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Re: prospective linux user
« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2016, 03:32:11 pm »
Sorry about the delay-domestic commitments. Thanks for your comments Sim. Peppermint seems to be a much quoted version and I'll bear this in mind if I proceed further.

Mark: Referring back to your suggestion about Ubuntu and Asus there appear to be some problems concerning touchpad, Wi-Fi, screen brightness to mention but a few. Also on www.reddit.com there is a blow by blow account of installing Ubuntu on the 305 which is largely incomprehensible to me and does little for my confidence in proceeding with the project. Incidentally, during my internet searches I stumbled upon a website which mentioned a perceived arrangement between Microsoft and Lenovo to prevent Linux installation on Lenovo computers. Unfortunately I failed to note the name of the website and cannot now find it. Is there any truth in this?

I am committed to getting a new laptop but the foregoing has left me wondering what to go for.

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Re: prospective linux user
« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2016, 06:13:23 pm »
As I said, a quick "Google" seems to suggest the 4.4 kernel currently used by most recent (ubuntu based) distros seems to have solved issues the 305 had with earlier kernels.

So if you're finding different info, it may be out of date .. but the only way I could be sure is if you provide links.
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Re: prospective linux user
« Reply #17 on: October 07, 2016, 08:38:47 am »
My last post has not appeared. Neither has Mark's posted at 6.13 pm yesterday. Am I doing something wrong?

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Re: prospective linux user
« Reply #18 on: October 07, 2016, 03:29:32 pm »
I'm not sure what you mean .. I can see them :-\

Have you tried clearing your web browser cache, then restarting your browser ?
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Re: prospective linux user
« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2016, 08:25:39 am »
Sorry Mark, back in contact now. I got the info on Asus 305 and Ubuntu from www.liliputing .com and www.reddit.com. Most of the reviews dated back to 2015 so as you point out things may have improved by now.

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Re: prospective linux user
« Reply #20 on: October 20, 2016, 10:06:27 pm »
At last. Have acquired an Asus UX301LA 8GB Ram, 128GB SSD, (Windows10), Memory stick 16GB. To reiterate my requirements as in my original message:   Internet, documents and letters, spreadsheets, pdf reader, print, e-mail. Perhaps the odd game of Patience (sorry, Solitaire).

Is the above equipment suitable for installing a suitable version of Linux? Any comments will be appreciated.
 

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Re: prospective linux user
« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2016, 12:23:19 pm »
A quick "google" suggests that's a good choice for Linux, but there's only one way to know for sure .. create a LiveUSB, boot to it, and see if there are any problems ;)

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AsusZenbook

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=asus_zenbook_ux301la&num=1

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Re: prospective linux user
« Reply #22 on: October 24, 2016, 08:51:00 am »
Thanks Mark. According to Phoronic there doesn't seem to be too many problems although I couldn't understand some of the  technicalities. How do I proceed now? What version of Linux do I need? How do I get it?

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Re: prospective linux user
« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2016, 11:02:21 am »
If I were you I'd get one of the distros below

Peppermint 7 64bit
https://peppermintos.com/iso/Peppermint-7-20160616-amd64.iso

Mint 18 Cinnamon 64bit
http://mirror.bytemark.co.uk/linuxmint//stable/18/linuxmint-18-cinnamon-64bit.iso

Ubuntu 16.04 64bit
http://releases.ubuntu.com/16.04/ubuntu-16.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso

Ubuntu MATE 16.04 64bit
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/16.04.1/release/ubuntu-mate-16.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso

Then use Rufus in Windows to burn the ISO image to a USB stick:
https://rufus.akeo.ie/
a tutorial for using Rufus in Windows can be found on the Peppermint forum here:
https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,4350.0.html
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Re: prospective linux user
« Reply #24 on: October 28, 2016, 05:51:38 pm »
Well, have been spending a great deal of time with Rufus. First problem was finding out what "click the button to navigate..." actually meant. Solved that and proceeded to "Start" and up comes the warning that "ALL DATA ON THE DEVICE WILL BE DESTROYED". Accept that and we get a repeat of the green stripe and can go no further. What am I doing wrong?

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Re: prospective linux user
« Reply #25 on: October 28, 2016, 06:45:32 pm »
Can you explain this a little better

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Re: prospective linux user
« Reply #26 on: October 29, 2016, 06:27:31 pm »
Sorry Mark, I'll be more specific. I downloaded the Rufus tutorial as you instructed. Downloaded the Peppermint IOS image, then RUFUS. Ran RUFUS entering Item 1 Device: USB stick, Item2 New Volume Label: Peppermint-7, then Bootable Disc which in this case is Peppermint-7-20160616-amd64.iso.torrent (I was advised to use Torrent download). Then pressed START. Message comes up to the effect that running the programme will delete all data. Pressed ACCEPT. Quick green flash along the bar and then nothing.

I hope this is intelligable.

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Re: prospective linux user
« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2016, 03:38:19 am »
Okay Osmond, let's try this a different way.

Let's use Win32DiskImager instead of RUFUS .. here's a tutorial I just put together on the Peppermint forum:
https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,4569.0.html
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Re: prospective linux user
« Reply #28 on: October 30, 2016, 10:09:02 pm »
Hello Mark. Got as far as transferring Peppermint-7 using the blue folder icon but doesn't work. Printed the info in the panel and pressed Write and got the message:     Unable to execute file: C:\Program Files\Image Writer.....   code 740. The requested operation requires elevation. 

I have tried to delete Win32DiskImager in order to have another go but don't seem to be able to get rid of it. Says it's still open in another program.

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Re: prospective linux user
« Reply #29 on: October 31, 2016, 05:33:36 pm »
Is it worth having another go with RUFUS? is it possible that the problem is at this end? I am using a new laptop with W10, with both of which I am not familiar. When downloading Peppermint-7 I left it in the Downloads folder throughout. Is this right? When using Win32 I did not bother to reload Peppermint-7 but used the existing copy in Downloads.
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