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Which Linux Distribution?
dais
Brisbane, Queensland
8741 posts
I have an old PC I want to install Linux on. It will be my first time using Linux. Which distribution is the best for a newbie?

When I type Linux in to google the first result is Ubuntu. Is that the way to go?
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Pinky
Melbourne, Victoria
12174 posts
Before you pick a distro you should say what you want to do with your PC.
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dais
Brisbane, Queensland
8742 posts
Actually I am getting it ready to try and sell it. So I don't really want to do anything with it, I just want to have an OS installed. I don't have a spare copy of Windows.
02:43pm 15/01/12 Permalink
Pinky
Melbourne, Victoria
12175 posts
In that case, Ubuntu for sure. My personal preference would be Kubuntu.
02:45pm 15/01/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5081 posts
you can install windows for 30 days or whatever without a license key..

but normally 100% of the time if you need to ask you should be installing ubuntu.
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HerbalLizard
Brisbane, Queensland
5334 posts
dban then ubuntu that mofo
03:02pm 15/01/12 Permalink
simul
Brisbane, Queensland
1275 posts
Ubuntu is good for *nix newbs, definitely the most consumer'y and GUI supported distro. Kubuntu - While I have traditionally preferred KDE, I think Ubuntu has done a decent job with Unity.

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DecayingCorpse
Brisbane, Queensland
1900 posts
ubuntu

also hi dais :)
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dais
Brisbane, Queensland
8743 posts
Hi DecayingCorpse!
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crazymorton
Brisbane, Queensland
2693 posts
i experminted with Mint on an old PC recently. it's pretty cool.

easy install but it took me a while to figure some s*** out but plenty of online help.

also nuke that PC before install or sale. use this http://www.dban.org/
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dais
Brisbane, Queensland
8744 posts
I tried installing Ubuntu but got a bunch of errors. Also had problems with booting the machine. It looks like the RAM is stuffed and I can't be bothered fixing it so I will be giving it away.

Thanks for your help everyone!
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tspec
Melbourne, Victoria
3344 posts
I've been using Ubuntu since the first version so I've been recommending it for a long time but I've recently started playing around with Mint and it's not half bad. I would probably still suggest Ubuntu for beginners, plus UbuntuTV is on the horizon and that's looking pretty s*** hot.
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crazymorton
Brisbane, Queensland
2696 posts
I tried installing Ubuntu but got a bunch of errors. Also had problems with booting the machine. It looks like the RAM is stuffed and I can't be bothered fixing it so I will be giving it away.


I'd still nuke it. dl that iso from the site then burn and boot from cd and let it run. best way to clean out old data. better safe than sorry.
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maryusdemetry
Sydney, New South Wales
9 posts
LinuxMint or
Ubuntu
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