Complete linux noobie, ordered secondhand laptop (what i need to know)


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Okay. If its still too high, don't worry about it too much until after you install to the hard drive. If you enabled "persistence" on your USB, you can install another browser, like Chromium (the basis for Google Chrome) or Opera or Vivaldi. You can install them without persistence too, but they will disappear when you reboot the USB. Persistence would let you keep them.


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How did you do the imaging? There should have been a built-in utility from Lenovo, or maybe the refurbishing company. I usually see that called "make a Recovery Disk" rather than imaging... which could be a different process. Anyway, if it worked, and you ever have to restore from your recovery backup, then you should not need your product key. It doesn't hurt that you found it... but also it will not work with Windows 8, just with the same version of Windows 10 that came with it.

You also don't need to download Windows from an OEM... you can get Win 8 and WIn 10 both direct from Microsoft:
Windows 8:
Windows 10:

If you activated Windows 10, you might not even need the product key again. If you reinstall Windows 10 from this ISO, I think it will activate again. Microsoft keeps records on you from your first activation, so it knows you have a valid copy for that computer (unless you make hardware changes on it). At least this has worked for me as I re-install Windows 10 once in awhile to test with Linux, and then I delete it again. :D


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Nothing worse than a thread that goes on page after page.
I don't know... I think there are much worse things! :eek::D:D

The one question i have is: do i download bash separately? If so, what repository etc
I think bash is included in every distro. But a quick check for the existence of bash (or any program), is the which command:
which bash
The command will probably return: /bin/bash

You can also see which shell your Linux system is using by calling a built-in variable, like this:
echo $SHELL
#Note: variable name must be upper case
That command will, again, probably return: /bin/bash (though other shells are available, so this is not certain). If your $SHELL variable reports bash, then it is your default.


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