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    hi all. am making the switch, yay! question is, what type of computer to install it on - laptop or desktop?

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    Linux Guru AlexK's Avatar
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    hello, hmm, how about installing on both of them?

    IMHO, if you just want to experiment with it, install it on desktop, cos some peripherals aren't detected properly on laptop (I still can't get the internal card reader to work).
    Life is complex, it has a real part and an imaginary part.

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    Linux Guru fingal's Avatar
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    Yeah, a desktop is probably better to start with. I hear Slackware is a good one to try on a laptop though.
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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    Linux User truoc444's Avatar
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    i'm also pretty new and have been experimenting like crazy. i've got a PIII laptop and have actually had more success getting distros to work out of the box on it than on my P4 Computer with the fancy video card and digital sound card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fingal
    Yeah, a desktop is probably better to start with. I hear Slackware is a good one to try on a laptop though.
    IMHO Slackware is for advanced users, and if you get something working on Slack you can make it work almost on any distro
    2 syyd47: I don't see any reasons not to install linux on laptop, until you perform hardware compatibility check with certain distro you like (I experienced that the best distro is the one you like, and usually it is the first distro you managed to install successfully, no matter what distrowatchers say ) This resource would help

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    welcome to the forums... have fun, and visit often!

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    Where to install ?

    I just switched two days ago. It is surprisingly easy to set up a dual boot.

    So install on both and then when you are feeling comfortable you can delete the old one without losing data .

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