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Simplebear
September 5th, 2010, 03:31 PM
Hello. I am new to ubuntu and have a laptop (Acer Aspire) that went down to to viruses and other crap (it wasnt pretty) I decided to renew the 2 year old and i want to wipe the drive and install ubuntu on it. The question is Which ubuntu should i install? Its main purpose will be to store music and pictures and possibly use it as a back up.


here is the specs:

15.6” WXGA glossy display (16:9 aspect ratio (http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=4847&review=acer+aspire+5735#), 1366x768 resolution, model AUO10EC)
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3200 processor (2.0GHz/1MB L2/667MHz FSB)
2GB DDR2-667 RAM
160GB 5400RPM hard drive (Western Digital WD1600BEVT
Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics
Intel GL40 chipset
Atheros AR5B91 802.11 Draft-N wireless
DVD Super-Multi drive
Full-size keyboard w/ number pad
Weight: 5.9 lbs
Dimensions: 15.1” (W) x 9.9” (D) x 1.5” (H)
Six-cell battery (11.1V, 46Wh/4600mAh)



Any help or links to walk thru's would be much apreciated thanks):P

fiyer
September 5th, 2010, 03:40 PM
The question is Which ubuntu should i install? Its main purpose will be to store music and pictures and possibly use it as a back up.


You can actually try out the different flavors by using the live cds. Burn a couple of them (Ubuntu (http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download), Kubuntu (http://www.kubuntu.org/getkubuntu), Xubuntu (http://www.xubuntu.org/get)) and see what works for you best.

Everyone will have their own reasons for their preference. I went with Ubuntu. I'm slowly convincing my mom to go with Linux, and she's leaning toward Kubuntu mostly because the default theme seems to resemble Windows a bit more so it will look more familiar.

Simplebear
September 5th, 2010, 03:47 PM
Thank you very much :)

Jay Car
September 5th, 2010, 03:49 PM
Hello. I am new to ubuntu and have a laptop (Acer Aspire) that went down to to viruses and other crap (it wasnt pretty) I decided to renew the 2 year old and i want to wipe the drive and install ubuntu on it. The question is Which ubuntu should i install? Its main purpose will be to store music and pictures and possibly use it as a back up.


here is the specs:

15.6” WXGA glossy display (16:9 aspect ratio (http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=4847&review=acer+aspire+5735#), 1366x768 resolution, model AUO10EC)
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3200 processor (2.0GHz/1MB L2/667MHz FSB)
2GB DDR2-667 RAM
160GB 5400RPM hard drive (Western Digital WD1600BEVT
Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics
Intel GL40 chipset
Atheros AR5B91 802.11 Draft-N wireless
DVD Super-Multi drive
Full-size keyboard w/ number pad
Weight: 5.9 lbs
Dimensions: 15.1” (W) x 9.9” (D) x 1.5” (H)
Six-cell battery (11.1V, 46Wh/4600mAh)


Any help or links to walk thru's would be much apreciated thanks):P

Simplebear, the best thing to do is to try some Live cds. There are several variations you can try. Aside from Ubuntu, there is Kubuntu, Mint, just for starters.

It really doesn't matter what others recommend, what matters is what works with the hardware on your laptop. The only way to find out is to try 'em out first. Live cds are awesome for that (and fun!). Here's a list (http://www.livecdlist.com/) that might be helpful. :)


[edit] argh...others have answered your question already. I'm always too slow to post, so I'm not much help, but I AM earnest and enthusiastic...lol

Simplebear
September 5th, 2010, 03:52 PM
Well thats what i was kind of wondering is which ones would work with it. And live CD's. Are those the kind i can burn from the site? or do i have to order them?

Lateralis
September 5th, 2010, 03:56 PM
You can download the LiveCDs from t'internet whenever you like and try them all out for yourself at your own leisure.

http://www.ubuntu.com/ (Uses the Gnome desktop environment)
http://www.kubuntu.org/ (Uses the K desktop environment [similar in appearance to Windows])
http://www.xubuntu.org/ (Uses the Xfce desktop environment, which is similar in appearance to Gnome)
http://linuxmint.com/ (You can chose to use one of four desktop environments: XFCE, KDE, Fluxbox or XFDE)

So long as you have blank CDs and a CD burner, then you're essentially good to go.

As for the hardware... if it can run Windows Vista it will easily run any version of Linux you care to think of! Really, that hardware will not be a limiting factor with any version of Ubuntu/Linux.

If you need/want a walk through to guide you through the installation, then each website has dedicated walk throughs. Or, ask specific questions here and we'll be happy to help. =)

Simplebear
September 5th, 2010, 03:57 PM
Thank you for your help everyone! :p

JRV
September 5th, 2010, 04:06 PM
I personally would use Ubuntu.

The installation is straight forward.

After the installation go to Applications=>Accessories and click terminal.

In the terminal type: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Press enter, and it will ask for your password.

This will install all the audio/video codecs, so you can listen to your music.

Simplebear
September 5th, 2010, 04:38 PM
Can i use a flash drive instead of a disc?

dirghrabadia
September 5th, 2010, 04:52 PM
Yes, sure you can do that :) Instructions to run it from USB are also available on the respective sites.

Simplebear
September 5th, 2010, 06:51 PM
i downloaded ubuntu but its no where on my pc?

marl30
September 5th, 2010, 07:09 PM
i downloaded ubuntu but its no where on my pc?

Possibly it was saved to your temp file if you didn't select save as.

Simplebear
September 5th, 2010, 07:36 PM
where is that on windows 7 lol

Simplebear
September 5th, 2010, 08:00 PM
when it finished it came up with nti media maker and wanted me to write it to a disc? but i want it on a usb