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Hi I am new and I need to know what would the right distro would be for my laptop? Also I hear the term "out of the box" a lot and was wondering if it means i have to order the disk or if I can actually download it from the site? Lastly I am gonna list what kind of laptop I have and it's specs and would like to know if any linux distros cause problems for my particular laptop in anyway ( like if anyone has dealt with this particular scenario before with someone else or has experience with the two ) ?

Here are my laptop specs:

An Acer Aspire 5610-2762

Intel Pentium dual-core processor T2080 ( 1.73 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2 cache )

15.4" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite LCD (16ms) ( I don't think listing the screen size and what kind of monitor would matter but I threw it in there for the sake of completeness lol.)

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950

160GB HDD

DVD-Super Multi double layer (support DVD+R Double layer/DVD+RW)

2GB DDR2

802.11b/g wireless LAN

OS: Windows vista ( I want to change from this OS as soon as I can lol)

Well that's all, I think, if you anyone needs to know anything else just let me know and will be happy to share. Thanks for reading and any help that is provided.

Comments

  • marcmarc Posts: 647
    "Out of the box" means that you don't need to do anything for something to work. That is, for example, that you don't need to install drivers for the graphics card to work properly (or the sound card or whatever...)

    And for your Laptop, it's pretty similar to mine and everything works out of the box with Archlinux :)

    I would suggest you using some user friendly distro, like Opensuse, Fedora, Mint or Ubuntu (search the forums for this. My personal recommendations is to use Opensuse)

    Regards
  • Ok thank you very much for the reply and explaining the term "out of the box" for me =). Found it funny though you used the term right after explanation haha. Um may I ask though why you recommend that particular distro? I ask because people have different reasons but the main one I hear the most about is Ubuntu as being a starter.Oh and since I am asking I figure I will say that I want to learn how to make websites, how to code and program. Haven't decided where to go from there though. Maybe I will find out while I learn =).
  • Most of the better popular distributions have "hardware compatibility lists" or pages where you can look up your hardware or see if it's on the list of hardware that is trouble-free on that particular distro.

    PCLinuxOS is one of those newbie-friendly distros that is supposedly among the best for folks coming from Windows - but it was so troublesome on my Dell Dimension that I had to abandon it! Mepis, however, equally newbie-friendly, was far less troublesome on the same machine. I keep going back to Xubuntu long-term-support (LTS) editions, though, because of their elegant simplicity (I'm mildly autistic so simplicity and stability are especially important for me) and rock-solid stability and Xubuntu runs flawlessly "out of the box" on my modest hand-me-down 'puter. In my opinion, the Xfce desktop interface is far easier for Linux newcomers than any of the others.

    Check hardware compatibility first!! Ubu/Xubu/Kubu/Lubu and Edubuntu all share the same hardware compatibility (see the "Ubuntu Certified Hardware" list). Mepis has a Wiki page that tells you how (in Windows) to identify your hardware and check it against their list. Here's the one for OpenSuse.

    Two other li'l "rules" I have about choosing a Linux distro:

    1. - Choose a distro and you're also choosing it's software repository. You should install software only from your distro's repositories, so consider that when choosing a distro! Do some Googling on this... you'll find that Ubuntu and it's siblings have hyoooooge, ginormous, vast, awesomely spectacular repositories compared to alot of others. Debian too. Mepis too. Suse as well. Fedora also. PCLinuxOS not so much. Etc etc.

    2. - Choose a distro and you're also choosing a community to turn to for help, to contrinute to when you can help, to identify with and make some new "Linux friends" with. Linux is soooo much easier and so much more fun when you participate in the community! This, in my opinion, is where Ubuntu shines so brightly. I've visited and participated in quite a few other distros' forums and communities while I was trying out their distro and, all I can say is, some are awesome and some are just plain mean. Take a little time to explore a distro's forums and community links.

    Hope that helps,
    Robin
  • marcmarc Posts: 647
    MartialArtist21 wrote:
    Ok thank you very much for the reply and explaining the term "out of the box" for me =). Found it funny though you used the term right after explanation haha. Um may I ask though why you recommend that particular distro? I ask because people have different reasons but the main one I hear the most about is Ubuntu as being a starter.Oh and since I am asking I figure I will say that I want to learn how to make websites, how to code and program. Haven't decided where to go from there though. Maybe I will find out while I learn =).

    For different questions better open different posts.

    As for the distro suggestion... search in the forums, this has been discussed widely on throughfully ;)

    Regards
  • chekkizharchekkizhar Posts: 182
    you can check,

    http://www.wikihow.com/Choose-Your-First-Linux-Distribution

    and if you want more information about distros , you can use,

    distrowatch.com

    http://www.reallylinux.com/docs/choosinglinux.shtml
  • I'd experiment and play around with as many as possible.

    Ubuntu is the easiest to install IMO. It boots quickly and runs well. If you're coming from Windows I'd recommend trying Ubuntu. It has to be the simplest distro I've used. It keeps it simple enough so you don't have to worry about all the command line stuff right away. It's got great hardware compatibility. I've got a copy of it running on a Dell laptop from 2005. The only compatibility issue is the built in wifi card. But with synaptic in the current release, I wouldn't worry about anything relatively new.

    Keep in mind the different user interfaces. Gnome, Unity, XFCE, KDE.

    Each is different, and you'll find which one's you like better.

    Play around with as many things as you can. You've opened up a can of worms but you won't turn back.
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