General desktop use. I've become disenchanted with Windows 10.Or LinuxMint.
What will you be using this for?
Yes... but I WANT to learn and use command line prompts. You see... I come from a time of FDISK and C:/sAs a novice I went with Lubuntu .
It has an added program to find and install all of your third party drivers for you . Without having to know any command line prompts.
You can do a lot of damage from shell prompt with just a missed character. Install a distro for everyday use, and use VM for playing.Yes... but I WANT to learn and use command line prompts. You see... I come from a time of FDISK and C:/s
One think I hope to recapture is to use my system from the command prompt, just like in the old days of DOS 3.0.
VBox is great! Try every flavor of Linux. And while your at it run MSDOS 3.1 and everything since! Thow in some UNIX (no,I didn't mistype-you can get the still being developed UNIX OS as an ISO)I'm personally a fan of Kubuntu.
I'd recommend setting up VirtualBox and installing Linux in a VM to kick the tires. You can get a VM up and running pretty quickly, if you don't like the distro, delete it and try another one. Once you find something you like, install it over your Windows 10.
Neither of these technologies are "MS Garbage". Both UEFI and GPT are the-corner-stone of every Chromebook (and probably Android).EUFI, secure-boot, TPM 2.0, GPT
One will need a lot of luck installing modern Linux OS on 12-year old hardware, especially 32-bit. My best advise for anyone wanting Linux on old hardware is to look at old distros.You can run ubuntu (or a derivative) easily on a 12 year old computer that will continue to get updated till it blows up.
Thanks for the feedback. I will be upgrading some hardware on an HP 580T and doing an Ubuntu install over the next few days.I've used ubuntu exclusively since 2008 (8.04LTS), after being a windows user since '94, and even though linux had a learning curve it soon left windows behind wallowing in the dust. Ubuntu is incredibly easy to use and will do all the usual "computing" stuff that you normally do. However, linux can also be a PITA when something doesn't work the way you want but online help is a lot easer to come by and flame proof for the most part (usenet was a bitch).
Web browsing? - Chrome/Chromium, Firefox etc.; Documents?-Libre Office or Google docs; media? - VLC and a host of others. You get the idea and they are mostly cross platform, so can be accessed from all the major platforms (IOS, Android, windows, linux, FBSD...).
The thing I like the most about ubuntu is that it is pretty well invisible, you can spend more time doing what you want than mess about with the OS and whatever malware/virus crap you may get in a less secure OS. EUFI, secure-boot, TPM 2.0, GPT and whatever other garbage that MS wants to shove down your throat?-fugget-abou-dit! You can run ubuntu (or a derivative) easily on a 12 year old computer that will continue to get updated till it blows up.
Gaming? Dunno, I don't game but from what I gather, it is better than it was a few years ago, but generally speaking try it in a VM and kick the tires, you may decide to leave "big brother" and join us.
Despite the mess around who owns the rights to UNIX that had been going on for almost 2 decades (which thanfully is now finaly over), UNIX is very much alive, just look at IBM AIX, it's stil very actively worked on and is supported on pretty much all their major platforms from arcane system 360 all the up to PowerISA.VBox is great! Try every flavor of Linux. And while your at it run MSDOS 3.1 and everything since! Thow in some UNIX (no,I didn't mistype-you can get the still being developed UNIX OS as an ISO)
VirtualBox is why I prefer quantity (# of cores and amount of RAM) over quality (speed of RAM).
And that is part of the problem. I'm already working with a slower machine. Working with the OS while installed on a virtual machine with only take away horsepower that is better served on Ubuntu being directly installed.Ubuntu and Lubuntu are essentially the same program. The "L" is the lite version made for older, slower hardware. Both of them (as mentioned by a poster above) have auto updating and have a very Windows-centric feel about them.
I also recommend the advice above about a VM. Great way to test drive an OS without having to commit to it. The only aspect that isn't good in that respect is the latency while driving as opposed to actually on/in the OS.
Many of the Linux distro will work from a USB as well.
And that is part of the problem. I'm already working with a slower machine. Working with the OS while installed on a virtual machine with only take away horsepower that is better served on Ubuntu being directly installed.
Its a "throw away" system. If the install doesn't work out, I can always restore the original OS.
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