Linux as sole OS


Yep, most people end up doing this.

Hi mackem1949, and welcome to the forum :slight_smile:

YOU MOST CERTAINLY CAN … just download an ISO image, burn it to CD or USB Stick, boot to it and install, and when asked tell it to use the “Whole Disk” … Linux has never required Windows, but is happy to share a drive with it if you require.


You can have a Dual-Boot setup where you install Linux along side Windows, then choose which OS to boot into at system startup


You can run most Linux distributions directly from a CD or DVD or USB stick


Ubuntu and/or Linux Mint also have the added option that they can be installed “INSIDE” Windows … kind of as an uninstallable application, though really it’s a virtual disk … Although obviously this option DOES require Windows

If you have any further questions feel free to ask :slight_smile:

have bought a new computer without OS which can use either 32 or 64 bit system so what Linux system is best for 64 bit as do not want to put windows on at all but have Office 2007 which I like so would this run in conjunction with Linux

just as an add on does Linux run a search engine along the lines of IE

There are a number of options for os, someone will advise you better than me. Ubuntu is most popular but went through a change recently and is a bit odd now.

As for office, you need libre office suite. it is like microsoft office, will read and write there files and is free.

Internet, use chromium (free), it’s basically google chrome and much better than IE

If you want to use Linux as your sole OS then it is probably worth to read up on it first:

Linux is Not Windows Linux is NOT Windows
Windows and OS X Software Alternatives

If you could list your hardware, we’d be able to list Linux distro’s more suited to your hardware, however I would suggest you take PeppermintOS 2 or Ubuntu 11.10 for a “test drive”.

The next LTS (Long Term Support) version of Ubuntu which will be 12.04 will be released on the 26th of April, so it may be worth holding out if you really want that version. However there is nothing stopping you installing 11.10 or other distros.

If you’re feeling adventurous, then you could take a look at Arch or even Fedora.

Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit -

PeppermintOS 2 64-bit -

Arch Linux 64-bit -

Fedora 16 64-bit -

To “test drive” a Linux distro, you burn the .ISO to a CD/DVD (or even a USB stick) and then boot-up with the CD/DVD in the CD/DVD drive. :slight_smile:

You can install MS Office '07 if you would like in Linux, but you would have to do so through a program called “WINE (Wine Is Not an Emulator).” Although it will run slightly slower than it would in Windows, depending on which desktop environment your using.

Personally I use Libre Office, which is better than MS Office as it supports a far wider range of file formats, including all the MS office formats and it’s exactly like MS Office in most ways. :slight_smile:

My advice to new users is to go for Ubuntu … for no other reason than you’ll find more help and tutorials available.

Second choice would be Linux Mint (main edition), which is based on Ubuntu so most Ubuntu help/tutorials will directly translate to Linux Mint.

If you have limited hardware (eg. lack of RAM etc.) or just want a very quick and light Linux distribution, I’d suggest PeppermintOS (Two) … It too is based on Ubuntu but uses the much lighter LXDE desktop environment.

PeppermintOS with the LXDE desktop is very quick, but Ubuntu/Mint are more “feature rich” and will be slightly easier to learn on … that said there is a PepermintOS installation tutorial on this forum.
I know that tutorial says it’s for an Acer Aspire One … but it all applies to ANY PC, except stages 10 and 11 of the tutorial.

But these are just what I recommend for new users … other peoples opinions WILL differ :wink:

OK, Windows applications in Linux …

First read this topic:
which will explain the options a little.

As you’ll see, SOME Windows applications will run in WINE … think of WINE as a Windows emulator, even though it isn’t technically an emulator but a compatibility layer, indeed WINE is a recursive acronym for Wine Is Not an Emulator … but in reality it’s pretty much always best to run an application in its “native” operating system.

My advice is to stick (as much as possible) to Linux software in Linux … it’s all free anyway, and often better than the Windows equivalent :slight_smile:

As other people have told you, LibreOffice is a great native Linux alternative to Office 2007 … it can even read and write Office 2007 formats (.doc and .docx), along with many others.

If you go for Ubuntu or Mint … LibreOffice will be installed when you install the OS … unlike Windows a Linux installation comes with software pre-installed too
(in PeppermintOS, you’ll have to install LibreOffice, but it’s just a few mouse clicks, and is covered in the tutorial)

All three of the Linux distributions I’ve mentioned will also come with a web browser pre-installed -
Ubuntu/Mint = Firefox
PeppermintOS = Google Chrome
But you can easily change them if you want … a few mouse clicks in the software package manager will download and install software for you.
There are 1000’s of software packages available through the package manager(s) … and all free :slight_smile:

There is a (very incomplete) list of Linux alternatives to popular Windows software here: