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From XP to Linux?


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#1 saul23

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 07:08 AM

I am not sure if either the Windows or Linux sub categories are the right destinations for this post, if not I apologise pre-emptively. I have a small ten inch net-book it was bought in 2009 and it shipped with Windows XP, I have not used it for some weeks and with Microsoft no longer supporting the OS and myself not being able to afford an extra MS license. My question is can Linux be a suitable replacement and if so could you please recommend the Linux edition(s) that would suit, it is not a high spec machine with just 1 gb of memory and a 120 gb hdd, the graphics are integrated and is powered by an intel Atom cpu. I would be  thankful for any help, Thank you     Saul  UK.

Edited by hamluis, 27 June 2014 - 08:43 AM.
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#2 NickAu

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:10 AM

Hi saul :welcome:  to Bc.

Yes Linux will suit that laptop fine.

 

Might I suggest

Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” Xfce released!

 

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MX-14 "Symbiosis" | Mepis Community

you need the 32 bit ISO.

 

 

Just to start. Has that machine got a CD/DVD drive? If not to problems. Select an iso from above download it 'Burn the ISO to usb with unetbootin Set your pc to boot from usb and next thing you know you are in Linux. Play around with a few distros, Once you find 1 that you kinda like we can help you install it and set it up. Then I can show you a few tweaks and tricks.


Edited by NickAu1, 27 June 2014 - 08:15 AM.


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 01:33 PM

Linux would suite the system well,further to NickAu1,s suggestions if you want something simple and not a million miles away

from a windows desktop Lubunto is not bad and will run very snappily on your machine.

 

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 03:02 PM

Thanks to NickAu1 & Wolverine 7,

 

Very helpful.....feel a little lost new forum and all,

I would award  kudos or the equivalent if I knew how.



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 04:20 PM

Dont think we have kudos on Bleeping,anyway welcome,dont feel lost just take your time and have a look around,a lot of knowledge

about computers,hardware,tutorials,burger recipies,that kind of thing.:-) :thumbup2:



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 02:39 AM

if you go with mx14 it is very peppy

if you go with Mint it is 'pretty'.

I run both... Mint is on my primary computer while mx14 I use on computers from 2001 that I use as media centers.


A/V Software? I don't need A/V software. I've run Linux since '98 w/o A/V software and have never had a virus. I never even had a firewall until '01 when I began to get routers with firewalls pre installed. With Linux if a vulnerability is detected a fix is quickly found and then upon your next update the vulnerability is patched.  If you must worry about viruses  on a Linux system only worry about them in the sense that you can infect a windows user. I recommend Linux Mint or, if you need a lighter weight operating system that fits on a cd, MX14 or AntiX.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 06:06 PM

Okay guys, please tell me if when we post to this subject here in XP, does it also go to the New locations that Hamluis put it to.  I will try and go to look but my skills might allow me to find lol.

 

For now I will post here then go look.

I am using LinuxMintMate with 1GB or RAM also.  I will try and link you to my post with all the issues that I have had because it might help you out.  I found that it did not work well with the USB, at all, it froze pc.  No problem just shut down and download to the LiveCD and that should work.  It is very slow unless you keep the CD humming but it allows you to test it all out before you take the plunge.  Not much to loose if you can't afford new MS suite.  I will say that the LinuxMintCinnamon is the closest to XP that I have seen, new and easy to use.  LinuxMintMate is similar but has many more features, tools.  I am a total novice so take this info. lightly and test out all the distros you want before you dive in, the only issue is you will need some CD's to do so, preferably DVD-R and not the DVD-RW.  Or a CD but I don't know how they differ besides one is obviously for video.     


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 07:00 PM

Or a CD but I don't know how they differ besides one is obviously for video.     

 The difference is the amount of data it can hold. dvd's hold much more. unless the iso has been designed for a cd it will only fit on a dvd. 

 

To be designed to fit on a CD it means that it will have smaller base programs..... most likely stuff you haven't heard of. With mx14 they did put a popular office suite in it (LibreOffice) which takes up the majority of the space on the CD. However if you decide you need the CD version and you want the more popular applications that application is easily downloadable if there is a Linux version.


Edited by bmike1, 29 June 2014 - 07:36 PM.

A/V Software? I don't need A/V software. I've run Linux since '98 w/o A/V software and have never had a virus. I never even had a firewall until '01 when I began to get routers with firewalls pre installed. With Linux if a vulnerability is detected a fix is quickly found and then upon your next update the vulnerability is patched.  If you must worry about viruses  on a Linux system only worry about them in the sense that you can infect a windows user. I recommend Linux Mint or, if you need a lighter weight operating system that fits on a cd, MX14 or AntiX.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 09:05 PM

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 09:14 PM

Wolverine 7

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Great advice get Lubuntu its light weight and will run on that PC

 

 

This is the way I  do it.

I would get the full Ubuntu or Linux Mint then install LXDE as the desktop environment, Running it that way you get the best of both worlds, The support of a full OS with the lightness of LXDE. At idle ( just the PC running my Mint 17 with LXDE only uses 170 meg of ram.)


Edited by NickAu1, 29 June 2014 - 09:15 PM.





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