Scarymee thanks for that I'll wait until closer to the end of my cycle to download then.
Friday 4 September 2015, 00:52:09
Doug Damn Small Linux is 50 meg. You won't get Linux to install on a new laptop sold with Windows 10. Bill Gates has been working very hard to eliminate any competition, especially a system that works.
Tezza You might be able to buy a magazine at a news agent with a Linux distro on it.
Saturday 5 September 2015, 21:33:32
fourfingerz Until Doug shows up (he has a life - I don't as I'm farming) - here is a thumbnail - Firstly set your BIOS to boot from a DVD (as your machine is starting up - usually a splash screen from the manufacturer - press F12 (or what ever is displayed right at the bottom of the screen). You should then come to a menu screen (you've never seen before) - scroll over to "boot" and move boot source above the hard drive (or it will boot from the hard drive - welcome back to Windows) Once set save and reboot - usually F10. If you've got a boot-able DVD - you should enter into the menu of the DVD. The net is full of assistance - just by searching . Here are the instructions for installing Ubuntu http://ubuntu.com/download/…
Doug Hey Scarymee....if your new laptop was sold to you with Windows 10 installed you are out of luck. They sold you a "Microsoft tablet", not a computer. If it was sold with Windows 8 it is still workable.
Tuesday 8 September 2015, 16:36:52
[deleted user] Scarymee - what would be helpful in determining your needs and providing advice as to what Linux distribution would best suit you and your hardware would be for you to post what hardware specifications you want to run Linux on.
Wednesday 9 September 2015, 13:55:53
[deleted user] Also, for your bandwidth caps, I would suggest that you take the laptop to a Starbucks or anywhere that offers free internet to do your download - also use a torrent download to make sure that if it gets interrupted that you don't start over - here is a link for qbittorrent portable to run in Windblows - http://portableapps.com/apps/…
complex12 Don't forget to check the pgp signature or md5 hash so they match the one provided by the distributor, especially if you download through a public internet.
Thursday 24 September 2015, 16:03:04
Scarymee wow what wonderful info from you all.. My laptop is running windows 8 so that's a good thing. I'm leaving here on Tuesday and will hanging out with a computer geek for a few days so hopefully that will work for me.. thanks again everyone..
Saturday 3 October 2015, 08:58:08
Adink whom ever has the link for Voice over IP program please post it again. Not sure of the name , maybe ring or thering...
Tezza Okay I just tried installing about 4 different distros over the past week on my old i5 core 2 duo laptop (4GB ram, 320GB hdd), and the best one by FAR (that I have ever used - ever (since 1995)) is AV Linux. If is the more efficient distro considering everything it brings to the table. It is not short on features or apps. It comes with image edting, RAW photo editing, Audio recording/editing (Digital Audio Workstations) galore and also video editing. Its the first time I've seen a distro that has a boot option for you to get and install the proprietary video driver from NVIDIA so you have best graphis performance. Everything under the hood is stripped down to achieve maximum performance. Even though it is specifically designed to be an audio "appliance", it comes with Firefox, Chrome, and a well established office suite. Everything is bundled in by default. If you don't like the one you got and you're looking for something better, get AVLINUX. I'm hooked.
Sunday 15 November 2015, 23:52:13
Adink AV Linux sounds interesting, think I'll load it up in Virtual Box and have a look.
Tezza I actually found it a bit limiting for general purpose usage. It really is only if you want to do nothing else but audio/video like it says on the tin.
Friday 20 November 2015, 08:04:52
Tezza I have AV Linux on the laptop, and I have installed Chromixium (new distro) on the set top PC which drives the TV in the lounge room. Chromixium is also light weight, but it's very customisable. They are the most up to date with codecs and Flash if you use youtube a lot. Chromixium is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I installed the low latency kernel. I have XBMC 12 (chromixium repo) on there and it does a better job playing back 4K video than Kodi 15 (Kodi repo). It's running native nvidia drivers.