My experience (IMO good for novices):Start with a computer with whichever Windows installation you like.1. Try a Ubuntu live CD. It works...
I have no CD drives
Still, I find it convenient to keep a Windows 7 installation around just in case. I already paid the money for it anyway...
A tricky part is I have a "lifetime warranty" for my NP,
I've never heard of a lifetime warranty on hardware?
Quote from: ensbb3 on 2014-01-29, 16:02:08I've never heard of a lifetime warranty on hardware?It was a paid thing.I have a separate "terms" and a "club card".
Is it your lifetime or the netbook's lifetime?
You can make it dual-boot to keep Windows for sentimental or whatever reasons, but this means you have to be more careful when installing Linux.
Right now, my old laptop is near the end of its life. Windows XP is nearly at the end of its cycle, and while it looks as though the old machine could take Windows 8 it would mean getting a bigger hard-drive at a minimum, and it would be struggling to keep up with now limited RAM (when I got the machine 2 gigabytes was almost unimaginable, now it's pathetically tiny). I have to really think about it before spending money trying to update the old machine.
I seem to have not more than 1 GB RAM, remember?It seems that I'd like to start a separate topic on ways to boost the RAM.
My netbook with 1GB RAM runs Xubuntu perfectly fine. But I only do light browsing and text editing on it.
Vlc does HD videos, Firefox does Youtube, etc. No hiccups, no slowdown. I'm sure it's the same on your machine too.
That'll leave a fair bit of RAM to spare even on 64-bit. (I think it feels more responsive in 64-bit. Sue me.)
On TTY 1GB is virtually limitless. But I'm not the biggest fan of Vim or Nano, although they'll certainly do the trick. And are there any spreadsheet applications similar to e.g. Works 2.0* which I used to use back in DOS 4?
Quote from: ersi on 2014-02-03, 09:13:25Vlc does HD videos, Firefox does Youtube, etc. No hiccups, no slowdown. I'm sure it's the same on your machine too.It can play regular video; I have no idea if it can play full HD. It's kind of a moot question considering the resolution of the screen. I expect it'll cope in MPlayer, fail in Flash, and it may or may not be able to do so in VLC.
I googled a bit and found this http://cafeninja.blogspot.com/2010/06/sc-command-line-spreadsheet.html For doc-viewing in terminals there's Antiword.
I meant HD as Youtube labels it. This is, yes, bigger than the screen, but it plays in VLC. Plus everything else I mentioned (and you mention) can run in parallel. Still no hiccups, no slowdown. I haven't installed Flash on this netbook. Good riddance, I think.
Frans, I'm gonna report you to The Administration as being not exactly on topic.
I take my netbook along for Serious Business™.
Really? Therefore attempts to edit doc and xls files in command line?
For Serious Business™ kind of work, I find mouse operations indispensable.
Maybe my view stems from the fact that I made proper closer acquaintance with computers only in the end of 90's. To me graphical desktops and mouses are the norm when using a computer for some other purpose than computer itself.
Quote from: ersi on 2014-02-03, 11:44:20For Serious Business™ kind of work, I find mouse operations indispensable.However, I most definitely used a mouse in MS Works 2, and just about all DOS programs really. You can install gpm for a very similar effect in Linux. In DOS it was named MOUSE.EXE.
One thing I can tell you: Windows 3 actually came with a really, really good integrated tutorial for n00bs (i.e. me). I haven't been able to find something that good in any Windows since.
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