How do I establish a linux operatings system that would be similar to windows?

Linux is free right. So if I have to buy a new hardrive, I won’t need windows which is expensive. But how do I know which I should use. There seems to be many different linux operating system.

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9 Responses to How do I establish a linux operatings system that would be similar to windows?

  1. micropawn217 says:

    Try Ubuntu.

  2. Angel says:

    just download Macintosh

  3. David says:

    For new users who want a strong OS and a simple look into Linux, I would say use Ubuntu or Kubuntu. Both are made by the same people, the only difference is the look of the OS.

    Ubuntu uses the Gnome Desktop Manager which is powerful and simplistic.

    Kubuntu uses KDE for the Desktop Manager which comes with a lot more visual effects and if you are switching from windows, using KDE might feel a bit more like windows.

    Personally I use Ubuntu, but both will work.

    One thing to note is that both Ubuntu and Kubuntu have a boot disk, so you can install both OSes on a CD, boot your comp using that CD and play around with the OS before you even install. This is a great way to see what drivers work out of the box and what drivers you might need to get.

  4. Seigneur A says:

    There are many flavours so you need to decide what you want to do with it (use it as a server, as a desktop etc). There are distributions who offer Live CD’s. You boot up from a Live CD and are able to test that particular distribution without actually having to install it until you decide it’s good for you.

    Search on the net for tips about choosing a linux distribution.

    Ubuntu should be good for a beginner.

  5. bambamitsdead says:

    I suggest you download some ‘live’ CDs for various Linux versions. These allow you to boot your PC from the CD and run the operating system from the CD without installing anything.

    That way you can try some of the Linux versions out to see if you like them and pick your favourite.

    Having tried a number of them, I use Ubuntu now… mostly. But I have used Red Hat Enterprise, Suze, Debian, DSL, mandrake, Lindows, Fedora etc etc etc.

    Do a search and see what ‘live’ Linux CDs you can download images for! See for instance that lists hundreds of live CD images!

  6. comtech391 says:

    You do not need to buy any new hardware, it is not MAC. Linux will find what hardware you have and set the operating system with what is installed. Normally you don’t even have to find any drivers. Linux is well rounded in almost all the aspects of computer hardware, there may be times when you do need to install something, but that is not the norm. Installing software is through the package management program, many Linux versions use a program called Synaptic to do this. You have many good answers here already. Best of Luck.

  7. Beryl 0.2.1/Ubuntu 9.04 says:

    I thoroughly recommend Linux Mint 7 Main Edition which is built upon Ubuntu 9.04 Its easy to install and easy to use plus it comes with much of the software you are likely to need preinstalled

    Linux Mint 7 Download

    Linux Mint 7 Release notes

    The Perfect Desktop – Linux Mint 7 (Gloria)

    You download the ISO. image of Linux Mint 7 then you need to create a Bootable LiveCD for installation

    Linux Mint 7 can also be run direct from the LiveCD from Booting up without touching your Hard Drive


    Linux Mint 6 Download

    Linux Mint 6 Release notes

    The Perfect Desktop – Linux Mint 6 (Felicia)


    Linux Mint 6 ext3 with Compiz 0.7.2


  8. TBRMInsanity says:

    As you pointed out there are many versions of Linux (called distros (short for distributions)). I strongly recommend the following quiz that will tell you the most highly recommended distro for you:

    It will give you a link at the end to each suggested distro where you can download and burn off the latest version of that distro. If you buy any new computer from a store though it will come preloaded with Windows (part of Microsoft’s exclusive deal with companies like Best Buy and Circuit City). You do have options though so you don’t have to pay for Windows:
    * Build your own machine (because your building it from parts you can exclude Windows as one of those parts)
    * Buy from companies like Dell that sell Linux laptops (currently only offer Ubuntu but still you get the OS for free)
    * Buy from System 76 which makes top end machines that run exclusively on Ubuntu (again you can always change that later).

  9. Alex says:

    There are loads of distributions, you’re right. But one you should start with is Ubuntu. It’s easy to install and very intuitive to use.
    Others you could look at include: Fedora, OpenSUSE and PCLinuxOS.

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