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Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:09 PM
DarkSnake-Kobra is right there's no sure answer, however I think Linux Mint might be a nice distro for you to consider trying. Mint has a great reputation for detecting system drivers and has the codec for playing audio and video built in. It's live cd/usb makes a great backup for a crashed out Windows system.
Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:10 PM
Any Ubuntu-based distro should be sufficient for your needs. They are quite easy to install and are configured with the novice Linux users in mind. I would suggest that (if possible) install the distro of your choice on a spare computer and use it for a week without touching Windows. You will probably find that you don't need Windows at all as there are many (and I mean many!) free alternatives to Windows software that you use.
Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:23 PM
Hmmmm, Free, looks like windows, feels like Windows, and runs Windows applications? Probably a free copy of Windows.
I kid, but in all seriousness that is a pretty tall order. DarkSnake-Kobra has given a pretty good solution for free and runs windows applications, and looking like Windows can be done just about anywhere with heavy modification but it's more work than learning a new OS. (IMHO)
Ubuntu is a good start, their are many linux distros out there and they are all free, I'd say install a few of them in a virtual machine so you don't potentially kill your windows partition and play with them a bit to see if you can find one you like. (Ubuntu is often credited for being the easiest to learn and the most 'complete' in terms of every day applications.)
Linux is extremely capable and powerful, however it does have quite a learning curve as most stuff you find online will be command line based. Don't let that scare you! The command line is not scary, I promise!
If you really want to have fun with it, or are like me and like a challenge, Linux OS' are customization to the utmost extreme, plus the sources are 100% open source so you can change the system how ever you want!
Posted 21 May 2013 - 01:15 AM
Question 1 = Which free operating system will look and feel most like windows?
Answer 1 = There are different window managers and themes you can install but nothing very close for linux operating systems, you could look into ReactOS which is a NON-linux free operating system that is designed to look like windows XP and be compatible with Xp software and drivers...however it's still in experiemental stages. Making your linux distro look more like you want it to is something that you will slowly learn to do as you get more experience fiddling around, but linux isn't windows...I wanted the same thing when started out . As far as running you windows programs you have to understand the Linux operating systems run linux software and windows Operating systems run windows software. You will need to find alternative programs (I will list some below), keep in mind some programs are released for both windows and linux systems. You can also use a program called wine (winehq) to run some windows program on linux, but it's a pain and I wouldn't recommend trying that until you are more comfortable with linux, plus it doesn't work with all prorgams only some.
Question 2 = Installing alongside windows 7
Answer 2 = You should learn about and practice partitioning in a virtual machine before ever installing operating systems or partitioning on a real system, but it sounds like you did fine
Some softwares for Ubuntu:
Vmware Player = A virtual machine software
LibreOffice = A microsoft office alternative (TRY THIS ONE OUT)
VLC Media Player = To watch videos (TRY THIS ONE OUT)
Brasero = To burn CDs and DVDs
Nightengale = A music library software (forked from the songbird software, essentially an itunes alternative)
Gedit = alternative to notepad (pre-installed on ubuntu)
Firefox = web browser
Chrome = web browser (TRY THIS ONE OUT since flash support for linux is discontinued this browser will eventually be the only linux one with adobe's flash support)
Opera = web browser
Virtual Box = A virtual machine software
Wine = a program that creates a sandbox like stucture and then attempts to run windows programs inside of it
Apache Open Office (Previously called OpenOffice.org) = A microsoft office alternative
Remastersys = a OS backup tool (doesn't work on newer ubuntu releases, the iso's will not be UEFI compatible)
GUFW = A basic firewall
Comodo Antivirus for linux = an antivirus software, it seems to have trouble loading an essential driver in my experience and therefore doesn't function fully...however its the best linux antivirus product if you want something comparable to what you would run on windows.
Posted 27 May 2013 - 03:10 AM
I am also using Ubuntu instead of Windows...
Ubuntu works more better than the Windows and also provide different facilities to the users...
Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:07 AM
One of the better windoze-clone linux distros nowadays is LXLE
Rule of thumb for partitioning -- one root ( / ) of 12-16GB, one swap of 2-4GB, one /home -- all primary partitions. This leaves room for one partiion containing C:\ (get rid of the rest).
If the parents don't understand how to use a Free Open Source PC, give it to the child to figure out and teach the parents!
I do the same and find that the younger they are, the easier it is for them; it is especially difficult for anyone who thinks they "really know" that other OS to make the switch!
Edited by pane-free, 27 May 2013 - 08:08 AM.
Posted 11 June 2013 - 11:10 PM
Ubuntu feels closest to Mac OSX though, so maybe you will be most comfortable with Ubuntu if you have ever used a mac.
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Posted 12 June 2013 - 04:29 AM
There is also Zorin OS which have both free and paid versions. Graphics and themes used in this distro is more close to Windows than others.
Linux Mint also have a friendly interface similar to Windows.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 11:48 PM
Download Linux Mint and work from the live CD for a while. You will not be able to save files but it will give you a feel of how it works.
I have used a big variety of linux distributions and the best I can tell you is that if you do not feel it is the right one for you then try another one.
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