Which Linux Distros to try before "the switch"?

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Which Linux Distros to try before "the switch"?

Postby BIGMAN131307 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:49 am

My XP system is dated, and is just chugging along. I need to keep it going a while longer until I can build a new system. XP has been a real pita to keep running. I would like to switch to Linux. But I don't know which distros to check out.

musts:

Live CD/DVD option (with optional full install)
Gnome / KDE desktops
XP desktop feel (features similar are essential)
Internet ready
Plug N Play drivers
MP3 player
CD/DVD
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Something to get me used to the "different" ways Linux does things.
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Postby Karlsweldt » Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:54 am

Check for compatibility and availability of programs you need, to Linux OS usage. There is a wealth of programming available for Linux-based OS. But not all. Some programming for Windows may already be compatible to Linux.
You might be interested in the links from Jack Walden and Michael Horowitz.
Just a few Web searches.
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Postby Hardware Junkie » Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:01 am

Closest i could find.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StartOS
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Postby Mr T » Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:09 am

Easiest to start off with is Ubuntu.. If you want KDE, try Kubuntu... There are supported others such as Xbuntu using the Xcfe desktop and so on, but Ubuntu is by far the easiest..

Other good ones are Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS and OpenSUSE.. Debian is good, but a bit less friendly to the new user..
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Postby BIGMAN131307 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:38 pm

I've some "Live" CD/DVDs. But my luck has been bad. This is a list of some of the distros I tried. A couple I tried more than once.

Debian Live 7.2 KDE & Gnome versions [load but crashed]
Fedora Live Desktop 64-19 [load but crashed]

Mageria 3 Live DVD KDE & Gnome versions [loaded but crashed at desktop]

Zorin OS 6.4 & 7.1 [load but crashed]
OpenSUSE 12.3 KDE & Gnome live versions [load but crashed]

Slackware 64-14.1 [loaded but wasn't live cd/dvd]

Slax English US 7.0.8 [load but crashed]
Lubuntu 13.10 desktop [load but crashed]
Mythbuntu 12.04.3 [load but crashed]
Xubuntu 13.10 desktop [load but crashed]

Most started to load kernel, but crashed. A couple managed to load the kernel, but crashed at the desktop screen. One error message I scene
was "Panic Occurred".
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What am I doing wrong? All I want is to find a user friendly distro to get
familiar with Linux. The last distro I used was full installed on my old laptop was "FreeSpire". I had no problems installing it.

Please help me get these live CD/DVDs to work.
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Postby BIGMAN131307 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:46 pm

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Postby evasive » Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:58 am

Can you point us at the list of hardware you're trying these on? Did you ever use the memory check that comes with some of them? I fear a piece of the system isn't 100% hardware-wise.
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Postby Mr T » Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:59 am

BIGMAN131307 wrote::( double post error
I get that...

On the main point, kernel panic errors are really rare, if a system won't run one of those listed distros on a live CD, your system probably has a serious underlying hardware issue. I haver tried a lot of distros under various conditions and some are buggy, but most will run as a live CD/DVD or usb stick no problem.

What are your hardware specs/ laptop model you are trying the live distros on? Bear in mind a lot of the higher distros have more demanding hardware specs, ie more RAM. Distros aimed at old hardware (ie systems with 512mb of RAM and less) are out there, Puppee is a good one.

Check out Distrowatch for distros. Quite an extensive list.

Also bear in mind Linux is not M$ windows, it works differently so it won't look or act like XP. ZorinOS and PCLinux are probably closest...
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Postby BIGMAN131307 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:21 am

evasive wrote:Can you point us at the list of hardware you're trying these on? Did you ever use the memory check that comes with some of them? I fear a piece of the system isn't 100% hardware-wise.


MS XP SP3
MSI MS-7181
AMD Athlon 64 3200+
2.21 GHz
2 GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 7800GS
Plextor DVD+-RW PX-712A
ASUS DVD-ROM E616P
Maxtor 6Y200P0 Internal HDD x2

As for memory check, no. :( The ISO downloads went smoothly, so I skipped it.


Mr T wrote:
BIGMAN131307 wrote:Bear in mind a lot of the higher distros have more demanding hardware specs, ie more RAM. Distros aimed at old hardware (ie systems with 512mb of RAM and less) are out there, Puppee is a good one.


Do those have Live CD/DVDs? Would they work on my system?

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Postby Mr T » Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:01 am

Check the motherboard (especially the motherboard), video card and Power supply for bulging/leaking capacitors. Also disconnect one ROM drive when installing and reseat all your cables/RAM and cards..

Puppyis aimed at running off a pendrive, lubuntu is good too..

Others:

Tinycore
damn small linux (DSL)..
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