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General Discussion / Re: prospective linux user
« 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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General Discussion / Re: prospective linux user
« 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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General Discussion / Re: prospective linux user
« 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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General Discussion / Re: prospective linux user
« 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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General Discussion / Re: prospective linux user
« 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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General Discussion / Re: prospective linux user
« 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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General Discussion / Re: prospective linux user
« on: September 18, 2016, 01:19:09 pm »
Greetings to all advisors,
Ministry of Freedom offer laptops withTrisquel GNU/linux pre-installed and with a wide choice of Ram and storage. The processor is Core 2 Duo P8400 2.2GHz. Is this the kind of set-up to suit a beginner like....

Osmond?

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General Discussion / Re: prospective linux user
« on: September 17, 2016, 08:06:31 am »
Good morning Lee.
Thanks for your offer. I don't think I'm quite ready for this yet. Still feeling my way.

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General Discussion / Re: prospective linux user
« on: September 14, 2016, 03:58:04 pm »
Thanks for your interest Rich J. I have an ancient Toshiba 200 W7 but my wife likes it so it's likely to remain in use for the foreseeable future. As to installing a linux OS I don't think I'm quite there yet but I take your point; at least that would give me a wider choice of machines. Still collecting information and advice.
Thanks for your good wishes.

Osmond

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General Discussion / Re: prospective linux user
« on: September 13, 2016, 03:05:02 pm »
Thanks again Mark. More useful  info to be filed. Are you familiar with the supplier Entroware?

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General Discussion / Re: prospective linux user
« on: September 13, 2016, 08:10:27 am »
Thanks Mark. I'll log your suggestion. Collecting as much information as I can prior to making a decision

Osmond

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General Discussion / prospective linux user
« on: September 12, 2016, 05:26:38 pm »
How do I learn about linux? Books? Manuals? Articles?. Not particularly computer literate but familiar with Fortran and Basic in the very distant past (that dates me). Requirements are Internet access, e-mail, word processing, spread sheets. printing (HP All-in-one 4280).  Entroware (is this an American company?) offer laptops with Ubuntu  which would be a straightforward introduction. Also quite taken with Asus Zenbook 305 but this would mean installing linux and getting rid of Windows 10. Judging by Ed's problems with Peppermint ("going over to linux") I don't think I would want to go there (the technical jargon is impenetrable in any case). Grateful for any comments.

Incidentally, are there any linux devotees in the Market Rasen, Lincolnshire,UK area?

Osmond


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