I remember being in that stage, and I remember trolling distrowatch and testing distro after distro to find what felt right to me. I too was looking at distros for programming, and one of my all-time fallbacks is manjaro. With your laptop being a dual-core, like others have said you shouldn’t have any problems with any distro. I will say that turning off secure-boot will help. I usually use etcher for my ISOs, as I have found that to be the simplest of burners. Also, check and make sure that legacy is enabled in bios as someone else said. If all else fails, google the crap out of error codes (which I did when first getting into Linux) and that might help point out issues.I’ll give all of them a try. So far I haven’t found a combination that works.
I’ve also tried Elementry.
This was the latest error.
One thing to try not to get confused about is the difference between a distro and what a distro's default configuration is. That is, if you install the linux kernal via any of the available distributions, you can basically customize the system to be whatever you want itt to be. That includes the window manager and how it looks and feels. So when you see a screenshot of say Ubuntu and a screenshot of Mint, understand that they are both versions of the same (depending on version) Linux kernal and can pretty much use the same packages.Hello
I'm brand new to Linux. I have an old Windows laptop I use for data logging. I have a python program running on it as a data logger and soon to control some Arduino controller boards. I hate windows and it's trying to crash. I'd like to change it to Linux, but after reading several pages on the different versions, I'm totally confused on which one to try. I'd like a GUI and I'll be programming python on it. I really don't know where to start. Any help is appreciated.