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me2me2
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 12:12:12 PM

For me, Slackware.
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eccerr0r
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2016 10:41:32 AM

I'm somewhat surprised QEMU/KVM under Linux will run Windows XP.
penfieldspotter
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2016 11:23:46 AM

@Cirdan,

Our team was using VMWare the last time I used Linux in a VM. We were using Mandriva.
eccerr0r
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2016 2:29:46 AM

<- runs Linux VM under Linux, and runs WindowsXP VM under Linux. WindowsXP is pretty slow... but I don't really do anything with it - just verify it works.
Cirdan
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2016 10:03:26 PM

Thanks Pen.

Were you using Hyper V or something like VirtualBox?
penfieldspotter
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2016 4:46:10 PM

@Cirdan,

I've run a couple of distros in VMs under XP and Windows 7, but not under 8/8.1 or 10. Ubuntu works just fine in a VM under earlier versions of Windows, so I would imagine it would work fine under Windows 10. However, a lot of it depends on what you want from it. Different distros have a different emphasis. Part of why a lot of people like Ubuntu and Mint is that they've made a lot of effort to provide a complete desktop environment with everything you'd need. If I'm going to run Linux in VM, I'm not really running it to provide all of my desktop needs there. I'd be more likely to run something closer to a server configuration than a desktop config. I'd at least try Debian.
Cirdan
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2016 11:10:13 PM

Does anyone have experience running Linux in a virtual machine under Windows 10? I'm wondering which distro is best at that.
eccerr0r
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2016 10:56:33 PM

I've been using one flavor of Linux almost exclusively, maybe good to try others - but with LSB and ... systemd ... maybe they're pretty much all the same.
herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2016 8:00:49 PM

Linux Mint
wegeha
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2016 6:50:51 AM

CentOS, Fedora, Kali depending what I do with the PC.
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Message Posted: May 3, 2016 11:43:29 AM

OpenSUSE Leap 42.1
OnsiteComputers
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2016 9:45:04 PM



MakuluLinux Xfce 10 released
OnsiteComputers
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2016 12:51:35 AM

MakuluLinux Xfce 10 Beta 15 Preview
Baron62nd
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2016 9:52:32 AM

Nero
OnsiteComputers
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2016 9:35:00 PM

what program did you use to burn the iso to the disk? you can't just copy the iso file to the disk,
Baron62nd
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2016 8:04:04 PM

My problem seems to be that the laptop will not boot from the DVD I made. Perhaps the CD/DVD is bad, I don't think it has ever been used. So I put my XP install disk in and it booted. So I've created three partitions and am installing XP on one. Maybe there is a good chance I messed up making the DVD?
OnsiteComputers
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Baron62nd
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2016 11:23:24 AM

This laptop has a new HD, nothing on it at all. I don't want Windows, just Linux. But MakuluLinux isn't installing.
OnsiteComputers
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2016 10:15:30 PM

If you want to keep windows you will need to shrink the C: drive in order to free up space for the Linux
Baron62nd
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2016 8:27:05 PM

Does this have to be installed over Windows?
Baron62nd
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2016 7:27:47 PM

I'm not sure how old this is either. It was my mother-in-laws laptop. After her husband passed she quit using it and gave it to my daughter. It quit on my daughter and she didn't want to buy the parts to fix it, so it sat in my closet until I ran across it over Christmas vacation and decided to tinker with it. Anyway, I've used your link and am downloading now.
OnsiteComputers
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2016 6:16:49 PM

I didn't know how old the computer was:

Then use the Xfce distro for the old machine:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=vR4dichFoag

https://youtube.com/watch?v=7eN0LTcrzkQ

http://sourceforge.net/projects/makulu/files/MakuluLinux_Xfce_7.1.iso/download
Baron62nd
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2016 3:40:26 PM

That went good. But MakuluLinux won't install. j

This kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detected an i686 CPU.
Unable to boot - please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU.
Baron62nd
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2016 3:28:07 PM

