windows 7 upgrade and my laptop is getting more and more frustrating to use. I have never used any linux software before and my computer knowledge is minimal. Would you recommend opensuse to a new user? What other distros are newbie friendly? Are there any difficulties in opening/creating/modifing word documents, excel, etc? I heard somewhere that linux software can work with a lightly damaged but more or less functional hardware, is this true?

Any advice/comments/recommendations is greatly appreciated.

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 11:14 PM

Would you recommend opensuse to a new user?

I haven't used openSUSE in a while, so I can't really help here. If you still want to try it, my recommendation would be to download an openSUSE LiveCD image, burn it to a CD, and try out the OS. This can also be used to test if all the hardware is compatible with the OS.

What other distros are newbie friendly?

I've read that Linux Mint or PCLinuxOS are good for new Linux users.

Are there any difficulties in opening/creating/modifing word documents, excel, etc?

OpenOffice.org is pretty standard for Linux distros. It handles most, if not all, MS Office documents.

I heard somewhere that linux software can work with a lightly damaged but more or less functional hardware, is this true?

Linux is often used to recover data from damaged systems or fix an unbootable OS.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 01:34 AM

Can you post your system specs?

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 05:21 PM

1) For new users Ubuntu, LinuxMint, and PCLinuxOS are good starting points. Try the Live CD's frist before installing the OS to your hard drive
2) OpenOffice.org (there is a windows version available) is usually the Office suite of choice for Linux users (there are other options available though)
3) Depends on what is damaged

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 05:21 AM

personally, I love OpenSuSe, however, for a first time user, I would think not a good first choice, perhaps something to work up to. Choices like what blackspyder recomended would be better-like Ubuntu, Linux mint, PClinuxOS, or perhaps puppy linux though ive never used that variant, have heard its very user friendly. And depending on how damaged, yes linux can run on it, and I use it to back up data off of failing hard drives and virus infected drives all the time, however you should never trust a failing hard drive. just because linux is working on it now doesnt mean it will tomorrow-if your unsure run some diagnostics on the hard drive or hardware in question, and replace it ASAP. and trying the live CDs first is always a good idea, will give you an idea of whether your computer can handle it or not or whether or not you like that particular flavor or not.

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