New OS?

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  1. Rico

    Rico Registered Member

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    I was just given an older laptop, Vista is toast not bootable, thought I'd try Linux or other non M$ OS.

    Any suggestions for free, easy alternatives?

    Thanks
     
  2. Kerodo

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    For Linux I'd recommend any of the top distros, Debian for example, or Mint, whichever you prefer. Cinnamon is a nice desktop UI.
     
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  4. Joxx

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    specs...
     
  5. Rico

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    Not sure just yet, Vista was toast it's a Toshiba Satellite A135-S4407 I believe circa 2006.

    Instead of the mfg restore disk, I installed Zorin 10, I figured it was 32 bit.

    Is Zorin linux, umbuntu, or something different. So far the only AV I've found is Clam. Any suggestions for security software. I did see "Mint" would this have been a wiser choice. It came with Libre office.
     
  6. Joxx

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    That's a very old and low spec machine, your best bet would probably be Lubuntu.
     
  7. Kerodo

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    Zorin is based on Ubuntu. It's not bad. 9.1 has long term support, the newer v10 is only about 4 more months of support.

    You don't need an AV for linux, just drop that idea now, and you'll be good.
     
  8. WildByDesign

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    My preference would be OpenSUSE, highly recommended. But as suggested, any of the top distros would be great to start with.
     
  9. amarildojr

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    My "preferred" list of Linux Distros (in order of liking):

    Arch
    openSUSE
    Debian
    Fedora

    Then comes the fun stuff:

    OpenBSD

    It really depends on the use. What is the machine going to do?
     
  10. Rico

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    Thanks Guys!

    what's a distro?

    Use of this machine, not much, I was given this machine (non functional OS), have never tried any alternative OS's. So was just getting my feet wet.
     
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