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howbel
O.K. kids I'm interested in getting started in the Linux life. Money is definitely an issue. I want to purchase a used laptop with no OS. Nothing fancy. I would like to be able to wifi surf, word processing and itunes music/pocast management. I'm (Obviously) not a computer genius. I hate Microsoft and cant afford Mac. What do I need in a blank laptop and what Linux OS would be best ? Thanks
michaelk
You might want to search all of the linux laptop websites like
http://www.linux-laptop.net/

This should give you an idea of the laptops that work well with linux. The things to look for are wireless chipset compatability and built in memory card readers. Both can be a problem to get working as well as getting typical laptop functions to work like hibernation.

http://distrowatch.com/ will give you an idea of the many linux distributions available. You need at least 256MB of ram to run Gnome or KDE which are big desktop environments (linux GUI) as well as liveCDs. A liveCD is a linux distribution that runs from memory as well as the CDROM. This will let you try many distributions without actually installing them to the hard drive. For starters a popular distribution for beginners is Ubuntu.
howbel
QUOTE (michaelk @ Jan 20 2008, 11:06 AM) *
You might want to search all of the linux laptop websites like
http://www.linux-laptop.net/

This should give you an idea of the laptops that work well with linux. The things to look for are wireless chipset compatability and built in memory card readers. Both can be a problem to get working as well as getting typical laptop functions to work like hibernation.

http://distrowatch.com/ will give you an idea of the many linux distributions available. You need at least 256MB of ram to run Gnome or KDE which are big desktop environments (linux GUI) as well as liveCDs. A liveCD is a linux distribution that runs from memory as well as the CDROM. This will let you try many distributions without actually installing them to the hard drive. For starters a popular distribution for beginners is Ubuntu.




Thank you for your help - I will start there.
michaelk
For word processing there is Open Office. Its similar to MS office suite and can open word documents. Check out Amarok for your ipod.
matt
If the laptop is an older model. I would recommend using Xubunbu. Its a mix of Ubuntu which is a fairly easy to use distribution for first time Linux users but uses XFCE as its default desktop environment. You'll learn more about desktop environments as you get more into learning Linux. Googleing KDE, Gnome, and XFCE will give you an idea of what they look like. As for hardware support ubuntu does a pretty good job out of the box. if you run into problems along the way feel free to ask more questions.
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