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Topic # 92871 8-Nov-2011 11:54 Send private message

A non-techie friend has an L300 that needs a new OS, thanks to someone loading a pirated Win7 on to it badly. He did not know it was pirated and wants to go legal, and cheap, so I'm looking for recommendations for a newbie-friendly distro that "just works" with the L300's spec.s, as far as possible. I don't mind making a few tweaks myself, but the goal is a simple 2nd machine for basic surfing and emailing etc. All recommendations welcome, thanks!

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  Reply # 542720 8-Nov-2011 17:35 Send private message

I would suggest downloading Ubuntu 11.10 and write it to a CD or USB stick. Then you can try ubuntu by booting from the CD or USB stick.  That way you can try the program out without installing it to the hard drive.

One thing that seems to cause a problem with the L300 is the wifi. the following web page seems to have a solution: http://www.webtolife.co.nz/content/installing-ubuntu-toshiba-l300.

I feel that Ubuntu 11.10 is an ideal replacement to Windows for non-technical users (like me).  I now prefer it as my main os.  I only use Windows for the one program that I need but is un-available in linux.  I can even use Draftsight CAD program as a replacement for Autocad.

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  Reply # 542721 8-Nov-2011 17:36 Send private message

I would suggest downloading Ubuntu 11.10 and write it to a CD or USB stick. Then you can try ubuntu by booting from the CD or USB stick.  That way you can try the program out without installing it to the hard drive.

One thing that seems to cause a problem with the L300 is the wifi. the following web page seems to have a solution: http://www.webtolife.co.nz/content/installing-ubuntu-toshiba-l300.

I feel that Ubuntu 11.10 is an ideal replacement to Windows for non-technical users (like me).  I now prefer it as my main os.  I only use Windows for the one program that I need but is un-available in linux.  I can even use Draftsight CAD program as a replacement for Autocad.

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  Reply # 542722 8-Nov-2011 17:38 Send private message

OOPS, sorry but I seem to have posted the reply twice!!

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  Reply # 542746 8-Nov-2011 18:31 Send private message

Ubuntu is great, but Linux Mint 11 seems better to me.

I think Mint is pretty much based on Ubuntu, but they have added their own flavour ;-) of customisations which give it a bit of an edge.

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  Reply # 542845 8-Nov-2011 21:37 Send private message

Linux Mint is great very similar to Windows in lots of ways Prefer it to Ubuntu Both are getting closer to good operating systems

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  Reply # 542867 8-Nov-2011 22:25 Send private message

I tried Mint out a couple of years ago, and agree that it is good.  It seemed to be a bit slower loading than Ubuntu and I had a bit of trouble with drivers for my webcam and wifi. Never got the webcam to work. I liked the interface though.



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  Reply # 542883 8-Nov-2011 23:05 Send private message

Thanks for the replies, everyone. I'm a KDE fan, so I tried the live Kubuntu, and it worked a charm, no problem with the WiFi, either. Likewise with Zorin, another nice "Ubuntu in disguise". I probably would have gone with the Zorin, but its Live DVD  reported that harddrive failure was imminent, and installation was not possible because of read/write errors in too many disk sectors. Curious that the Kubuntu live CD did not give me that heads up

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  Reply # 542891 8-Nov-2011 23:34 Send private message

I have never heard of Zorin before, but after looking at its website, I am quite impressed - might give it a try.



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  Reply # 542894 8-Nov-2011 23:48 Send private message

Wilko: I have never heard of Zorin before, but after looking at its website, I am quite impressed - might give it a try.


Likewise - it was completely new to me, but looks like a very capable distro for use with the "but it looks  not like Windows" crowd. :) 

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  Reply # 544673 12-Nov-2011 19:19 Send private message

Tried out Zorin    quite impressive.  Set up Me Tv using USB Hi def am Having trouble with the sound when watching Tv. (no sound)  Easy to set up.  Records sound and plays back fine.  Anyone with any suggestions
 Bit of a newbie to Linux using terminal commands.
Any help appreciated
Thanks  

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  Reply # 553504 4-Dec-2011 14:47 Send private message

Wilko: I would suggest downloading Ubuntu 11.10 and write it to a CD or USB stick. Then you can try ubuntu by booting from the CD or USB stick.  That way you can try the program out without installing it to the hard drive.

One thing that seems to cause a problem with the L300 is the wifi. the following web page seems to have a solution: http://www.webtolife.co.nz/content/installing-ubuntu-toshiba-l300.

I feel that Ubuntu 11.10 is an ideal replacement to Windows for non-technical users (like me).  I now prefer it as my main os.  I only use Windows for the one program that I need but is un-available in linux.  I can even use Draftsight CAD program as a replacement for Autocad.


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Ubuntu is very good OS

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  Reply # 553561 4-Dec-2011 16:28 Send private message

If you prefer KDE over gnome I would recommend the Opensuse 12.1 KDE live CD.
Opensuse easily have the best implementation of KDE

Many people also suggest their customised Gnome interface is superior to the standard Gnome interface also - but I haven't tried this myself.

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