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Old 07-09-2016, 03:10 PM
 
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In the process of finding out what LINUX is all about.

A few questions.

1 - What is the easiest version of LINUX, to start with ?
2 - Where to download from ?
3 - If machine is a 32 bit system, is there a specific version of LINUX that is then needed ?
4 - Planning to load onto USB stick and then use it that way to start learning how to use LINUX.

What I have found so far on my own.
1 - Several versions available such as :
--- Ubuntu
--- Mint
--- Deepin
2 - Found one source and that one, only gave me :
--- Ubuntu-16-04-desktop-amd64
3 - My machine is a 32 bit system.
--- With the characters of *amd64* in the title,
--- will that download give me a workable version
--- that can be used on my 32 bit system ?
4 - How do i create a USB version of the download
--- noted above ? (Step by step instructions ?)

I would like to thus have a dual boot system, where I can start LINUX from a USB Stick.
Work with and find out how I can then start using it 100%.

Laptop now loaded with Win 10 ...

TIA

IR

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Old 07-09-2016, 05:56 PM
 
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i use fedora:
https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/

also check-out unetbootin if your so inclined.

fyi: its possible to run a 32-bit operating system on a 64-bit cpu. but you cant put 64 bits in a 32 bit cup.
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Old 07-09-2016, 11:22 PM
 
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I use Linux Mint 17.3 myself. Really like it and will be updating to version 18 in the near future.
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Old 07-10-2016, 09:12 AM
 
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i use fedora:
https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/

also check-out unetbootin if your so inclined.

fyi: its possible to run a 32-bit operating system on a 64-bit cpu. but you cant put 64 bits in a 32 bit cup.
Thank you for the links.

Have you tried any other OS besides Fedora ?
What made you stay with Fedora ?

My system does have a 64 bit CPU but runs a 32 bit WIN 10 version.
(The WIN7 version on it was a 32 bit version.)
Does this mean I could make a 64 bit version of whatever LINUX system and run it on my system ?

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Old 07-10-2016, 09:16 AM
 
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I use Linux Mint 17.3 myself. Really like it and will be updating to version 18 in the near future.
Thank you for your answer.

Did you use any other system besides the *Mint* version.

What did you like about *Mint* ?
Are you running a dual boot system ?
How did you install Mint on your machine ?

I checked and Mint 18 is available now.
What are your reasons to *wait* to update ?
Which source will you be downloading from ?
(Warnings are put out to make sure it is a legit source)

TIA

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Old 07-10-2016, 09:35 AM
 
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One more question:

Which *Forums* do you as a LINUX user read ?

Thank you.
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Old 07-10-2016, 10:28 AM
 
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1 - What is the easiest version of LINUX, to start with ?
I don't know, I use Ubuntu and I believe it's the easiest to start with.
2 - Where to download from ?
The official website of Ubuntu.
3 - If machine is a 32 bit system, is there a specific version of LINUX that is then needed ?
Yes. Don't worry, you will have the options for both 32-bit and 64-bit in the download page.
4 - Planning to load onto USB stick and then use it that way to start learning how to use LINUX.
I don't know. I burned it to a DVD.

Forum?
Google is your best friend. Stackoverflow is good for all tech problems, and ubuntu forums help too. I always Google my problem and see where it goes.
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Old 07-10-2016, 11:46 AM
 
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One more question:

Which *Forums* do you as a LINUX user read ?

Thank you.
linuxquestions.org

also check out:
iso.linuxquestions.org

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Old 07-10-2016, 02:26 PM
 
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My machine is a 32 bit system.
--- With the characters of *amd64* in the title,
--- will that download give me a workable version
--- that can be used on my 32 bit system ?

I would like to thus have a dual boot system, where I can start LINUX from a USB Stick.
Work with and find out how I can then start using it 100%.

Laptop now loaded with Win 10 ...
I have an old 32 bit machine with windows. I loaded "puppy linux" onto the hard disk. Now I get a prompt screen when I boot up to ask me if I want to go into puppy or into Windows. After a few seconds it defaults to Windows.

It works well for an older machine because I don't have to remember a flash drive, and other people can use the computer who can't be bothered to learn linux.

Puppy Linux has a minimal memory footprint, so it it works well fundamentally runs in RAM, all the files, operations and configurations that are created/modified in a session would disappear when the system is shut down. However, it is possible to save files upon shutdown. The user can save the file to disk, (USB, HDD etc.).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puppy_Linux
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Old 07-10-2016, 04:45 PM
 
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You can get all the linux info you want from the website DistroWatch.
It has all the different linux os's available for download and the homepages for each of them.

I've used Ubuntu, Mint, Zorin, Fedora, Sabayon, Lite and some others I can't remember. If you're switching from Windows, I would suggest Zorin. It's the most like Windows. You can use it's "look changer" to make the desktop look like XP, Windows 7, mac osx or Linux Gnome. If you have an older computer, you might like to try the distro Linux Lite. It will make an old puter really fast.

I love Linux. I do have one computer that's dual booted with windows 7 and zorin linux, but I haven't used the windows in years. Good luck with whatever distro you choose.



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