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wich distro do you recommand me for these hardware and these expectations

linuxlover!

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HI im french so indulge in my mis spelling.



I want a distro that is compatible with my current hardware (no money on changing pieces) my hardware is the same as in 2008 when it was at that time a beast.

Use : every day stuff . Im not and enterprise company.

I want to be able to video edit for sure watching video for sure, maybe gaming in far futur(not now)

i want a distro that is stable and STABLE WITH DUALBOOT(WINDOWS 7 )

I have nvidia gforce gtx 260 gpu and dont want to change it.I read nvidia has compatibility issues:(

i dont want to have to switch destro in future

i dont mind to adapt to something not similar to windows. I never touched linux before

I dont know coding and dont have lot of time to set my pc. Id like it to be easy to install and get going.


i want a free os with some community support.

I want something that has good compatibility softwares and drivers possibility for example printer scanner...)

i have 2 monitors



1 --wich distro do you recommand me and why?

2--i have 2 hdd . Is what are the pros and cons of dualbooting the 2 os on the same hdd and one os on each hdd?

3 what other things you would have to tell me that i dont see (blind spot) that could be important?



I have 12 gig ram

896-P3-1255-AR - eVGA GTX 260 CORE 216 55NM 576MHZ 896MB 1.998GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E 2XDVI-I HDTV OUT

P6T DELUXE V2 - ASUS P6T DELUXE V2 S.1366 INT X58/ICH10R ATX 3PCIE X16,6D.DDR3-1600MHZ FSP WIFI-AP GBLAN

BX80601920 - INTEL CORE I7-920 2.66GHZ 8MB CACHE LGA-1366 4.8GT QPI

HD103UJ - SAMSUNG SPINPOINT F1 HD103UJ 1TB SATA 3G 7200 RPM 32MB CACHE

Second hdd western digital 500 gb sata 32mb cache 7200rpm

Printer laserjet 1600 old stuff

scanner hp scanjet 3670 old stuff

altec lansing surround old stuff
 
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Vrai

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With those specs you should be able to comfortably run any Linux distro.
I have not had any problems with Nvidia graphics cards but I know some people have. I think the support for Nvidia cards is much improved these days. You can try a "Live" version of a Linux distro to test this out. That graphics card may struggle to play the AAA games though.
Whereas you have "never touched Linux before" I would recommend one of the "mainstream" distros such as Linux Mint, Ubuntu, MXLinux, Manjaro, Zorin, etc. Probably Linux Mint or Zorin would be a good first choice. The "mainstream" distros have good hardware support and often have very good support forums.
I have two hard drives in my desktop PC and prefer to dual boot with Windows on one drive and Linux on the other. I do it that way because if I "bork" one system it does not interfere with the other. I like to experiment with different Linux distros and learned the hard way that it is way to easy to mess things up and end up re-installing BOTH operating systems. One hard drive for Linux, one for Windows, never had a problem since :)
As far as printers and scanners go - Linux has very good support for most printers and scanners. That being said, there are some that are problematic or may not work at all with Linux. HP is known to work well. Lexmark and Dell (re-branded Lexmark) used to not work well, if at all ! These may help:
 

linuxlover!

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ok thx my readings lead me to 2 options mint or mx linux. what is your take on that. i would like not to have to search teh web hard to make my distro work out of the box.
one point i read is that mint comes with codecs preinstalled. is it the same for MX?
i mean being able to read videos is like such a important thing.
 

Vrai

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.... i would like not to have to search teh web hard to make my distro work out of the box.
In that case I would recommend Linux Mint.
one point i read is that mint comes with codecs preinstalled. is it the same for MX?
i mean being able to read videos is like such a important thing.
As far as I know, no Linux distros come with codecs "preinstalled" - but many, including Linux Mint, make it very easy to install codecs during the distro installation process.
 

poorguy

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Have a read and read as many times as needed.


Although written for Linux Mint it will work for most of the mainstream Linux Distros.
It's a great way to test drive Linux distros without installing them onto an existing computer.


 

linuxlover!

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when you say it is a good way to test the distro, what is there to check verify? apart from looking at the stock wall paper what is there for me to do when you say explore.?
 

linuxlover!

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In that case I would recommend Linux Mint.

As far as I know, no Linux distros come with codecs "preinstalled" - but many, including Linux Mint, make it very easy to install codecs during the distro installation process.
so you say that Mx is a bit more work around to get started is that it ? its important cause i have never used reperetories and linux is new to me so i ll be no so much autonomus.
 

Vrai

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when you say it is a good way to test the distro, what is there to check verify? apart from looking at the stock wall paper what is there for me to do when you say explore.?
If you boot and run a "Live" version of a distro it will give you a chance to actually use it on your PC, drive it around for a bit, kick the tires (so-to-speak) and determine if your hardware works well with the chosen distro. You can also get a feel for the desktop environment, as there are many to choose from, the software included, and whether or not it suits you.
 

Vrai

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so you say that Mx is a bit more work around to get started is that it ? its important cause i have never used reperetories and linux is new to me so i ll be no so much autonomus.
No. I'm saying Linux Mint is probably the easiest to start with. It is just as capable as any other distro. The creator of Linux Mint (Clem Lefebvre) and the developers have worked hard to make it as easy as possible for new users.
 

poorguy

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when you say it is a good way to test the distro, what is there to check verify? apart from looking at the stock wall paper what is there for me to do when you say explore.?
If you follow the steps in this link then you can actually run and use the Linux distro to see how it will work without installing it onto your computer.


Linux Mint is a great Linux distro for the Windows user to learn about Linux.
 

linuxlover!

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ok one important feature i like about windows is the sleep mode wich is that for example i can set a timer to tell the pc to go to sleep after 1 hour without mouse or keyboard stimulation. when the pc goes in sleep it does not consume energy and this is good to give longer lifespan to all the components. it is not off cause with just a move of the mouse it comes back to life without having to boot(since it never shuted down. I searche a bit but i cant see if mint and mx have these useful feature.
It it called hibernation in linux??
 

poorguy

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linuxlover!

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HI ok i have downloaded the .iso. how to install it on the hdd?
can i install it directly to my 2 nd hdd? or do i need to go via a usb key?
Also a friend told me to use a software not own by microsoft to install the iso cause miscrosoft put tricks so people can t install linux ? what do you think about this
 


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