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Operating System Poll; Linux Questions

#1eragonman9Posted 8/4/2013 8:55:35 AM
Which is your favourite OS? - Results (203 votes)
Windows 8
17.24% (35 votes)
35
Windows 7
60.1% (122 votes)
122
Older versions of Windows
5.91% (12 votes)
12
OS X
3.94% (8 votes)
8
Linux-Based OS
12.81% (26 votes)
26
Other
0% (0 votes)
0
This poll is now closed.
inb4 iTunes is best OS

I've nearly always used Windows, and I want to try something new. I have been looking in to Linux, but I don't know where to start.
I don't know if I should install Wubi to test out Ubuntu, or if I should make a separate partition and use a different one like Mint. Or, is there another way to test out Linux?
Can any Linux users give me any input on where--and how--to start?
Also, this ( http://bombch.us/IER ) is my computer. Is it even compatible with Linux?
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#2Orestes417Posted 8/4/2013 9:54:08 AM(edited)
Honestly, start with a virtual machine like Virtualbox or VMware Player. That way there's zero risk of messing with your real system till you know what you're doing a little better. Use one of the more newbie friendly distros like Mint/Ubuntu, Mageia or OpenSUSE and get used to checking their specific forums first for any questions you have. Advice for one distro isn't always relevant for any other and may end up screwing you up more than it helps.

Oh and don't use Wubi. Period. I've never seen a case where it's been used that wouldn't have been better off with a proper install or a VM.

As for the learning process, don't try to absorb everything all at once. Pick one thing you want to know how to do, start reading up on it and play around till you have a decent grasp of it then move on.

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#3ThePCElitistPosted 8/4/2013 9:53:43 AM
Windows XP is still my favorite OS of all time but I've grown to like WIn7 just as much in recent years. I've used different versions of Linux before but I never did find one that I loved.
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#4Golden MavenPosted 8/4/2013 10:29:28 AM
Just know that Linux is for tinkering and nothing else. You'll find yourself digging through articles and forums to find that one magic command to get it working. For the desktop, it offers nothing. Waste of time, to be honest.

Windows 7 or 8 are pretty much your only options. I pick Windows 8 because it's better.
#5Orestes417Posted 8/4/2013 10:36:11 AM
You act as if Windows weren't exactly the same way with troubleshooting.
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#6TomNook20Posted 8/4/2013 10:53:00 AM
Golden Maven posted...
Just know that Linux is for tinkering and nothing else. You'll find yourself digging through articles and forums to find that one magic command to get it working. For the desktop, it offers nothing. Waste of time, to be honest.


Maybe if you're trying to install it on a toaster.

Otherwise it's just like any other OS.

I'd recommend Mint since I absolutely hate ubuntu's UI. Just download the iso and use unetbootin to create a bootable flash drive and you can try it out before you install it. When you install it you can easily create a separate partition and dualboot windows and mint.
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#7Golden MavenPosted 8/4/2013 10:53:33 AM
It isn't. If I'm digging through articles for Windows, then most likely I'm trying to get some special functionality working. NT6 has been very good to me (yes, even Vista you blind haters).

I couldn't even get GPU acceleration for video working properly on Linux... Maybe that has changed now that AMD released the source code.

I guess Linux might become a little more interesting for home use now that Windows XP is phasing out... It could breathe new life into older systems. I certainly wouldn't be comfortable running XP beyond April 2014. You just know some hackers are out there sitting on vulnerabilities, waiting to attack after Microsoft pulls the plug.
#8Orestes417Posted 8/4/2013 11:28:19 AM
Pretty much anything requiring actual system administration is more of a pain in the ass on Windows than any *nix I can think of. The error messages are obtuse and the configuration utilities weren't built with humans in mind.
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#9d209999Posted 8/4/2013 11:32:49 AM
TomNook20 posted...
Golden Maven posted...
Just know that Linux is for tinkering and nothing else. You'll find yourself digging through articles and forums to find that one magic command to get it working. For the desktop, it offers nothing. Waste of time, to be honest.


Maybe if you're trying to install it on a toaster.

Otherwise it's just like any other OS.

I'd recommend Mint since I absolutely hate ubuntu's UI. Just download the iso and use unetbootin to create a bootable flash drive and you can try it out before you install it. When you install it you can easily create a separate partition and dualboot windows and mint.


Second vote for Mint. Offers the stability of Ubuntu, minus the hazards of Unity.
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#10eragonman9(Topic Creator)Posted 8/4/2013 11:40:46 AM
Alright, I'm downloading Mint now. Once it's done, I'll try to run it through VMware.
Out of curiosity, do people like MATE or Cinnamon more? Looking at a few videos, I prefer Cinnamon.
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