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Windows 7: Any Linux users out there

14 Aug 2010   #1

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Any Linux users out there

Hi all

Ok i was meant to be setting up a friends computer today. That they brought at an auction the other day. It doesn't have an operating system

I am at present trying to contact a friend who has an msdn subscription to see if i can get a cope of windows 7 off him. As he doesn't know the other friend he might likely say no, which i completely understand.

I have never used Linux before but considering it as an option. Which is the easiest one to install without much configuring. Easy to use for a for a non computer user.

thanks in advance
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14 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

From experience, I can tell you that Windows 7 is generally easier to use for the non computer user. Most Linux fanboys will tell you that Linux is far easier to use and that you just need to get acquainted with the terminal but let's face facts, most average users don't want that.

He'd have an easier time dealing with Windows than Linux; additionally, there's greater support out there for Windows with many communities such as this that are quite helpful. Don't get me wrong, there are Linux support communities out there but not nearly as many as compared to Windows support communities.

If you do in the end decide to go with Linux, I would suggest Ubuntu Linux just because it seems to be the most mainstream distro out there for consumers.
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14 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, Linux user here. If you or they don't have Linux experience...this is likely going to end as an exercise in futility. If you want to give it a try, Ubuntu or Linux Mint (an offshoot of Ubuntu with multimedia built-in) are both solid contenders.
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14 Aug 2010   #4

windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
 
 

I really don't want to put linux on but i might have to. It is a wait and see.

I also don't really want to learn about linux either. I will look into Ubuntu.
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14 Aug 2010   #5

windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
 
 

pparks1

how easy is it to get drivers for a hp desktop. The system number is dx2710
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14 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Ubuntu is your best bet. A lot of support. Also as it is widely used a lot of help can be found. However if you are installing Linux for the first time you may want some help maybe a friend who has experience with some Linux distros.
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14 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vicvic View Post
pparks1

how easy is it to get drivers for a hp desktop. The system number is dx2710
Depends.....the only driver that you "sometimes' need to find is the wireless driver. And depending upon what wireless card chipset you have, determines how hard of a process this becomes.

With the last few releases of Ubuntu through, I haven't had to get any specific drivers for my Dell Latitude E6400 laptop.
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14 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

With Linux, it can vary. For some models, you'll have no trouble as things will work out of the box but with others, not so much. In the latest releases of Ubuntu, support has been decent though again, it varies. If anything, download a live CD and try it out if you're realy interested. You don't have to install it and can just play with it using the CD to see if hardware is detected or not.
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14 Aug 2010   #9

windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
 
 

Ok that cool. As it is a desktop I don't think i will have to worry about wireless drivers for the time being.

Will i have to do much configuring in set up (god i hope not)
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14 Aug 2010   #10

windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
 
 

Thanks daricaian I will try the live cd. I will start downloading it now.
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