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Windows 7: Can anyone recommend a good Linux distro?

09 Apr 2016   #1
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 
Can anyone recommend a good Linux distro?

Hi guys,

I just inherited an old laptop that I'm fixing up. Since it's old, I don't feel like wasting a Win 7 license on it and I was thinking of putting on Linux.

I'm not too knowledgeable with Linux, so ease of use is a factor here. I was leaning toward Ubuntu because I've used it before.

Can anyone recommend something a bit better?

Thanks


Laptop:

Toshiba Satellite L-200
AMD TK-57 Dual Core
4 GB RAM
250 GB HDD
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10 Apr 2016   #2
BorisTheAnimal

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Well some people here did talk about the Zorin OS here a couple of months/weeks ago.

It's really close to what the M$W universe looks like so maybe it would suit your needs?
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10 Apr 2016   #3
sml156

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

I personally like Linux mint, I would try the XFCE edition it uses less resource's

https://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

Almost all distro's will have a XFCE edition
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10 Apr 2016   #4
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I have a colleague at work who uses Mint. He seems to have to do an awful lot of typing of obscure commands in order to get anything done.

It's one of the reasons that I have avoided Linux for this long, other than playing with Ubuntu on an older laptop.
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12 Apr 2016   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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12 Apr 2016   #6
sml156

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
I have a colleague at work who uses Mint. He seems to have to do an awful lot of typing of obscure commands in order to get anything done.

It's one of the reasons that I have avoided Linux for this long, other than playing with Ubuntu on an older laptop.
[trying to be a smarty-pants]
Using a lot of commands in linux terminal usually means he is either trying to overthrow a small Government or he is being really sneaky and using Bash to view new posts on Reddit at work
Code:
content=$(wget 
reddit.com -q -O -) echo $content
[/trying to be a smarty-pants]



Linux has come a long way and there is not really any need to learn how to code, Like windows you can start all your programs from an icon or what we would call the start menu.
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12 Apr 2016   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

My nephew likes linuz lite might be best for an older laptop = "lite"
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12 Apr 2016   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Thanks for the links! I would rep you if I could.
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12 Apr 2016   #9
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Trying Zorin. Thanks AddRAM. And Boris!

EDIT: Oh boy, a four hour download... lol
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12 Apr 2016   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Just so you know Zorin 11 is very beta
9 is a bit more stable I'd imagine.
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