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Linuxhelp _ Hardware Support _ Complete noob: what Linux distros is this PC compatible with?

Posted by: TJOHO Jan 2 2008, 09:06 AM

Hello all, sorry if this seems very lazy, but I've never used Linux and literally spent days researching this, so I'm getting a bit desperate...

I am thinking of buying a computer and install Linux on it - some work may be done in Linux, but most of all I am going to run various languages and flavors of WinXP in VMs on it (already doing this on an iMac with Parallels). Of course, the host OS could also be XP, but I have the impression that some Linux distros would be faster and more stable - plus I'd like to try out Linux, too!

Anyway, the computer I am trying to find out compatibility info for has these components:

Motherboard: GF7050V
CPU: Intel Quad Core Q6600 2.4G
RAM: PC2-5300
GPU: GeForce 8600 GT
HDD: Samsung Sata2
ODD: Samsung DVD-Supermulti Lightscribe

I'd be really grateful if anyone could tell me any positive or negative experiences with these components and various Linux distros.
I am thinking of a 'buntu flavor (Ubuntu or Kubuntu), but really don't know what I'm talking about here, so whatever works!


Posted by: michaelk Jan 2 2008, 10:32 AM

Any recent linux distribution should be ok. No mention of how much memory but anything >=256MB will be ok. Look at and see what are the most popular distributions. If you do not like Ubuntu then try some of the others. In the end it is really a matter of personal preference.

Posted by: DS2K3 Jan 2 2008, 03:43 PM

Fedora might be a good choice - There is quite a lot of software available (for instance, flash player and adobe reader are available as RPM) and it is aimed at more professional users than Ubuntu which seems to be geared towards home users - Fedora certainly has some nice development tools.

Fedora/Ubuntu both have large user communities though, so whichever one you choose there should be plenty of resources to help you.


Posted by: TJOHO Jan 2 2008, 06:19 PM

Thank you for the response! In the mean time, I have seen others using at least the same processor to run Fedora as well as OpenSUSE 10.3.
The memory is two sticks of 1 GB each.

I just wanted to check before I buy the computer, which comes OS-less, but it seems it's pretty safe.

Posted by: DS2K3 Jan 3 2008, 08:25 PM

You can get Linux into anything if you try hard enough... System reqs aren't usually a problem though. The only real problem comes when you have very new or very old hardware that doesn't have any Linux drivers. Most computers that you can buy should be ok though - If not you can always send it back smile.gif

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