I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my AMD 64 bit Turion dual core 2.0ghz laptop, running good, only problem I seen with that is I dl n installed 32 bit instead of 64 bit, but enjoying learning something new. My desktop is a home built one with an AMD 64 bit AM2 Sempron, 2.2ghz (I'm gonna upgrade this processor in the near future to something bigger), 4g ram, Nvidia gt 430 overclocked edition running through HDMI cable, WD black 500g hdd (boot drive separated into 2 equal partitions and a WD Black 640g hdd for storage, an Asus n13 usb adapter (very linux friendly) to connect to my network. I can shrink the first Win7 drive (c) to give about 40g for another Linux install. My question is this: What distro of Linux, other than Ubuntu can I use on this desktop, it has to work with this hardware, be easy to use, I'm new at this, I was thinking Mint but not sure, what would you recommend?
I just tried a 64bit Mint live cd, not sure which version but I saw the name Julia, I just downloaded and burnt this cd in Dec of 2011 so its not that old. But I could not log in to my router at all, I then tried the live dvd version I have of the 32bit Ubuntu and wireless networking was good, logged right in to my router, so I guess Mint is out of the question, as I cannot get a wired connection to this pc. Both live cd's was able to use my GT 430 video card using HDMI but Mint wanted the proprietary drivers, Ubuntu already had them I guess. So what else might someone recommend?
Julia is very old, I would give Nadia a try before giving up on Mint all together. However if you are up for bleeding edge and a bit less (not much) beginner friendly then take a look at Siduction.
Thanks, I just dl'ed linuxmint-14.1-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso and linuxmint-14-kde-dvd-64bit.iso from Linux Freedom's site to try them out, gonna try a live USB first, don't wanna burn up my blank dvd's.
LILI didn't work with the KDE Mint version so I burnt it to dvd and loaded it up, it worked with my internet but didn't have much time to look around, not much you can do without installing it too hdd though, seems like something worth trying.