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Windows 7: Alternative OS to MS OS's.

1 Week Ago   #11
Paul Black

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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1 Week Ago   #12
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Re: Linux Lite: It is now my favorite Linux OS, and I've tried about 20 of them, with a BSD system to boot. However, the latest Linux Lite, 4.0, does not come in 32 bit. So, you will need to use one that does.

Another nice choice is LXLE. Also, Zorin and Elementary do not require a payment. Elementary really makes you think that, but all you have to do is choose "other" and put in zero. I have used zorin quite a bit, and have never seen that they require a payment (although I have twice made a donation).

I would stay away from unix systems if you're just coming from windows. Stay with linux. You can explore the other stuff later. you will have your hands full just figuring out linux.

Little things can matter a lot. For example, if you need a traditional start menu, like in windows, zorin lite would be a good choice. So would mint xfce. xfce refers to the desktop environment (other examples: mate, kde, lxde). xfce has the "whisker menu." It is very windows-like and easy to navigate, while also being attractive. The other DE's, while being easy enough to navigate, do not look like windows, which can throw some folks. My general advice for those moving to linux from windows: go for something that is as close to windows in look and function as possible. This is a bigger move than most realize. Make it easy on yourself. you can always get adventurous later on.
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1 Week Ago   #13
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
I noticed that the Zorin OS and Elementary OS require a payment.
You don't have to pay anything for Elementary OS - you can enter "0" into the amount block, as I recall. I didn't pay anything, and I successfully downloaded the OS.
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1 Week Ago   #14
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

I tried Linux Lite, but I found two issues which were dealbreakers for me:
  1. I have a shared drive on my Linux Mint computer. I use Samba to share the drive with the network. Linux Lite would sometimes lose the connection to the drive, and I simply could not get it to find the drive. On occasion it would find it, but not very often.
  2. USB flash drives didn't work reliably on my Linux Lite computer. Could have been a few bad drives - the ones I tried were all old.
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5 Days Ago   #15
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
I tried Linux Lite, but I found two issues which were dealbreakers for me:
  1. I have a shared drive on my Linux Mint computer. I use Samba to share the drive with the network. Linux Lite would sometimes lose the connection to the drive, and I simply could not get it to find the drive. On occasion it would find it, but not very often.
  2. USB flash drives didn't work reliably on my Linux Lite computer. Could have been a few bad drives - the ones I tried were all old.
I always try to keep in mind that with Linux, what works well on one system may not another. I really like Solus and Zorin, but neither one will continue to work after a certain time goes by. Where Linux Lite always works, is fast and very stable. On this machine. Important not to get discouraged when trying Linux. you may have to try several to find one that is right for you.
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5 Days Ago   #16
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I also recommend Zorin OS 12

Download - Zorin OS Core 12.3 or Lite 12.3

Both are free
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5 Days Ago   #17
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

By a license rule, ALL Linux distros must be free. Companies, like Red Hat, charges for services, never for the software
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5 Days Ago   #18
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I only mentioned those 2 because at the Zorin site it says, Purchase Zorin OS 12.3 Ultimate for 19 Euro, but you can get the other versions for free.


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21 Hours Ago   #19
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

To expand a bit on the subject, I think it's safe to say that any "flavor" of Mint or Ubuntu is a very good bet, in terms of stabilty and ease of use as a first-Linux distro. although some Desktop Environments of Ubuntu are not as intuitive (Unity, Gnome 3). Ubuntu Mate is the most like Windows, although most DE's can be customized to resemble Windows.

Another thing, many distros are based on Ubuntu. Mint, elementary, Zorin for example. Ubuntu-based distros are usually a good bet, although as I said something about my system does not like Zorin. Solus is unusual in that it's a ground-up distro. Built brand new on the Linux kernel, not based on anything else. It is very close to Windows, and offers three DE's (Mate, Gnome and the flagship Budgie (my favorite - and if you like Budgie but Solus won't work for you, try Ubuntu Budgie). Unfortunately, like Zorin, it always stops working on my system.

A non-Ubuntu distro that is very stable and exploding in popularity is Manjaro. It is based on Arch linux, and one of the few Arch distros that is user-friendly. Offers the KDE desktop, which is spectacular but needs good resources. It did work on my computer pretty well. Has an aero effect. But I found their xfce DE worked better and was easier to use. I'm using xfce on my Linux Lite (it is the default DE). It was also my favorite Mint DE. The Whisker Menu is wonderful, the easiest to use, and very Windows-like.
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13 Minutes Ago   #20
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Yesterday I tried Pixel Linux (https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/pixel-pc-mac/). Pixel Linux is the OS that is used on the Raspberry PI device, and which has been adapted to work on a PC or MAC. Last time I checked, it was available only as Linux Lite; you couldn't install it on your hard drive.

Pixel Linux was FAST on my computer. And it is designed to run on old computers, computers which you thought had no life left in them. Some of these computers can be resurrected by installing Pixel Linux on them.

Pixel Linux had a really solid feel as I used it.

On the negative side, it is oriented toward geeks. Some regular tasks may be a bit difficult to a non-geek user. But I'm sure that with time, the non-geek will figure his way around Pixel. I'm anxious to run Pixel on my old eMachines computer, and also on an old Windows 95 laptop I recently dug out of my junk pile.
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