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Installing Linux
« on: October 16, 2013, 10:36:44 am »
This must be such a common question that it ought to be under FAQs, but I'm afraid I can't find its answer there.
My computer is getting so old and slow that something needs to be done about it.  Cleanup programs seem to do nothing, so I'm considering wiping the whole hard disc, Windows and all, and installing Linux from scratch.  Is this a sensible solution?  Would it be hard to do?

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Re: Installing Linux
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2013, 12:50:08 pm »
Hi Theozoon, and welcome to the forum :)

You'd be amazed just how easy it would be ;)

If you want a looksee through the general installation routine .. see here:
http://www.distrogeeks.com/install-peppermint-os/

BTW, Peppermint is my favourite distro, and ideally suited to older hardware .. but the installation routine will be the same for most Ubuntu based Linux distributions.
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Re: Installing Linux
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2013, 03:32:23 pm »
If it's got a reliable internet connection, I'd second Peppermint, it's a nice OS :)

If not, I might suggest Mint Xfce LTS (http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=113), it's nice and should run well (it's basically Xubuntu made a bit more user-friendly)

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Re: Installing Linux
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2013, 03:43:19 pm »
Nothing stopping you installing applications locally in Peppermint

it just doesn't force the devs choice of pre-installed apps on you

Peppermint is as happy with local offline apps as it is with web apps .. or a mixture of the two .. but YOUR mixture, nobody elses :)

Though Mint Xfce is a good choice too

Hehe .. I'm back in Peppermint pushing mode :)

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Re: Installing Linux
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2013, 04:39:32 pm »
Installing a linux distro is very easy even I can do it although you don't even have to install it to try it out, you can boot into a live CD (which you would be advised to do anyway pre installation) and give it a spin and it won't make any changes to your system until you're ready to install, you can even try one or two different distros before settling on what you like best, and you'll find plenty of willing help here on this forum. I would second Peppermint but with Linux the world's your oyster


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Re: Installing Linux
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2013, 04:45:38 pm »
Yeah, try a few distro's .. then install Peppermint ;)
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Re: Installing Linux
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2013, 07:15:56 pm »
I am also very happy with Peppermint 4 on my ageing Laptop, though I do have Ubuntu 12.04 on my desktop. I am sure that you will be pleased with Peppermint, it is very quick.

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Re: Installing Linux
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2013, 03:30:54 pm »
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I would second Peppermint but with Linux the world's your oyster

True! I would never go back to Microsoft now. Hello Theozoon- I managed to install Peppermint on my brother's old laptop with this group's help and I have Mint on a second hand Dell netbook ( it came with Ubuntu) I got from cash converters. It is not as hard to use as people think- from day one I managed to create files, do web searches and I even used the package manager. When I discovered my local LUG group and this forum I have learnt even more about how to use Linux and still am learning. Linux can do all what Microsoft does and then some!
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Re: Installing Linux
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2013, 04:07:21 pm »
my local LUG group

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I didn't think there were any in the UK?

Edit: Lol, that'll teach me to Google before posting  :-[

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Re: Installing Linux
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2013, 04:53:58 pm »
When google won't google, how would you google why google won't google ?
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Re: Installing Linux
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2013, 11:08:44 pm »
my local LUG group

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I didn't think there were any in the UK?

Edit: Lol, that'll teach me to Google before posting  :-[

There are plenty of LUG groups! ;D
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Re: Installing Linux
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2013, 11:09:26 pm »
When google won't google, how would you google why google won't google ?

Been at Mavis's tea have we Mark? ;D
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Re: Installing Linux
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2013, 11:19:07 pm »
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Re: Installing Linux
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2013, 03:06:08 pm »
I've tried booting from the 64 whatits disc, and the computer froze when I told Peppermint to install:
I tried using the 32 whatsits, and it refused to boot at all.

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Re: Installing Linux
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2013, 03:42:32 pm »
Have you got the bios set so that the cd boots first? If not switch off and when the flash screen starts press f2 or f8 or whatever is (usually) at the bottom of the screen. For example it might read 'press f8 for bios' or 'press f2 for boot options.

If your computer is old then it's likely to be 32bit.

How did you create your boot disk?
What are the details of your computer?
Are you installing Peppermint 4?

This information will help us to help you.   :)
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