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Linuxhelp _ Hardware Support _ Total Rookie looking for a distro compatible with my hardware

Posted by: TotalNewbie Jan 2 2011, 12:59 PM

I am totally new to Linux and have a laptop I want to totally dedicate to learning Linux. I have heard that there are compatibility issues with certain distributions for AMD/ATI machines. Basically I am looking for an easy distribution that comes with graphics/desktop environment that is compatible with my hardware. Toshiba Satellite A215-S6816, AMD Turion 64x2 TL-64 Processor, ATI Radeon HD2400 Graphics card. Someone please help me find a distro that will work on this machine. I tried Kumbuntu 10.10 and failed due to graphics driver issues. Thanks for any advice!

Posted by: michaelk Jan 2 2011, 01:22 PM

Interesting since ATI has been supported for awhile.
http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/jaunty/man4/radeon.4.html
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RadeonDriver

Ubuntu is probably the best distribution for the linux begineer. Fedora might be another good choice.

Posted by: TotalNewbie Jan 2 2011, 01:32 PM

Fedora vs. Ubuntu, which do you personally think would be the best for someone who basically knows zip about Linux (that would be me). And which version of each? Just go for the latest release? Thanks!

Posted by: michaelk Jan 2 2011, 06:14 PM

Go for the latest versions. Ubuntu might be the easiest.
May I suggest trying out some Live CDs and pick your favourite to install. Go to www.distrowatch.com to see what is available.

Posted by: Caithsith Apr 21 2011, 03:07 PM

QUOTE (michaelk @ Jan 2 2011, 06:14 PM) *
Go for the latest versions. Ubuntu might be the easiest.
May I suggest trying out some Live CDs and pick your favourite to install. Go to www.distrowatch.com to see what is available.


That what i did and i found Fedora better then Ubuntu since i wasnt able to get it install without crash (might be a me or my system who don't take it)
And i'm so new on linux it been just like one week since i try my first distro.
Now im using mandriva i dont know for how much time tho.

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