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« on: March 01, 2014, 01:21 PM »

Considering the hard time I used to give a certain somebody about being a Linux deciple. I find it ironic that my chosen solution to salvaging some life out of our slow vista laptop is Ubantu.  Maybe something stuck. Grin

It's primary use is internet and email so I think Ubantu is perfect for what we want. Secondary Will be trying to run minecrafft and introduce my son to code by way of mods to his favorite game.

Any warnings or advice? I'm going full install no partitions.
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2014, 06:59 PM »


Any warnings or advice? I'm going full install no partitions.


That's exactly the way I like to do it. Ubuntu's installation scripts usually just work -- it's a very user-friendly distribution. It's been more than a year since the last time I did an Ubuntu install (that was 10.04). I recall that I ran into a minor glitch with getting the installer to run, but a Google search identified the solution in about 30 seconds.
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2014, 08:26 PM »

Check Ubuntu forums for any reference to your specific laptop. Just Google the laptop model and ubuntu and you should find known issues with drivers and such. If it's a Dell or HP or something common and normal, probably no problem. If it's something more unusual or difficult (Sonys can be odd) then best to try to find out if people have done it before you. With a desktop its easy to swap out an unsupported video or network card, but not always an option with a laptop.

If for some reason Ubuntu is an issue with your hardware (not likely) a good alternative distribution is the Debian version of Mint.
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2014, 09:42 PM »

Good suggestions. It is actually an old sony vio.  *starts googling*

I'll report my progress.
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2014, 10:22 PM »

You might even google "best Linux for Sony Vaio XYZ"
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2014, 11:00 PM »

The good news is that older hardware is often easier than new stuff -- it's very likely that someone will have already sorted out all of the driver support issues that can be an issue with bleeding-edge hardware.

Let us know how it works out.
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