Hi Y’all i’m noo ear.
I WANT to convert to ANY Linux OS. Unfortunately, i don’t know where to begin! Although, I’ve had a look around at which one I think will be best. It’s a toss up between LinuxMint or Isadora(9). This is where it all goes “Pete Tonge”. My desktop PC is teeth grindingly slow due to vista (makes symbol of cross with fingers!). I wanted to put either on a USB to use as a boot key, or maybe partition my HD to install it. Now, which is best? And, where can I find an idiots guide to doing either? I’m normally ok with computers, but with this i’m totally lost. Any help or advice would be gratefully appreciated.
Linux Mint and Isadora 9 are the same thing… It’s Linux Mint 9 (Isadora).
It will definitely run faster from a hard drive installation than from a USB stick, but there is nothing to stop you “test driving” it first before committing to your hard drive.
Get the LiveCD ISO image from the Linux Mint site:
and carry on from step 2 of the instructions here:
for instructions on how to create a LiveUSB.
or just burn the LiveCD ISO to a cdrom and boot from that
Caveat; Windows can be slow for many reasons, the main one is because the box it comes in lists a minimum memory requirement which people often take as “that’s all I need” … so, just for kick-off, how much memory is in your box?
(because a memory shortage will hit Windows and Linux in the same way!)
[For any modern OS, I wouldn’t consider less than 1Gb enough … to be honest I’m currently working on a 2Gb minimum for workstations … and memory is “so” cheap, it doesn’t make sense not to have enough!]
Many thanks guys.
To answer the second reply, i’m not too sure. The machine is about 4+ years old and I think it’s 512? (there is a website I believe which will scan your system and tell you what memory you need?) that would be a must me thinks. In response to the 1st reply. Well, it’s a good job I asked. I will look into both and then decide. Is my choice (albeit they’re both the same :-[, any good. Or is there a better option?
Yes, Mint 8 (Helena) or Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)… both Mint 9 and Ubuntu 10.04 both have issues ATM.
512mb RAM is above the minimum requirements for both Mint and Ubuntu, but it never hurts to have more
Done it! I partitioned my HDD drive and installed Mint. Absolutely lighning fast, compared to the cement mixer that is Vista. I’m struggling getting my e-mails through Thunderbird at the moment, but that’s probably me being a coconut. All’s left to do is play around with it and perhaps look at some additional applications. No doubt it’ll take time to have that Windows familiarity, but already it’s fantastic. So, i would like to thankyou for your help & advice. Cheers.