Understand Before you wipe your XP install that certain defacto programs on windows WILL NOT work under Linux.
iTunes being one of them
No great loss to us but can be a deal breaker for a windows convert
Also you might like having a read of THIS
Old article but still relevent.
Wine does allow the install of some defacto windows programs, but it is limited and you need to make sure the program has no virus (this is the only way to get a virus using linux).
Penndrive Linux is a utility that formats, configure's, and installs a standard .iso (there is a version for the live .iso's) onto a USB drive and allows it to be bootable (you might at the most have to change the boot order in the bios to allow it to boot into the USB drive first). They have a list of almost 200 distros that can be used (or directly downloaded from the nearest mirror).
There are way to many advantages to this over a CD install to list.
For older computers there is "Plop Boot Manager" that allows you to pick which source to boot into in case changing the order in the bios doesn't work (which was my case).
To give a longer answer, Linux Mint would not be a bad choice. It's based on Ubuntu, so a lot of it will be the same as Ubuntu. Shell is different (either Mate or Cinnamon, depending on which version you install--I would recommend Cinnamon). I don't think Ubuntu One is included. Software Center is different (in my opinion, a little more professional-looking).
The Live DVD for Mint comes with the same installer as Ubuntu, so ease-of-installation should be equivalent. (I don't think the image for Mint will fit on a CD.)
Ubuntu has a much larger community than Mint, but I think you'll find most of what's discussed here applies to Mint, as well.
Jane, stop this crazy thing!
Have you gone to youtube to search for reviews? You can see each in action and some of the reviewers are pretty thorough. Just search for the versions you are interested in.
Remember When Double-Dog dare ya's and water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
and threads, I respect that you make a very legitimate point. Even as I submitted
the previous post I realized it was not a glowing endorsement for ubuntu and
may generate some negative response. Oddly enough it seems very common
among computer users to critique windows for its many flaws and glitches , yet
it is taboo to suggest that ubuntu is less than perfect. I started with ubuntu
truly hoping that I could replace windows entirely with a linux system. Unfortunately I cannot and judging by the amount of posts I read of people
who use a dual boot, I am not alone. As always I am grateful for the help and
support of the ubuntu community, thanks to all.
I disagree with this statement every word of it. Everything I have pluged in has worked, my laptop fresh install has worked out of the box. As does my desktops.
The opensource software I have used has been better then anything I have used for Windows, or just as good.
Windows has it uses, but its not needed.
For me Its not about ubuntu bashing its your statments are not ture...
You know thats really annoying, I have had more trouble finding drivers for MS, Linux just has worked.
Last edited by robtygart; October 3rd, 2012 at 03:21 AM.
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