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Fri Sep 23, 2016, 06:21 PM

who sells Linux CDs?

please help.

I need to get rid of Windows.
is there an online store that sells CDs
with Linux distributions, hopefully
a choice of several different ones.

any suggestion on which distro to get.
in the past, I have used Slackware and Mandrake w/KDE.
did not like Slackware.

long time ago there was an online store called 'Cheap Bytes''.
It is gone.

search engine inquiries --> endless junk.

computer is a 2 year old Dell deskbox.
dual bootup would be nice.
how do I partition the harddrive?

thanks for any comments.
M41


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Reply who sells Linux CDs? (Original post)
M41 Sep 2016 OP
762Justice Sep 2016 #1
Inlander Sep 2016 #2
M41 Sep 2016 #4
Inlander Sep 2016 #5
FORD Sep 2016 #3
R2D42 Sep 2016 #7
Lil Marky Sep 2016 #10
Lil Marky Sep 2016 #9
sentient_simian Sep 2016 #6
Currentsitguy Sep 2016 #8
FORD Sep 2016 #12
Lil Marky Sep 2016 #11
M411 Jun 2017 #13
Hey Mikey Jul 2017 #14

Response to M41 (Original post)

Fri Sep 23, 2016, 06:30 PM

1. Try this?

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

If you used to be a slackware person, this should be easy and pleasant for you.

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Response to M41 (Original post)

Fri Sep 23, 2016, 06:43 PM

2. It's free, just download it. You can donate to help with the distribution if

you like it.

http://distrowatch.com/

On the right is a list of distributions - Any of those top ones are popular and help is easily available on the web.

https://duckduckgo.com/?t=lm&q=dual+boot+windows+linux+linux+partiion+first&ia=web

Lots of help out there. I would recommend you install linux first, then windows in another partition - read the help files - because you will likely have to re-install Windows before you change out your linux.

Also explore this - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VirtualBox

You can run multiple copies of windows in their own virtual machines on your linux desktop - again, google.

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Response to Inlander (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 23, 2016, 07:48 PM

4. I need some kind of a physical boot disk.

( I will take a look at the sites you recommended, thanks)

I am hooked to the internet by modem and landline.

I didn't get a starting disk with my computer.
It is filled with Dell trash.

I don't have any local friends that can help.

the Microsoft garbage is clogging my modem
with an upgrade, that is what I think the problem is.
Windows 8, I think, IE 11.
I cant get Task Manager to work.

again, thanks for any comments.

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Response to M41 (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 23, 2016, 09:21 PM

5. Modem? eek. Not a cable modem?

Slow, but you can download a bootable, installable copy. You can write it to a cd, dvd, or a thumb drive, if your computer will boot from one of those - most newer ones will.

Or it might be faster to just get one mailed to you...

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-a-Copy-of-Ubuntu-Linux-Shipped-to-You-for-Free

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Response to M41 (Original post)

Fri Sep 23, 2016, 06:54 PM

3. Try Linux Mint

 

Best distro out there for Linux "newbies". Fully compatible with Ubuntu (it's basically the same core distro with a better desktop interface). You should have no problems at all running it on a 2 year old Dell. (I've installed it successfully on much older hardware than that!)

The "MATE" desktop is supposed to be somewhat faster on older hardware than the "Cinnamon" desktop, but I've used both and don't notice that much difference. If you have a lower end video card, you might want to go with the MATE.

https://linuxmint.com/

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Response to FORD (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 23, 2016, 11:08 PM

7. I use the Ubuntu 15.10 MATE

The major difference is that it's the "classic" interface instead of Unity {which I hate}.

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Response to R2D42 (Reply #7)

Tue Sep 27, 2016, 11:27 AM

10. They 'fixed' Cinnamon so it's actually usable though. :P

I've tried using Unity out of the box setup, and I cannot get used to it at all. It's just stupid and unintuitive.

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Response to FORD (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 27, 2016, 11:25 AM

9. Seconded on Mint...

Mate is good if you have a weak video card that can't handle Cinnamon. I usually go with Mate if for whatever reason I am running it in a VM. Right now I believe I still have a Mint VM running on an esxi server, and that's running Mate. I don't even remember what I was doing that required a DE, though. I also had an older Dell Inspiron 1701 laptop with a crappy motherboard video card (this was before the higher powered GPUs were being integrated on the cpu die), and that thing couldn't handle Cinnamon at all.

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Response to M41 (Original post)

Fri Sep 23, 2016, 10:58 PM

6. amazon

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Response to M41 (Original post)

Tue Sep 27, 2016, 10:11 AM

8. Before you throw the baby out with the bathwater

Try this:

Go into task manager. If you don't know how to do that, hit Control Alt and Delete all at the same time, and then click on Task Manager. Once that opens, select "more details" from the bottom of the screen. You should now see a tab called "Startup". This is a list of all the junk that is starting up every time your log into Windows. Most of this you don't need. Start disabling the things you know you obviously are not running on a regular basis. If you have any questions about anything you see there feel free to respond to me, I can tell you whether it's critical or not.

Once you have done this, restart your now, un-junked up computer.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #8)

Tue Sep 27, 2016, 12:07 PM

12. The problem with un-junking Windows 10 is....

 

....whenever Windows installs updates, all the junk comes back.

It's bad enough when an OS comes with useless bloatware as part of the standard installation. It's entirely unacceptable that the OS re-installs that useless bloatware after you have removed it.

I gave Windows 10 a shot. I tried to like it, and actually made it work for a while (though it never did play well with my memory card reader). But ever since the "Anniversary Update" the re-bloating seems to be out of control. I have no use for Cortana, I do not own an Xbox, and thus have no need for apps which connect to an Xbox, and if I wanted goddamned Candy Crush on my PC, I'd use an Android tablet. Hell, the reason I don't even run Android on my video streaming box (which was designed for it) is because Google insists on installing shit that I don't need and will never use on that hardware. Microsoft now seems determined to follow that business model.

So finally I got fed up and went back to WIndows 7. And I think Microsoft knows what I did, since they seem reluctant to allow windows update on this PC now.

Assholes.... looks like I'll be using Linux a lot more often.

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Response to M41 (Original post)

Tue Sep 27, 2016, 11:29 AM

11. I'd recommend Linux Mint

or even Ubuntu (but with something other than vanilla Unity as your desktop environment)

With Mint or Ubuntu you'll have a ton of resources to get you going.

Here's a place you can order physical CDs from: https://www.osdisc.com/products/linux/linuxmint?affiliate=linuxmint

If you have an older system, then I'd recommend this one to start https://www.osdisc.com/products/linux/linuxmint/linux-mint-18-mate-install-live-dvd-64bit.html

You'll be able to easily install other DEs down the line if you want to give them a go, and have no problem downloading them.

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Response to M41 (Original post)

Fri Jun 30, 2017, 04:44 AM

13. OK. Linux Mint 18.1 working, still need a lot of help

the CD and memory stick arrived today.

had Mint working for a few minutes,
running on the memory stick.
got tired, and successfully got Windows back running.

MAIN PROBLEM will be getting
the Conexant phone modem running,

I have not thought much about HD partition.
easy question, what is the easiest way to
, with Windows8, download a file but
get it readable in Linux


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Response to M41 (Original post)

Sat Jul 1, 2017, 11:31 PM

14. Use virtual box

I don't get the wanting buy a Lunix DVD, but if you want to throw money away check EBay.

Keep your Win machine and run Lunix in a virtual box

www.virtualbox.org

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