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Old 02-16-2014, 10:21 PM
buttitchi buttitchi is offline
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Been meaning to post this for awhile......

In the race to the bottom of service with the victory of profits by Personal Computer manufacturers, realize that you have a choice on what operating system to put on your computer.

If your hardrive crashed, the maker may of not included any OS restore/reinstall disks. There is a hidden portion on the original hard-drive that was for reinstalling the OS.
If the maker did not include a 'burn your restore OS disk', they will sell you a new one for $60. And at that price, you should should pop on over to Newegg.ca and buy a full version disk(OEM) for $110. That disk is original Microsoft Windows(7 or 8) and does not include any PC manufacturer garbage.

If part of your computer died(motherboard) and you do not get an exact replacement from the PC maker, that 'PC manufacturer OS' on your hard-drive may not boot because it can't see the authentication-tattoo on the original motherboard and thinks you put it on a new machine without paying someone for the privilege.


Want to try Linux? See if your hardware works with it, to specs?
The downloaded DVD that you burned into an ISO is also called a 'live CD'. Put it in the DVD tray and boot to the Image.

Alternatively, you can buy a new hard-drive, disconnect your original, and install Linux for a long term trial.
Dual booting also is very much possible. When booting the Computer, it will ask you which OS to boot. Just be aware that you don't wipe your Windows install, when installing Linux in a dual boot configuration.


Linux Mint. Cinnamon. With codecs. 1.2GB. 64 bit or 32 bit(if your CPU is not 64bit(made in at least the last 7 years) you would install 32bit).
It has a nice user interface for when coming from Windows.

It is very much as like Ubuntu(different branches of the same tree trunk). 733MB. 32bit or 64bit. I consider it an ugly user interface with the task bar being on the left-side.

Noting that there are 'long term'(LT) releases. That just mean no need to do 'upgrade version number' for a couple of years. Upgrading to the next version number can cause that heart to flutter depending on the particular Linux OS's way of upgrading. For the most part, it is just a rolling updates for each version over time and no need to reboot.
Linux Mint 17 LT comes in about mid may2014. Ubuntu LT around start of may2014

Both should come with all you need for using the world wide web and doing word processing with Libre-office.

A word of caution:
The newest motherboards come with a uefi(Secure Boot) in the bios. If you bought a name brand computer, please make sure the PC company you bought it from did not lock it. If it is locked, it will scream at Linux being not security signed(or maybe it is signed now) by the PC industry. There are PC makers who refuse to unlock the bios, so you have to find away around the lock. Buying a motherboard direct from the mobo maker allows for easy access to switch off uefi.

If you want a decent CD ripping program... There is 'Asunder' CD Ripper.
Media program of VLC media player.
E-Book program of Calibre
Sound editing is Audacity
You can also install Skype
Firefox and Thunderbird are default browser and email programs.
You can run an anti-virus program like Comodo antivirus , but for the most part should not be needed, unless you have a tendency to install a virus on purpose because some website said too.
There is lots of default programs for your use in the built in 'software manager'. Some good/great. Some, bloody useless.


Final note.
You can't run your Windows specific programs in Linux.
There is WINE(compatibility layer), with no guarantee that your Windows program will work in it.
Interesting project, to try and make it easy to get Windows programs to install with proper permissions and backends.

Edit: Netflix support coming.
Google Chrome now comes with the DRM codecs needed to view HTML5 Netflix streams. https://www.google.com/chrome/
Firefox should soon have the same codecs added, but by using the sandbox approach. The sandbox prevents DRM from looking to deep into your computer.
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Old 02-17-2014, 01:03 PM
Brad R Brad R is offline
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Good post! I find that I like Linux Mint a lot better than Ubuntu. My wife uses Linux Mint with the MATE (pronounced Ma-tay) desktop instead of Cinnamon. We also have that installed on our laptops. For obscure reasons, I prefer to run Debian Linux on my desktop, but I did install the MATE desktop which I quite like.

By way of explanation: with Windows or Mac you get one "desktop environment" -- the graphical user interface which includes the task bar, icons, menu, and so on. With Linux there are several different ones available, each looking and feeling a little bit different from the others. They include MATE, Cinnamon, KDE 4, Gnome 3, Unity, Trinity, LXDE, XFCE, to name a few. The difference is sort of like the difference between Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8 user interfaces. If you're just starting out with Linux, don't worry too much about it -- just pick one and see how you like it. Often you can install another if you don't like the first one.
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:09 AM
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The only thing I'd like to add to buttitchi's post is you don't have to buy Windows 7 media. You can download the version that matches the PC license from here:

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Old 03-23-2014, 11:41 AM
buttitchi buttitchi is offline
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Originally Posted by fasteddy2 View Post
The only thing I'd like to add to buttitchi's post is you don't have to buy Windows 7 media. You can download the version that matches the PC license from here:


I thought Microsoft purged those a few months ago... Might of been just Windows Vista files, along with Windows XP files in the purge before that.

Those files are a great work-around when OS-DVD is lost, broken, or to get a clean OS without the PC makers junk added to the disk.
Around 3GB's in file size. You must have a Authentic Windows sticker on your machine with a valid code for the OS chosen.
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