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Suggestions as to Which Flavor of Linux to Use
The thing that I miss the most from Windows ME was the ability to create desktop themes. So I would really like to find a version of Linux that would do the same type of thing, but this is not a priority. What I really do not like about Windows 7 is the ‘Windows for Dummies’ approach that Microsoft has used. I am the only one on the computer which makes me the Administrator by default, but I do not have access to the Documents and Settings folder. I want at least as much control over my system as I have with XP (with using Tweak UI).
I like the Toshiba Bulletin Board and the other Toshiba utilities that came with the laptop, and am hoping Toshiba has versions for Linux operating systems. But I would be able to survive without them.
I am open for recommendations.
linux mint is good as jonathan said also ubuntu is easy on the eyes with different themes. I like Debian based distros for my workstations and anything redhat based for my servers
You may find this helpful... a distro quiz. It might be able to help you choose your first distro.
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welcome to linux,
as a first time user you can start with ubuntu or mint and later advance to fedora or centos.
The amount of control you get with Linux can be a bit overwhelming at first. I would suggest trying a few distros each with a different desktop environment and seeing which one you like. Then you can learn to tweak that to your hearts content. My suggestions to try are
CrunchBang (OpenBox although this is a bit less beginner friendly)
These two may not be as configurable <bitter comment censored>
Fedora 15 (Gnome 3 / Shell)Should you be sitting wondering,
Which Batman is the best,
There's only one true answer my friend,
It's Adam Bloody West!
The Fifth Continent
11-04-2011 #7Linux user #126863 - see http://linuxcounter.net/
Thank you for all of the responses. Ubuntu and Mint seem to be the runaway favorites. One of the techs from my ISP also mentioned Mint. The problem with Win 7 is that they made it so fool proof that it is actually harder for me to install. I did figure out though that the Documents and Settings folder was a leftover from porting my files from the old XP laptop to the new W7 laptop. The W7 counterpart to the D&S folder is simply called Users. But this means that being locked out is even dumber since it doesn’t even qualify as a systems folder anymore.
I had started realizing what jonniemuk confirmed, that I can start with an easy one and progress to a more difficult version. The original game plan, before I started getting frustrated, was to try different distros of Linux on the old laptop until I found one that I liked and then switch the new one over as well.
You should find Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a bit quicker than the Mint main edition ... which may help on the older laptop.
Go to distrowatch.com, and you will find a list of top 100 distro's. Start at the top and try live cd/dvd's to see what appeals to you. You should find one you like in the first 5 or 10. It will also give you a feel of whether you like gnome, Kde, or one of the other desktops. Experiment and have fun learning. you may even want to install 3 or 4 different distro's at the same time, and choose which one to use at boot.Registered Linux user #526930