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Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by william massey, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. william massey

    william massey New Member

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    hello; I used to explore Linux many years ago[ mandrake]. It seems most use old equipment that is way past it's prime.
    I have a Dell t5500 work station with Xeon x 5680 CPUs at 3.33 GHz X 2, an AMD r9 390x graphics card, 24 Gig of memory, 2 SSD drives; would this be a good unit for Linux. I want to learn Linux, Blender. Gimp and some gaming.


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    thanks bill
     
  2. Peer

    Peer Active Member

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    That will work
     
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  3. william massey

    william massey New Member

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    is Linux faster than windows ?.
     
  4. ryanvade

    ryanvade Moderator
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    That is very subjective isn't it? ;) In many circumstances Linux is faster though that depends on the software and workload. Running Windows-only software on Linux using Wine, for example, will probably be slower than running natively. Running Linux software on the Windows Subsystem for Linux will probably be slower than running it directly on Linux.
     
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    william massey New Member

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    yes very general question
     
  6. wizardfromoz

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    Geez I dunno, ... manners, manners, manners , these young folks, eh, Bill? :)

    G'day and welcome to linux.org - I am an Aussie, from DownUnder, and 61.

    (Wizard appears in a puff of smoke).

    Linux caters to both ends of the scale, there are Distros (distributions) that are lightweight and can breathe new life into legacy equipment, and there are those that are like a champion racehorse that just want to get out and run on a rig such as yours. :D

    The hardest part at the beginning is choosing a Distro, there are so many, and each has its merits.

    A good site to make friends with is DistroWatch - https://distrowatch.com/ ... and its Page Hit Ranking (see top right-hand side of its entry page). The most popular 50 - 100 distros are likely to have the best support.

    DEs (desktop environments) are a bit like the difference in look and feel between Windows 7, 8 and 10, and some have specific apps and file managers that attach to them. For info on those

    https://renewablepcs.wordpress.com/about-linux/kde-gnome-or-xfce/

    For Gaming, we have just started a new section here in the last few days, which I have no doubt will grow - https://www.linux.org/forums/linux-gaming.202/

    For general navigation around this site, up top-left, betwwen Home and Members, right-click Forums and open in a fresh Tab and you can see where to best direct questions. But you are in the right spot here to fire away with any questions.

    I run about 90 Distros (not a typo) on mainly 2 rigs, so will likely have some knowledge on whatever you choose to ask about, but there are many folks here, all volunteers, happy to help.

    If you get the time, perhaps swing over to https://www.linux.org/forums/member-introductions.141/ - and tell us a little of the Bill Massey story (and more about that Mandrake) and meet a few of The Gang :D

    Thursday here in Oz, folks, so

    avagudEaster

    and be safe on the roads

    Chris Turner
    wizardfromoz

    BTW - Ryan, where you been, pal? :D:D
     
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  7. william massey

    william massey New Member

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    Nice to meet you; I'm retired after 35 years loading planes for American Airlines in Chicago O'Hare Air Field. I have 2 adult children and 2 Grandsons one studying Electrical Engineering and computer science the other studying business. Live in the suburbs of Chicago. Had a stroke 2 years ago my recovery is going good I'm told just slow. Got into computers late in the 90's and heard of Linux; at that time there were many users groups doing install fests usually once a month at a junior college and I liked attending. I chose Mandrake as I liked the look it was user-friendly and had Nvidia driver preinstalled. Got out of it don't know why, but now I'm back.
     
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    poorguy Well-Known Member

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    Hello william massey,


    Welcome to Linux.org .

    Well that depends on the user interface of the Linux distro installed and the computer and computer hardware.

    Any gnome 3 based user interface or a KDE / Plasma user interface is going to be resource demanding where a lightweight user interface / window manager will be less resource demanding.

    There are many choices with Linux so for the most it is matching computer and hardware with the right Linux distro.

    There are lightweight / low resource demanding Linux distros which use what is known as a window manger such as rox-icewm and jwm which will work well on most old low powered computers.

    P.S. I'm in my sixties and retired from the state dept and learned electronics in the vacuum tube days of hand wired chassis.


    Tom (aka poorguy) :)
     
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