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Best easy to use linux for laptop

BenG
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Registered: ‎22-08-2007

Best easy to use linux for laptop

hi, were I do voluntary work, I have two Vista Laptops I am giving away , but today I tryed a system restore on one and bascily the DVD is damaged and I have no way of getting hold of it, so I Tought I may try Linux but what one is the easy one to install, I herd of Ubuntu, anyway any ideas thanks.
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Re: Best easy to use linux for laptop

I recommend Linux Mint.
I've been using it for several years now and not switched to anything else.
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Re: Best easy to use linux for laptop

I'd recommend giving this one a go (32 bit as I assume older Vista laptops won't 'need' 64 bit and 32 bit should be more compatible with some components):
http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=103
You may also want to try this (for installing via USB), might be a bit quicker especially if you've a couple to do:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/
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VileReynard
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Re: Best easy to use linux for laptop

If you want one that looks like a mobile phone screen, Ubuntu is very good.
If you want one with a Windows-like menu, then a derivative of Ubuntu - "Mint" would suit.
Try to install a LTS (Long Term Release) version.

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Re: Best easy to use linux for laptop

I can thoroughly recommend the much improved latest "Trusty Tahr" release v14.04 - http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop
If you don't get on with the Unity desktop, then try the Gnome desktop using the instructions here - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/04/ubuntu-14-04-classic-gnome-flashback-session
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BenG
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Registered: ‎22-08-2007

Re: Best easy to use linux for laptop

Thanks for the replys I am just downloading Linux Mint now so I see how it goes.
pnf
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Registered: ‎07-11-2007

Re: Best easy to use linux for laptop

Kubuntu is very nice to use.  http://www.kubuntu.org/getkubuntu