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Hello. I'm new to Linux. I bought a Toshiba laptop at a yard sale and now Windows says it's an invalid copy. Window's is too expensive to buy for me ...
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- 09-05-2012 #1
Hello. I'm new to Linux. I bought a Toshiba laptop at a yard sale and now Windows says it's an invalid copy. Window's is too expensive to buy for me so I am here.
I have a netgear, wired router program for the internet (which I don't understand yet) and will eventually get a wireless router (and a newer computer but that's a ways off). I have been using (and love) Open Office and Firefox in windows for years. I used Ubuntu a little bit over 10 years ago.
Any suggestions are most welcome as I largely know enough to cause trouble and not enough to stay out of it. I would really like to make a permanent switch to Linux!
(My g's and t's stick so I apologise ahead for any misspellings.)
Nice to meet you all!
- 09-05-2012 #2
Hello and Welcome.
Ubuntu is still a good place to start unless you just want something more suitable to your needs. I suggest the distro quiz.
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- 09-05-2012 #3
- 09-05-2012 #4
Thanks! I've been reading in the new to linux forums and did take the quiz. It suggested OpenSUSE. I'mondering if I should dual boot with windows or start fresh with Linux? I end up fixing windows (due to no windows support) probably as much as I would be figurin out a new platform. :/
- 09-05-2012 #5
I'm in the Arizona desert. Looking for model number...what kind of specs?
...model # (I think) TECRA A2-S336
1.5 Ghz processor
512 MB ram
27.95 GB hard drive
Last edited by Jackrabbit; 09-05-2012 at 07:23 PM. Reason: added info
- 09-05-2012 #6
Found my windows sticker number. Some non-thinker stuck it on the bottom so the numbers are unreadable, lol. I would switch to Linux anyway. As new as I was years ago, I still remember and like it.
- 09-05-2012 #7
welcome to the site. I did dual booting for the first few months then I made the fill switch to Linux only. I still have windows xp in a VM so I can login to work when needed but that's about it.
- 09-05-2012 #81.5 Ghz processor
512 MB ram
27.95 GB hard drive
Since this is your first foray into stepping out into the desert sands of Linux. I might suggest trying Lubuntu 12.04LTS
Me being partial. I run AntiX on all my 512MB ram laptops.
Be sure and make a 1 gig /swap partition also using gparted before running any graphical installer. Good luck with it.
Edit:I'mondering if I should dual boot with windows or start fresh with Linux? I end up fixing windows (due to no windows support) probably as much as I would be figurin out a new platform. :/
- 09-05-2012 #9
Think I'll muddle through AntiX and forget Windows. I'll see if I can figure out gparted. I've done it before but don't remember. First I have to figure out how to get the distro on my system with no burner or flash drive.
Question: If I install antix and completely overwrite windows will I be able to get on the internet for further help?
Last edited by Jackrabbit; 09-05-2012 at 09:58 PM.
- 09-05-2012 #10