I just got the HD from New Egg. Now I'll see what happens.
Baron62nd
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2016 4:02:36 PM

I did end up buying the HD from New Egg. They had someone from life chat on to help me get the right one. Now I wait, but I'm not in a hurry.
OnsiteComputers
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2016 5:05:13 PM

compare prices at newegg
Baron62nd
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2016 11:59:46 AM

I pretty much quit working on computers after the 486 came out. (I had been fixing computers starting with the C 64 and a soldering iron.) I have replaced a few hard drives and such, but not much. I just tried to upgrade my pc to W10 and that was a dismal failure, 19 hours trying to download w10 and nothing. So, I have an old computer that I am putting a new hard drive and more memory in and I'll give MakuluLinux 10 a try. OnsiteComputers, you convinced me to go with MakuluLinux 10. It's downloaded and burned to a DVD. Now to order the HD and memory from Tiger Direct.
OnsiteComputers
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2015 9:48:41 PM

Jacque Montague Raymer has announced the release of MakuluLinux 10. The new version, which is built from Debian and Ubuntu packages, ships with the Cinnamon desktop environment and a theme designed to make former Windows users feel at home.

"Makulu kicks off the 10 series with the release of the Aero Edition, built from the ground up it offers the end users everything they have asked for, a Linux edition that has a similar look and feel to the familiar Windows environment and is ready to use straight out of the box, not only does it make it comfortable and easy for Windows users to jump ship, but its extremely fast, stable, and extensively tested for many months." MakuluLinux 10 "Aero" ships with version 3.19 of the Linux kernel and Cinnamon 2.6.

http://makululinux.com/
eccerr0r
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2015 1:47:32 PM

11 years of Gentoo... rolling release, my first Gentoo install is still up to date.

OnsiteComputers
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2015 1:17:49 PM

MakuluLinux Aero Edition

http://makululinux.com
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2015 10:19:42 AM

I have not settled on one yet.
BMW_R1200RT
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2015 8:43:29 AM

I prefer a "rolling release" such as Siduction or Aptosid.
OnsiteComputers
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2015 11:37:30 PM

TheeMahn", the developer of the Ubuntu-based Ultimate Edition distribution, has once again produced a special "Gamers" edition of the product. This is a 4GB live DVD with a nice collection of games, as well as the XBMC (now called Kodi) media centre software, PlayOnLinux and the Steam client: "It is the ultimate entertainment system. It has a list of games that just scrolls by on the screen even on a 4K monitor. It does not stop there - XBMC has been pre-injected and set up into the system with over a million channels and streams to cut the cable TV bill on 69 networks, and the ability to add more. Compiz is back and rocking right off the live disk. Productivity? The entire LibreOffice suite is also included. Wine and PlayOnLinux are pre-installed to allow you to play your Windows games, not to mention Steam. This one fits on a DVD. I want to break down this for the gamers - I can play more games in this OS than on any Windows OS."

Link
jedchong
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2015 3:09:42 PM

Using Lubuntu 14.04. I would stick with LTS version
penfieldspotter
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2015 12:48:35 PM

A year later, I'm still happily running Ubuntu 14.04 with a Cinnamon desktop. I need to spend some time playing with KDE again just to remind myself of the good stuff I liked and learning what's new.
rover9000
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2015 10:50:37 PM

I get the most easy use out of Mint KDE.
tiggwin
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2015 2:49:27 PM

I like rolling distros: Debian stable on my home server and Arch on laptops.
Rajah
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 11:22:24 AM

VanKy, the Precision 390 is a very nice machine. My wife is using one running XP, but I'm upgrading her to a Precision T5400 with dual quad-core Xeons and 16 GB of Ram with Win7-64 installed on it. That's what I'm using and it is FAST!
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2014 12:53:16 PM

I have been using Debian for a long time. I'm running Debian unstable (sid) on my home server. I also have a Raspberry Pi which runs Raspbian and OpenElec
StoneC0ld
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2014 2:20:00 PM

Gentoo for me
rover9000
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 11:54:28 PM

