Sony Vaio PCG-FR130: Which version of Linux?
Posted 07 November 2004 - 06:23 AM
AMD AthlonXP 2000+ 1.67ghz
512 megs pc2100 DDR
40 gig HD
Geforce4 420-V 16 meg
14" TFT Active Matrix
Posted 07 November 2004 - 07:12 AM
At this point, I wouldn't even think of installing Linux to your hard drive. Try one of the many Linux Live CDs to begin with. This is a complete Linux operating system which runs entirely from the CD and will have no effect on your Hard Drive or Windows. This way you can check out Linux without all the pressures of partitioning and such. Of the many Live-CDs I've used, I like the Mepis live CD and the new Ubuntu. Download the ISO file and burn the image to a cd. Then go in to "setup" that is your bios, and change the boot order to boot from cdrom before Hard drive. Then insert the live cd and reboot!
Let us know how you come out or if you need further help...
Posted 07 November 2004 - 08:28 AM
By the way when I red you post I actually was Ubuntu Live CD LOL I really liked the look of it in the screenshots. Now if I can run the OS from the cd etc I am assuming I can just test out the OS and not install any linux software etc correct?
hehe also just to make you jealous I picked up that lappy in mint condition for just $500 shipped, I couldnt believe my luck
Posted 09 November 2004 - 01:37 AM
It is not itself a distribution, but a way of running a Linux distribution as a task within either Windows XP or Windows 2000. The task shares the cpu with Windows, so it is not the thing if you need power computing. I now use it much more than I do dual booting.
I am currently running mine with Fedora 2, but there are other distributions available.
P.S. If you go for this look at the snapshots at http://www.colinux.org/snapshots/ rather than 0.6.1 which is rather dated.
Posted 09 November 2004 - 04:32 AM
All will be user friendly to install. Ubuntu uses Gnome desktop environment and is clean and unencumbered by a bunch of needless and duplicated apps.
Mepis by default gives you KDE desktop environment, though other DEs are easy to configure with apt-get.
Fedora three, (I would think), will be a lot like Core two but with refinements. Core one and two were excellent in my estimation, and Core three should please as well.
Of potential interest, (and I know there will be Debian based distro users who may disagree) I think Fedora has a slight edge with utilities that are more user friendly for the new Linux user. You'll get plenty of easy to understand and configure utilities with Fedora that will make hardware and preference configuration a breeze.
The good thing about Linux is, you try one out for a while, then the other two, and settle on the one that is most to your liking!
I would be hard pressed to recommend any one over the other. All are good choices.
Posted 09 November 2004 - 09:05 PM
things when they break, and it puts me in a better position to help my friends and family that use linux. If I can get them on a debain based distro it's easier for me to help.
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