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Dublin_Gunner Dec 22, 2008, 04:37am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi, I have to admit, I dont know much about Linux.

I would however, like to learn more about the OS.

So, I have an old laptop (a Toshiba Satellite Pro 4600) and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good, lightweight yet functional distro that would suit my needs.

I'd basically be using it for web browsing and maybe listening to music, watching movies, and not much more else, but thought of it as a good opportunity to expand my knowledge into the realms of Linux.

Any help is much appreciated.


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Rolebama Dec 22, 2008, 08:33am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Linux - which version for oldish laptop
I am not that clued up about Linux tbh, but I have never been able to find drivers for my hardware. You get quite a range of generic types, but they are limited compared to proper drivers. I have played with most of them including Ubuntu, which you can boot off the CD to give you a taster of what it is like. So my advice is to check whether you can find Linux drivers for your machine before deciding whether it is worth it.

Chris M Dec 22, 2008, 09:28am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Linux - which version for oldish laptop
As an Ubuntu fan, I'd have you try Xunbuntu. It uses the Xfce desktop environment so it's more lightweight that something that uses KDE or Gnome by default. In my opinion, Ubuntu and its derivatives have consistently been the easiest distros to setup and use. If you were more Linux inclined then there are some distros that cater specifically to older, more obsolete hardware (such as Damn Small Linux). I can't speak of their hardware compatibility however.

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Dublin_Gunner Dec 22, 2008, 09:48am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Linux - which version for oldish laptop
Many thanks, I'll have a read up on it. :)

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Dec 22, 2008, 11:21am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Linux - which version for oldish laptop
Are you more interested in learning about Linux -- the CLI -- or one of the many GUI's that run on top?

Dublin_Gunner Dec 22, 2008, 11:34am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Linux - which version for oldish laptop
McFly said:
Are you more interested in learning about Linux -- the CLI -- or one of the many GUI's that run on top?


Just the whole thing really. I've never really used it before, apart from a couple of 5 minute fiddlings.

I'm downloading Mint at the moment, seems nice and lightweight, based on Ubuntu, and has an easy to use wireless config program installed, which should make my life easier, so hopefully there are standard USB drivers installed for my wireless adapter!

If not, I can just download them in work.

What would you recommend mcfly?

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Dec 22, 2008, 01:21pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Linux - which version for oldish laptop
Well Ubuntu almost always get recommended, personally I think I don't like the whole "Linux for human beings" load.

For a Linux beginner, it's not bad -- but I don't attribute that to the OS itself, just that there is a huge user base which seems to be pretty active on their forums (although in fairness, most of those users are hardened noobs).

If you ask me, learning a Linux GUI without learning the CLI isn't really learning Linux.

Like Chris said, Xfce would probably be a better choice if that laptop can't handle much. I would just say to start in the Terminal (or just the CLI without X) and focus on the command-line at first. man is your friend.

Dublin_Gunner Dec 22, 2008, 03:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Linux - which version for oldish laptop
I'd certainly like to learn the CLI - as I've not much experience in Unix like OS's - apart from my Mac Pro, but never need to use the CLI much in that!

I think I got the Mint version with Xfce.

Might download Xubuntu tomorrow and give it a whirl

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Supreet Virdi Dec 22, 2008, 06:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Tried Ubuntu once. Sucked.

Didn't really know what to do in it.

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Gerritt Dec 22, 2008, 08:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Linux - which version for oldish laptop
I used to be a big fan of Suse Linux, but since their takeover by Novell/Corel I've stopped favoring them as much. XUbuntu has excellent driver support but still may or may not have all the drivers necessary for an old laptop.

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Dublin_Gunner Dec 23, 2008, 10:15am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Linux - which version for oldish laptop
Well I still havent installed it yet, but have Xubuntu & Mint now on CD - which should I go with first, Xubuntu?

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Reason   Dec 23, 2008, 01:46pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Linux - which version for oldish laptop
Don't know about Mint, never used it. I've tried the full versions of Ubuntu from 6.06 up through 8.04 on my wired desktop, it usually has a few bugs.

What are the specs on that lappy?

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Dublin_Gunner Dec 23, 2008, 07:31pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Linux - which version for oldish laptop
Oh the lappy is old!! Ha ha!

750Mhz Celeron
128MB ram
10Gb HDD

lol

But its grand for surfing or messing about with

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Chris M Dec 24, 2008, 02:50pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Linux - which version for oldish laptop
@ McFLy

It's very frustrating for a new user to start in the command line. Staring at a blinking prompt not knowing any commands is really discouraging. Despite what many people say, Gnome, KDE and Xfce represent Linux. How well the interfaces are designed end up determining how people shape their opinions of the OS as a whole. That said, I fully agree with you that a user will never fully appreciate the system without being able to get around on the command line. However it's much easier to learn that after a user has gained some familiarity with the GUI (whatever gui it may be) so they are able to configure their settings and dig up information on the web.

Just my .02.

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