Linux Mint has been good on most all of my older devices, and I found XMBC to do a good job as a media player system.
VanKY
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 12:47:39 AM

I just got a new (to me) Dell Precision 390. It was a pretty hot work station in 2006. Still not too shabby. I tried Knoppix 7.2.0 on it recently. Wasn't prepared for all the nice visual effects they threw in. Usually run a pretty boring desktop here (Mate in Linux Mint). Knoppix is Debian based like Mint and Ubuntu. I think I'll play with it a little more. I'm kind of liking it. Most of my computers are still running Mint 17 Mate 32 bit- it's mostly older 32 bit hardware.
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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2014 9:19:05 PM

My son in law uses a couple flavors of Puppy Linux, Edubuntu, and OpenSUSE
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 2:50:53 PM

Over the years I've used SLS, Slackware, RedHat, Mandrake, Debian, and Ubuntu on my own computers. I've used RHEL, CentOS, Debian, SuSE, Ubuntu, Knoppix and Mandriva on various computers at work.

I prefer Debian's package management. That bias probably has as much to do with the features it had that RPM didn't have at the time I switched to Debian than anything else. RPM isn't bad. I'm more familiar with dpkg/apt these days.

I love the fact that I've done a number of upgrade of Ubuntu and it has gone very smoothly. On my current system, I started with 12.10, knowing I could have chosen 12.04 and just stayed on it for the life of my laptop. I waited a few weeks for 13.10 to become stable and upgraded to 13.04 and then to 13.10 within a few days. I've just upgraded to 14.04.

I don't particularly like Unity. It gets in my way. I tried the Gnome fallback configurations. I found them okay, but not quite as good as I wanted. I played with KDE for a while, having used it under Mandrake a lot. I finally loaded up a port of Cinnamon from a PPA and love it.

So, yes I'm quite happy with Ubuntu. I'm completely aware of some of its drawbacks and I don't care about some of them and have found workarounds for others. Every once in a while, I consider Mint, especially Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE). I haven't decided to take the plunge.
herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 7:11:11 PM

Mint for computers, Ubuntu for servers
beameup
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 9:22:29 PM

Ubuntu since 2004. Ran Xandros for a year before that. Like a lot of folks, I didn't like Unity at first, but not enough to switch. Don't like Gnome 3 and KDE is kinda power hungry IMHO. I
I've tried other distros but always go back to Ubuntu. OpenSuse wasn't too bad, didn't care for Mint, Mepis, or PCLinuxOS. Good thing is we have a choice. And Virtualbox makes it easy to try them.
I just bought a Kudo Pro laptop from System76. Nice machine, running 14.04 64bit.
Also have an Acer Netbook. Know the ones that couldn't even handle XP?? :) Ran Lubuntu on it for awhile, but I just switched it to Zorin and it runs well on it, so i'll probably leave it for awhile. Think that would be a good starter Linux for anyone switching for the first time, especially if you aren't too tech savvy.
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2014 11:07:53 PM

Used Ubuntu heavily for some years. Experimented with other distros as well. Lately Ubuntu is putting out s/w that doesn't play well with my older hardware. But I like Debian distros. So Linux mint it is. Have been changing over to Mint the past two years. Now most of my dozen or so machines have LM 17 with Mate. I like to keep it simple. I customize my desktop a good bit on all my machines. Still do like that gnome environment after all these years.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2014 12:54:55 AM

Finding that I am liking Mint 16.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2013 11:45:06 PM

Gentoo
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2013 4:44:45 AM

Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon, Ubuntu 11.04 and Puppy Precise 5.7.1

[Edited by: MoTown44240 at 11/17/2013 5:44:41 AM EST]
bjm1026
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 4:18:38 PM

I have not had any problems with Ubuntu.
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 6:48:41 AM

Started with SuSe then went to Ubuntu in 2008 now back to SuSe until Ubuntu fixes some driver issues and makes it easier to switch to Gnome. Miss Gone 2 but than again I understand about Gnome 3 and the way the Applets can be written.
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